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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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Derby City Jobs Fair 2018

Derby Jobs Fair

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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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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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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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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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So then why do so many of us resort to grabbing a coffee and pastry on the go, or skipping it altogether! Our recipe ideas are so quick and easy, you’ll have no excuses. Your body and your wallet (those daily café treats soon add up!), will thank you for it.


Quick to prepare and they can be stored in the fridge for an easy grab and go option all week. Plus they’re super versatile, if you don’t like these fillings, you can throw in whatever you’ve got in the fridge.

Whisk 6 eggs, stir in bacon/cheese/cooked spinach, spoon the mixture into a muffin tin and bake for around 15 minutes (until the eggs are set).

Click here for the full recipe:


As the name suggests, make these the night before. Cover porridge oats with your choice of milk (you can mix a little yoghurt in too for extra creaminess), in a bowl or mason jar. Add in fresh or frozen fruit – berries work well and stir. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can use maple syrup or honey to taste. Refrigerate overnight and it’s as simple as that. The flavour possibilities are endless; we like adding peanut butter, chia seeds and cinnamon to ours!

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Prepare your ingredients in advance and freeze them in portion sized freezer bags, so they’re ready to be whizzed up in a blender when you want them.  This is also a great way to get an extra serving of veg into your day!

Again, the possibilities are vast but this recipe makes a great tasting breakfast drink; 1 cup of spinach, ½ a banana, ¼ cup of Greek yoghurt, 1 cup of frozen fruit of your choice. Blend with around 1 & ¼ cups of liquid.

Click here for some more great green smoothie ideas:


Banana bread seems to be everywhere these days, and there’s a recipe out there to suit everyone; whether it’s gluten free, sugar-free, with nuts or even chocolate chips.

What we can all agree on, is that it makes for a super tasty, easy breakfast. It’s also a great way to use up those overripe bananas floating around the office fruit bowl. Prepare on a Sunday for the week ahead, and keep in the fridge.

Click here for one of our favourite tried and tested recipes:


This one’s for those who can’t be without their traditional bowl of cereal in the morning! Unfortunately, many of the shop bought varieties can be laden with sugar; which could cause your energy levels to crash mid-morning and have you reaching for the biscuit jar.

So why not try making your own granola? The great thing is that you can prep it in bulk and store it in an airtight container for up to one month.

Mix together honey, maple syrup and vanilla extract, then tip in your combination of oats, nuts and seeds. Spread onto a baking tray and bake. Once baked you can add in dried fruit, cacao nibs or coconut flakes. Delicious!

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Temp of the Month – August 2018

Temp of the Month - August 2018

August’s ‘Temp of the Month’ is Penny Carlin. Penny has worked for us for over 10 months at NHS Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group. She has been a valued addition to their team, the client told us that they couldn’t think of anyone more deserving! We appreciate Penny’s hard work and dedication and are proud to be able to name her Temp or the Month for August! She is pictured here receiving her gift & certificate with our Commercial Consultant Kelly Hughes.

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Southwell Races Ladies Day 2018

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Sunday marked our now annual trip to Southwell Racecourse’s Ladies Day. Our private marquee hosted colleagues and clients on what was once again a great day enjoyed by everyone.

It was another packed day of racing and off-course entertainment, attended by thousands of people, thanks once again go to the superb staff at Southwell Racecourse, who helped to make it a memorable day for everyone.

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11 Types of Co-workers You’ll Want to Avoid

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Have you ever experienced a nightmare colleague? Take a look at this week’s light-hearted blog and see if you recognise any of these (or yourself!). Have we missed anyone or do you have a funny story to share? Let us know in the comments below.


The one who has mastered the skill of looking busy without actually doing much at all. Not a team player, they’re happy for everyone else to make up for their lack of productivity.


You’ll hear them before you see them. Easily identified as they’re usually talking about anything and everything to anyone who’ll listen.


This person lives for office scandal, they know who’s dating who and who’s getting fired next. Don’t tell them anything in confidence or risk the whole company knowing within 5 minutes.


The wannabe popstar; singing along to the radio or just humming to themselves. Either way, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to concentrate whilst someone sounds like they’re auditioning for the ‘X-factor’ across the office.


Nothing kills a good vibe like a negative person constantly complaining about their workload, management, colleagues, the weather, or anything they can use to spread misery round the office.


That colleague who has no filter and will happily share their embarrassing health issues, intimate relationship details through to family dramas (whether you asked for it or not!)


A source of contention in most workplaces, there’s always someone too hot or too cold. Like a ninja, no one is ever sure exactly who whacked the heating up or down, but all you know is that there doesn’t ever seem to be a happy medium.


With a lack of self-awareness, a noisy colleague will happily chew, chomp, sniff and slurp their way through the day. Once you’ve heard it, there’s no going back.


Can be useful, but mostly annoying. The know-it-all seems to have experienced every situation going, and their favourite phrase is ‘I told you so’.


Got a joke for every occasion. Can be funny, but usually isn’t.


Whether it’s that person following a faddy diet and only eating fish for a week, someone who leaves their dried on food stuck to the microwave or someone who forgets they’ve left their food going mouldy in the fridge for weeks, creating a pungent smell in the office kitchen is unforgivable.


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Temp of the Month – July 2018

Temp of the Month - July 2018

Piotr Fryzowski has worked for us for the past 3 years, he has always been a hard-working, reliable and loyal candidate who has fitted into many different roles through our agency. We always receive excellent feedback from our clients regarding his work. He is currently a very valued member of the team we have at Eaton Production in Worksop and has just been offered a direct contract through his hard work and dedication to the job.

As a prize, Piotr was presented with a £25 one for all voucher, good luck with your career at Eaton Piotr!

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