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Work Experience- First Hand!

Why do Work Experience? What is the relevance of work experience and how can it help you? Right now I am doing a stint of work experience at Joyce Guiness, where I am being made aware of the skills required in a recruitment agency. While this may not show any relevance to future plans and ideas, it will help provide me a very basic foundation and set of skills for whatever career I end up with. Below, I will outline a few reasons why work experience is so important, and the benefits of doing it. Getting a taste for potential careers and jobs is really beneficial. It can help push you in new and exciting directions as you could decide that the jobs you’ve had your heart set on for ever, really isn’t for you after some experience. As well as this, you may find a new ambition and drive for a different career path which is really exciting. Work experience is a great way to quickly show employers your interests and skills on your CV when searching for jobs. This is vital as the competition for jobs are high and can seem overwhelming, but, by securing experience in a range of careers can really make you stand out from other candidates. Having this on your CV will increase your chances of getting offers at the places you want as..

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How to ace your…

 It is very busy at Joyce Guiness at the moment; we have so many amazing candidates going in to interview, so we thought that a blog on interview tips would be appropriate for both the seasoned interviewers and those which are slightly newer to the process. With anything, a certain amount of preparation needs to take place and interviews are no different. It is important to research the company thoroughly: this includes looking at the interviewer’s LinkedIn, finding out about what exactly it is the company does, what your role will entail and any other relevant information, perhaps a recent news story on it. Doing research will help with settling your nerves as well as giving you useful information which can help you answer any difficult questions in a comprehensive way. It also gives you a chance to show off your knowledge of the company. INTERVIEW DRESS The way that you dress for the interview depends on the company. If they are a finance company it tends to be corporate which means going smart (suit/ dress). However, a creative company maybe more relaxed, for instance chinos/ smart trousers and a suit and jumper! It is good to research what type of company you are going to and how corporate it is. Although, always go respectively dressed and with hair tidy for any interview as first impressions are key. If you..

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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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Winter in London

The streets are being covered in falling leaves, the days are getting darker earlier, the nights are drawing in and the weather’s getting colder. This can only mean one thing – winter is coming!  As some of you may be experiencing your first winter in London, we have decided to write about the best things to do on the forthcoming cold and dark evenings and let you know that there is more to do than rush home and get cosy in front of the TV. No matter what part of the city you live in, there is always something wintery to do. Mulled wines and ciders are starting to appear in your local pubs and Christmas lights are being hung across the streets and around trees. People are keenly anticipating the appearance of the first brightly decorated trees and Christmas songs on the radio. Winter isn’t all about Christmas however, but the city embraces this and there is a huge amount of activities and fun things for everyone to do, and it doesn’t all cost money! If you’re looking for something free to do, there are parks to explore and Christmas markets to walk around. You could also spend an evening wandering the streets looking at all of the Christmas light which have spread throughout the city, ending at the Christmas tree in Trafalgar square. If you’re prepared to spend..

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Importance of Team Building

Our team (Team JG) did something different this week; we went to Shaftsbury Avenue to try out the new Crystal Maze. If you were ever a fan of the show you will know how the game works.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the 90’s show, you are led through a ‘maze’ or different themed rooms with various challenges in each. Led by an enthusiastic host, you are left to work as a team and must help each other pass each challenge. This was not just your everyday work outing, this was a team building exercise! This was a time for us to combine our expertise and skills to work together and encourage each other to win the game and therefore collect as many crystals as possible. In our day jobs at Joyce Guiness we very much rely on each other as we all have our individual duties to complete, which when put together, complete the main task.  It is important therefore that we are able to work together as a team and coordinate ideas and skills. When doing team building activities these can highlight various characteristics and skills of individuals that you might not have known about before. Not only this, it can also help to build trust between you all. Having trust within a team is crucial as it means that people are comfortable to share ideas..

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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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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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