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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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“Having good exam results & qualifications is not enough”

This quote was at the centre of our HR Peer Group discussion yesterday.  We meet quarterly to discuss topics that affect those of us at the coal face of hiring & firing.  Our group includes Owner/Managers, Line Managers, HR Consultants, Solicitors & Recruiters.  It’s not a training session or a sales presentation, just an open,[…..]

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Remote working – does it work?

Working from home Recently I had the opportunity to spend a week or so working from my parents’ home in Blackpool.  Off I race to do the dutiful daughter bit, laptop in hand – skype logins at the ready.  We’d already put our systems on the cloud – so I thought – yay! I can[…..]

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Dryathlon – Dry January

Dryathlon – breaking habits is a hard job As part of our 25 things for 25 years (in case we haven’t bored you with it yet, we’re celebrating our Silver jubilee this year), Tracy undertook the Dryathlon. This meant giving up alcohol for January. No mean feat when you work in our office! There have been[…..]

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Resolution or Revolution

It’s that time of year again, when we make New Year Resolutions.  Things we’re going to do differently, more of, less of.  Things we’ve always wanted to do, don’t want to do ever again – life changing things. But when you think of the word itself, “resolution” it’s not very positive is it?  “I’m resolved[…..]

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Keep it in the Family – Sunday 26th November 1989

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Sunday evening and a bit of light entertainment in the form of the comedy hit, Bread. Aveline is finally pregnant but the timing is not to her liking now she has made the “glossies”. Meanwhile, Grandad has been robbed, but his possessions are replaced when all the family rally round. Tomorrow it’s back to work. Hope[…..]

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Back to 1989

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Back to 1989… Meta, Maxine, Madelaine, Matt and Tracy are going back to the eighties this week; November 1989 to be precise. Why? Wote Street is celebrating their 25th anniversary on 28th November…so join our nostalgia ride.  This Friday, (28th November) our office will be transformed into a 1980’s office meaning the fax will be[…..]

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Zero vs Hero!

Zero hours vs Temping – Truly Flexible Working There’s been a lot of talk lately regarding zero hours contracts. Much of this coverage has been looking at it from a negative perspective. It’s true, it doesn’t help with household cash flow when you don’t know what hours you are going to be working that week/month and[…..]

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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[…..]