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New Year, New You!

We hear you, it was the day after Boxing Day, you were sitting there in a food coma and slightly champagne’d out. The thought of New Year resolutions were swirling through your head and it was then that you decided you would stop eating sugar, never drink again, become a gym bunny and look for a new job. Here at Joyce Guiness, we love helping people and this blog is going to give you top tips for sticking to the New Year Resolutions!   From gym classes to finding New Jobs we are here to help! GYM CLASSES When it is dark, cold and rainy it is easy to make excuses why either you cannot go to the gym before work or that you are too tired to go after work. One way to combat this is to sign up for a class. If you drop out, you are not only letting the instructor down, but also someone else who might have gone! There are plenty of amazing classes in London to suit everyone’s needs and even if you just do one once you have to see what you are missing! BARRE CORE Barre Core is Clare’s favourite! It is set apart from most classes because it uses a barre to tone and shape all your muscles. In their words you will leave the class feeling like ‘bambi’. PSYCLE LONDON Psycle..

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Just Graduated…? Not sure…

Look no further…. We are a boutique recruitment company based in SW London and we recruit for all sorts of roles and companies. We have quite a few graduate roles in at the moment. Here are just a few cracking Graduate roles / Internships: Internship for Contemporary Art Gallery – Has permanent potential Our clients a Contemporary Art Gallery in Mayfair are seeking a graduate who is keen to get into the art world.  This will be a very interesting role where no two days will be the same.  You will be involved will all areas of the gallery working closely with the team and the artists.  This is a six-month internship, to begin with but it has the potential to go perm for the right person.  You must be incredibly hard working and happy to get fully involved with any task you are given. An amazing opportunity! Junior Assistant for a Jewellery Brand A very successful Jewellery Brand are looking for an Assistant.  This is a small company so you will experience all areas of the business, primarily they need someone who can help with their marketing and PR campaigns, oversee Social Media, develop and update the website and deal with sales enquiries.  This role would suit someone interested in luxury branding and marketing.  If you are hungry have energy and a “bit of sparkle” then this could well..

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THE PERFECT CV

We know that writing your CV can be very daunting.  Where do you even begin?  We have all been there...and so we have decided to give you the inside scoop so there is no way your CV will go to the bottom of the pile! Here is our Golden Guide! Personal Profile: This is the first thing your future employer will read about you and is the part that makes them want to continue reading! Just write a few lines about yourself but don’t write an essay.  Stick to short and sweet!  If you are finding this tricky, ask your friends or family for three good words that would describe you in order to point you in the right direction. Education: Your education years should be listed in reverse chronological order and should be followed by the qualifications and grades you have achieved. Career History: This is where you highlight the tasks and responsibilities that you have carried out in your last role. Make sure you highlight areas that are relevant to the job you are applying for.. If you have not had much experience, don’t fret, just think about other things you have been involved with such as volunteering, school activities, work experience and internships.  If there was something you particularly enjoyed and/or that you were very good at, do mention this as it will add depth to your experience..

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#JGStories - Ingrid Nilsson

This week, in our second #JGStories, we sat down with one of our Partners, Ingrid Nilsson, to find out how she got to where she is today as well as finding out what her favourite boxset is! We hope you enjoy finding out more about Ingrid and if you have any questions or are a candidate or client and would like to feature as one of our #JGStories, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Happy reading! HOW DID YOU GET INTO RECRUITMENT? Back in 2007 I moved to Asia to live and work and I ended up spending almost two years in Malaysia giving me the chance to explore and absorb the sites, culture and of course, the food of Asia. I spent every weekend discovering a new island or food hotspot; I was spoilt for choice, that’s for sure!  I returned to the UK in the Autumn of 2009 as the credit crunch was rearing its ugly head and began the chore of calling and registering with recruitment agencies here in London. The Joyce Guiness office was at that stage based above what is now the cheese shop in South Ken. Pip was there to meet me at the door; she settled me in and produced a spelling and grammar test and told me I’d have to do a typing test (!) something I’d never done before. We chatted..

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100 Years of Remembrance…

Sunday 11th November. The day that we remember all of those who fought for their country and died in the line of duty. 100 years this year since the armistice was signed. For all of those who wear poppies, continue reading to find out why.   On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-Ter Noise. Once there, the bodies were draped with the union flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at random. The other three were reburied. A French Honour Guard was selected and stood by the coffin overnight of the chosen soldier overnight. On the morning of the 8th November, a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court arrived and the Unknown Warrior was placed inside. On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed: "A British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for King and Country". On the 9th of November, the Unknown Warrior was taken by horse-drawn carriage through Guards of Honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside. There, he was saluted..

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London’s Hidden Gems –…

London is full of famous landmarks and sights and if you are visiting for a weekend, there is enough to see without having to take a step off the beaten track. However, if you are looking for somewhere more adventurous to eat and drink, rather than the chains that you can go to at home, then there is an abundance of cool, sophisticated and quirky places for you to go to. Four Thieves Based in Battearse, Four Thieves offers something that not many other places in London do. Imagine a room filled with old arcade games, mini golf, virtual reality and an electric car race track. Can’t think of anywhere with all of that? Four Thieves has it all under one roof. Head down for a fun filled evening with a group of friends! Bobby Fitzpatrick If you fancy an evening surrounded by vintage décor, great pizza, delicious cocktails and some old school music, then take yourself and your dancing shoes along to Bobby Fitzpatrick in Hampstead. Spend the evening sipping on old style cocktails and toe tapping in this bar which has been sent back in time. Tonight Josephine With two locations in London, one in Waterloo and the other in Shoreditch, Tonight Josephine offers a picture perfect cocktail in a glitzy pink neon surrounding. With high tables with benches and bar stools, a black and white patterned floor..

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Kikplastic 2019

If you follow our blogs and social media, you will know that we have followed Kiko Matthews over the past year or two and you will know what amazing challenges she has overcome. Among other things, in March 2018, Kiko became the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a solo rower. She did this 3284 mile row in 49 days, 7 hours and 15 minutes, which is a whole week faster than the previous record holder. Kiko is now taking on a different challenge; cycling the coast of the UK and Northern Ireland with the intention of raising awareness of the problem of single use plastic. In recent years, the dramatic effects that plastics are having on the environment and the world’s oceans has been much more publicised and more steps are being taken towards the prevention of the amount of plastic. The amount of plastic straws being used has been cut down drastically, people are carrying reusable coffee cups, metal and glass bottles are becoming more and more popular and cotton buds have been changed from plastic to paper stems. Shops are slowly taking steps towards reducing their plastic consumption as well, with new plastic free aisles being introduced by various companies. This change won’t happen overnight however and so the work that people like Kiko are doing is helping to educate the public and support everyone..

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn plays a huge part when it comes to searching for a new job. Once your CV has been submitted to a potential employer be it via a direct application or a recruitment agency, one of the first things the employer will do is to search for you on LinkedIn and Social Media.  LinkedIn allows you to search for jobs, post your digital CV, connect with individuals and allows you to be searched for by future employers, recruitment consultants and so on.  The search aspect helps to narrow the parameters making the search more relevant to potential employers. You want to stand out from the competition and be the one who gets noticed, so how do you go about this and how should you best construct your profile? First and foremost, your profile must be clear and as many of the other relevant sections of your profile must be filled in as this makes it easier for the relevant industry experts and potential hirers to find you. Make sure you include a background image and a professional photo of yourself. Write a summary, this could be similar to your personal profile and should include any relevant skills and experience, as then it is easier for you to be found in a search if you do so.  Include your past jobs and experience and the years you were at each company..

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Pointers for networking

Past Contacts: When we’re in networking mode, we tend to think about the future and forget about those who helped us get to where we are now, but getting in touch with old co-workers, bosses, mentors, and former contacts is key. They’re likely in a different place in their careers and have made new connections that you can also tap into. Although sending an email to someone who haven't spoken to in years can feel forced, don't be deterred, you’d be surprised how many will be very happy to hear from an old work mate or contact. School / University Alumni Don’t forget about alumni organisation. Most alumni networks have events and volunteer activities that are perfect for expanding your contacts list. Don’t forget that at an alumni ‘meet-up’ you'll at least share one thing in common: where you went to school or University. Use this as a way to bond, and professional opportunities may well come from them; perhaps not immediately but certainly further down the line if you continue to use the Alumni events pages, or meet up info! Do your research before networking events. First, to find a networking event, you can check LinkedIn, which has an events section listed on your personal homepage. There you can find happenings near you in a field you’re interested in. Others such as Eventbrite also offer networking events and of course, you..

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Cover Letters

Accompanying your CV with a well written cover letter is a great way to create that memorable ‘first impression’ for the person reviewing your application, and therefore increasing your chance to secure that all important interview! As you can imagine, employers receive many applications for vacant roles, and a clear and concise cover letter will increase your opportunity of showing your suitability for the role. You can use this letter to highlight to the employer/ recruiter the relevant skills that you believe align with the role you are applying for, as well as the key points that drew you to both it, but just as importantly, the company. From experience and research, CVs accompanied with a cover letter are often more favoured when reviewing applications. However, it is imperative that the cover letter is not too long, is to the point, and is mistake free. Remember, this is your chance to shine! To that end, when writing your cover letter ensure it is no more than 1 page, aligns your relevant skills to the role being advertised, and shows your interest in the specific role you are applying for. Key pointers: Research the company thoroughly and highlight your interest in them specifically Make sure there are no mistakes – attention to detail is very important just as it is in the CV Keep it concise and ensure all points made..

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