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Virtual interviews

Virtual interviews are becoming the ‘norm’ and for a lot of people it can be hard to do an interview virtually as most people find it tricky to shine on screen. Below I’ve listed some tips and ideas on how to make the most of your interview: Set up First and foremost make sure you are in a quiet spot. Find an area where you won’t be disturbed – find a room/area that no children can barge into or barking dogs wont stray into. Stay well away from flat mates who might be chatting to their mates on calls, traffic and even people walking outside your window. It may sounds silly but it is amazing how sound travels and how off putting and disturbing background noise can be. Trust me I know having a daughter who is currently home schooling and dogs that seem to bark at any bird that comes into our garden! Make sure you are seated at either a desk or a kitchen/dining room table and that you aren’t lounging on your sofa or even worse, bed! Clear clutter – you don’t want your possible future employer to think you live in complete chaos! It’s always an idea to have a bit of fresh air in your room to keep you alert but be aware of the noise level if your window overlooks a very busy road..

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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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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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Thoughts from the MD

At this time of year it’s normal to reflect back on the year we’ve had, and think about the type of new year we would like to see ahead. It may seem we have little control over things against the backdrop of the dreaded COVID, and its impact on our life and freedom, but it is worth reminding you that there are things very much within our control when it comes to our immediate surroundings. We spend a huge amount of time at work, thinking about work, talking about work, travelling to work and so on, therefore, it’s important that we constantly question what’s good for us. So, we encourage you to ask is your job one that you truly look forward to on a Monday morning? Does it inspire you? Are you excited to knuckle down and give it your all? Do you have a great team to work with? Are bosses or peers a positive influence on you? There are many questions worth asking yourself, and there are many vacancies out there that could give you the answer you are looking for! Do not be afraid of change, life is too short and - as we have seen over the last three years - it can be unpredictable too. So, with that in mind, have a think about a new future for yourself and visualise what it might..

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Search & Research

Here at Joyce Guiness we are currently working with a range of executive search and recruitment agencies covering a variety of industries: hospitality, leisure, travel, finance, investment, and real estate - to name a few. Even though the industries vary, the requirements for the candidate are very much the same each time; they are looking for someone who is willing to get stuck in with research, in addition to supporting the consultants and team. With all of these roles, there is an opportunity to grow and take on more if you want to, develop the role and carve out a brilliant career for yourself. These roles really offer a great career for a candidate looking to get into the world of recruitment, and our recruiter clients would all be fab teams to join! Salaries vary from £23-35k and offer a wide range of great benefits.

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Hybrid

We appreciate that the ‘hybrid era’ is upon us, but how much flexible working is beneficial - not only to the candidate but to an employers business as a whole? We have discussed here before how the workplace is changing. Some businesses are just catching up while others are leading the march on flexible working and have been advocating this for a good few decades. Changes and requests continue to come on both sides of the candidate client experience. However, it is important to ask – what is going to be of best benefit to you and your employer’s business health going forward. We all learnt what was possible, and how quickly a new way could be achieved when we needed to respond to keeping our businesses and jobs alive during the pandemic; albeit with a fair amount of pain – but we got there! So many of you have understandably welcomed this new order with open arms, countless candidates are loving the cost savings and flexibility of operating from the spare room or kitchen table – benefits aplenty, such as extra family time, lower commute costs, the ability to prepare dinner or throw a wash on at lunchtime etc. But it’s my belief that this is not entirely sustainable or a healthy reality if not approached with balance and can lead to problems for the individual down the line...

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