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International Women’s Day 2019

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Happy International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and appreciate inspirational women everywhere. This is the 44th time the day has been held officially, since its inception by the United Nations during International Women’s Year in 1975.  We’ve collated some of our favourite quotes from inspirational women from all walks of life. To not only celebrate the achievements of women, but also to remind us that there is a long way to go before gender equality is realised.

No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed” – Billie Jean King

I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back” – Malala Yousafzai

I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.” – Mia Hamm

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity” – Amelia Earhart

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it” – Harper Lee

I never dreamed about success, I worked for it” – Estée Lauder

I always feel … the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end” – Alice Paul

If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” – Mother Teresa

Let us know if you’ve got any other favourite quotes from inspiring women throughout history in the comments below. You can get involved all day using the hashtag #IWD19, and searching for this year’s driving theme, ‘Balance for better’.

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Things to Consider Before you Accept a Job Offer

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It’s really difficult to get a job offer, so if you’re currently reading this pondering over an opportunity, then congratulations! It’s no mean feat to get through all the application stages to land that offer. In most cases, accepting the offer is not something you should do lightly, it’s usually perfectly acceptable to ask your prospective employer for a couple of days to mull it over, to make sure you’ve considered it fully.

You might be wondering what you should be thinking about, you know the role and have met the team? Well, there are a whole host of things to consider to ensure you’ll be truly happy in your new role.

Go back over the role

Reassess the job description, and your potential roles and responsibilities. Make sure it’s exactly what you anticipated, and that your day to day expectations of the role aligns with the offer letter.

Do the expected office hours work with your schedule? How will your performance be appraised? Ensure you consider these different aspects of the role itself, and you feel that you’ll produce your best work under these conditions.

Work Out Your Commute

Commuting is one of the most important aspects to consider. Would you be able to walk, or use public transport? If you do need to drive, what is the best route to get there? Your day can be extended by an hour or more if traffic is much worse than you are used to, so make sure it’s a commitment you’re happy to make. It could be useful to do something of a test run if you don’t know the area, so that you know how long it will take. Nobody wants to be late on the first day after all!


Clearly, a big factor when considering a job offer is the salary and benefits package. Do some research to make sure that similar positions in the area are paid at the same rate. One main thing to check is if you’ll need a season ticket or to pay for car parking if you weren’t previously. This could leave you spending more, even with a pay rise.

Working Environment

Something to consider when selecting your new workplace is the layout of the office, and where you will spend most of your time. Will you have a designated desk, or will people tend to meet in other parts of the office. Make sure the culture fits and aligns with you. Have a look at the social media pages to get an idea of what working there might be like, before you the plunge.

Ask Yourself

It’s exciting to get a job offer, but make sure the role excites you as well. Think about the role from a long term perspective, try to take a job that you can see yourself staying in for a few years. Making sure you have the intention to commit to it for that long will help you to think positively, and settle in quicker.

Asking yourself these questions will give you a much better idea of whether the job is right for you. It’s important to consider as much as you can, and make a note of the pros and cons, ensuring you only take a role you’re sure is right for you.

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Temp of the Month – February 2019

Temp of the Month - February 2019

Congratulations to Atvars Nefontovs for winning ‘Temp of the Month’ for February. Atvars has received the award due to his exemplary attendance and hard work. Along with his certificate, Atvars received a £25 High Street voucher. Well done and keep up the good work!


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A Guide to Living and Working in Colchester

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Colchester is a historic market town, with close proximity to the capital and the coast. Colchester has existed in the same site since the Bronze Age, and has laid claim to being Britain’s oldest town. For a time it was the Roman capital of Britain, with the sites of amphitheatres and chariot racing tracks being found in the town.

A major landmark that still stands is Colchester Castle, a largely complete Norman castle from 1100 AD. The Castle Park hosts festivals and events throughout the year, and provides a green space to walk around in the centre of town. Staying with the town’s history, the Hollytrees museum exhibits local artefacts, and is free to enter.

The Red Lion Yard Shopping Centre is in the middle of the town, and hosts all the established high street brands. The surrounding streets are home to a variety of independent stores, so there is something for everyone. There are loads of independent and chain restaurants in the centre, so you will never be short of choice.

There is a Cinema, indoor rollerblading centre and family swimming centre conveniently located in the town, if you fancy something outside of the history. In terms of sport, the local football team, Colchester United, are an established football league club.

Our Branch

We’re located right in the town centre, within the Red Lion Yard Shopping Centre, just a 5-minute walk from the Colchester Town train station.

Ambitions Personnel
6 Red Lion Yard
Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Tel: 01206 560523

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Colchester

Job opportunities in Colchester and the surrounding area are very varied. From temporary roles in Factory, Warehousing and Driving amongst others, to permanent opportunities in a whole range of industries including Engineering, Sales and Production.

The average starting salary for an admin role in the area is well above the national average, sitting between £18-£22k per year.

Getting Around

Colchester is only 45 minutes away from London by train, and with two stations in the town it’s easy to get anywhere. The A12 runs on the outskirts of the town, and can take you to London by car. Buses and Coaches run to Clacton, Ipswich, Chelmsford and Cambridge. The coast is only 15 miles away, so a day beside the seaside is always an option.

House Prices / Rent

2 Bedroom properties are available from around £130,000, and the average rent is around £700 per month for a 2 bed house/flat. The rental price is mainly due to the proximity to London, but with salaries above the national average as well, the cost of living is in line with much of the UK.

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5 Top Tips to Calm Pre-Interview Nerves

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The first face-to-face interview is the most nerve-wracking process of any job hunt. You’ve prepared and are confident that you’re right for the role, but suddenly, as the minutes tick down you’re getting more and more anxious. There are things you can do to help though, even if it’s just a few minutes before, to ease the pressure and give yourself the best possible chance.

The S-T-O-P Method

A mental trick to help with a variety of situations, not just interviews.

  • Stop what you’re doing and focus on your thoughts.
  • Take a few deep breaths.
  • Observe what’s going on in your body, emotions, and mind, and why you’re feeling them.
  • Proceed with an intention to incorporate what you observed in your actions.

This is simply promoting the idea of taking a step back. Instead of letting your nerves be the only thing you can focus on, try to think what aspect of the interview is causing them; and what you can do to reduce your nerves.

It’s not a Test

Interviews are not an exam, you are not expected to remember everything about your career and recall it when asked. Take everything you need with you on a ‘cheat sheet’. Have a list of your biggest accomplishments, the names of the interview panel, the questions you’d like to ask at the end. The fear of forgetting something will be removed, allowing you to focus on what you want to say.

Make a Plan for After

Give yourself something to look forward to after it’s all done, so you can focus on this instead of the nerves. Go for a meal, some retail therapy, see a movie, anything to reward yourself for putting in the effort and plucking up the courage to go.

Open Up

Body language is really important in interviews. Studies have even shown that having your hands in sight, rather than below the desk, makes you seem more honest and approachable. Make eye contact with the interviewer, and sit up in your chair. These are a couple of easy things to practice that naturally give you a more confident posture.

Believe in yourself!

There is a reason your application has made it this far, the employers like your CV and if you’ve had a phone interview before, you impressed them at that stage as well! Think positive and tell yourself that you’re good enough for the role.

If you have an interview coming up, we wish you the best of luck. If you found that one of these or another trick worked for you, let us know in the comments!

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Best Products to Stay Warm this Winter at Work

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If, like a lot of the UK this week you’ve been plunged into snow, ice and freezing fog, getting and staying warm has been a challenge. It’s probably been harder to drag yourself out of bed and go through your normal commute, knowing you’ll walk through the door freezing. To help, we’ve been trawling the internet for some potential gadgets that could make your winter mornings a little bit easier.

Heated Mouse Mat

If you’re always waiting for your hands to defrost in the mornings, we’ve got a solution for you to get warm and be productive at the same time. These mousemats plug into the USB port on your PC, and gently heat up, allowing you to stay warm and keep working. You can get loads of different designs, from dog paws and cheeseburgers to something more functional. They’re only around £10, so might be worth the investment, even just for an excuse to put a burger on your desk!

Tech-Friendly Gloves

As we’ve been plunged to -5c this week, you’ve probably noticed that gloves make it impossible to use your phone whilst on the move. Well, now there are warm gloves that actually work with your phone’s touchscreen, making cold hands a thing of the past. They use rubber dots on the fingertips, triggering the sensor on the touchscreen, and for as little as £5, could make your life much easier.

Rechargeable foot warmers

If you literally get cold feet on your walk to work, then rechargeable insoles are perfect for winter commutes. You can adjust them to your liking and control the temperature remotely, ensuring you arrive toasty and warm. They charge on USB and come with a little remote you can keep in your pocket, making it impossible for anyone to know. At £40, it could make enough difference to take the plunge and buy.

Heated Travel Mug

You really can get a smart mug now. This is also ideal for those who are prone to leaving a cup of tea on the side to go cold. The mug will keep your beverage of choice at a constant temperature, which you can control remotely through your phone. You can even set the preferences for different drinks, giving you tea at perfect drinking temperature all the time. The cup costs £70, but is there really a price you can put on constantly perfect tea?


And one for Monday morning. The smart duvet has two temperature controlled zones, so no more fighting for the covers, being too hot or too cold. You can pre-set the temperature with your phone, giving you a warm bed when you do decide to turn in for the night. And the best bit? It makes itself! at the press of a button the whole device will roll out back into position without lifting a finger. Typically this doesn’t come cheap, at £200 you need to really hate making your bed to justify the investment.

Is there a product you simply couldn’t do without in winter? Let us know in the comments below.

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Temp of the Month – January 2019

Temp of the Month - January 2019

Congratulations to Jack Hall our Temp of the Month for January. Jack has worked for 4 months and has won thanks to his exemplary attendance, willingness to cover extra shifts and his positive attitude whilst completing his drops.

As a prize, Jack was presented with a £25 Pizza Hut voucher, thanks for all your hard work!

Pictured (L-R) are Sarah Elvidge, Mark Clayton, Jack Hall and Kyle Talbot

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Start of Recruitment Practice Apprenticeship

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Consultants from across the business have taken the first steps this week to achieving their Apprenticeship in Recruitment Practice and their REC Qualification. Michelle Dalby (Newark), Lynsey Shortland (Derby), Kelly Grey (Mansfield), Cheila Loucao (Grantham) and Shereen Benjamin (Nottingham) are all embarking on the course, which is being delivered by Impact Futures.

We wish them all the best of luck with completing the course, and hope the new knowledge gained leads to even more success in their roles in the future. We’ll let you know how they get on!

Pictured (L-R) Michelle Dalby, Lynsey Shortland, Kelly Grey, Cheila Loucao and training manager Rachel Graham.

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A Guide to Living and Working in Mansfield


Mansfield is Nottinghamshire’s biggest market town, with over 100,000 people in the local area it is a bustling and busy environment with plenty to see and do.

Within the town there is the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, with 54 stores including some of the country’s major retailers. If you’re still in need of some retail therapy, then the East Midlands Designer Outlet is a short drive away.

Outside of shopping, Mansfield is home to myth and legend. The Major Oak, home of Robin Hood, is within Sherwood Forest just a 10 minute drive from the town centre in Edwinstowe. Within the same area, Sherwood Pines houses 3300 acres of forest for the public to discover. The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure is also in the forest, for those who want a thrill in their forest exploration. The centre point of the forest is marked by a giant metallic feather on Westgate within the town itself.

The town has all the main attractions you’d expect from somewhere of its size. There is a cinema and a theatre which stages a variety of different events incorporating dance, drama and music. The local football team, Mansfield Town are battling for promotion in League 2. The town has teams in Rugby and Basketball and is nationally famous for swimming; thanks to the double gold medal success of town resident Rebecca Adlington in the 2008 Olympics.

Our Address

Ambitions Personnel
30 Leeming Street
NG18 1NE

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Mansfield

We have a wide variety of roles both Temp and Perm within the town. So whatever you’re looking for there is something to match your requirements. There are regularly roles available in Engineering, Production, Warehousing, Sales and Customer Service to name just a few. Temporary vacancies are plentiful, and mainly within manufacturing and warehouse environments.

In terms of average pay rates, for an office based Admin role in the town salaries are around £18k per annum. Temporary work in industrial environments is often paid at the minimum wage but can attract a premium for overtime.

Getting Around

Mansfield has recently undergone a regeneration of its transport centres. The new bus station cost £11m and has links to all the surrounding towns and villages, you can even go as far as Derby and Nottingham. The railway station is also linked with an enclosed footbridge, meaning that all the towns transport links are in one area.

House Prices / Rent

The average house price in Mansfield is £152,241, with 2 bed properties averaging around £100,000. Rents in Mansfield for a 2 bed house are around £460 per month.


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Take Your Weekend Back

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According to a recent survey, an estimated 76% of workers suffer from the ‘Sunday evening blues’ at the end of the weekend. It seems that most people are wrapped up in work mode, checking emails, and generally putting themselves back in the mental state that they occupy for most of the week.

Whereas around a quarter of workers are out there enjoying their weekends to the max, so what are they doing differently? Read on to find out.

It starts on Friday

Give yourself more chance to enjoy the weekend, make sure you leave the office on Friday where you are completely organised. Try to finish as much as possible, rather than leaving it for Monday. As you prepare to leave the office on Friday, create a to-do list for the following Monday. Leave the office with nothing on your mind, ensuring that there’s nothing to make you anxious about returning.

Think Positive

One of the crucial things to avoid is thinking about the amount of work you have to do on Monday. People who still have the freedom in their weekends are able to stop these thoughts. They remind themselves how well they’ve managed this workload in the past. So rather than focussing on what could go wrong, they remembered what went right.


There can often be this weight of expectation that your day of relaxing is Sunday. So if Sunday is busier than planned, and you’re running errands all day, it can leave you even more exhausted when the working week arrives. The solution is to ensure you have at least a couple of hours to wind down every night, reducing the burden of relaxing for just one day a week.

Work out the issues

If you are experiencing a feeling of unease on Sunday then it’s important to work out why you might be feeling this way. Is your commute always stressful? Have you got an intense workload every Monday? What’s the environment like at work? If you can identify the issues and what’s causing them, you’ll have more opportunity to reduce them.

If you’ve tried everything on this list and nothing seems to be helping, it may be a sign that you need to look for a new role. We’ve got loads of advice on CV’s, job searching and interviews. Once you’re all set, you can have a look at all our roles here


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