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You never know where a temp job might take your career

Sixteen years ago, I was doing a temping job as a receptionist when the owner of the agency approached me to see if I fancied a go at recruitment. Always open to opportunity, I said yes.  Here we are 16 years later and I’m the Operations Director at Wote Street People.  Now, I could tell[…..]

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Santa needs his Elves early

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I don’t know about you, but it seems the minute the mid-Summer Solstice has happened we start thinking about Christmas.  Who’s going where and when.  Who wants what, who doesn’t want anything and who is going hide in their bedroom all day. You may think this is all a bit early.  However, many of our[…..]

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Get the best staff with flexible working

Flexible working brings a more diverse pool of candidates – and could they be so wrong they’re right, like chocolate covered pork scratchings? Honestly, it’s a thing!  Belgian chocolate pork scratchings – it works because it is like “salted caramel on steroids”. It’s that whole salt/sweet combo but taken to another level, you first get[…..]

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Back to school, back to work – temping and part time jobs in Basingstoke

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Summer came in like a lion and fizzled out like a camp fire made out of damp wood.  It appears that Autumn is upon us already. It definitely has its advantages other than the chance to kick our way through oceans of leaves & smell the woodsmoke of bonfires; it’s often the time to think[…..]

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He who cares, wins

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We’re all aware of the motto for the SAS: he who dares, wins.  Well, here at Wote Street People, we feel this is pertinent to recruitment for job vacancies in Basingstoke too, albeit with a change of one word, from ‘dare’ to ‘care’. What we mean by this is really caring about which job vacancies[…..]

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They liked what they heard about us

Not all job agencies in Basingstoke are the same but we reckon there is one thing we’d all agree on –  our industry is all about talking to people. At Wote Street People we’re on an ongoing quest to make sure that we’re meeting our customers’ expectations; that’s why we send out a feedback form[…..]

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What’s your emergency? Police, fire, ambulance…or temp?

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It’s Monday morning… …the alarm didn’t go off, one of the kids spilt their breakfast down their school uniform, the dog escaped again, you got stuck in traffic with precisely minus-12 minutes to go until your presentation and then you finally got to the office to discover the receptionist is off with the ‘flu. Or[…..]

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How much should students get paid?

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Student pay Studying is beginning to wind down for many, and students are beginning their summer temping job search to earn some money – but how much should students expect to get paid? Temporary student jobs can be easy to come by, although they don’t always pay a worthwhile hourly rate. National Living Wage On[…..]

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Not So Great Expectations – part 1

Although it was a last minute arrangement, my work experience placement at Wote Street People, a recruitment agency in Basingstoke, has been excellent all round. Not only was I kept busy constantly, which got me doing lots of different things, I was welcomed into the office by the friendly workers present there by all manners[…..]

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Back to school? Back to work?

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We may be getting a bit more Summer weather-wise here in Hampshire, but according to the shops it’s “Back to School” time already.  That means parents & grandparents will be starting to have a little more time on their hands. That’s great news for recruiters like us who have part time & flexible working jobs[…..]

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08 Feb 2019

Candidates keep falling through? Don’t make your plan B a second thought

  In recruitment, as in life, things rarely work out as expected. The news reminds us daily that it’s actually wise to expect the unexpected. For example, you’ve got to wonder if there’s a teeny weeny bit of Theresa May’s brain that wishes she had pre-prepared a plan B for how Brexit is unfolding… We[…..]

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03 Jan 2019

Honesty is the best policy

Recruitment has always been an exciting industry.  There’s nothing quite like the buzz of helping someone make their next career move.  Knowing that you have been a part of helping people achieve the challenge, the promotion, the pay increase, or the work/life balance they need, is immensely satisfying. The current climate is definitely in the[…..]

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19 Dec 2018

87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work – are you one of them?

We were as shocked as you when we read this headline. But, yes, a recent Gallup survey highlighted a worrying statistic from the worldwide workplace; 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work. It would appear that from full-time workers in Frankfurt, to shift-workers in Shanghai, to those in part time work in Basingstoke,[…..]

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07 Dec 2018

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time? Festivities at work, unwrapped

As a recruitment agency in Basingstoke, we love to meet up with other local businesses to build relationships and discuss current topics that affect us all. During our latest peer group discussion, the conversation soon turned towards the issues that can arise at Christmas… Professional party-goers Work Christmas parties are the ideal opportunity to celebrate[…..]

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30 Nov 2018

Keeping up with Google

Who can remember life before Google?! Once upon a time, if you were looking for a job in Basingstoke you’d go to the yell.com website to search for a phone number…or maybe even scour the Basingstoke Gazette, community noticeboard, Thomson directory or Yellow Pages. These days, Google is so ubiquitous it’s basically become a verb.[…..]