Bring on a Summer of Fun

As you probably know by now us aka ladies are never happier than when the sun is shining and even better if we have a glass of fizz too.

The news has been full of tragedy and it leaves you feeing desperately sad (please donate where possible to all affected charities & download the amazing remake of bridge over troubled waters).

Times of sadness make you take stock of your life and reflect on what you have achieved and how happy you are as you only get one chance here on earth 🙂

 

Make a list of what makes you happy about your life and what needs changing and take action today!

Get fit, be healthy, have more time for yourself, take up a new hobby, declutter your wardrobe, declutter negative friends who bring you down, find a new job (we can help with the last one) whatever is on your list look at ways of making any necessary changes as even a small change can make a big difference to your health and outlook.

Change can be scary but it can be so positive and it is so easy to be stuck in a rut whilst life passes you by.

 

No matter how busy you are inject some fun into your work day and home life. Take a break don’t just sit in front of the computer in your lunch break, go out and get some fresh air. Turn of the TV (if like us you love your telly) and go for a walk and appreciate your surroundings. Remember work has to be very important but luckily many of us don’t work within life and death situations so appreciate the good things in life.

Job Hunting Advice

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 dos and don’ts 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 it could open up so many doors.

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

September – Self-Improvement Month

Did you know September is Self-Improvement month?

 

Here at aka recruitment we are getting involved with self-improvement month and have made a promise to be the BEST we can be 🙂

 

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 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 sports & fun – there has been such sadness with the tragic loss of our local MP the amazing Jo Cox I didn’t know her personally, of course I had heard of the amazing work she did, but friends of mine had met her many times and seen her in action she was so inspirational. Then without being too Political there has been the decision to leave Europe and David Cameron resigning, causing shockwaves.

 

Change can be scary but it can also be good so why not join us in having a re think about your life I have definitely taken inspiration from Jo. 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

Believe in Yourself and Reap the Rewards

Wow it has been so busy here at aka recruitment and as one of our mottos is “work hard play hard” we are just back from a wonderful sunshine break to Portugal – It is always great to get away and have time to reflect on life and what changes need to be made if you don’t feel you have the balance right.

 

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.

 

Sadly 75% of people are afraid to believe in themselves and don’t want to risk a new challenge or change in career direction. I think about Leicester City and this time last year they were almost relegated a laughing stock and now they are the winners of the Premier Division. So many of their fans didn’t just give up and chose another team they placed a £10 bet and won £10000. 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.

 

TC until next time 🙂

 

Kathy

Job Hunting – The Dos and Don’ts

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 dos and don’ts 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 2016 The Year of You

Happy New Year it’s been crazy busy here since we started back at work on Monday 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 2016 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 new DVD out – now who doesn’t want to look like Davina. 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 2016 find something to do that you love 🙂

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

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 🙂