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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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