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Consultant Interview: Kate

In May, Kate joined our team as a Senior Consultant. She has been fab and it feels as though she has been here forever! Previously, she had been a PA in the Royal Household and at an Exec search company. We thought we would ask a few questions about her transition from being a PA to a Recruitment Consultant: What did you enjoy about being a PA? I loved the variety of the role and developing a close relationship with both the team and the Principals I worked for. It was fantastic working for the Royal Household and meeting some remarkable people. Why did you make the change into recruitment? I wanted a new challenge and I thought that having spent the last 8 years as a PA, I could relate to candidates and also understand clients’ needs. What is it like working in recruitment? I love it!! There is nothing better than telling a candidate that they have got a job! It is so satisfying matching the right candidates to clients, ensuring both parties are happy. Why did you choose Joyce Guiness? The team! I came to register with JG when I was looking for a new role and I was so impressed by Jessie, my then Consultant, but the whole team were always so professional and friendly. I registered with two other agencies at the time but JG..

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Cracking Christmas Cooking!

If you know Joyce Guiness, you know how much we love our food! We think that Christmas time is the perfect time to ditch those diets and start sampling all the delights that come at this time of year. We are going to give a run down of our favourite, festive foods and how to create them! PIGS IN BLANKETS To kick start, we are going to do a popular, much loved choice at Christmas- Pigs in Blankets. To find the best recipe we have called on Jamie Oliver who gives us a mouth watering version. Method Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Working one at a time, lay the bacon out on a board and run the sharp side of your knife along the length of the rasher to stretch it out – this will make it even crispier. Dot with a few herb leaves, then place a sausage at one end and roll the bacon around it until it’s totally wrapped up. Place in a roasting tray and repeat till they’re all done. Cook for 30 minutes, or until golden, gnarly and cooked through. Using a fish slice, scrape the pigs in blankets from the bottom of the tray, leaving them in there, then add the Worcestershire sauce and give it a good shake, scraping all that sticky goodness from the bottom of the tray. Drizzle in the..

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5 Tips to secure…

Trying to second-guess what questions you may be asked, in any interview, is always daunting.  But .... before you get yourself into a flustered panic ...relax...we are going to let you in on the secret of how to answer  questions like a pro! What are your career goals? With this question, your future employer wants to gauge how long you intend to stay within the company or role.  Definitely refer to the position you are being interviewed for and where you hope to see yourself progressing to within this company. This will also show that you have done your research on the company and different possible positions that you may see yourself reaching in time. But remember don run before you can walk! It is important to show that you are interested in progressing in your career and that you are motivated. Why do you want to leave your current company? This, too, is a very important question and is imperative to get right. Rather than talking about what is driving you away from your current company and employment and discussing any negatives you may have with them, you need to focus on what you wish to achieve with a new move and how you hope it will help you gain valuable experience in your career path.  Highlight some aspects of the job you are being interviewed for, that you..

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The Chelsea Flower Show

The prettiest event of the year is next week and you won’t want to miss it!  London is already bursting at the seams; bouquets of colour everywhere you look.  If you have missed getting your ticket but still wish to surround yourself with flowers during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show...then here are some hay fever free beautiful hangouts. The Blue Bird Not only has the blossom carried colour to the streets, it has also brought floral wonders to the menus and cocktails at The Blue Bird. They will be introducing a Royal Garden Cocktail.  This delicious drink is full of rose-petal gin, maraschino, rhubarb liqueur, lemongrass cordial, fresh thyme, raspberries and topped with sparkling wine! So why not sit in the stone courtyard looking onto the King’s Road catwalk while sipping your delicious cocktail? The Ivy You can't miss a visit to The Ivy on the Kings Road. It’s walls completely hidden with cascading bright yellow and white flowers.  Gentle music floating through the windows makes it irresistible to walk by.  If you are looking for somewhere for lunch, drinks, afternoon tea or dinner The Ivy is defiantly one to consider. With inspiration taken from the Chelsea flower show, they have added two bespoke refreshing summer cocktails to tantalise your taste buds! To top it all off, their garden is squirrelled away at the back and something not to be..

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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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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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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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