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Learning on the job: the benefits of apprenticeships to employer and employee

As a recruitment agency that’s also heavily involved in the community, we can’t stop talking about the many benefits of apprenticeships. These positions give young people and career-changers the opportunity to study for a work-based qualification that is often the first stepping stone in a bright career. Our apprentice, Kyra Wallace, recently completed her time[…..]

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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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13 May 2019

Nifty networking plus valuable volunteering = career cheer

As Enterprise Coordinator at Enterprise M3 LEP, Shirley Ducker helps schools and colleges improve their careers and enterprise activities to engage with the world of employment. But it’s through her own personal journey that she’s learned the most about the power of networking.  Shirley’s here as a guest blogger to share her experience with you…[…..]

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01 May 2019

Seeing beyond age discrimination myths

As we’re all living – and working – for longer, the age range in most workplaces is becoming broader. In some cases, there can be an age gap of 50 years or more between staff. All diversity enriches the work culture, but it can require some education to manage it effectively. ACAS recently published a[…..]

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05 Apr 2019

Tips for recruiting under 25-year olds

There are countless reasons why recruiting a person under the age of 25 could be beneficial to the success and growth of your business. As a job agency in Basingstoke, we’ve recently been reminded of the benefits of this yet again. Spring is a time for new beginnings and you’ll not only be opening a[…..]

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21 Mar 2019

Learning on the job: the benefits of apprenticeships to employer and employee

As a recruitment agency that’s also heavily involved in the community, we can’t stop talking about the many benefits of apprenticeships. These positions give young people and career-changers the opportunity to study for a work-based qualification that is often the first stepping stone in a bright career. Our apprentice, Kyra Wallace, recently completed her time[…..]

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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[…..]