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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Deskercise: Get More Active at Work

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How dangerous is your job? If you think you’re safe in your comfortable office then it might be time to think again! Recent research has suggested that prolonged periods of sitting can have serious negative impacts on your health, even if you exercise outside of working hours.
Don’t worry, help is at hand, we’ve come up with a list of exercises which you can easily do in and around your office (disclaimer: if it’s painful or feels wrong – don’t do it!) Why not set an alarm to go off every hour as a reminder to move, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes!
Tension building? Try these gentle stretches:

1. Neck Stretches

Sit up tall and drop your right ear down towards your right shoulder. Hold for a few seconds, and repeat on the other side.

2. Shoulder Shrugs

Raise both shoulders towards ears, hold for a few seconds and release.

3. Chest Opener

Press your palms together behind your back and squeeze your shoulder blades together, hold for a few seconds and release.

4. Back Twist

Sit in your chair and place your right hand behind your right hip. Twist to the right side and hold for up to 10 seconds, then gently release and repeat on the other side.

5. Side Stretch

Raise one arm up and over to the opposite side, hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat on the other side.

Feeling a little more energetic? Try these:

6. Star Jumps

Start with your feet together with arms by your sides. Jump and extend both feet out to sides whilst bringing your hands above your head.

7. Leg Lifts

Sitting in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and knees bent. Raise one leg at a time so it’s straight and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

8. Wall Push-Ups

Place your hands on the wall and push in and out by bending your elbows, using your arms to move your body weight.

9. Wall Sits

With your back to the wall, slide down until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle, hold, and slide up again.

10. Magic Carpet

Sitting on your chair with your legs crossed and feet on your seat, place your hands either side of the chair and use your arms and core to raise yourself up (so your feet and legs are lifted a few inches off your seat), hold, release and repeat.

Every little helps…

11. Take the stairs!

Give the lift a break, and take the stairs (2 at a time!)

12. Walking meetings

Get your colleagues to walk and talk where possible, plus you’ll also reap the benefits of getting some fresh air!

13. Put the phone down!

Instead of emailing or calling, get up and go and see the person you need!

Let us know how you get on!

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Temp of the Month – December 2018

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Congratulations to Pawel Trofimows who is the winner of December’s ‘Temp of the Month’. Pawel was nominated by his colleagues for his meticulous work when completing his picks, going above and beyond when there were some issues with the equipment! Pictured is Pawel being presented with his certificate and voucher, well done!

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The 10 best Christmas Desserts

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Naturally, it’s a festive theme on the blog this week, and it comes courtesy of our friends at CV-Library. They’ve surveyed professionals from across the UK, to find their favourite Christmas dessert!

What’s your favourite dessert to have on Christmas day? With so many varying traditions across the nation, we surveyed 1,000 UK professionals to finally put an end to the debate.
Curious? You should be! Below we’ll outline the findings in more detail – revealing once and for all which dessert you guys voted as your all-time Christmas favourite.

Christmas pudding for the win!

Participants of the survey were given a choice of up to 15 desserts to choose from, with Christmas pudding revealing itself to be the winner. In fact, it received the majority vote of 25.4% (that’s one in four professionals).

Interestingly, there was a very apparent age divide when it came to choosing a favourite, with those over 55 sticking with tradition. Almost two thirds (60.2%) of this age group voted for the Christmas pud! Their next favourites were a cheese board (24.8%) and trifle (23.8%).

Millennials are all about the cheesecake

As with so many things, the younger generation are stepping away from the traditional dessert, with one in four (26.5%) opting for cheesecake to wash down their Christmas dinner. That’s compared to just 11.1% of those aged over 25.

But there wasn’t just an age divide either. The results also threw out some interesting findings when it came to locations and industries across the UK. More on these findings below.

Don’t trifle with the Scots

Despite the national favourite being Christmas pudding, those of you in Scotland revealed that you prefer trifle (19.4%), with Christmas pudding coming in second place (16.7%).

That said, Geordies were the most likely to prefer trifle, with one in four (22.2%) saying they pick this over any other dessert.

Puddings by sector

The survey also revealed that automotive professionals were most likely to prefer Christmas pudding (57.1%), while people working in catering were most likely to favour cheesecake (28.6%).

These are some of the key findings to emerge from the survey. For the full list of the nation’s favourite desserts, check out the infographic below.

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When we found out that we had six Amazon Fire tablets within the business which were surplus to our requirements, but were brand new and sealed, we made it our mission to find a local organisation who might be able to put them to good use!

We contacted local news outlet, The Lincolnite, who referred us to an article which they’d run earlier in the month. Lincolnshire Action Trust were urging businesses to donate gifts to help children have a happy Christmas. 

Lincolnshire Action Trust’s Young Oasis project provides support, guidance and encouragement to Lincolnshire children and young people affected by the substance misuse of a parent or family member.

A phone call later, and we’d arranged for Lauren Mumby, Performance and Development Manager at LAT, to come and collect the spare tablets, along with some cases and screen protectors the very next day! We were delighted to hear that they’ll be put to good use and will even be able to help with homework.

Pictured is Lauren collecting the tablets from our Lincoln team.

We love a happy ending at Christmas time!

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Christmas Jumper Day 2018












Today marked our now annual participation in Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children. We’ve been sharing our best efforts all day on Instagram, and if you’re reading this on Friday 14th, there’s still time to check out our story on Instagram with some extra festive fun.

Have a scroll through to see a selection of the branches enjoying the day. We managed to raise an incredible £280.24, thanks to everyone for their generosity!


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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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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
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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Mansfield & Worksop Christmas Quiz 2018


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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