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What kind of Firework are You?

Throughout every office across the globe, a pick 'n' mix of personalities line the cubicles and desks. From meek introverts to the bossy micromanagers, the workplace is filled with more explosive personalities than Guy Fawkes' gunpowder plot. With bonfire night closing in on us all, it's important to remember that baby, you're a Firework; the only question is what kind?Damp SquibThe Damp Squib of the office, you had such great ...

Published: Fri 31 October 2014

Spooky Jobs

Halloween is a time for guts, gore and scary stories (providing the first two are fake) as costumes are donned throughout the country in preparation for a night fuelled with monsters, chocolate and alcohol.With Halloween upon us, kids throughout the western works are preparing their trick or treat costumes, whilst Derek Acorah consults with his 'spirit guide.' With Jack o' Lanterns lining the streets and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' ...

Published: Tue 28 October 2014

How to stop yourself becoming a 9 to 5 zombie

You're surrounded. The physical embodiments of a desolate Monday morning stare with a longing stillness that would even have unsettled the Raven sat upon Poe's chamber door. You reach around for ammunition to stave off the ungainly advances of the suited undead. "Garlic.No.Matches.No.Silver Bullets.No!" An interesting choice of backpack essentials but all for the wrong apocalypse.Zombies are stubborn at the best of times, but ...

Published: Tue 28 October 2014

5 jobs that don't exist anymore

With the rise of the machines slowly dawning upon us, there are those who fear that they are rather replaceable. Whilst we all sit back and wait for the drones to awaken and take all of our jobs, let's take a moment to remember some jobs that unfortunately don't exist anymore.Ice CutterThis chilly profession was recently brought to the attention of anyone who has seen Frozen. A large Ice Cutting operation would usually consist ...

Published: Tue 21 October 2014

5 Tips To Keep Your Staff Happy

While a workforce of happy minions may be nothing more than a pipe dream, moulding your current troop of Daves, Carls and Kevins into a team of Pharrell-esque employees can prove to be a lot simpler and worthwhile than you might have thought. Studies have proven that happy workers are productive workers and though we can all hardly take the Google approach of scooters and slides, there are a few steps you can employ to put some ...

Published: Tue 21 October 2014

Top 10 jobs for geeks

Once upon a time, the word geek was an insult to degrade the introverts who worked hard and played Dungeons & Dragons harder. However with the rise of technology that will soon replace basic human interaction and 'ironic' t-shirts with the words 'geek' and 'nerd' splattered all over them, a paradigm shift has occurred. Whilst the hunter gatherer archetypes once ruled the playground with their superior sport skills and biceps; ...

Published: Wed 15 October 2014

6 most in-demand soft skills

Thanks to the rise in student fees you'd be forgiven for thinking a degree is more valuable than ever, however it's increasingly soft job skills that are most sought after by recruiters. Unless you're applying for the position of Superman, soft skills are in-demand across most job roles; and while your knack for telekinesis and time travel might help you progress through the storyboard of a Marvel Comic, their impact in the ...

Published: Wed 15 October 2014

6 things never to say at work

Whilst the Village People proved to us that actions can indeed speak louder than words, the unwritten minefield that is the office has ensured that anything you say can and will be used to paint a picture of you both as a person and a professional (and occasionally held against you in a court of law). Now while the old adage of think before you speak seems more fitting for the playground than the water cooler, it appears to ...

Published: Thu 09 October 2014

Bad movie bosses

Everybody has had that one job where they worked under a tyrannical boss who seemed to be a massive rooster. A boss who loves to micromanage but never seems to do any work themselves; your very own Bill Lumbergh (Office Space).As much as we'd all like to reenact the plot from Horrible Bosses, it is a rather impractical way to deal with those, who after all, fund your bourgeois taste for hummus and your selection of fine wines ...

Published: Thu 09 October 2014

Tea vs Coffee Drinkers: who are the better workers?

Though they hardly draw up the film noir image of silhouettes and dodgy deals, tea & coffee's status as the UK's favourite legal 'high' has forever been proclaimed by Nes-caffeine purveyors and 'expert' leaf readers *cough cough*. Now while these steaming cups of willpower have been long time sponsors of the rat race, tea and coffee drinkers will frequently debate the benefits of their chosen elixir, often quoting the health ...

Published: Wed 01 October 2014

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