Monthly Archives: August 2021

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Interviewing Tips

How to make yourself stand out from the crowd when applying or interviewing? Of course first and foremost you need to ensure your CV is spotless - no spelling mistakes, grammar is spot on and all written in the correct and SAME tense You must also of course ensure it covers all the skills, experience and qualifications we have gained to date plus a nice personal profile – make this short and generic or if you are wanting to tailor to the role you are applying for – make sure it is correct and relevant to the job. Feel free to check out our sample Cv on our website for guidance. Create a detailed cover letter – do check out my blog on this, link is below. Cover letters really do give a great insight into who you are, what you like about the role you are applying for and why you feel your experience is relevant – so take some time over this and do plenty of research into the company your applying to. Over the past few months we have been thinking of new ideas that help you stand out and we loved the idea of creating that Elevator Pitch! It’s the perfect short  30-60 second statement! One you can pull out the bag in an interview, on your CV, in a cover letter, or if you happen..

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A greener work environment

Going back and going green. If we have learned something from this crazy Covid existence it is that we need to be more protective of ourselves as well as our environment. You may not be rushing back to the office, you may go back and do a 'Hybrid' work week, but any time you spend there and at home, you can improve your carbon footprint. Simple changes like changing your office search engine, Ecosia is a search engine that is as good as Google/Chrome, etc but the difference is they give back when you use them. Ecosia plant trees when you use them. They use their revenue from ads to plant trees and are free to use! Other simple changes are cycling to work, bring your own coffee, and bring lunch in eco-friendly packaging. Print less, find other ways to share - buy remanufactured ink, do not let computers sit idle turn them fully off, as well as lights that do not need to be on. Take the stairs instead of an elevator, use non-toxic cleaning products to tidy up. Use recycled printing paper, print double-sided, even better yet - use paperless notebooks such as brands like Rocket Books where you can wipe the page clean as well as supplying each page with a code that can be scanned, then add your notes to platforms such as Google Drive One..

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Mental Health Tips

Mental Health issues don't stop just because lockdown is lifting, with this in mind, we wanted to source simple, effective and free ways to help with anxiety and depression. Forward inversion Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Stimulates the liver and kidneys, it also improves digestion and reduces fatigue and anxiety, headaches and insomnia. Drinking water Drink (eight 8-ounce glasses a day - or as much as you can don't be hard on yourself not everyone likes water). It stimulates the flow of nutrients and hormones that release those feel-good endorphins you need to feel happy Drinking more water will satisfy your thirst and health. Exercise Don't try and run a marathon, just get outside even if the days are short, walk every day if you can, a light jog, a yoga session anything, just keep moving. Being outdoors is good for you! Meditation Meditation has been found to change certain brain regions that are specifically linked with depression. It works on two parts of the brain that deal with the fight or flight response (the "fear centre" & the "me centre"). These two brain regions work off each other to cause depression. The "me centre" gets worked up reacting to stress and anxiety, and the "fear centre" response leads to a spike in cortisol levels to fight a danger that's only in your mind. These..

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Education Vs Me. Cia…

At this point I realised all I needed to do is something I really loved, and I could do it and was more than capable, I was just lacking confidence. I went from someone with little self-assurance in the things I could achieve to realising my parents had set me up with the opportunity to accomplish anything and everything I could ever want, all I needed to do is put my mind to it.   I had aspirations of going to Oxford Brookes with an unconditional offer, joining all my friends. Within 3 months of working in a restaurant and meeting the most amazing people, I realised quickly that doing three years in a classroom again was just not for me.   My mind suddenly opened and this whole new aspect of life started to appear. This was news for everyone, especially my parents. I worked tirelessly for four months before going off traveling and saying goodbye to all the anxiety I had before, starting my own life and being me! I found out about Oxford Media and Business school by complete chance, at a dinner party which I wasn’t initially meant to attend. I met someone there who gave me the drive to do something different, stand out from the crowd and BE ME!   Now coming to the end of my course I couldn’t be prouder of myself;..

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It is Okay to…

When it comes to finishing school and having to take your next step, it can be very intimidating and scary. There are so many options and limitations that sometimes you can get overwhelmed. Choosing from the thousands of different universities and colleges to decide which one would suit you or even deciding if you want to go to college or Uni at all is a difficult decision. Making the wrong decision can happen but it’s important to remember that wrong decision are just a stepping stone in your journey.   For me deciding what I was going to do didn’t really cross my mind. School pushed everyone to go to University; so, I just assumed that that was what I should be doing too. I looked at one University, applied, and got in. In summer I didn’t think about it and then the time came. I went to University and decided that it wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to do three more years of education. That is when a friend told me about Oxford Media and Business school. It was a year course in Oxford; this was right up my alley.   I have loved it. It has been so interesting and eye-opening learning about things that I will actually need in the workplace. I feel like I am actually being prepared for my future and I have been..

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Why is balance so…

Balance. In the chaotic lives we live in, the pace of life only seems to get faster. Sometimes we struggle to achieve the right balance and end up overcompensating or burning ourselves out. As humans, we need stability to regain the balance and feeling of serenity.   Things to help achieve the work-life balance: Relax: When we relax, our heart rate slows down allowing the blood flow to increase around our body. When we can think with a calmer mind it leads to, increased concentration and improved energy levels. Deep breathing techniques – find a safe quiet place and close your eyes, breath gently through your nose, and breath out through your mouth Enjoy a warm bath – create a safe, homely atmosphere around you with scented candles and low-volume songs to boost your mind. Recent studies show that baths help lower your core body temperature which decreases stress and anxiety Read a book – maybe read a different type of book, this will broaden your mind   Fitness: Fitness is well-known to boost our mindset and strengthen our body to help reduce chronic health conditions as well as improve our mental health. Fitness is key to unlocking chemical endorphins in our brains, this will lead to feeling positive. You must do whatever is right for your body If this means working out for 10 mins a day with 1..

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Uni to go or…

Coming to the end of A-levels two years ago most have vague ideas on what they want to do or at least had some inkling on where they wanted to end up -  or no idea at all. For me this wasn’t the case, I knew exactly where I wanted to be and what I wanted, I personally was set on going into neuroscience and cancer biology. My plans, however, were thwarted by mental health, which is greatly acknowledged now, struggling for four years after losing your best friend can change your perspective on a lot of things which was the case for me personally. Nearing my exams, I decided to throw my plans all out the window and go in the complete opposite direction and not go to university at all. Granted this decision was swayed by having to drop two A-levels due to absence but once I had decided not to go, there was no changing my mind. I ended up traveling the world and experiencing new cultures to try and find my new purpose in life. It was when I got back months later when I heard about Oxford Media and Business School. Oxford Media and Business School gave me a chance to have a qualification allowing me to get into the working world in just a year. The course giving me a particular skill set that..

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To Caffeine or Not…

We all know caffeine to be a morning savor, or an afternoon pick-me-up but what if it is not holding anything that we are benefiting from apart from a short-lived caffeine hit. It can actually have the opposite effect altogether. We should live our lives with everything in moderation but that is easier said than done. The recommended intake of caffeine is as shown below: Adult Less than 400 mg a day Pregnant Women Less than 200 mg a day Children / Adolescent Less than 2.5mg a day   To put this into some context a filter coffee is 140mg, tea is 75mg, a chocolate bar is 25-50mg and a fizzy drink is 40mg. Research shows that if you can keep to well within the recommended daily intake then you may experience some positive outcomes. Caffeine is a stimulant this may work well for some people but for others, it could be affecting them in areas that you would not assume. If you suffer from anxiety or trouble sleeping at night caffeine will be doing you no favours this is due to a spike in blood pressure which leads to a shot of adrenalin causes heightened anxiety symptoms. The half-life (the time it takes for an active substance in your body to be reduced by half) of caffeine is up to 9.5 hours. Therefore, it is advised that you should..

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What are the benefits…

We have been tackling lockdown and the effects of this pandemic for some time now, and also the impact it has had on the workplace. We have found there are less quality candidates than there are roles and that is the very reason a recruitment agency is an investment that will save time and money. Joyce Guiness has been practicing for over 50 yrs and myself 20 years. With this length of time not only comes grey hair and a few wrinkles, but most of all wisdom, and a knowledge of the market that takes years of experience to know how to navigate. I have seen recessions, market crashes, and now a pandemic, but all through this, we must keep working, even harder now than ever. Yes, there are adjustments that need to be made to morph to the new norm, but as humans, we are more resilient than we realise and morphing is part of our survival. This all sounds rather dramatic, and for some, this pandemic has been, but we as an agency are here to help candidates and clients with advice as well as offering a recruitment service. We understand the markets well and also have top candidates on our books, our services save you time and also find you a candidate that has more chance of being placed and staying, and in turn, saves you money...

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