Archive for February, 2014

Down with the kids

Friday, February 21st, 2014

After over twenty years in recruitment, there are many things that I’ve heard that either fill me full of dread or hopelessness, but few concern me more than one phrase that is becoming increasingly prevalent – “I’m going to have some time off with the kids”.

This phrase seems to have gathered momentum due to the number of people, who, when switching jobs, find themselves put on garden leave. In these circumstances, with guaranteed pay for the duration and a new role to look forward to at the end of it, it is a perfectly acceptable use of time. One word of caution though; a friend of mine has “enjoyed” three spells of garden leave, and his kids now dread Daddy being around more often than normal. In today’s hugely demanding world of work, many a parent’s busiest time at work coincides completely with the “not to be missed” years of their children’s development, and it is entirely understandable that you should want to redress the emotional balance, even for a short period of time.

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Sales & Customer Service Administrator, Market Drayton, to £17,000pa + bonus

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is an ambitious, expanding company offering a unique and market leading product to a wide range of potential customers. Having enjoyed a very successful 2013, 2014 is already proving to be far in excess of their expectations. To help support this growth, they are now looking to recruit an enthusiastic, adaptable and hardworking individual to work closely with the newly appointed Sales & Marketing Manager. Your duties will be to manage all aspects of sales administration, customer orders and customer service, and to follow up all new sales enquiries by email, post or telephone. You must therefore be able to demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, in addition to possessing a good telephone manner and a \”can do\” attitude. Although you will not be expected to be vastly experienced as aptitude and personality will play a big part, you must have had some office experience, and be comfortable using accounts packages, spreadsheets and Microsoft. This is not just a stepping stone; there are genuine career prospects with the company as it continues to develop both its UK and export markets.

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Friday, February 14th, 2014

A long time ago in a galxay far far away, people communicated through something called the “letter”. This was a curious device, requiring, as it did, the composer to sit in one place for a concerted period of time, writing carefully and above all legibly. If you made a mistake, you couldn’t just press delete, you had to start again. And you had to think about what you were writing before you wrote it, as you couldn’t cut and paste something in as an afterthought.

The same was true with cards. You sent cards for a range of different reasons; births, deaths, marriages, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or just to say hi. You had to go to a specialist shop, or possibly a stationers, as not everyone sold cards. But you still had to think about what you were writing before committing pen to card.

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Mechanical Design Engineer, Bolton, to £30,000pa inc bonus + benefits

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is a genuine British success story, offering a high quality, British designed and manufactured product to a growing market both at home and overseas. As part of their expansion plans, they are now seeking to appoint an enthusiastic if not yet fully fledged graduate mechanical design engineer to a new role supporting the Design Manager. Your duties will include all aspects of mechanical design engineering from initial conceptualisation to product testing, including constructing 3D CAD models, technical drawings, engineering calculations and report preparation. You will deal directly with suppliers to monitor sampling and production, conduct engineering and design reviews, oversee product testing and external evaluations and create product documentation such as technical and user manuals. Experience of Solidworks, Microsoft and Quark applications and general CAD systems is a vital prerequisite. This is an outstanding step in the right direction for a mechanical design engineering graduate with a couple of years experience, who is looking to broaden their horizons and become more involved in the cradle to grave aspects of product design. If you think you are ready for your next challenge, and want to test your skills on a broader canvas, we need to hear from you!

Ramp Up the Red

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The British Heart Foundation are the biggest funder of charitable heart research in the UK.

They are fighting for everybody who suffers with a heart condition – from babies born with life-threatening heart problems, to the many mums, dads and grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily struggles of heart failure. Their research has already helped to transform lives; but there are still so many people who need help.

Today is Ramp Up the Red day, which is why you might see more people around than you might expect sporting something, anything, that is bright red. It might be socks, a tie, or even hair!

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