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Oct/18

19

A Guide to Living and Working in Lincoln

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A new feature for our blog, we’ve put together a series of guides to living and working in the towns and cities where our branches are based. Written by people with the lowdown on all things local, these will be a must-read if you’re considering relocating. First up is our head office location of Lincoln.

Lincoln is most famous for its historic ‘uphill’ quarter. Sitting atop the rather aptly named ‘Steep Hill’, the Cathedral was once the tallest building in the world, and the castle holds one of four original copies of the Magna Carta.  In the uphill and Bailgate areas, there’s plenty of independent cafes, pubs and restaurants to try; once you’ve finished exploring the cobbled streets.

Head down Steep Hill to Lincoln’s High Street and St Marks areas, where you can find many big brand shops along with independent retailers. Nightlife in Lincoln has been much improved since the arrival of the University, with a wide range of bars and clubs to choose from.

Lincoln is currently seeing wide-scale development with a new transport hub, and the current regeneration of the ‘Cornhill Quarter’ in the City Centre.

A visit to Lincoln’s famous annual Christmas Market is a must; held over the first weekend in December, German-style chalets transform the uphill area into a wonderland of festive sights and smells.

Why not also pay a visit to Sincil Bank and soak up the match-day atmosphere and watch Lincoln City Football club in action.

Our Address

Our Head Office is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Train Station, near St. Marks shopping centre.

Ambitions Personnel
Firth Court
Firth Road
Lincoln
Lincs
LN5 7WD

Tel: 01522 546643

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Lincoln

We’ve been established in Lincoln since 1990, so we know the job market inside out. If you’re considering moving here and want to find out more about the types of roles available then speak to one of our consultants who’ll be happy to help. We recruit for permanent and temporary roles across a wide variety of industries, from warehousing, factory and driving, to office-based roles at all levels, including HR, marketing and accounts.

Entry level roles in industrial sectors such as factory and warehousing are usually paid at the National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage rates, but can sometimes attract a premium for overtime or shifts. Large employers will often use a recruitment agency to help with peaks in demand, and often offer permanent contracts to agency workers.

The average starting salary for an Administrator is between £16,000 and £18,000 per annum.

Getting around

The city centre itself is small enough for everywhere to be accessed by foot. However, if you want to head further afield then Lincoln has a newly regenerated ‘transport hub’, encompassing a brand new bus station and improved links to the train station. The move has created an increase in services in the city, making it easier than ever to get about.

House Prices / Rent

House prices in Lincoln are very reasonable compared to other areas of the UK, which is encouraging if you’re thinking about moving to the city. A 2 bedroom property in the city can be snapped up for around £90,000 – £120,000, whereas average rents are around £500 per month.

If this has piqued your interest in living in the city, and you’d like to know more about the opportunities we have in Lincoln, click through to our jobs page here.

 

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Oct/18

12

How to up Your Public Speaking Game

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Whether it’s for work, school or socially, whether it’s to 10 or 1000 people, the thought of having to address a room full of people is enough to bring some people out in a cold sweat. And if this is you, you are not alone; research has shown that a fear of public speaking ranks higher than a fear of heights or snakes! Even royalty aren’t exempt; it’s been said that even Prince Harry isn’t a fan!

One way to deal with it is to simply avoid situations where public speaking would be necessary, however, there may be times where you’re faced with no choice.

Avoiding the need to speak publically is one way to deal with it, but there are lots of reasons why it’s a great skill to have under your belt. Not least the fact that it might help boost your career opportunities! Read on for our top tips on how to ace your next presentation:

  1. Make friends with your nerves

Just simply by accepting the fact that you are going to be nervous, and that it’s a perfectly natural response to the situation, is the first step. Unless public speaking is your day job, it’s unrealistic to expect that you’re not going to have some level of nerves in the lead-up and/or on the day. Take the steps you can to help counteract your nerves, things such as breathing exercises, gentle stretching and general self-care (being well rested and eating a light nutritious breakfast etc.), might be useful.

It might also be useful to remember that some nerves are actually good for you, the adrenaline is your body’s way of making sure you’re alert and ready. It also shows it’s something you care about, so channelling this passion can help engage your audience.

  1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

Before you put pen to paper, think about why you’re giving the speech, what the purpose is and what outcome you’re looking for. Research your audience; what knowledge level do they have already and in what tone do you want to address them? Think about presentations you’ve seen yourself; what did you like or what didn’t work? Are you going to use any props or a slideshow? Remember to use Powerpoint sparingly; to highlight key messages or show images/infographics, avoid blocks of text. If you are giving a presentation then we have some separate advice covering all aspects of them here.

Many of the best presenters will start with something to grab the audience’s attention, possibly a fact, statistic or an anecdotal story.  Once you have gained the audience’s interest initially, statistics show that you have up to 20 minutes before their attention may wander; so make sure you can be concise without losing your message. Add a personal touch where you can and aim to speak conversationally, it will help the audience relate to you on a personal level and boost your credibility. Finish on a strong note, with a summary or statement that will be remembered.

Some people are advocates of only writing an outline or pointers, to avoid sounding like you’re simply reading from a script, whereas for some, it might provide more comfort to have the full speech down on paper. Either way, practice as much as you can – saying it out loud is a must!

  1. It’s all in the delivery

Deciding what to say is only half the battle, how you say it is just as important.

Firstly, aim to speak clearly, with confidence and passion. The tone of your voice can make up for a thousand words, and really helps keep the audience engaged. Pause to take a breath or a sip of water after making a key point, it gives the audience time to really digest what you’ve said. A speech or presentation should not be delivered at your normal conversational speed, plus most people tend to speed up if they’re feeling nervous, so a good rule of thumb is that if you think you’re going too slow, you’re probably ok!

Whether you’re seated or standing, your body language is important; keep it open, and use your hands to enhance what you’re saying. If you like to move around, this is fine, but avoid pacing up and down too much as this can distract from your message.

Eye contact is key! Instead of simply looking in the general direction of the audience, try picking out a few friendly faces and making eye contact on rotation.

Above all, smile! Remember that the audience are there to see you and most will want you to succeed!

 

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Oct/18

4

How to Bring Mindfulness Into Your Working Day

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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is one of those words that seems to be everywhere at the moment, but what does it really mean? Mindfulness is defined by mindful.org as ‘the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us’.

We can do this by becoming an observer of yourself; your thoughts, sensations, feelings and emotions. The key is to try your best to do this without judgement.

The good news about mindfulness is that you already have everything you need, and the more you practice, the more you’ll reap the benefits.

How can I be more mindful at work?

  1. Focus on your breathing

Stop what you’re doing and consciously bring all of your attention to your breathing. Follow your breath as it enters your body and as you breathe out. If you get distracted or your mind wanders off, just acknowledge that and bring yourself back to focusing on your breath as you inhale and exhale. Even a few seconds of mindful breathing can be a powerful way of reconnecting to the present moment.

  1. Use reminders

We’re often going about our day to day lives on auto-pilot. Even once you’ve experienced the benefits of mindfulness, it’s easy to forget to be mindful! Set an alarm on your phone, so when it goes off it’s a reminder that you have an opportunity to take a step back and observe what is going on for you in present moment.

  1. Embrace Stress

Studies have shown that how you perceive stress can affect how it impacts you. If you tend to think of stress in a negative way, try thinking about how stress can actually help you.  When you are facing a challenging time at work, notice your heart rate and your breathing. Be grateful that stress is energising your body and making you more alert, preparing you for the task ahead.

  1. Accept what you can’t change

Mindfulness is all about acceptance. Accepting everything just as it is in the present moment, without trying to change anything. This is something that can be applied personally (accepting all of yourself, exactly as you are – even the bits you don’t like), but also in work situations.

  1. Do one job at a time

Research shows that multi-tasking is actually ineffective as it’s pretty impossible to really do two things at once. Prioritise your workload and/or create a to-do list. Tackle one task at the time and give it your full attention. If your mind wanders, just bring it back to the job in hand. Taking phone calls? Do it mindfully, really listen to the person you’re speaking to rather than jumping ahead and planning your response.

  1. Meditate!

One of the ways mindfulness can be cultivated is through meditation. The practice of meditation has roots in many ancient religions and cultures going back over two thousand years. In more recent times, teachings have been adapted to the modern world and made accessible for all. There’s a wealth of free information available online, recorded meditations to follow and downloadable apps. Meditation can be done whilst seated, walking, or even while doing other forms of exercise, such as yoga.

It’s not always going to be practical to do this one whilst actually at work. But by building a regular meditation practice into your daily routine, the benefits will continue into your working day. Or why not try organising a group meditation or yoga session during your lunch break?

“You are the sky. Everything else is just weather” – Pema Chodron

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Sep/18

28

How to Avoid an Afternoon Slump

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It happens to loads of us, after a really productive morning you can feel your eyes dropping in the afternoon. By about 2pm we’re struggling to focus, despite the mountain of work staring back at us. If this sounds like you, then help is at hand. We’ve developed some advice to keep you in the zone for longer.

Get a good night’s sleep

The most critical thing is to get your full quota of sleep every night. The recommended amount is 8 hours, however most people only get around 6. Being fully rested gives you the energy for the day ahead, you will get up feeling alert and awake, rather than tired until that first coffee!

More sleep will allow you to keep your focus in the afternoon and make better decisions. You will also have less reliance on caffeine; another positive step.

Attack your workload

It can be tempting to put off the bigger tasks until later on, whilst you ease into the day ahead. However, studies show that you’re at your most alert around an hour after arriving at work. So for maximum productivity, it makes sense to tackle those more demanding jobs straight away, meaning that if you do feel a little tired later on, it won’t have as much of an impact.

Eat well

Your diet is integral to staying alert and motivated. Sugary treats can often be very tempting, and can be a quick fix for an energy boost. However, this will only lead to a ‘crash’ later on. Eating balanced and nutritional food, at both breakfast and lunch, will give you the required energy for the afternoon.

We’ve been through a few easy breakfast and lunch options, that will help keep your energy levels up and create some much-needed excitement for your work meals.

Get out more!

Spending time outside really helps you unwind and reassess things. Being in the same place for too long can cloud your judgement, and hamper your decision making. Try getting away from your desk, or even the office altogether if possible, at lunchtime. The walk, fresh air and sunlight will all re-energise you, as well as contribute to a healthier day.

Change your routine

Your routine might be just that, routine. It is difficult to be consistently engaged and challenged if there is a lack of variety in your day. Try and limit yourself to an hours work at a time on any particular project. Research suggests that any longer and you will struggle to make any progress anyway. So when you get an opportunity, mix things up a little bit and create a change. A new task will rejuvenate you, and reduce the likelihood of a slump in the afternoon.

Working with others is a great way of altering your routine for the better. Being social and communicating will increase your energy levels, make sure it’s engaging though, sitting and listening to someone else drone will have the opposite effect.

These are a few of the best ways we’ve found to increase energy in the afternoon. Let us know your top tips in the comments below.

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Sep/18

21

Is the Cover Letter Dead?

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This is a question that, as recruiters, we’ve been asked and also pondered on ourselves over our 3 o’clock cup of tea!

A quick google search suggests that, in the most part, the cover letter is dead. With statistics showing recruiters and employers spend just 6 seconds reviewing each application they have, it seems that those seconds are spent diving straight into the CV, while around 90% of the time, the cover letter is left unopened.

Once upon a time, the cover letter was a key part of any job application; an opportunity to set yourself apart from other applicants and sell yourself in the narrative way that your CV couldn’t.  These days, hirers are receiving more and more applications to their roles, which means that their time spent sifting applications is at a premium. They want to be able to see, in the shortest time possible, that the applicant has the necessary skills and experience relevant to the vacancy.

Another factor in this shift away from cover letters is undoubtedly down to the rise of social media, and its power should not be underestimated! Employers and recruiters are often conducting reconnaissance routinely across all social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as LinkedIn, as part of their recruitment and selection processes.

So what does this mean for you?

First and foremost, make sure your CV is the best sales tool it can be! We’ve written a whole separate blog about this, check it out here.

Make a conscious effort to review what information is available about you online; is it information you would be happy for a potential employer to see? Suddenly those snaps from a drunken night out circa 2001 might not seem so funny.

It’s not all negative though, you can make your social media work for you. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date, and that any bio section is well written and represents you and your career aspirations.

And finally, if a job advert does specify that a cover letter is required, then of course you should put pen to paper and provide one.

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Sep/18

21

Derby City Jobs Fair 2018

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We’re at the Derby City Job Fair today from 10:00 – 15:00 at Pride Park Stadium. Jeetinder and Lynsey are there for us to show our latest vacancies, and even help the attendees with CV checking and job hunting advice. The fair is organised by Derby City Council in conjunction with Job Centre Plus, providing thousands of opportunities in the Derby area. It’s all taking place in the pedigree suite, but remember you’ve only got until 15:00 today to attend!

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Sep/18

21

Temp of the Month – September 2018

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Joseph Dabrowski

GBS – Grantham

Joseph Dabrowski is our temp of the month for September due to the continuous hard work, effort and commitment he puts into his job. Joe often goes out of his way to come up with new ideas to make his job more efficient and effective for him and the rest of his team. Joe is a very valuable member of the workforce at GBS and to be able to give him temp of the month is well deserved – I can’t thank him enough. Joe was given a £25 love to shop voucher.

Pictured is Joe receiving his award from On-Site Consultant Katrina Pidhorodeckyj.

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Sep/18

7

5 Healthy Lunch Ideas

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  1. PASTA SALADS

Convenience food as its best; just cook up a batch of pasta at home the night before and pop in the fridge, the next day you’re ready to go. It’s delicious cold, or simply re-heat if you prefer a hot lunch. The possibilities are endless so you can be sure you won’t get bored; just add whatever takes your fancy.

If you fancy some more inspiration, we like the sound of these recipes: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/power-packed-pasta-boxes

  1. SOUPS

Batch-cook a healthy and warming lunch for the week ahead, using a base of cooked onion and garlic, chuck in whatever veggies take your fancy, cover with stock and cook until soft. Blend up using a hand blender until smooth or leave chunky if you prefer.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try this spicy soup with a Mexican twist: https://recipes.sainsburys.co.uk/recipes/baking/mexican-chilli-bean-soup

  1. LAYERED SALAD JARS

Not only super healthy, but they look great too! Start with pouring your choice of salad dressing into a jar, followed by layers of any ingredients you like; vegetables, quinoa, cheese, even fruit! Your pretty rainbow lunch will be the envy of your colleagues. By putting the dressing in first your salad stays crisp and fresh until you’re ready to eat.

Click here for a more detailed guide: https://hurrythefoodup.com/how-to-pack-a-salad-in-a-jar/

  1. BURRITO BOWLS

Using cooked rice as a base, top with chicken, avocado, black beans, sweetcorn and peppers. Use a shop-bought chipotle sauce or tomato salsa, or go one better and make your own. A tasty lunch treat which will be sure to keep those afternoon snack cravings away.

Click here for the full recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2014/09/10/easy-burrito-bowls/

  1. PROTEIN POTS

Gym bunny or trying out a low carb diet? Whatever your reason for wanting to up your protein intake, these recipes might be the answer to your lunch conundrum and help you stay on plan, even while out and about.

Low on time? Just hard boil some eggs, and mix with tuna and spinach.

Or for something with a bit more spice, try this Indian Chicken recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/indian-chicken-protein-pots

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Sep/18

7

Tour of Britain 2018

Kelly Hughes, Vicky May, Sarah Elvidge and Lauren Shepherd from Ambitions Personnel with their entry in to the Tour of Britain Best Dressed Window competition which they put together with help from manager Lynsey Butler.

The Tour of Britain 2018 is in full swing, with 5 stages completed at the time of writing Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic has the race leaders Green Jersey. With Quickstep’s Julian Alaphilippe and Bob Jungels poised to take the lead, it’s going to make for an exciting last three stages.

Our team in Mansfield are fully in the spirit, with the branch decked out to celebrate the penultimate stage finishing in the town on Saturday. It all gets underway in West Bridgford, with the peloton expected in Mansfield at around 3pm.

If you see the team out and about come and say hi! You can find the branch at 30 Leeming Street, Mansfield, NG18 1NE.

 

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Sep/18

6

World Cup Competition Update

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Following on from the amazing summer of football, we have an update regarding our World Cup competition. Martyn Patterson guessed correctly that the winners (France) would score 14 goals during the tournament. The prize he won was a £250 donation to a youth football team of his choice, as Martyn also coaches the U12’s at Boston United, it made his choice quite easy!

We hope the new equipment is a big help during training and on matchdays, we’ll be in touch to find out how you’re getting on, good luck for the season!

Martyn and the team are pictured on the pitch during halftime at the Jakemans Stadium, with Lee Sargent from our Boston office helping to make the presentation.

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