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Dec/18

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Circus Starr Peterborough

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We’re delighted to be sponsoring Circus Starr’s Winter Variety Show in Peterborough, and be able to help two children attend and see the performance!

Circus Starr provides accessible shows to thousands of disabled children every year. Their donated ticket programme gives families the opportunity to see the show who otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Further details of the fantastic work that they do are available here.

The show takes place on Sunday 13th January and we hope that all those who are able to attend have a special and memorable day!

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Dec/18

7

A Guide to Living and Working in Boston

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Boston is a town in South-East Lincolnshire with a population of around 60,000. A famous market town, which still holds markets on a Wednesday and Saturday every week. The town itself is full of history both local and international. Boston is notably the origin of the Pilgrim Fathers who departed from a nearby village called Fishtoft. They set off in 1607 and eventually landed in America, via the Netherlands, 13 years later. The city of Boston, Massachusetts takes its name due to these explorers, after their voyage on the Mayflower from Plymouth in 1620.

In the present day there are landmarks celebrating this connection. A monument still stands in Fishtoft; and the Guildhall museum includes interactive displays in the building where the Pilgrim Fathers were imprisoned, after their first failed attempt to escape to America.

The town’s most famous attraction is St Botolph’s Church or The Stump. It is one of the highest medieval towers in the country, standing at 83m (272 feet) tall! The Stump is still open to the public and provides fantastic views. Be prepared for a climb though! The tower has 209 steps, over 12 floors.

In terms of entertainment, the town has the Savoy Cinema with the same area featuring some excellent restaurants with a diverse array of cuisine. On the edge of town you can find the Boston Bowl offering entertainment to suit all ages. The updated facility now offers Bowling, a Nerf Centre, a large play centre and an American Diner. On a Saturday evening they offer live music from the best local bands.

Boston has a proud sporting status, with a variety of teams and associations in the area encompassing a range of sports. The town’s principal sports team, Boston United, play in the centre of town, competing in the National League North, and were recently a football league club. Their nickname ‘The Pilgrims’ is again a reference to the explorers whose legacy can be found throughout the town to this day (the Pilgrim Hospital and Mayflower Road are notable examples).

Our Address

Ambitions Personnel
South Quay House
18 South Street
Boston
Lincolnshire
PE21 6HE

Tel: 01205 366888

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Boston

Boston is home to the largest port in the East Midlands, and much of the local economy reflects the trade that it brings. Imports include cereal and wood for the local agriculture and steel for the automotive trade. Food processing, service industry and engineering companies are all found in the area, contributing to the diverse range of opportunities. Entry level roles in the industrial and customer service sectors are often paid at the National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage rates, and can attract a premium for overtime shifts.
For admin office based roles the average salary bracket is commonly £16-18k, and can be more dependent on experience.

Getting Around

Boston has a conveniently located Train Station, which is within walking distance of our office. The rail network offers good links to Nottingham, Lincoln, Sleaford, Grantham and Newark.

The bus station is also close to our office and the train station, it offers services to other villages in the area, between Boston and Lincoln.

House Prices / Rent

A two bedroom property in the area falls well below the national average and can be available from £110,000. Rent for a two bedroom flat is around £510 per month, again well below the national average.

 

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Dec/18

7

Mansfield & Worksop Christmas Quiz 2018

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Yesterday marked the annual Christmas quiz at the John Fretwell centre near Mansfield. Many of our clients joined the teams from each branch to test their knowledge of the holiday season.

It was a very close fought contest, with only 0.5 points separating the winners and second place.

Congratulations to the winning team ‘quiz team Aguilera’ (pictured above) from Go Green Batteries with 72.5 points. Who took home a Christmas and Prosecco hamper. Commiserations to the runners-up, ‘Radius’ from… Radius with 72 points who took home a bottle of prosecco each.

Unfortunately, someone has to finish last, and with 54 points the honour went to ‘let’s get Quizzical’ from Effective Energy. They won a QI facts book and a bottle of prosecco, so hopefully we see an improvement next year!

Thanks to everyone who came along and helped to get into the festive spirit!

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It’s often helpful to remember that an interview is just as much about you deciding if this role/company is right for you, as it is about the employer deciding if you’re the right person for the job.  Usually, an interviewer will give you the opportunity to ask questions towards the end of the interview, and asking the right questions can demonstrate your interest in the role and impress the interviewer, whilst also giving you some all-important insight.

You want to leave the interviewer with a positive impression and finish on a high note, so preparing your questions in advance is just as important as preparing for the rest of the interview. You might find it useful to have noted down your chosen questions beforehand, then if one of your questions is no longer relevant because it’s been covered, or a new question develops naturally during the course of the interview, you can write it down.

Here are some of our top tried and tested questions which you might find useful:

  1. Why is this position available?

Finding out more about the history of the role; why it’s been created or is vacant, will give you an idea of whether you’re walking into an existing team where a precedent has already been set, or if the role is being newly created due to company growth, the part you’ll play in helping the company realise it’s plans for the future.

  1. Describe a typical day in this role?

We often find that looking a list of duties on a job description can quite often misrepresent what a job will actually entail on a daily basis. This is a great question to ask to really get a feel for what an average day will look like. For example, if a job involves a mixture of administration and customer services, do you expect that to be 50/50, or are you going to be doing data entry for 90% of the day with just a small amount of time on the phone.

  1. Who are the main people or groups I’ll be working with?

Every company is structured differently, and job roles with the same title can vary greatly between companies. This question could help you to understand where the role fits in, and who the main stakeholders will be.

  1. What’s the most challenging aspect of the role?

This question can give you an idea of what you might come up against in the role, whether it’s having to deliver a complex project on a tight budget, or learning a new system, to internal politics. It can also open a conversation about your past experiences and how you can use those to help overcome these challenges.

  1. What do you like about working here?

Unless you’re speaking to the owner of the business, you can learn a lot about a company by listening to your interviewer tell you their experiences; from the company’s culture to the path they’ve taken to reach their position now.

  1. What’s the timeline for next steps?

A simple but important question, you’ll want to know what the next stage will be and when you can expect to hear back. Some companies might let candidates know the same day, whereas others may have a much longer turnaround, so it’s best to know where you stand from the outset.

Overall, our advice is to use the opportunity to your advantage, and devise the best questions which balance finding out information you genuinely care about together whilst demonstrating your commitment and interest in the position. Just remember to always leave questions about pay, holiday and benefits to the next stage!

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Nov/18

28

Temp of the Month – November 2018 (again!)

Temp of the Month - November 2018

It was an unprecedented month, as for the first time ever we have multiple winners!

Joining Christopher Symeonidis from Grantham; we’d also like to congratulate Sorin Pintilie from Colchester for winning Temp of the Month!

Sorin is extremely hard-working, always willing to cover last minute Days/Night Shifts and is thought of very highly by the client.

Well done Sorin!

 

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Nov/18

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Temp of the Month – November 2018

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Congratulations to November’s Temp of the Month; Christopher Symeonidis from Grantham!

It was our client, Environcom, who approached us and recommended Christopher for the monthly award, stating that he is one of the hardest workers they’ve ever seen!

Pictured is Ambition’s Cheila Loucao (right) and Environcom’s Kerry McConnell (left) presenting Christopher with his certificate and award.

Thanks Christopher, keep up the good work!

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Oct/18

25

Temp of the Month – October 2018

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Congratulations to Fiona James on winning the October 2018 ‘Temp of the Month’ award. Fiona has completed a number of temporary assignments over the past months, and has always proven to be a very reliable and strong temporary administrator. Our client has given us consistently excellent feedback, saying it had re-built her trust in agency staff!

Pictured is Fiona collecting her prize from Ambitions Personnel’s Lee Sargent.

 

 

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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

Temp of the Month - September

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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