7 tips to secure your next pay rise

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.


Time to make your own luck

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?


Putting time on your side

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.


One good turn deserves another

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.


Beat sickness anxiety and take time off!

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.


That time of year again? Coping with employee absence

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?


Bounce back from Blue Monday

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.


Turning resolutions into results

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.


How to nail your next recruitment agency interview

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.


Why temping is worth it

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.

How to negotiate a pay rise

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.

Supercharge your LinkedIn profile

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.

Plotting your path to promotion

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.


The importance of a good holiday handover

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.


How to convince your boss to invest in your future

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?


The benefits of teamwork

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.

6 steps on taking a softer approach to career success

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.

Improve your career prospects by being more popular

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.

How to deal with annoying co-workers - and not be one yourself

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.

8 ways to wind down after work

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.

The 15 words hiring managers love to see

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.

Five mistakes to steer clear of when looking for your next job

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.

Pension auto enrolment: what does it mean for you?

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.

How ‘boring’ tasks can boost your professional prowess

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.

Ace your interview with the STAR technique

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.

The death of the job for life

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.

Five steps to improving your communication skills

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.

The perils of the office Christmas party

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?

Is your career suffering through sickness?

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.

Ten ways to manage a heavy workload

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.

Ten easy steps to make your creative skills flourish

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.

The Top Five Most Common Interview Questions

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.

Why Aren't Employers Hiring Me?

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.

Flexible working: a new way of life

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.

How to write and design your CV using Microsoft Word

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.

CV writing guide: 7 things to include in your CV to impress employers

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.

Paid Paternity Leave for Men - A Guide to Your Rights

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.

Most commonly asked job interview questions and answers

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.

Find the ideal job to match your personality – career quiz

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.

Career change at 30+: how to change your career in later life

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.

Jobs for 16-18 year olds & school leaver programmes

We’ve updated our article about jobs for school leavers to make sure you’ve got all the information you need.

How to use a recruitment agency and get a better job

We’ve expanded our advice to make sure you’ve got all the information you need about using a recruitment agency.

What are the worst CV mistakes to make?

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>

Top five office jobs in the East and Midlands this week

Looking for UK office jobs in the East and Midlands? If so, this week’s top five jobs blog post is for you.

Top five office jobs in London this week

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.

2013 Q1 salary update

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.

Top five office jobs this week: across the UK

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.

Work skills: what you will need in the future

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?

How to Write a Cover Letter

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.

Health and working from home: five things to consider when you’re working remotely

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.

Competition Results: #MyPerfectSaturday

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!

Our best advice for candidates seeking a PA/secretarial role

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.

#MyPerfectSaturday Competition: What’s your top tip for making the most of your free time?

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.

Is there still stigma attached to part-time working dads?

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.

Office Angels Happy Pack competition: the results

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.

How to beat those Sunday night blues

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.

Healthy packed lunch ideas: how does your lunch measure up?

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.

How to achieve a good work-life balance

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.

Who needs Mr Motivator? Workplace motivation techniques

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

WIN an Office Angels ‘Happy Pack’

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'.

Building positive relationships in the workplace

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.

Say goodbye to stressful mornings for good

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.

Time management tips at work

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.

Stress-busting exercise at the office

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.

What to do if you are unhappy at work

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.

Five tips to seeing solutions not problems

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.

Five everyday things that make you happy in the workplace

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.

Getting the best out of your career

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.

Work happy: beat stress with food and drink

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.

2012 Q4 salary update

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.

Being liked in the workplace

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.

Resigning Dos and Don’ts

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.

What not to do when searching for a job

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.

Get a glowing reference

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.

Dealing with workplace conflict

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.

Organisation is key to success

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.

Improving your self-confidence

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.

New year, new career

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.


December 2012

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

November 2012

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?

October 2012

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

September 2012

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

August 2012

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

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

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

May 2012

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

April 2012

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

March 2012

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

February 2012

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

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