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September – New Term, New Job

Do you remember when you went back to school in September you felt full of anticipation for the New Academic Year ahead. It was a chance for a fresh start and if you hadn’t worked as hard as you could you were able to start afresh.

 

Just because we work doesn’t mean we can’t follow the same principles as when we were at school. Do you feel confident about your appearance? If your boss is looking to promote don’t be passed by because you don’t look the part. Sad as it is first impressions really do count. Of course you have to look more than that and be able to do a fantastic job too. Look thru your work wardrobe – does it need updating, is there anything in there that can be re vamped and given a second chance, or given a fresh look with accessories. It doesn’t have to cost the earth, my girlfriends and I have clothes swapping parties. Not forgetting the men, last but by no means least, if you wear a suit update with a trendy tie or update a boring suit by adding a brightly coloured shirt. There are lots of magazines to help you with this.

 

If you love your job as many of us do that is fabulous – are you giving it your best or have you got a little stuck in a rut and complacent  here at aka we joke about our back to basics that we do in September. Look at every aspect of your job and assess if you could make any changes, could you do anything to make your job more efficient. Feel the fear and do it anyway – if there are parts of your job that you just hate doing – for instance cold calling and you are expected to do a certain amount if not busy if you find yourself making jobs last longer so that you don’t have to do the dreaded calls. Just tell yourself what is the worst thing that can happen – they say no thanks. The feeling you get when you overcome your fears is amazing.

If you actually for whatever reason feel ready for a new job – there is no better time, we have never been as busy with both Motor and Office vacancies it’s crazy. We will ensure we find you the right job not just any job and with the help of my amazing team will help you in every aspect of the way – so email your CV to me kathy@a-ka.co.uk straight away. Don’t forget if you recommend any job hunting friends you get £100 if we place them too.

 

Whatever your circumstances remember it is never too late, be positive and appreciate the great things in your life.

 

Kathy  x

Summer of Fun

Why don’t you join us here at aka for our Summer of fun – we have had so many stressful days over the past few months it has been so busy in fact busier than ever and patience’s can be very frayed. If you are feeling this way too, why not join us in having a re think about your life and how you are feeling. Recent tragic events in the news have made us take stock of what is good in life and what needs changing. If you don’t enjoy your job anymore don’t just moan on and on do something about it – this applies to everything and anything in your life. The sun is shining, make a list of what changes you want to make and go for it start afresh.

 

No matter how busy you are, inject some fun into your work day this can help when the tension is building. Take a break don’t just sit in front of your computer in your lunch break – go out if you can and get some fresh air. Remember we are not brain surgeons (unless you are!) work is very important but most of us don’t work within life and death situations so try and remember that – Pimms anyone!? 🙂

 

Have a fabulous happy Summer Kathy

 

Hard Work Needs To Be Appreciated

Things have been quiet on the blog front I bet you wondered what had happened to me however we here at aka recruitment have had the best month ever – wow it has been amazing we have been so busy with more vacancies and job hunters than ever.

As you know I believe you should reward your staff for their hard work “If you have great staff you have a great business” so I am whisking my amazing team away to London in June we are travelling first class and it will be a jam packed weekend to remember.

 

Many job hunters seek alternative employment not because of the money or the fact that they don’t love the job it is because they don’t feel that their hard work is appreciated. It doesn’t cost anything to say thank you to your employees if it is validated for their efforts. If they work over, if busy or cover for holidays, never take sick days and do over and above the call of duty – remember a few kind words can make a big difference.

 

If you work somewhere and feel underappreciated, make sure you speak to your line manager when you have your annual appraisal as they may not be aware that they are not communicating their appreciation of you. So many people leave it too late to start job hunting without even giving their current employer the chance to rectify the situation.  

 

We are at work such a huge part of our lives it is important that we enjoy our work – if you feel that you are in a rut – speak to one of our career consultants here at aka  we won’t just find you any job we promise to listen to your requirements and match you up accordingly. We help with CV’s, interviews advice, make sure you get feedback after your interview – it is the full package free of charge to you. This is why all we ask is that you recommend any job hunting friends to us and we reward you with ££ for each one placed.

 

Stay happy, be healthy and enjoy the Summer – for us it’s going to be very busy – hurrah!

 

Kathy Thorn 🙂

 

Kathy’s Rules of Job Hunting

We have had a record number of candidates offered jobs recently, many absolutely desperate to leave and most have snapped up the offer, but a few have then had their minds changed only to sadly regret it and wish they had left – unfortunately that job isn’t around and it’s a double blow.

So I thought it may help if I compiled a Kathy’s rules of job hunting a few things for you to read and hopefully reassure you and let you know you are not on your own, we are here for you every step of the way.

 

Firstly and most importantly NEVER job hunt after a row with a boss or colleague always sleep on it and then if necessary speak to the person in question and talk it though and resolve things.

 

It is likely you have mixed emotions as even though you were job hunting for whatever reason now the time is here to hand your notice in and this is where we find on occasion some job hunters have a wobble as it can be intimidating – try and remember why you started job hunting in the first place.

If you don’t feel this way and are delighted with your offer – good for you that is absolutely how you should feel – a new challenge working for a fantastic successful company. Open that fizz and celebrate!

If the company where you are working offers you more money – ask yourself why didn’t they do this in the first place if they truly value you. They should have paid you this in the first place.

They promise you the earth training courses, better work conditions, a kinder boss etc.  – As above why not do this before and sadly we find that this can be just false promises.

You may have a friend who you have lunch with or go to the pub after work and cutting these ties can be sad but remember this will happen again with time.

If we had a pound for candidates who give back word for the above reasons and then weeks later are back looking seriously regretting not accepting the position that has since been filled by another lucky job hunter. The job hunters who are unsure but decided to go for it always ring thanking us for our reassurance and it’s the best thing they ever did.

 

Put your notice in writing – let me know if you need help with this and stick to your guns , check your contract of employment for your notice period so you give only this. Some companies will let you use holidays to reduce this.

Remember the company you are going to have paid a fee to use our expertise, this is a permanent job and we have loved helping 🙂

Kindly recommend any job hunting friends to aka for ££ when placed and follow us on twitter 🙂

 

Make 2015 The Year Of You

Wow I can’t believe it is February already what a start to the Year it’s been crazy busy here with lots of recruiters looking for staff to join their expanding team.

I don’t  know how your New Year started if you made any resolutions do you feel ready and raring to go after a New Year / New You or do you feel stuck in a rut and need some TLC – if so you have come to the right place.

Get a sheet of paper and make a list of what changes you want to make in 2015 make it realistic and don’t feel bad if there are just two or twenty things on the list. Then focus on how you can make these happen because we can’t just wait for this to miraculously occur we have to put the work in too. If you want a new job its easy email your favourite recruitment  agency (better be us) and we can help with the rest – call and meet one of our team and we will help you with the hard part – then when it comes to interviews we will help you there too – invisibly holding your hand at interviews etc. If you want to be healthier make a list of what you are eating/drinking then try and substitute anything with a high fat content or sugar with healthier options – little changes can make a big difference. If you want to update your image my friend went to Boots Number 7 and was given an amazing make over for free – I went to the Mac counter and was amazed with the results. If you feel you would like to incorporate some exercise into your life Davina McCall has a 7 minute DVD out – now who hasn’t got 7 minutes. If your social life is lacking there are lots of clubs – tennis, keep fit, cookery, wine making, kids footy, whatever your hobbies are the club quickly becomes more than just that. I had a ladies night recently and when I looked at the guest list it was people I had met through social activates – don’t be afraid to get in touch with old friends too 🙂

Remember positive thinking, believe in yourself anything is possible it is up to you.

Have the best ever February find something to do that you love 🙂

Kathy

 

A Year of Celebrations

Wow we have had the busiest ever few months here at aka headquarters, we had some very happy job hunters who wanted to wait until we found them their perfect job rather than rush into the first job that came along. It was also a year to celebrate 15 years of aka recruitment being market leaders. With lots to celebrate I took my aka ladies on an amazing sunshine break for a little R&R – we had a such a fab time and it gave us time to reflect on what a year and how well we all get on in and out of work.

It is so important that you look after your staff, our mantra is ‘if you have great staff you have a great business’ and I couldn’t believe that more.

December is a time to celebrate but also show compassion to people who are not as fortunate as we are. This year we have donated to lots of charities and then at Christmas to Kirkwood Hospice in lieu of cards and gifts.  

Whatever your plans are at Christmas enjoy the time you spend with friends and family – have a fantastic Christmas and a happy and healthy 2015 🙂

 

Kathy x

 

September – Chance for a Fresh Start

Do you remember when you went back to school in September you felt full of anticipation for the New Academic Year ahead. It was a chance for a fresh start and if you hadn’t worked as hard as you could you were able to start afresh.

Just because we work doesn’t mean we can’t follow the same principles as when we were at school. Do you feel confident about your appearance? If your boss is looking to promote don’t be passed by because you don’t look the part. Sad as it is first impressions really do count. Of course you have to look more than that and be able to do a fantastic job too. Look thru your work wardrobe – does it need updating, is there anything in there that can be re vamped and given a second chance, or given a fresh look with accessories. It doesn’t have to cost the earth, my girlfriends and I have clothes swapping parties. Not forgetting the men, last but by no means least, if you wear a suit update with a trendy tie or update a boring suit by adding a brightly coloured shirt. There are lots of magazines to help you with this.

If you love your job as many of us do that is fabulous – are you giving it your best or have you got a little stuck in a rut and complacent 🙁 here at aka we joke about our back to basics that we do in September. Look at every aspect of your job and assess if you could make any changes, could you do anything to make your job more efficient. Feel the fear and do it anyway – if there are parts of your job that you just hate doing – for instance cold calling and you are expected to do a certain amount if not busy if you find yourself making jobs last longer so that you don’t have to do the dreaded calls. Just tell yourself what is the worst thing that can happen – they say no thanks. The feeling you get when you overcome your fears is amazing.

If you actually for whatever reason feel ready for a new job – there is no better time, we have never been as busy with both Motor and Office vacancies it’s crazy. We will ensure we find you the right job not just any job and with the help of my amazing team will help you in every aspect of the way – so email your CV to me kathy@a-ka.co.uk straight away. Don’t forget if you recommend any job hunting friends you get £100 if we place them too.

Whatever your circumstances remember it is never too late, be positive and appreciate the great things in your life.

Kathy 🙂 x

June – Be Positive and Reap The Rewards

What an AMAZING month June is going to be – The Tour de France is travelling thru Huddersfield, we have the World Cup in Brazil, and then last but not least Wimbledon – can Andy Murray win again – yes he can!! Can you imagine The England lads travelling all that way whilst thinking they had no chance 🙁 and Andy Murray thinking he was lucky to have won once?

The power of positive thinking is amazing – only this weekend my friend asked me why I was so positive, wouldn’t it be easier she asked in all sincerity to think the worst and then when good things happen it’s a bonus. When I asked her how many good/positive things happen she admitted not many so I asked her, for me, to change her thought process for a month and rather than thinking the worst and using negative language to think positively at all times. She was amazed after a brief chat at how easy it is to be negative without thinking. “She can’t cope with the pressure of work and is fed up; she feels stressed; isn’t sleeping; can’t be bothered to exercise”. She repeats this to herself about fifty times a day, plus kids, her diet, her weight, her husband, the house chores and by the end of her day she feels unable to cope. By just changing your language and saying positive things “I am busy but am organised and looking forward to the challenge of what today brings; I am going to take time to exercise as it is important to look after myself and take time for myself as a healthy body enables a healthy mind.” Very quickly we start feeling more optimistic and able to live a happier positive existence – go on once month give it a go you will be amazed.

Job hunters often ring before their interview and tell us how nervous they are, how they can’t believe they have been selected for an interview and even check are we sure its them and not another candidate – as they don’t feel capable of the job, how they will go along for the interview but don’t feel optimistic. We can’t believe this, if you feel this way and keep repeating it to yourself, when at the interview this will come across and the chance of a job offer is unlikely. I enjoy spending time with our candidates who feel nervous, lack confidence and need a retune to think more positively. The feedback from them is amazing. The best part of our job is when we help them feel confident and more optimistic and positive, overcoming any negativity and of course celebrate their job offer and the amazing feeling that comes with that. Bring on the celebratory fizz!

Meet the Team

Meet the ‘A’ Team at aka Recruitment 🙂

Hiya I’m Kirsty and I’ve worked for aka for over 8 years, I love my job, and still get that great buzz when one of my lovely candidates gets offered their dream role. I get to meet different people every day, and love to have a chat over a cup of coffee. I must admit, although I do love my job, when it gets to Friday night I do look forward to my (well deserved!) glass of vino! I also live for my holidays – Greece would have to be my favourite destination, you can’t beat been in the sunshine with a cocktail!

I’m Hollie and I’m a consultant at aka Recruitment. I joined an already successful team and business, the training provided by Kathy and Kirsty has been amazing and I feel I have found my perfect job. Coming from a sales background I love the buzz and satisfaction of finding ours candidates their dream job. In my spare time I love to shop, watch the soaps lol and get out and about with my family and friends.

Hi my name is Mandy I work at aka as Office Support, I look after the girls while they are interviewing our candidates to place them in FABULOUS new jobs. Answering phone calls and queries, typing up CVs, sending out our BRILLIANT candidate profiles to AMAZING clients. I’m known in the office as a bit of a joker and a feeder as I think the girls should nibble throughout the day like I do (they disagree!) At home I love to mess about in my garden (especially with a glass of wine).

We’re a friendly bunch and look forward to helping you find that perfect job – contact our office today to speak to one of us 🙂

Time for Reflection…

I love April, the nights are longer the weather brighter and as it is the beginning of the new financial year it gives me chance to reflect on the past year and the achievements made personally and professionally, this time I went right the way back to 1988…

 

I started my life working within the Motor Trade and I LOVED it. Working within an amazing team covering most departments this was a great grounding and taught me everything about the Motor Trade. Have you ever thought about the choices you make and the path those decisions lead to?? After many years and impending closure of my dealership I changed direction and became a Recruitment Consultant in Leeds and I started my next chapter finding people jobs. I had ten very successful years then after the birth of my daughter, Amelia, I decided to start my own business and aka Recruitment was born. I rarely wonder, as I love my job so much, as to what might have been.

I find it sad that not everyone is in a job they love – our office has its own Kleenex cupboard for newly registered job hunters who are unhappy at work and can’t see a way out. They can’t see the wood for the trees and don’t know what to do.

If you feel that it is time to change jobs take the first step and make an appointment to meet with one of our talented trained consultants who will listen to you. Then they will make suggestions of vacancies (some you may never have considered) or courses to take that will help your change of direction. It is important that you find the right job not any job our motto is ‘if you have a good job you have a good life’ we care about you and your next step – don’t take my word for it below are comments from job hunters in this past month alone:

 

‘Firstly I’d like to say a massive and I mean massive thank you for all your hard work! I absolutely love my job it honestly does feel like I’ve been there years I sort of slotted straight in, the lads are great.’

 

‘I would like to thank you and your company for the help you gave me in finding the perfect position for me. It was exceptionally quick and professional, you asked what and where I wanted. Within two days of our first contact I’m now looking forward to my new career with an employer I wanted.’

 

‘Thank you both very much for your valued support, effort and kind words during a very challenging time. Once you have got over the shock of been made redundant the reality is you need and find the people who are true and genuinely want to help. Your company stands out head and shoulders above the other companies out there.’

 

If you are lucky and love your job but wish you were healthier, had more hobbies, had a partner, didn’t have a partner(!) the list is endless 🙂 make a plan to ensure the months don’t fly by and this time next year you are in the same position – I have promised myself that this time next year I will have renewed my gym membership – wish me luck!!

TC Kathy 🙂