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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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