Recruitment agencies act as an intermediary between an employer looking to fill a vacancy and someone seeking work. Having this middle man may seem like a disadvantage but can actually be a great way to return to employment or find your ideal job.
The role of the agency itself is to find suitable candidates for vacancies and there is often a lot of pressure to do so. When seeking an agency; find out if they offer relevant roles as some will specialise in specific industries that may not be relevant to you. It’s good to physically take in your CV and discuss the kind of role you are seeking so you become more memorable, just remember that this will be their first impression of you so be friendly and presentable.
Agencies often work closely with employers and can give you hints or tips on what to expect if you are offered an interview. If you are successful, you will be paid by the agency but managed by the employer, with the right to use any onsite facilities such as canteens or nurseries. If you are in the same role for 12 weeks, then you are entitled to the same pay and benefits as any permanent members of the company doing the same job.
Several of the positions offered by agencies are temporary but can still be used to your advantage as you can prove yourself to the employer and may even be offered a direct position. A temporary role can be taken whilst you look for permanent work or used as valuable experience.
Although you are entitled to paid holiday hours you cannot claim maternity leave whilst working for an agency, you also cannot claim redundancy or file for unfair dismissal so just bear these factors in mind before contacting.
However, overall a recruitment agency can be a great way to find a suitable vacancy. So search your local area and send your CV today!
Arrrrrghhh shiver me timbers, Ye ol’ Opportunity Plus crew ‘ave embarked on a treasure hunt with the land lubbers of Taunton Job Centre.
We didn’t know the vast land O’Taunton well and a game plan was a must. We placed our captain at the head of t’ ship to steer us to the finish line. We were presented with a scroll containin’ many many clues to be solved and we had to work together with no fighting and mutinies to find the treasure.
As a team we battled the challenges, solved anagrams and historical questions t’ find t’ locations we needed t’ photograph. Ye pictures were not enough and had t’ contain a member o’ t’ crew for proof.
At half time we were given another great mystery set of cryptic clues such as *Lord Lambourne’s Norwegian Blue* which lead us to Apple and Parrot. We did not sup any ale on this day, as we had to be in full form and we were racing against t’ time. We collected as many nuggets of treasure we could before sailing home and presenting our efforts t’ ye quiz master.
Arggghlas we did not prosper as lead hunters but we were proud of our efforts. The day has us communicating, prioritising clues, organising, squash buckling and most importantly laughing. A fantastic was to bring an office together as a strong team. And we did not come last aha.
A huge 3 out of 5 of us are expected to become carers at some point in our lives. Caring for someone, whether its part time or round the clock can have a huge impact on your lifestyle.
The 6th June – 12th June is National Carers Week, aimed to help the 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK with support, advice and recognition! As a carer it can be hard to maintain personal relationships, health and work.
We will be at Newton Abbot Racecourse on Wednesday 8th June offering guidance to carers who are looking to get back into employment and providing alternative ideas such as self-employment.
Self-employment can enable you to work flexible hours that suit your caring commitments, whether it’s ironing, dog-walking or a hidden talent you can look to sell your skill and become the owner of your own business.
Opportunity Plus offer a range of free business start-up guidance, so if you are unable to make it on the day then please get in touch on 0800 043 2440 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help.
For more information on National Carers Week or to see how you can help, please visit: http://www.carersweek.org/
More and more young people are opting to do pursue an apprenticeship rather than a degree and if you’re aged between 16-24 and don’t have a higher qualification then it’s a fantastic option.
Often people will dismiss apprenticeships due to their pay rate, however the rate of pay can be quite surprising. Although the minimum apprenticeship wage stands at £3.30, the average wage during an apprenticeship is £170 a week with many companies paying up to £270. Studies* also show that on average those who have attended an apprenticeship earn nearly £4000 more a year than graduates. You’ll get paid for learning and gaining qualifications without the student debt at the end of it!
Whilst being in education is great, doing an apprenticeship will give you valuable experience to add to your CV – which employers look for. A Government survey also showed that 85% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved and 83% said their career prospects had improved.
So with 90% of apprentices staying in employment (7/10 of those with the same employer) what are you waiting for?! Have a look at the government guide to applying for apprenticeships and bag your dream role today.
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