Blog & Tips

This entry was posted on Monday, July 31st, 2017

Are you looking for a job in Banbury this summer? Check out our SIX top tips for getting yourself that bit closer to finding employment! Is your CV fit for purpose? Does it sell your skills & experience? Have you highlighted your achievements? Your CV needs to be constantly evolving to suit each situation. Adapt […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016

So you really want that new job in Banbury, however knowing how best to tackle your second interview can be a real challenge. Hopefully, this guide will help you prepare well and ace the interview… A second interview is a real vote of confidence. It tells you that the employer has seen enough to suggest […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016

So the country has voted; the UK is to leave the European Union. Whatever the long-term future may hold, a period of uncertainty lies ahead for UK business following the Brexit vote. For the UK jobs market and recruitment industry, Brexit also serves up several potential, future challenges that will require decisive decision-making and effective […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Job searching can be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, experiencing a mixture of anxiety, hope, excitement and dejection! Job Interview Rejection can be a particularly tough thing to handle. Sure it can happen…you have one interview, you love the company, the company love you and hey presto, you have a new job! In reality […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

  With the impending EU referendum just 2 months away, how could a Brexit affect the UK jobs market and UK business as a whole? An exit offers potential for a prosperous EU-free UK, as well as the opportunity to take control of our own affairs. Opinion among UK business however, appears to be swaying slighting towards remaining within […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, March 4th, 2016

Looking for jobs in Banbury or using a recruitment agency in Banbury can be a bit daunting if you haven’t done it for some time. With the recruitment sector constantly evolving, keeping up with how it all works and knowing how to get the best out of a recruitment agency can be difficult. Here are […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016

“Recruitment: The action of finding new people to join an organisation.” The Oxford English dictionary definition may have stayed largely the same, however the way we recruit new employees has changed dramatically! In the last 15-20 years, technology has been the driving force behind such dramatic changes, improving the speed the way things happen & the […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016

Staff retention can be a big issue affecting business progression and growth, particularly in what is a highly competitive candidate market at present. A settled team (whether in business, sport or otherwise), where everyone knows what needs to be done, will more often than not breed success. As simple as that sounds however, it isn’t […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Brilliant news, you’ve managed to get yourself a new job in Banbury! However, the excitement soon turns to anxiety as the first-day nerves kick in. Help though is at hand, as following these simple tips should help you to fit into your new team, adapt to the new environment and very much get off on the […]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Great news, your hard work has paid off and you have yourself a job offer! However, before you can crack open the champagne, you have an important decision to make. Is it indeed the right job for you?! While you shouldn’t over-think things, knowing what your main goals and motivators are, will soon make it […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Why choose Prospect Personnel ahead of everyone else, to find you jobs in Banbury, Brackley or Bicester? With well in excess of 20 recruitment agencies in Banbury & the surrounding area, it can be a bit confusing as to which ones to use to help find yourself a new job. Here’s why we think we stand […]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The UK unemployment rate has now fallen to a 10-year low of 5.2%, with 505,000 more people in work than a year ago. These are amongst a number of notable findings following yesterday’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) release of the latest UK employment data for the period August-October 2015. Here are the Main Findings […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Maintaining your employee motivation is no easy task. Keeping your best employees content, fulfilled and eager to stay for the long-term can be really difficult as an employer. Having a well-managed, settled team is a serious breeding ground for success. But what can you do keep those hard-working, innovative and valuable employees from looking elsewhere? […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

  In the last couple of years, we have seen our economy rise out of recession, like a phoenix from the ashes. However, it appears a significant skills shortage is slowing down progress. The latest Labour Market data certainly shows there are no shortage of jobs on offer, with 736,000 vacancies UK-wide. But there appears to […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

                    For many people, whether it be starting out in the world of work, post-redundancy or possibly just looking for a career change, it can be difficult to know where to start your job search and what to apply for. Before you do anything else, there […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

                    Through historical events, social / economic changes and technological breakthroughs, recruitment agencies in Banbury & the UK as a whole, has evolved dramatically in how they work, over the past 50 years or so. The Past The speed in which job searching has evolved is […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

                            So you’ve been on holiday, you’re back and refreshed and you’ve decided now is the time to find a new challenge. The first logical place to start is getting that CV up to scratch. But how should it look? What should & […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The technological age has a firm grip on the recruitment industry and has done for some time now, being an essential part of the process. But how can you best make social media & technology work for you when looking for jobs in Banbury? Trawling through the newspaper job section is slowing becoming a thing of […]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Just finished university and looking for jobs in Banbury? Having finished your studies, you rightly feel pretty chuffed; after all you now have a degree under your belt (hopefully!) You now feel you can take on the world with an ambitious spring in your step.   There is no doubt that your degree is a […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, June 1st, 2015

                              The job interview is a breeding ground for nerves, mistakes & blunders, as well as innovation, brilliance and skill. People react in very different ways, whether that be crumbling miserably or feeding off the pressure and performing brilliantly. Staying calm […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The interview process is a stressful event as a candidate. It is important to stay organised and nicely prepared in advance. The more preparation you do, the more time you can spend on ensuring you answer those interview questions effectively. Obviously researching the company, looking smart and knowing the location of the interview are very […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

                There is, at present a distinct and troubling talent/skills shortage within the UK, with skilled and available workers lacking in around 50 key areas such as Engineering, Health care & Technology. As a result, what talent is out there is in high demand. Competition for these people […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

  Recruitment and the process of finding a job has changed and developed significantly in recent years. The combination of a CV & cover letter was the norm, a necessity even, within the job application process. Nowadays however, while the CV is still a key element, the cover letter has slowly but surely slipped by […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

When looking for new jobs in Banbury, it is vitally important to get yourself out there as much as possible. Therefore, maintaining an organised job search is essential in keeping on top of your use of all the job boards, registering with recruitment agencies or contacting company, after company. However, managing and keeping up to […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, May 1st, 2015

  You can arguably compare the interview process to dating; making sure you say the right things, playing it cool and to not come across too keen. Waiting to hear an employer’s response after what seemed like a really great interview, can be seriously nerve-wracking and stressful. Why not try some of the following ideas to […]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

January & February are usually one of, if not the busiest time to find jobs, especially if you are looking for jobs in Banbury. However, with the large amount of work on offer, the amount of competition for the best jobs increases too. You really do have to work hard to stand out from the […]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Currently looking for jobs in Banbury & surrounding areas? As part of your job search, having several great interview questions to ask is really important. This shows your interest in the role and gives a good first impression of yourself. Here are some great interview questions to ask, not only to help you stand out from […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Approximately 2 in 5 people will look for a new job in January, with the end of the first week of the month, the job hunting peak of the year. However as busy as the job market can be in this period, it may not be as easy as it sounds to find new jobs […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Kärcher UK have laid out plans to re-locate across Banbury from it’s current Beaumont Road Site, to  new purpose-built premises close to junction 11 of the M40, creating many new jobs in Banbury. Construction will begin in early 2015, with the site opening in December 2015. The 6.5 acre site will be double the size […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014

  For an employer, time and money are highly precious commodities. Therefore using a recruitment agency may be the ideal solution when it comes to hiring new staff.   As an employer, lots of questions have to be asked when looking to use an agency. With so many recruitment agencies in Banbury, which one should a […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014

Following the news of the return of the ‘garden city’, with plans to develop Ebbsfleet in Kent, it has also now been announced that Bicester will become the second in a new wave of garden cities , creating 13,000 new homes and many job opportunities. This will mean a further 13,000 new homes, significant infrastructure improvements […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014

Millions of workers to get extra holiday pay after landmark ruling forces firms to take into account regular overtime shifts Millions of workers are in line for extra holiday pay after a recent landmark tribunal ruled that regular overtime shifts should be taken into account when calculating people’s ‘normal’ wage. This could begin a huge […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014

Is it right that Apple and Facebook are offering to freeze eggs for female employees in an effort to hold onto their female staff for longer? Both Apple and Facebook are renowned for their hugely innovative and forward thinking approach. They have now though taken this philosophy into how they look after their staff… So […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Everyone knows how important keeping up a healthy lifestyle and diet leads to a more productive and happy person. But what we don’t tend to think of is that how and where you eat plays a big part too! Most of us do or have done it in the past; ‘Grabbing a quick sarnie’ while […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Looking for jobs in Banbury, jobs in Bicester or jobs in Brackley? Here are our brilliant tips for the Perfect CV to help give you the best chance in your job search:   Truthful: There’s little point in lying on your CV, any decent interviewer will soon establish the truth Hobbies: Don’t be afraid to share your […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, October 27th, 2014

He is known for his highly successful and innovative approach to business, but last month Richard Branson took his innovation to a new level by offering his 170 Virgin Group staff unlimited holiday leave! He says “it is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a […]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Social Media has revolutionised many industries in recent times and recruitment is no exception. For recruitment agencies it is now important to have a significant online presence, helping to engage with potential candidates and employers. For candidates too, social media is an increasingly useful tool in assisting their job search, helping to communicate with potential […]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014

An interview is all about first impressions. What you wear is very much key to this, before a word has even been spoken. You don’t have to break the bank, however a little effort in your appearance will put you in really good stead. The facts tend to back this up too, with studies suggesting […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

Leading on from our recent interview questions ideas, here are a few more good ones to ask. These will not only impress the employer, but also help you find out if it’s the right job role for you too: Could you describe a typical day/week within the job role? This will give you a real grasp of what […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014

During an interview it’s always a good idea to ask the employer some questions too. This shows you’re really genuinely interested in what they have to offer and will certainly create a positive impression on the interviewer. Here are the first 2 great ideas for questions you could ask to make you stand out a […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

For many companies, telephone interviews are the ideal way to begin an interview process due to the volume of candidates certain jobs attract Here is our failsafe guide for delivering the perfect, confident telephone interview: Create a list of some of your achievements that match to some (or all) of the job description, with specific […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014

Looking for jobs in Banbury, jobs in Bicester or jobs in Brackley? Here are our brilliant tips for the Perfect CV to help give you the best chance in your jobsearch: Truthful: There’s little point in lying on your CV, any decent interviewer will soon establish the truth Hobbies: Don’t be afraid to share your interests, it […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

There’s no doubt that being happy in a job is very important to us. But how important is our employment to our overall well-being? The answer is not a straight forward one. However what we do know is that we do spend a considerable amount of time (around 15%) in paid work. A recent survey […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014

For an employer, time and money are highly precious commodities. Therefore using a recruitment agency is the ideal solution when it comes to hiring new personnel.  Creating and maintaining your own in-house recruitment team, for small businesses in particular, is an expensive and time consuming drain on resources.  For larger organisations, internal recruitment and HR departments […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014

A recent survey asking employers about the most common interview blunders has shown that over half cited dressing inappropriately as the most common interview error. This was followed by speaking negatively about previous employers, appearing arrogant and not providing specific answers to name but a few. Some of the more amusing and unusual favourites of […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

The number of JSA claimants in January 2014 has risen from December 2013. However, it is not all bad news as the current number of claimants is 461 lower than this time last year. See the rates of unemployment for January 2014 below.                     If you […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

As jobs become more and more specialised, it becomes increasingly important for companies to clearly and accurately convey their expectations in job descriptions. When looking for staff, regardless of the department, there are some essential items that should be a part of every recruitment effort. 1. Company Mission and Goals Whether hiring a recruitment company […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Unemployment rates down in Banbury again during the month of December Check out our lastest infographic which shows the fantastic news from the Banbury constituency. We currently have a wide variety of  jobs in Banbury. If you wish to discuss our job opportunities further please call our team on 01295 817669

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This entry was posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Getting a job interview is only one step in the long process to improving your employment status. When you interview, you are not only trying to impress your potential employers, but you are also trying to determine whether this job is one you want. Whether you are looking on your own or going through a […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The Reed Job Index for November 2013 is now out, and it looks like there is good news for people who are looking for a change in career. Reed Global, the producer of the report, is one of several recruitment agencies that have been carefully monitoring the market on a regular basis. As of now, […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Make 2014 your year! Celebrate the New Year with a new job; whether you are just looking for a change or wanting to start the path to your dream career. We understand that searching for a job can be so hard, so if you are looking for employment within marketing, administration, sales or customer services, […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

We would like to wish all our Candidates and Employers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Our opening hours over the Christmas period are; December 23rd  9am – 5pm December 24th 9am-5pm December 25th – January 1st – closed January 2nd  9am – 5pm January 3rd 9am – 5pm

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This entry was posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013

Anybody who has gone to multiple recruitment agencies looking for advice has probably found that even experts disagree about some things in the employment field. Talking to only one employment agency will only give you one answer to a multi-faceted question.   Below are the five biggest debates regarding recruitment along with some of the […]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Unemployment rates down in Banbury again this month.  This infographic shows the positive news from last month’s unemployment rate for the Banbury constituency. If you are looking for jobs in Banbury please call our team on 01295 817669  

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This entry was posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Here in the U.K., employment rates are currently at an all-time high. The latest figures show that more people than ever are finding jobs, which is definitely good news for the economy here. Not only that, but wages are holding steady for most positions as well. Although more people than ever are working, efforts to […]

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This entry was posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013

For both the potential employee and the interested business, there is no more important step in the employment process than a job interview. This helps both parties figure out whether the applicant is a good fit for the job being offered. Any employer needs to keep in mind, though, that there are certain laws and […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Unemployment rates down in Banbury!  This infographic shows last month’s unemployment rate for the Banbury constituency. If you are looking for a job opportunities in the Banbury area please click here.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Why did you set up Prospect Personnel? Both of us have been in recruitment for many years (too many to mention!) working for well-established independent and national agencies, and we have been friends for over 20 years. The idea of the business formed over a coffee soon after both of our youngest daughters were born. […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, September 13th, 2013

Being rejected after a job interview can severely dent your confidence. Many candidates I have worked with over the years tortuously dwell on being turned down, often forgetting the bigger picture. Rejection, while not pleasant, can often be blown out of proportion and viewed as a sign of failure. However, by thinking objectively, candidates can […]

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This entry was posted on Friday, January 18th, 2013

Telephone interviews are used as the first stage in a selection process. Due to the volume of candidates some jobs attract, the telephone interview works like a filter, finding the best candidates. So the good news is that your application was good enough to get you an interview and this is the next stage.   […]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012

We would like to wish all of our clients and candidates a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We will close for Christmas at 5pm on 21st December and re-open at 9.00 on 2nd January.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

We set out with different priorities to those usually associated with the setting up of a new business: our families. We were both extremely successful in our own recruitment careers, and with 20 years of combined experience in the Banbury area, we felt that after our maternity leave had ended that we wanted to set […]

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

For every job you apply for you could be up against hundreds of other candidates so you need to make sure you stand out. Employers don’t just buy skills, they buy solutions, so show how can you make the company money and how can you resolve the problems that they have.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

There is no such thing as enough preparation for an interview…

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