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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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Thoughts on approaching a…

WLTM - Career.  Must be rewarding, stimulating, challenging, flexible... Some thoughts on how to approach a career plan.   I was very fortunate to join Pip Cox, Managing Director of Joyce Guiness at a tremendously inspiring event hosted by Addie Pinkster and Alex Corley-Smith of Adelpha. The guest speaker was Jan Babiak a frankly awe-inspiring individual and very successful businesswoman. Jan’s words and her story gave us so many thoughts and ideas it is hard to whittle these down to one area however, Jan’s comments around the benefits of a life plan resonated very strongly with Pip and I. We are both fortunate in that we meet a wide variety of candidates across different sectors and at various stages of their careers.  Experience has shown us that individuals can struggle as they leave university or full-time education as they are faced with a smorgasbord of potential career options.  It can be difficult for them to isolate a career path, as well as identifying the right job and company for them. With that, we wanted to take some time to look at how individuals might put together a career plan that will hopefully provide clarity and framework, not only at the start of their working lives, but also potentially as they progress and explore other industries and roles.  Each person is, of course, different and so how you approach your plan..

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Joyce Guiness do Brunch

JOYCE GUINESS DO BRUNCH Here in the office, there is nothing we love more than a good weekend brunch. Judging by the queues outside our favourite restaurants at “brunch time”, the rest of London agree with us. We thought that it was high time Joyce Guiness shared with you our opinion of where the best places to go are. It has been tough, but we have managed to narrow it down to six (we couldn’t quite do five) must visit eateries. Mommi, Clapham High St Our first recommendation to you is Mommi on Clapham High St. This restaurant is a mix between South American and Japanese food. This might sound like an odd partnership, but it works- and is mighty delicious. The menu includes dishes such as: Huevos Rancheros, Brunch Sashimi Salad and for those with a sweet tooth- Cinnamon Waffle Churros. I can vouch and say they are all utterly brilliant! If you are feeling extra naughty you can pay an extra £30 and have bottomless bubbles to add to the fun! Dirty Bones, Shoreditch What a treat Dirty Bones is. I first stumbled across it by accident, it was pouring with rain and I ran into the closest place for shelter. The best shelter I could have found! Dirty Bones is an American style restaurant. Not only do they have a fantastic cocktail menu, but their brunch menu..

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Best Bargains this Black…

BEST BARGAINS THIS BLACK FRIDAY   This Friday is famously known as Black Friday. This is the day where shops reduce their prices for keen shoppers  to get the best deals before Christmas. Black Friday originated in America and is always the day after US Thanksgiving. The tradition has crept across the pond and there are some great deals on the high street and online which are going to be very tricky to resist! Here at Joyce Guiness we love a bargain and thought that we would let you know our favourite bargains which are due to appear on Black Friday 2017!   MONICA VINADER Who doesn’t love Monica Vinader. Her pieces of jewellery are so simple, yet elegant and really go with everything you are wearing. Whilst I would love to treat myself to her pieces everyday, I feel that on Black Friday it is more justifiable! They are offering a whopping 30% off for Black Friday, which is making it very difficult to resist. If your will power is better than mine, you could use the discount to buy jewellery for friends and family or get someone to get it for you for Christmas.   MISSOMA Missoma is a favourite in our office, their quirky, cool jewellery is a real crowd pleaser and looks amazing. They are offering a black Friday deal, which must be amazing because when..

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ADVENT QUIZ RULES

ADVENT COMPETITION RULES   This year, Joyce Guiness is running an advent competition! It is not just your average competition, as the prize is A JO MALONE CANDLE! There are three up for grabs for the lucky winners and you will be eligible to have your name entered into the draw if you answer all 14 questions correctly. Answers must be sent to along with your name, phone number and email address. You can either email your answers daily or collate them and send them with your name, email and number before 11am on Wednesday 20th December. The format of the questions will be similar if not identical to this:   The Rules There are 14 questions in the competition and in order to have your name entered into the draw to win a Jo Malone Candle you need to answer all 14 correctly. Questions will be posted across all Social Media Channels. (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook). Questions will be posted daily (morning) and there will be a recap of all the questions asked on Tuesday 19th All questions will be posted on our competition blog everyday that they are released. You can either email your answers daily or collate them and send them with your name, email and number before 11am on Wednesday 20th The questions will start on 1st December up until 19th December, inclusive (EXCLUDING WEEKENDS). Answers need to be..

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Our Night with Kiko…

OUR NIGHT WITH KIKO MATTHEWS   We have been talking about Kiko on our social media and blogs for quite a while now. So when Kiko asked if we wanted her to do a talk we absolutely leapt at the opportunity. If you have read our blogs on her before, you will know that we completely admire and respect what she is doing. Having heard her talk we are now in utter awe of her! Last night, we had such a great evening at the Marquis of Westminster with our candidates, clients and good friends. The prosecco was flowing and chips (sweet potato we’ll have you know) were being eaten. We were all there to listen to Kiko Matthews talk about her incredible solo transatlantic adventure in 2018. Our guests were all transfixed on the enormity of her row. The talk was factual, fascinating and hilarious! For those that don’t know, in January 2018, Kiko Matthews is aiming to row the Atlantic solo. She also wants to break the Women’s world record by 10 days, therefore completing the 3000 miles in 45 days. This would be no mean feat for anyone to achieve, but Kiko is doing it having overcome Cushing’s disease, as well as having the tumour raise it’s ugly head again, a few months ago, with just six months to go until the big row. In 2009, Kiko..

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Benefits of Temporary Work

Benefits of Temp Work    Nicky has recently joined us to build up the temp desk at Joyce Guiness. We thought that in honour of this, we would explore the advantages of doing temporary work. Understandably, lots of people dismiss temp work in order to focus on getting a permanent role but temping can vary in length and sector and can come with many benefits. Here, Nicky gives us her top tips on temping and the benefits surrounding it. “When I first moved to London, I didn’t know many people or know what I wanted to do. Temping gave me the opportunity to make new friends whilst delving into different sectors which ultimately led me to the creative sector and now recruitment. Each person is different but you don’t know what you want until you try. Temping gives you that flexibility without having to worry if it doesn’t work for you. You aren’t tied into contracts, you have the ability to dip in and out and keep trying until you find what is right for you. I have temped in many different industries and have met some of the most amazing people along the way. I have also learnt so much which has really helped me grow as a person. Due to this, it has given me the insiders view point of what it’s like to temp which is why..

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Must Visit Festive Pop…

At this time of year London comes into its prime. There are beautiful lights on every street, Christmas music blaring out from shops and restaurants as well as the most fun, funkiest pop up fayres and pop ups. We are going to tell you our favourite ones that we think you must visit before the festive period is over…   Winterland Do you remember way back to the summer, we kept telling you about the amazing little gem called Neverland? Well, they have replaced that summer hotspot to a winter paradise and it is better than you can imagine. Based on Wandsworth Bridge Road, there is something for everyone. For those that want to sit back and relax there are amazing little igloos which you can sit in and look out across the Thames. My personal highlight for Winterland is the games that are available to play. They can range from Prosecco Pong (how can you resist?!), table tennis and even curling. Perhaps you and your friends could be in the Olympic curling team 2018! Similar to Neverland, the food at Winterland is nothing short of delicious. There are fondues, steak frittes and raclette burgers, something for everyone.   Kew Gardens Light Display  Although personally I have never visited the Kew Gardens light display, it fills me with jealousy when I come across people that have. I am sure, like..

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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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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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