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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.

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:

Embracing Flexible Working Practices

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How does your working day start? Wake up at 6am, drive your car in angry rush hour traffic, or get on an overcrowded non-ventilated form of transport? Are you exhausted and fed up by the time you arrive at work? What about when you arrive at work? Does the layout of your desk give you neck ache, or does the chatting of your colleagues distract you?

The normal 9-5 Monday to Friday office-based routine is becoming less of a norm with the increasing popularity and opportunities for flexible working practices. Both employees and employers are starting to see the benefits that this style of working can bring. How can your company introduce flexible working and what are the benefits it may bring?

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.

New year, New Job?

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New year, New Job? More than one in five employees expected to seek out new role in 2016, with better pay and benefits being the biggest motivator!

Nearly half of would-be leavers want better pay and benefits (Source: Getty)

More than one in five (21 per cent) employees will be polishing off their CV and looking for a new job in 2016.

A survey of 1,000 full-time employees released today by people management consultancy Penna discovered that nearly half (48 per cent) of those planning to leave for pastures new were doing so to seek out better pay and benefits, while 44 per cent wanted more opportunities to develop and 32 per cent long for a change from what they are currently doing.

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