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‘Brexit means Brexit’…but what does ‘Brexit’ really mean?

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Back in 2016 75% of British voters turned up at the polling stations to seal the fate of our country. To leave or not to leave? That is the question. Or that WAS the question I should say. Long story short, we decided to leave, and the question remaining is, what will that mean for our country, and more SPECIFICALLY, what will that mean for the recruitment industry.

Which Accountancy Qualification should I choose?

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A question I get asked often by candidates is, 'which qualification is best to get into professional accountancy'. Two of the most popular courses to gain the full Chartered Accountant status are CIMA and ACCA, both highly respected and globally sought-after routes. However, which one is the right one for you to study? 

Four Reasons We Should Have Potted Plants In The Office

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Statistics are a funny thing…on the one hand, they are just numbers that can easily be ignored or forgotten. On the other hand, they have the ability to represent huge proportions of critical information. For example, did you know, that on average, a working man or woman will spend 35% of their total waking hours (over a50 year working life) at work? That’s 92,120 hours. A massive chunk of time! Because this is such a big portion of our life, we should surely make the time we spend in the office as pleasant as possible.

Saving, Pensions, Retirement…MONEY!

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As a Business Manager for the Temps Division of a recruitment agency, it has come to my attention that some people have no real understanding of what they need to save to have a successful and stress-free retirement! With the first of our candidates auto-enrolling in our pension scheme in April, I felt this was the best time to gather some facts and figures and share the true cost of not saving, and the benefits of when you do!

6 Reasons Why Candidates Fail At Interviews

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You thought the interview was successful. You answered all questions and it seemed as though you were the ideal candidate. "I’m sure I’ve got this one!" – you were thinking to yourself. But you received a call from the hiring manager, and it turned out you didn’t.

What went wrong? We will try to find an answer to this question.

Five Important Skills That Take Time To Master

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Patience is bitter, but its fruits are sweet.

There are many things in life that are time-consuming, however, we pursue them because we know they are entirely worth the sacrifice. For example, to fly to the white sand beaches of Fiji from London takes 20 hours. 20 hours of sitting in a seat definitely isn’t pleasant. But it is DEFINITELY worth it when looking at the bigger picture! In a similar way there are many skills that can take years to master, but once we have mastered them, they benefit us throughout our entire lives.

Take a moment to stop and think about skills that took time and a whole lot of energy to master but you continue to use to this day. Riding a bike? Learning how to swim? Learning to talk. You may not recall, but whilst learning how to walk you fell down a lot. But you persevered…and it has definitely paid off.

In this article, I want to focus on Five skills that take time, patience and perseverance to master. These are skills that once mastered, will benefit you throughout the rest of your life. Although the majority of these may seem fairly obvious and simple, trust me when I say that when applied correctly, they can change lives. Let’s start with:

The Importance Of A Great Team In The Work Place!

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When you think about working in recruitment sales, you are probably thinking high pressurised environment, working to KPIs’, targets and phones ringing non stop! You are probably also thinking that the single most important thing is to come in to work hit your number and go home without much consideration for anything else. Now whilst reaching targets and being successful is what we come to work for, since joining CPI Selection it has taught me that working within a great team is just as important to achieve success!

I’ve previously worked for organisations where the pressures of hitting targets and KPI’s has pushed people to their limits and resulted in tensions in the work place and a team attitude being nonexistent!

12 Angry Men (1957) My Review by Jon Hale

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I only picked up on this film within the last few years due to being given a rather large book for my Birthday titled “1001 Movies: You Must See Before You Die” so after flicking through the pages I stopped on this film and since then have probably watched it 6 or 7 times. You know a film is good when, even though you’ve seen it before and know the ending, you can happily watch it again and again. I love old films, I love the old styles and more importantly the way they were filmed. They don’t make them like they used to!

A Dutchy in the UK

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This coming November will mark my 4th year of living in the UK and it has flown by. When I finished my studies in Tourism a couple of years before coming over, I was already playing with the idea of travelling abroad and gain experience working elsewhere. However, I did not have the UK in mind to start off with. I was mainly thinking of Spain, Portugal, Greece (aka ‘mainly’ nice weather countries). I wanted to also be able to speak the language and not be too far away from home. Then when I was watching an episode of Two Pints of Lager I thought perhaps the UK might be a good destination as I speak the language and it is “around the corner” from home. So, there I was about 3 months later moving to the UK not knowing that 4 years later I would still be here.

The first thing that I had to get used to was the ‘English Accent’. Although in and around London it is not the most difficult accent it was still a challenge at times. I was, however thought to be American for the first couple of years here in the UK (which really is from watching American movies and series on telly). Once I figured out that the accent where I live (Buckinghamshire) is one of the “lightest” English accents, I was happy about the fact that I had cracked it and wasn’t struggling anymore. Now almost 4 years later I am ok with most accents even Irish and Scottish however the occasional Northern accent still gets me at times. This is where I can pull my ‘sorry I am foreign and English is not my 1st language card’ out of the bag and I am forgiven for keep on saying “Sorry?” “What?” “Pardon?” “Huh!?” I have now however apparently transformed my own accent to slightly Irish as this is now usually the first guess for most people who I meet for the first time. 

Technology An Advancement…Or Perhaps Not?

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Technology an advancement… or perhaps not?

I am an 80’s child… well I was born in 1970, BUT the 80’s was when I grew up!! The 80’s was a great time to be a kid, i had a reasonably simple but happy life.. you have seen all the posts on social media;

Click if you were an 80’s child because; You played at the park until it was dark, went out all day on our bikes and bought a 10p mix up at the local newsagents.. Tesco had small shops and the carrier bags were free  etc etc ..

17 years ago something changed and not just me passing the milestone of moving out of my 20’s and into my 30’s.. how I would love to go back and look at myself in the mirror… not just because I had less wrinkles or grey hair but also to give my younger self some advanced warning! Tech is going to change the way you communicate and live your life!

I have 5 children born between 1990 and 2007 (my wife has kindly confirmed the years are about right).. #gooddad

Good, Better, Best!

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Good, Better, Best!

Up to the age of 19 I had lived a pretty normal life…I hung out with friends, went to school, played sports and mostly did what was expected of me. Life was good! And I was happy. However when I turned 19 I made a decision that would dramatically change my life forever… I made the decision to leave behind life as I had always known it and become a Missionary for a year and a half in the Philippines. My cosy life was turned upside down and inside out as I adjusted to hot humid weather, sharing a room with big Lizards and Spiders, showering out of buckets and speaking a new and (at first) unfamiliar language…but the joy I felt was beyond anything I had felt before…I was happy and life was definitely better. The life I had left behind was wonderful and I was lucky, however, in the Philippines I was able to experience the joys of helping others and have my mind opened and expanded to what life outside Jolly old England was really like. Every day was tiring, emotional and STRESSFUL but I knew who I was and I had a firm purpose, life had changed dramatically…but I can safely say it had changed for the BETTER.

How I Became A God

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Now I imagine upon reading the title of this blog, images of some self-proclaimed, incredibly handsome, world class recruiter come to mind… While all of the above are true my title has a somewhat more modest story attached. 

Growing up I would have been classed as a bit of a wild spirit by some, raving lunatic by others.  With little to no regard for personal safety and a slightly selfish, thrill seeking personality, I spent most of my teenage years studying, partying, working various jobs and partying. At the near adult age of 21 I had a bombshell dropped on my utterly self-centred world “I’m pregnant” came the words every young man longs to hear… Being a rather pragmatic individual I hugged my girlfriend, smiled and cried with er joy…

The Life & Challenges of a Working Mum

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Every day someone will ask me, at least 5 times, ‘how do you do it?’ or ‘you must be Superwoman!’.

As a full time working mother of 3 children (4, 5 & 19), creating the ideal work-life balance is constantly a challenge and is based around juggling my precious time. But getting the balance right between work and motherhood is only half the challenge.  I find that it is just as important to adjust my brain to put a separation between the two equally crazy worlds. Too much overlap between work and being a mum not only has a tendency to cause chaos mentally, where I end up with to-do lists on every white board and coming out of my ears, but it also makes it harder to give 100% attention to my kids when I’m with them.

I try desperately to not deal with work emails or calls in ‘child’ time, and try hard to stop the constant train of thought drifting into work mode. But this is really hard and I know that sometimes I have no idea what the kids are up to as I am sitting in my home office, and inevitably they will play up to get my attention. This has included drawing on the walls, drawing on each other’s faces with permanent pen, trying to flush the cat down the toilet, all of which have taken a lot of explaining to my husband!!

The 7 worst body language mistakes job seekers make

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Your dream employer is hiring, so you do your homework, submit your CV, land yourself an interview, and kill it in the hot seat. You’re pretty confident it’s in the bag.

But on your way out, you shake the interviewer’s hand, thank him for his time, and completely blow your chances.

How? The handshake was weak and you failed to make eye contact.

That’s right: These simple mistakes can cost you the job, according to body language expert Tonya Reiman, author of “The Power of Body Language.”

“When someone first meets you, an evaluation is quietly and unconsciously taking place,” she explains. “There is an incredible amount of processing going on as millions of neurons in the brain are activated and working to determine if they believe you to be credible, trustworthy, and likable. That impression is based primarily on your nonverbal communication.”

So, from the moment you arrive for a job interview until the moment you leave, you need to be keenly aware of your gestures and nonverbal cues.

Here are seven common body language mistakes that can cost you the job:

Me, Myself and Marketing

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I began my time at CPI as an office administrator in April 2017, however, as time has passed, my role has changed, progressed and developed...(much like myself). I have naturally found myself drawn towards the marketing side of the company, an area of incredible potential and full of new opportunities. Many recruitment agencies have previously glossed over the importance of marketing, seeing it as an unnecessary expense - however in this heavily digital era we now find ourselves in, marking is not only necessary, but it is fundamental to growth. If you wish to stay in the game, you have to first be IN the game, which is evidently only possible through the magic of strategic branding and marketing. 

The Dos and Don’ts Of Giving Constructive Feedback

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Human beings tend to avoid criticism. We don’t like being challenged, even in a constructive manner, and often perceive it as being personal. Our desire to avoid criticism can even lead us to blame external forces such as bad luck, ‘acts of God’, circumstances beyond our control, and even other people. We seem to do this instead of accepting that we have perhaps made a mistake, or that there may be an alternative, potentially better way of tackling a project.

How to Build Your Professional Network Online

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Having a strong online network is a great tool for any professional. It’s useful for meeting like-minded people, sharing ideas and creating relationships that could benefit your career in the future. While it’s great to get to know people in person, the internet has opened up a whole host of opportunities, allowing us to connect with people online, from all over the world.

Stepping Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

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After Christmas and the New Year, we enter this period that has been nicknamed the ‘January Blues’. For all you fellow Christmas lovers, I am sure you can empathise with the concept of feeling slightly miserable and underwhelmed when the New Year kicks in. The decorations come down, and school/work is back as though we never left. Before we know it, the magic of the season has quietly slipped away, and life as normal begins again.

Goodbye 2017....Hello 2018!

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It's about that time of year! Drawing to the end of another year...Now you may either be smiling back on the memories of the departing year, or you may be glad to see it go! Either way, I hope you are waiting with eager anticipation, excited to see what this brand new year may bring. Another year means another chance, a fresh start! What's not to love?

The Importance of Body Language:

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Okay...Question Time!

What is the one common factor in a majority of success stories?

It is no secret that successful individuals can come from all kinds of backgrounds and different walks of life, but what binds them together? What is that common factor..? Is it Skill? Or perhaps Attitude…? You may think Luck plays a heavy role, or even Fate. And maybe you’re right! However I personally feel that there is one contributing factor that is far too overlooked. Its use and influence in success has been present since the stone age…literally since day 1. It is something that is relevant regardless of race, language, age, gender or even species. It is something that will be prevalent for as long as humans (or any animal species) are in existence.

What is it? 

So…you want to change the world?

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I remember being sat in the sixth form common room at school discussing with friends what we wanted to do in the future after we had finished school, graduated Uni and started our ‘real lives.’ We all had different plans and different goals…different roads that we wanted to go down - however there was one thing that we all unanimously agreed on…we all wanted to ‘change the world’ and do our part for humanity.

The end of school rolled around, many started Uni. Three years of stress, finding your feet and feeling more independent and free than ever before! – three of the best years just zoomed by and then graduation happened! All of a sudden ‘real life’ begins and we are to start changing the world…only problem? The vast majority of us have no idea how.

In this article I am not claiming to have solved any fantastic mystery regarding changing the world, or to have any new and INCREDIBLE scientific discovery to share with you. What I wish to share is much simpler, and a principle most of us have been taught since childhood.

Are you paying your staff what they are worth?

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I read a relatively interesting article this morning about counter offers. *Cue your round of applause.* In addition, at some point I may explain why Paul Hollywood is the picture header of this article.

Now I am sure everyone has read the statistics that do the rounds on LinkedIn bi-weekly (80% of people leave within 6 months of a counter offer, etc etc etc). However, it was good to read an article where the writer had experienced a counter offer, rightfully rejected it, and then articulated the reasons for not accepting it. DESPITE the new offer being both more money and a higher job title.

Why is scheduling so important?

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Have you ever asked yourself, what does it take to be successful? What more do I need to do in order to experience my ‘lucky break’. Any successful entrepreneur will happily tell you that success is a combination of a variety of different elements…To name a few: hard work, perseverance, time management skills, ability to set realistic but stretching goals…and the list goes on! However one element that tends to get overlooked by the masses is that of having the ability to schedule…To invite a positive balance into your life. The more balanced our life is, the happier and more fulfilled we feel, the happier we are, the more inspired we become, the more inspired we are, the better work we accomplish etc. My aim in writing this article is to bring to light six positive outcomes that are a result of having a consistent but flexible schedule. 

    1) Enjoy more free time

      There is a great misconception that those who keep to a schedule are very restricted. That they don’t have what is known as ‘down time’ or time to relax. However this couldn’t be further from the truth! It has been proven that those who schedule their days are more able to accomplish their tasks in a shorter amount of time, leaving more opportunities to take regular breaks throughout the day. However the more productive we become, the more we tend to fill our ‘free time’ with more wholesome activities, such as reading etc. 

Ringing That Bell...

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A year ago, I would be that person ringing the bell for making a placement and adding my numbers to the board, doing all I could to hit my target. Now when someone places a candidate and rings the bell I think of every moment that I have made a positive impact, whether that is for the consultant, client or the candidate.

 There is nothing worse than feeling inadequate and at first that’s exactly how I felt. How can I be valued as much as someone else who is bringing money into the business? For three years I worked in sales environments where your activity was constantly monitored, evaluated and you were reprimanded for not hitting a certain number of calls, even if you had £20K on the board! In this last year, CPI has taught me about self-worth.

My Journey In Management

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Management is something that had always seemed like natural progression in a person’s working life. Something that would almost be guaranteed as you move through life. Much like wrinkles, developing questionable taste in fashion or an inclination to carry boiled sweets on all occasions. I always thought that if you work long and hard enough, you’ll inevitably end up managing someone.

I’ve been the ‘Office Manager’ in several companies now. Most of the time, this has meant being manager of a department of three people. Me, myself and I. So yeah, one person. One person’s time to manage, one person to shoulder the workload with and one person accountable to me.

June 2016 this all changed. My workload had increased vastly over the 18 months I’d been in my role and something had to give. Luckily that something was the budget to recruit a second member of office staff, which I duly did.

My Journey To Recruitment

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I still remember the day six years ago when I was sitting in the living room with my parents discussing my future and new opportunities. How could we develop our two already successful businesses? We needed to be more financially stable to grow so we made the courageous decision to move to the UK. My dad helped out with his friend’s business and the idea of being able to open a third business was more possible than ever.

I decided that I wanted to move to the UK with my dad. The education system in my country was not as advanced and I wanted to better myself as much as possible. After battling through GCSEs and A-levels I came to the end of my education journey. I was now seeking full-time employment and a friend of mine recommended a recruitment agency that were seeking staff for their catering vacancies. Without a second thought I dived at the opportunity. I was pretty good at what I was doing and within only three months of working for them I was promoted to supervisor.

The Evolving World of Sales and Communication

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The Evolving World of Sales and Communication…My take on youth to (almost) middle aged selling!

November 23rd 2004 was the day it all changed, I had gone through a couple of interviews and had met the ‘new team’. This was my first day in my new job and in all honesty...I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, or how fast actually this roller coaster of a career was going to be for me.

I was 27 years old, relatively a late starter into recruitment, I had just bought my first property with my girlfriend, driving around in a brand new Vauxhall Astra SXI. Disposable income was a wonderful thing and my weekends tended to start on a Wednesday! Prior to this I held a couple of sales positions for a large retailer and then a national hotel chain. Yes I had been on all the training sessions on sales processes, negotiation, and how to make a proper hand shake! (Yes, I actually went on a course on how to shake hands professionally!) But in all honesty I never really knew what selling meant!

My Transition To A Specialist

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My Transition; Working for a High Street Agency to being a Sales Specialist Recruiter...

June 30th 2014 was my first day in recruitment, and I can be completely honest in saying I was unaware and naive to what my actual job was going to be. I saw a sparkly OTE figure on an advert, thought “I would love to earn that much money” and clicked apply. I had no idea what I would be doing, I knew the basic ‘finding people jobs’ and ‘finding jobs for people’, but not the specifics.

Off the back of some 3 or 4 solid weeks of training, and with my mind robotically programmed to the High Street expectancies, I was beginning to get the idea of it. Call a company (any company), pick up a job (any job, be it in a warehouse or a HR director), arrange a price (at a discounted, not negotiated, fee), find an ideal candidate (or throw mud at a wall until it somehow sticks) celebrate the rewards you will have to do 2 to 3 more times that month to hit your target.

One Million Cybersecurity Job Openings In 2016

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If you are thinking about a career change in 2016, then you might want to have a look at the burgeoning cybersecurity market which is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020.

A knack for cat and mouse play may indicate that you have an aptitude for cybersecurity. It is a field where the good guys — cybersecurity professionals — are pitted against the bad guys — cybercriminals a.k.a. hackers. Assuming you’d want to be a good guy – a career can mean a six-figure salary, job security, and the potential for upward mobility.

More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74% over the past five years, according to a 2015 analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by Peninsula Press, a project of the Stanford University Journalism Program.


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