Archive for January 2019



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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Common Job Search Mistakes

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New Year, new you, new job? – For many people, this is the time of year where their targets and aims are re-evaluated, and it can lead to a change in career. So, if you are looking for a new opportunity, you’ll be looking at resources like our website to find a new role. To give you the best chance of finding your dream role, we’ve compiled some of the most common mistakes that job hunters make when searching, so you can avoid them.

Consider what’s really important

If you’re looking for a new role, then there will be a variety of reasons why you have decided to start searching. It’s often helpful to write down the 5 most important things that you need from a new role. This can be anything from core responsibilities to flexible working or even on-site parking, anything that you cannot do without in your new role. This will help narrow your search, giving you a better chance of success with your application, and making the role more aligned to your aims.

You need to stand out

Tailor your CV and Cover Letters to each application. Taking the time with each application will save you time in the long run. Most people take a scattergun approach to applications, sending so many that it’s impossible for them to have a good understanding of the role if they are shortlisted for an interview. By taking the time to write tailored applications for roles you really want, you’ll have a good chance of standing out straight away.

Being too vague

Not only is it essential that you tailor your CV to the position/company, but you also need to ensure that your message is clear. Try and get across the value that you will add to the business, what your primary skills are and how they match the role.


If you’ve sent an online application and not heard anything for a few days, then there’s no harm in contacting the employer to find out more. Ideally ring the employer, or at least an email, to show that you are proactive and genuinely interested in the position.


Everyone will experience being rejected in their search for a role. It’s important to remain positive and ask if they provide specific feedback. Try and learn from it and alter your applications in the future.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be in a much better position to apply for the right roles to suit your requirements. All of our opportunities can be found here. Did they help? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Guide to Living and Working in Derby

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Derby is a thriving city in the East Midlands with some of the country’s finest rural environments neighbouring it. The city itself is home to 250,000 people, with over 1,500,000 living in the surrounding area.
In terms of shopping, the Intu centre attracts over 25 million people each year and has all the major retail names for you to browse. The city also has a diverse array of cuisine across the streets, meaning that there is a great restaurant for whatever you want to try.
Derby also has a prominent cultural status. There are festivals in film, folk music, beer and the international FORMAT photography festival. The cultural impact of the city also extends to sport. The principal sporting club is in football, where Derby County are currently in the mix for promotion to the Premier League. The city also has a professional cricket club, who play in Division 2. For participation, the surrounding Peak District offers a wide variety of climbing, adventure sports and some of the best walking routes in the country, such as the High Peak Trail.
The exploration of the area doesn’t have to stop there, with loads of attractions such as Abraham Heights, Matlock Bath, Chatsworth House, Alton Towers and the Derbyshire Dales. The city is also home to a range of theatres, music venues and art galleries; so there really is something for everyone.

Our Address

Ambitions Personnel
First Floor Offices
56a Babington Lane

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Derby

Manufacturing is a huge sector in Derby, with 20% of people employed into it. This encompasses rail, aerospace and automotive industries, and we regularly have opportunities available in these areas.

Outside of these specialist manufacturing roles, the food processing industry is a major employer due to Derby’s central location and transport links. Well-known brands such as Moy Park are based in the area and offer a wide variety of opportunities. The transport links extend to nearby East Midlands Airport, with the UK’s second largest freight hub there are thousands of roles in export and postal services.

Office based roles are also prevalent, often in the city centre. Administration roles generally carry a salary of £16k-£18k and can be more, dependent on experience.

Getting Around

As previously mentioned, Derby has notable rail links to the rest of the UK. The network provides direct services to London, Birmingham, Manchester and many others cities. The station is just 15 minutes from our office, so there are loads of opportunities commutable from Derby.

If you’re looking for something closer to the city, then the bus station is only 10 minutes from our branch. There is a comprehensive service around the city and to neighbouring towns.

Derby is also only 15 miles from East Midlands Airport, so trips abroad are easy and accessible.

House Prices

2-bed properties in the city are available from around £80,000 to £120,000. Rent stands at around £420 per month.

Thinking about relocating? Click through to our jobs in Derby here.

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