Posted by Ian Gallagher - Operations Manager Office Angels on March 16 2015
Whether you’re running a business, a big-budget project or a buzzing front desk, you’re surrounded by them – a circle of stakeholders who are influenced and affected by your work. Managing their expectations, keeping them clued up and listening to their needs can be critical to your career success. But it takes time, energy and commitment.
Posted by Stephanie Wilberforce- Operations Manager Office Angels on June 06 2015
We’re celebrating Volunteers’ Week, the annual salute to the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK each year. According to the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), around 15.2 million people across the country volunteer at least once a month.
Posted by Stephanie Wilberforce- Operations Manager Office Angels on May 18 2015
This week, we celebrate National Receptionists Day, saying thanks to the unflappable, first-impression-setting faces of every business. There are few positions that involve such major feats of multi-tasking – from greeting and gate keeping to IT support, event planning, client liaison and company ambassadorship.
Posted by Sharon Clarke- Operations Manager Office Angels on April 17 2015
On 23 April, we celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, so let’s ponder the power of the written word. Whether it’s a quick-fire email or a critical proposal, every message makes an impact. So make sure it’s a positive, professional one.Think precise, punchy and to the point - and rid your writing of the most common mistakes.
Posted by Kate Garbett- Operations Manager Office Angels on April 16 2015
Modern life isn’t kind to Mother Nature...energy-sapping devices, mountains of waste paper and miles of commuter cars clogging the motorways. While we’re focusing on our own little working world, it’s easy to forget the wider one outside.April 22nd is Earth Day, so why not think bigger? Changing just five small habits around the office can make a huge difference.
Posted by Wendy Carpenter - Operations Manager Office Angels on April 13 2015
Recruitment is a costly and time-consuming business, but more importantly than wasted time and expense, hiring the wrong person can have an incredibly negative effect on the rest of your employees. So while hiring is never fool-proof, it’s important to make every effort to get it right.
Posted by Chris Moore, Managing Director of Office Angels on March 25 2015
Negotiating a pay rise can be a daunting prospect. What should be just a routine conversation can be very stressful: a make or break situation with the potential to damage your professional credibility and leave you feeling exposed.
Posted by Ian Gallagher - Operations Manager Office Angels on March 16 2015
They say we all have a little of the luck of the Irish on St Patrick’s Day - great news if you’ve been pipped to the post for a promotion or are struggling to secure that second interview. But is luck really the missing link when climbing the career ladder?
Posted by Sharon Clarke- Operations Manager Office Angels on March 10 2015
The tiny two-letter title of ‘PA’ doesn’t quite do the role justice, does it? On any given day, you’re a diplomat, financial analyst, project manager, team leader, event planner extraordinaire, mind reader, travel agent...and bender of time.
Posted by Kate Garbett- Operations Manager Office Angels on February 24 2015
This week, we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day - 24 hours devoted to good old-fashioned, no-strings-attached niceness. It’s all about the little things that give others a big boost, from paying a compliment to paying for a stranger’s Starbucks.
Posted by Wendy Carpenter - Operations Manager Office Angels on January 26 2015
Are you one of those people in the office who feels the need to come into work snuffling, watery-eyed and sneezing because you are too concerned about mounting deadlines and work pressure to take time off to rest? At Office Angels, we have found that you are not the only one.
Posted by Sharon Clarke- Operations Manager Office Angels on January 26 2015
The febrile months of January, February and March are upon us. The seasons are in flux, and, it appears, so are our immune systems. The ensuing tide of employee absences is a common problem for businesses across the country, but how should you steer the choppy waters of this HR headache?
Posted by Ian Gallagher - Operations Manager Office Angels on January 19 2015
It’s Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year. The tinsel’s been binned, the weather’s woeful and you’ve realised quinoa is no substitute for Quality Street. No wonder so many workers are tempted to pull a sneaky sickie today.
Posted by Wendy Carpenter - Operations Manager Office Angels on January 5 2015
Ah, January. Time to land that dream job, drop three dress sizes and climb the property ladder. Oh, and read more, drink less and climb Kilimanjaro...and sell those old handbags on eBay.
Sound familiar? Whipping up a New Year wish list is a great way to clarify your goals, but for many of us, the fire in our bellies has fizzled out by February. Not such a happy start to the year after all.
Posted by Samantha Howarth, Corporate Receptionist at Office Angels on October 21 2014
An interview with a recruitment consultant can be daunting, particularly if you’ve never met with an agency before. It’s an ambiguous topic not often discussed – what’s appropriate, what’s professional and what should you reveal about yourself? While expert guides exist to guide you through a job interview, the candidate/consultant interview style can vary from agency to agency.
Posted by Ian Gallagher - Operations Manager Office Angels on October 7 2014
Working as a temp is a brilliant way of exploring different jobs and industries; and to add new skills and experience to your bow. If you’re looking at changing careers, temping is the way to get first-hand experience. It’s also great for making your work life fit nicely around your personal life.
Posted by Toni Moawad, Marketing Manager Office Angels on September 9 2014
The following advice will help you ask your employer to reconsider your salary. While nothing can ever be guaranteed, if you follow these tips, you’ll increase your chances of having your request granted.
Posted by Sharon Clarke, Operations Manager Office Angels on September 8 2014
LinkedIn is much more than just a business networking tool – it could be the missing link in your job search. With more than 16million registered users in the UK alone, it’s the perfect platform to showcase your skills to a world of potential employers. In fact, it’s often the first port of call for hiring managers looking to cherry-pick choice candidates.
Posted by Chris Moore, Managing Director of Office Angels on August 12 2014
Getting promoted is harder than it’s ever been. In the past, it was enough to perform your job well. Today, you often have to go above and beyond the status quo, fighting off stiff competition from your colleagues for promotions which are often few and far between.
Posted by Wendy Carpenter - Operations Manager Office Angels on July 21 2014
Holidays are, without a doubt, one of the year’s most celebrated highlights, and when your much-anticipated jaunt draws tantalisingly close, work is probably the last thing on your mind. But if you want to keep your colleagues sweet for your return, you might want to re-think that stance.
Posted by Toni Moawad, Marketing Manager Office Angels on July 11 2014
Whether you’re hungry for promotion or just thirsty for knowledge, boosting your skill set through training can make you a far more valuable employee. But how do you get the green light?
Posted by Ian Gallagher, Operations Manager Office Angels on July 10 2014
If the world cup taught us anything, it’s the importance of teamwork. Good, old-fashioned teamwork.
Whatever companies you’ve been a part of in the past, you’re bound to have come across inspirational quotes about teamwork, been presented with innumerable opportunities to attend group activities and team bonding activities, and been lectured on the importance of effective teamwork and team building. But there’s a good reason behind it.
Posted by Wendy Carpenter, Operations Manager Office Angels on June 17 2014
Looking for a new job can be a tough old business; there are roles to search for, CVs to update, interviews to prepare for, and competition to beat. But it can be an equally rough ride for employers.
Posted by Kate Garbett, Operations Manager Office Angels on June 9 2014
Being popular at work can actually make a difference to your career; especially if you’re hoping to move into (or make a success of) a management position.
Posted by Sharon Clarke, Operations Manager Office Angels on May 27 2014
When it comes to co-workers, everyone has their pet peeve. Annoying or not – we still have to work with them so here are some tips on how to deal with them and not be one yourself.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on May 16 2014
You get home from a long and challenging day at work, fix yourself some dinner, and start on the evening’s usual tasks. Before you know it, the hour you’ve been dreaming of finally arrives: bed time.
Posted by Angela Smith - Managing Director Office Angels on April 29 2014
A new piece of research from the Harris Poll* has uncovered the 15 words that have the greatest impact on hiring managers — allowing you to turn your CV into the ultimate sales tool by presenting your achievements in the best way possible.
Posted by Angela Smith - Managing Director Office Angels on March 24 2014
First job, next job, or dream job, the principles remain the same. You need to prove to a potential employer that you’re serious about the role, committed to the company, and above all, the right person for the job. You can start by avoiding the following mistakes at all costs.
Posted by Angela Smith - Managing Director Office Angels on March 19 2014
Not everyone plans for their retirement when they’re young. With houses to buy, holidays to save for and births and marriages to factor in along the way, a pension is sometimes at the very bottom of your list when it comes to distributing your monthly pay check. And therein lies the problem.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on January 24 2014
No matter how seemingly glamorous the job, every position (and industry) has its mundane, boring and tedious parts. And whilst most of us would love to palm these bits onto anyone within a 50-mile radius, they’re actually a really important part of your career evolution.
Posted by Wendy Carpenter - Operations Manager Office Angels on January 24 2014
Job interviews are your chance to shine; your one big shot to show the interviewer why you’re the best person for the job. But if you really want to do yourself justice, you need to prepare a fail-safe structure for answering those all-important questions.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on January 17 2014
Making job-hopping work for you. Communities were built around one key employer, children typically followed their parents into a trade, and workers often stayed put until their retirement days dawned. Nowadays, the landscape couldn’t look more different.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on December 23 2013
When you’re competing for office and secretarial jobs in a sea of talent, you can’t afford to let yourself down on something as basic as communication skills.
Posted by James Orr - Operations Manager Office Angels on December 17 2013
Hoorah — it’s that time of year again when we can eat, drink and be merry. But what happens when that merriment goes a tad too far?
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on December 10 2013
Our health always seems to take a back seat in the grand scheme of things: we hit the winter months and find ourselves struck down with all manner of germs. And, a lot of the time, we could be doing much, much more to keep our wellbeing levels high.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on December 9 2013
Work: love it or loathe it (and if you loathe it, you might want to check out our current office jobs), there are bound to be times when your workload soars out of all control.
From having to cover for a colleague that’s called in sick, to working on projects with seemingly impossible deadlines, we could all do with a little steer on how to handle an overwhelming workload.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on December 2 2013
If you have a degree, nothing can ever detract from your achievement, but with so many graduates competing for jobs in an increasingly tough market, you need to set yourself apart. How? By displaying the sort of skills that are really valued in the modern workplace. And topping the board? Creativity.
Posted on November 22 2013
Job interviews don't have to be that terrfiying experience of facing the unknown. As recuitment professionals,Office Angels has compiled a list of the most common questions to help you deliver your best and land that dream job.
Posted on November 22 2013
Understand more about the importance of language and grammar when applying for jobs in this interesting article and help ensure you land that dream job.
Posted by Darren Roscoe- Operations Director Office Angels on 18 November 2013
Virtual teams. Hot desks. Home-based employees. The modern workplace is rarely ever static. More than ever, people are keen to break with tradition in a bid to find a working pattern that matches their lifestyle.
Posted by Angela Smith - Operations Director Office Angels on 10 September 2013
In the second of our two-part blog post series about CVs, we tell you how to best lay out your CV using Microsoft Word.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on August 24 2013
Find out what information you should include in your curriculum vitae and personal statement to help you stand out from the crowd in our free user guide.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on August 08 2013
Paternity leave: a vital part of becoming a parent. Being present for your child’s first few days or weeks on this earth is an important part of parent-child bonding – both for mothers and fathers.
Posted by Sharon Sondh - Marketing Manager Office Angels on July 24 2013
Want to learn how to ace an interview? Preparation is the key. Although every interview, interviewer and role is different, there are some common questions that many companies rely on to find out how suited to a vacancy a candidate is.
Posted by Ian Gallagher - Operations Manager Office Angels on July 17 2013
Our career quiz tool aims to help you understand what type of person you are, and whether a career change might help you find your ideal job.
Posted by Sharon Sondh - Marketing Manager Office Angels on July 12 2013
For many of us, reaching our 30s heralds the time to seriously think about our ‘real careers’ and whether we’re in the ‘right job’ for us.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on July 11 2013
We’ve updated our article about jobs for school leavers to make sure you’ve got all the information you need.
Posted by Angela Smith - Operations Director Office Angels on June 25 2013
We’ve expanded our advice to make sure you’ve got all the information you need about using a recruitment agency.
Posted by Sharon Sondh - Marketing Manager Office Angels on June 20 2013
You don’t need us to tell you that having a good CV can be the difference between bagging an interview and being confined to the reject pile. p>
Posted by Angela Smith - Operations Director Office Angels on June 19 2013
Looking for UK office jobs in the East and Midlands? If so, this week’s top five jobs blog post is for you.
Posted by Darren Roscoe - Operations Director Office Angels on 12 June 2013
In the second instalment of our top five jobs series, we head to London to find out more about some of the great roles up for grabs through Office Angels.
Posted by Steven Kirkpatrick - Managing Director Office Angels on June 19 2013
During the first quarter of 2013, average salaries for permanent general staffing roles remained fairly consistent, with any declines falling mostly below the 3% mark - indicating a competitive but buoyant market; salaries on the temporary side have however seen far greater variation.
Posted on June 06 2013
Here at Office Angels, we’re proud to help our great candidates find the perfect job. Office jobs are our forte – but that doesn’t just mean admin jobs.
Posted on June 04 2013
Employability skills – attributes every jobseeker is expected to demonstrate and every employer demands. But what exactly are these skills that are always so much in demand?
Posted on June 03 2013
They say you should never judge a book by its cover: too bad nobody ever thought to extend the same teaching to CVs. All too often, worthy candidates find themselves at the bottom of the recycling bin because their covering letter fails to highlight the promise within.
Posted on May 22 2013
Whether you work from home every day or only do so occasionally, this highly convenient practice can sometimes result in you compromising your health, and often without you even realising.
Posted on April 22 2013
As part of our Work Happy, Work Well campaign, we asked you to tweet us what makes your perfect Saturday, including the hashtag #MyPerfectSaturday as part of our campaign and we got an overwhelming response!
By Darren Roscoe, Operations Director, Posted on April 22 2013
25 years ago, secretaries were good typists, managed diaries, and had basic PC skills. Things have moved on considerably since then. Depending on the size of the company, many secretaries and personal assistants now play a much more integral role in the company.
Posted on April 18 2013
For many of us, the work-life balance may be off. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have a good time every now and then.
Posted on April 12 2013
Earlier this year, we published the results of our part-time working dads survey, which looked at the emergent trend of fathers taking a greater role in the upbringing of their children.
Posted on April 11 2013
Towards the end of March, we ran a competition offering you the chance to win one of 100 Office Angels 'Happy Packs', as part of our Work Happy, Work Well campaign.
Posted on April 4 2013
We all know that end-of-weekend feeling. No matter how much you love your job, the thought of a potentially stressful week ahead is enough to put anyone in a bad mood.
Posted on April 2 2013
With recent news highlighting many high street restaurants are serving up meals with hidden high salt levels, we got to thinking about how healthy our everyday lunches really are.
Posted on March 28 2013
The importance of getting the right balance between your job and your social life can't be underestimated. A recent survey has revealed 63% of women define professional success as having the right balance between work and their personal life.
Posted on March 26 2013
Finding motivation in the workplace is not always easy. Many things motivate us while we're at work, for example our salaries. As well as this, more than 80% of people believe having a good boss inspires greater motivation
Posted on March 21 2013
As part of our 'Work Well, Work Happy' campaign we would like to know what makes YOU most happy at work. Answer this question in our survey to win an Office Angels 'Happy Pack'.
Posted on March 15 2013
Working hard and meeting deadlines are only two pieces of the career progression puzzle. A third - and some would say the most important - is building and maintaining positive relationships in the office.
Posted on March 12 2013
For many of us, our morning routine consists of a ten minute snooze on the alarm clock, a rushed shower, throwing on clothes, grabbing the car keys and running out the door.
Posted on March 7 2013
Poor time management is one of the biggest causes of stress at work. At times, we've all felt like we don't know whether we're coming or going, and it's not a nice feeling.
Posted on March 5 2013
Exercise: you either love it or you hate it, and even if you hate it, chances are you realise how important regular exercise is to your health. When you're struggling to get enough motivation for that morning run, try to think about how great exercise is for you.
Posted on February 28 2013
At some point in our working lives we're all likely to hit a rough patch in one way or another. This could be being asked to take part in an office project we don't really enjoy, or having to work with someone who is difficult and unhelpful.
Posted on February 26 2013
How often do you moan about your job? Once a week? Once a day? Once an hour? Chances are, even if you're chasing your dream career, you find time for at least a little moan every now and then.
Posted on February 25 2013
Sometimes it's the little things in life that make us happy. Little things can go a long way in the office, whether that's a colleague telling you how great you are to work with, or even someone just keeping up with their turn on the tea round.
Posted on February 20 2013
Having a clear sense of career progression undoubtedly plays a big part of being happy at work. What's more, in today's fiercely competitive job market, we often need to step up and deliver more than is expected of us in the office.
Posted on February 15 2013
Being happy in the workplace is an integral part of a successful career. Taking steps to ensure your happiness at work will not only aid your productivity and engagement, but will also make building relationships with your colleagues and clients easier and more fulfilling.
Posted on February 5 2013
Looking back over the past quarter, average salaries for permanent general staffing roles have remained consistent. Declines are minimal, with salaries remaining predominately competitive across the country.
Posted on January 24 2013
Being well-liked in the workplace can do as much for your career as meeting deadlines and being a hard worker. But office politics can be tricky to negotiate and what will score you points as an old hand won't necessarily work for a newbie.
Posted on January 22 2013
Handing in your notice might be an easy decision if you have been given a better offer. But maintaining a good relationship with people you have worked for may be important for references and future networking opportunities, so resigning well is well worth the effort.
Posted on January 18 2013
We all make mistakes, but if you've been on the job hunt for a while, and are not getting anywhere, it might be that you need to rethink your job hunt strategy. Here are our top no-nos when it comes to job hunting.
Posted on January 17 2013
Employers will frequently request references from previous firms you have worked for. How do you make sure the information they give reflects positively on you? Well for a start, you don't have to worry too much.
Posted on January 14 2013
Despite our best efforts, things don't always run smoothly in the workplace, and when issues arise or people struggle to get along with each other, it can be hard to know how to set everything straight.
Posted on January 10 2013
Being organised in the workplace will help you keep on top of things, keep up to date and even free up time to take on additional responsibility. Career success relies on a good level of organisation, so here are some tips on upping your achievement levels by getting prepared in advance.
Posted on January 7 2013
Lack of self-esteem can be a vicious cycle. We all have down days and times when we don't quite live up to our own, or others' expectations of us but we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to feeling good about ourselves.
Posted on January 3 2013
If you've got a touch of the January blues, or you've woken up with a New Year hangover that has left you wondering whether your life is headed in the wrong direction, it's a great time to reassess your career goals for the coming year. Here's how you know it's time for a change.
27/12/2012 Job hunting - top tips for 2013
24/12/2012 Postcode lottery - Finding a job in your area
19/12/2012 Becoming a sucessful team player
18/12/2012 LinkedIn - a beginner's guide
14/12/2012 Find your perfect job match
13/12/2012 Cleaning your online profile
12/12/2012 Top tips to never be late
10/12/2012 Up your concentration skills
08/12/2012 First day on the job
30/11/2012 Bring a little festive cheer to your office
27/11/2012 Escaping the job hunt burnout
20/11/2012 Approaching your boss for a pay rise
19/11/2012 How much are you worth?
16/11/2012 How to utilise networking events
13/11/2012 Give your CV a makeover
12/11/2012 The national minimum wage – is it enough?
31/10/2012 Quarterly salary update
28/10/2012 Setting career goals: S.M.A.R.T.
27/10/2012 What makes your boss the perfect boss?
22/10/2012 Temping - Paul Harraway: a day in a life.
20/10/2012 Shorthand guide to shorthand.
18/10/2012 Where to start? Picking a career path.
11/10/2012 The importance of planning ahead
10/10/2012 Work experience. Is it worth it?
09/10/2012 A day in a life: Jane Monk, perm
08/10/2012 Case study: Eszter Nemes Incze, temp
25/09/2012 Does being nice at work limit your career opportunities
13/09/2012 Working from home: benefits vs distractions
08/09/2012 Ways to improve your relationships at work
03/09/2012 It’s hard to avoid being glued to your computer in the office
30/08/2012 Extra grand a year come in handy?
29/08/2012 The real reason you’re not being promoted
28/08/2012 Salary update - July 2012
30/07/2012 Working 9-5, what a way to make a living
29/07/2012 Living the dream: never give up on your ideal job
27/07/2012 Salary update - June 2012
28/06/2012 Salary update - May 2012
15/06/2012 Inspire your workforce to achieve
14/06/2012 How to be a high achiever
11/06/2012 Dream big, win big Our guide to working towards promotion
11/06/2012 Olympic Athletes to Inspire Your Work Ethic
06/06/2012 How to be an employer that people want to work for
06/06/2012 British Celebration Ideas for the Office
30/05/2012 Salary update - April 2012
29/05/2012 Happiness at home leads to success in the workplace
25/05/2012 Everything you need to know about psychological contracts
23/05/2012 5 tips on beating stress in the office
21/05/2012 Eat healthily at work
17/05/2012 Why you should always take your holiday
14/05/2012 Building working relationships socially and professionally
08/05/2012 Spring fashion for the office
04/05/2012 8 steps to help you manage your money
02/05/2012 Maintaining a balanced home and work life
30/04/2012 Salary update - March 2012
29/04/2012 Handling pre-employment assessments
27/04/2012 Staying professional online
25/04/2012 Dealing with competency based interviews
23/04/2012 Time for a change? Getting ready to leave your job
18/04/2012 How to get paid what you're worth
10/04/2012 Job opportunities for school leavers
05/04/2012 Using social networks for job hunting
01/04/2012 Using a recruitment agency for the first time, do's and don'ts
31/03/2012 Salary update - February 2012
26/03/2012 Managing work and parenthood
25/03/2012 Standing out from other graduates
22/03/2012 Computer skills training at home
18/03/2012 The hidden meanings behind job adverts
11/03/2012 Returning to work
01/03/2012 First job after university
01/03/2012 The differences between working in the public and privatesectors
29/02/2012 Salary update - January 2012
29/02/2012 Why use a recruitment agency?
28/02/2012 Questions to ask at the end of your interview
24/02/2012 Taking the plunge
24/02/2012 Career planning for graduates
24/02/2012 You are what you read
23/02/2012 Advice for graduate jobseekers
21/02/2012 Helping employees achieve a work-home life balance
19/02/2012 How to be the perfect PA
18/02/2012 Moving up the corporate ladder
15/02/2012 Using LinkedInto help find work