Temp of the Month – October 2021

Houssem is our Temp of the Month!

 

Temp of the Month
October’s award goes to Houssem.

Houssem has only been registered with Octopus for a short while, but he has already made quite an impression on both the Octopus team and our clients. On two separate occasions our clients have called to personally say how great he has worked and Houssem is always happy to try a new assignment so the team love calling him! He is a true delight and we love having him on the Octopus temping team.

Thank you Houssem, and congratulations on winning our Temp of the Month.

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

 

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Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Temp of the Month – September 2021

Marcus is our Temp of the Month!

 

Temp of the Month
September’s award goes to Marcus.

Marcus has been brilliant ever since he started working with us. He is never afraid to work extra hours and our client is so impressed he will be going perm with them at the end of the month. We will be sad to see Marcus go but couldn’t be happier for him.

Thank you Marcus, wishing you all the best in your new job and congratulations on winning our Temp of the Month for September!

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

 

You've been framed wall

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Temp of the Month – August 2021

Ben is our Temp of the Month!

August’s award goes to Ben.

Ben has been a dream worker. He registered with us this Summer and was so willing and flexible that Sandra was able to give him a temp assignment the very next day.

His hard work has made quite an impact on our team and with our client. He’s been a real star throughout his assignment showing his reliability and hard work and we couldn’t appreciate him enough.

Thank you Ben, you are fab!

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you! We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

How to register with a recruitment agency

How to register with a recruitment agency

 The job market is changing. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS)*, job vacancies are reaching record highs. Over the period June to August 2021, job vacancies grew by 35%, with all industry sectors increasing their number of vacancies. This is great for the job searcher and now is the best time to enter the job market or look for the next step in your career.

With employers looking to recruit again following the impact of COVID-19, many employers are leaving the recruitment process in the hands of the recruitment agencies. This means it is a great time to register with a recruitment agency so that you’re first in line to hear about a new job.

Octopus Personnel is Gillingham High Street’s local recruitment agency, finding the right people for the right jobs in Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. We recruit for permanent and temporary positions from warehouse, production, and industrial, to office and technical jobs.

With lots of people realising that recruitment agencies are the best way of job searching, how can you make sure that you are the first person that springs to mind for a recruiter?

The key is in a successful registration. Alice gives her top tips to successfully register with Octopus Personnel and ensure you stand out at your appointment.

 

What is a registration?

 

What is a Registration and Why Does it Matter?

A registration with Octopus Personnel includes a 20-minute appointment with one of our friendly Octopus Recruitment Consultants. We also need some necessary details to be able to help you on your job search like your personal details, identity check and GDPR form so that we’re complying with our legal requirements. It doesn’t take long to fill in, we promise!

Your registration is an opportunity for us to meet you face to face and have an informal conversation with you. This enables us to get a better feel for the types of jobs and employers that would be the best fit for you and your interests and skills. We are looking for the right person for our clients and a job for you that you will be happy in.

All our registration appointments are face-to-face so that we can dedicate time to get to know you and consider how best to represent you to employers. Thanks to the joys of technology, you can either come to our office in Gillingham or have a meeting over FaceTime, Zoom or WhatsApp!

 

How to have a successful registration

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be Honest

Be honest with yourself and us with the types of jobs you are looking for and are likely to seriously consider. Let us know if there is a salary you need to reach to pay the bills and let us know about anything that will affect your job search or employment.

Our team is friendly and approachable and have a lot of experience in dealing with all sorts of situations. They will give you feedback on your CV and let you know any changes they think might be needed. They’ll listen to your experience in other jobs – good and bad – and give you advice on interviews and what jobs might be a good fit.

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be realistic

Think about what you want – are your expectations achievable? Do you have the skills and experience for the job you want? Are your salary expectations reasonable?

For some jobs you might need to do some assessments, for example, Word, Data Entry, Excel or even Welding. This gives us a great idea of your suitability for a job and means that you will stand out to the employer.

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be flexible

We might see potential in a job you’ve not considered before. Be open to new ideas and types of working. Keep the days and hours you can work as flexible as possible. Consider shift work, temporary jobs, and events. You never know, the client you work for at an event might be impressed with you and have a job opening. Or the temporary job might turn into a permanent position. It happens a lot!

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be confident

Be confident and show us who you are! We’re here to help you find the right job for you, so we need to see who you are. Let us get to know the real you and we can give you tips and advice to show your strengths for the jobs you want.

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Keep in contact

Keep us up to date with any change of details. Let us know if you’d consider new types of jobs or working hours. It all helps us to find the right match for you.

Sign up for our job alerts and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We post our new jobs on our website and our social media, so if you see a job that you like, let us know!

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Remember our top tips!

We’re here to help.

First impressions count so consider the way you dress and present yourself. Be kind, courteous and respectful.

Listen to our advice! We want you to succeed and we’ll use all our expertise and experience to find you the right job.

Take the tests! Some job roles require skills assessments or short video introductions or video interviews. Don’t be shy and don’t put these off. See this as a great opportunity to put yourself ahead of the competition.

 

Register with Octopus Personnel and kick start your job search today!

At Octopus Personnel, we take the time to really get to know our job searchers because we love what we do, and we love changing people’s lives for the better.

We are experts at presenting our job searchers to our clients, so that they can see all the skills and experience you can bring to a job. Years of industry expertise and great relationships with our clients means that we are the best solution to find you the right job.

Book an appointment to register with us on 01747 825568 or send us your details here.

 

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Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Temp of the Month – July 2021

Beth is our Temp of the Month!

July’s award goes to Beth.

Beth has been a pure delight while working for us. She has excelled during her temporary assignment and made herself so invaluable to our client that they have offered Beth a permanent position with them.

We will be sad to see Beth go but are so pleased for her.

Congratulations Beth. Thank you for all your hard work and best of luck in your new role.

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you! We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Temp of the Month – June 2021

Jon is our June Temp of the Month!

This month’s award goes to Jon.

We love our temps when they go above and beyond, and Jon has definitely been doing that. Jon has worked for Octopus for many years and has always proved to be easy going, reliable and an all-round lovely person to work with. He is currently working on an assignment where he has really helped our client by working extra hours and changing his shift pattern to accommodate their growing work schedule.

Thanks, Jon, for going the extra mile.

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you! We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Temp of the Month – May 2021

James is our May Temp of the Month!

This month’s award goes to James.

James has been an incredible temp worker for us. No request is ever too much trouble for James, he has been reliable and hardworking and has put his all into everything asked of him.

We’ve had wonderful feedback from our client about James. So much so, that he has been asked to stay as a permanent member of staff. What a result!

I’m very proud of all that James has achieved and couldn’t be happier that he’s secured a permanent role.

Congratulations James!

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you! We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Temp of the Month – April 2021

Caroline is our April Temp of the Month!

This month’s award goes to one of our longest serving workers, Caroline.

Caroline first started working for us in 2007 and is definitely part of the Octopus family. She was nominated for our Temp of the Month award because of her dedication and wonderful attitude towards her assignments.

Whatever the assignment, Caroline always settles in straight away and gives the work her all. The feedback from our clients is always extremely positive. On hearing that Caroline won this month her manager commented, “very happy that Caroline has won the Temp of the Month award, she is extremely hard working and deserving of the award”.

You always put a smile on our faces, thank you Caroline!

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you! We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

5 ways to deal with interview rejection and plan your next steps

 5 ways to deal with interview rejection and plan your next steps

Have you ever received that dreaded interview rejection phone call or email? It can be tough, but Alice Weeks, Octopus Personnel Recruitment Consultant, explains why you shouldn’t feel dejected or disheartened. Instead you can use this experience to positively plan the next steps in your job search.

 

Any recruiter will tell you that the interview rejection phone call is a tough one to make – especially if the candidate has prepared well for the interview.  The way you handle interview rejection is just as important as the skills on your CV when it comes to securing a new role. If you allow interview rejection to knock your confidence and make you doubt your abilities, it could negatively affect your performance in future interviews.

So when you get that call, here are a few things to remember to keep you positive, optimistic and motivated, and help you plan what to do next.

5 point plan to deal with rejection and move forward

1. Rejection is not feedback

Whilst you may not have secured this role, that doesn’t mean that you did anything wrong!  At Octopus Personnel, we always follow up on interviews and give feedback to candidates.

Next step: Listen to what you did right (so you can do it again next time) and think about the areas that could be improved. Act on that feedback!

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2. It’s not personal

It is very easy to take rejection personally.  However, most of the reasons behind hiring decisions will not be made apparent to you. You may have performed excellently but there could be other factors at play. For example, there may have been a strong internal candidate who is already familiar with the business, or another candidate with slightly more relevant experience than you. These are things you cannot change.  Focus on the positives you are given in the feedback, be aware of any advice in terms of areas to improve and move forward positively.

Next step: Revisit your CV to remind yourself of your strengths. Annotate your CV with examples that worked well in this interview.

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3. A fresh approach

Approach each new job opportunity with a fresh perspective and a positive attitude. Tailor your CV to best match a new opportunity and fully research and prepare for a new interview. If you made mistakes or felt unprepared in your last interview – learn from this but don’t keep it at the forefront of your mind, it will only make you nervous.

Every company and hiring manager is different and will have a different idea of the ‘ideal candidate’. Keep a fresh approach while remaining true to your personality and experience.  Your Octopus Personnel consultant will prepare you beforehand with details about the interview and role. You can then support this with your own research about the company.  Put in the work each time.

Next step:  Start preparing for the next interview with the same commitment and vigour.

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4. Keep learning and developing

Whilst that interview rejection phone call might not be the one you are hoping for, there are still things you can do to keep making a difference to your morale, motivation and employability.  A part-time training course or webinar, a charity project, mentorship or a voluntary position in a company of interest can keep your skills sharpened and your experience relevant and up to date.  If you are not working, temping can be an excellent way to learn new skills and add to your professional contacts.

By keeping professionally active in this way, you can aid ongoing development, boost confidence, give yourself a focus outside your job hunt and provide a discussion point in your next interview.

Next step:  Seek out other opportunities to keep your skills and experience relevant and up to date.

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5. Always leave room for Plan B

Don’t pin your hopes on one specific job in the belief that it’s a perfect fit. If you don’t get that job, the rejection can be harder to take.  Think about each interview as a point along the journey to your next role. It’s also smart to pursue multiple opportunities, even when you are particularly invested in one role.

Next step:  Whilst you should tailor your CV and research for each role, you can apply for multiple roles at the same time.  Take an organised approach to make sure you don’t get the details of each role confused.

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Have I convinced you?  What have you got to lose?

At Octopus Personnel, we are experts at presenting our candidates to ensure the employer is able to see all the skills and experience you are bringing to a role.  Years of industry expertise and outstanding relationships with our clients means that we are perfectly positioned within the market to guide you to your new role and interview success.

You can sign up here or call the team on 01747 825568 to set up an appointment to register with us.

 

 

 

 

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Temp of the Month – March 2021

Wendy is our March Temp of the Month!

Wendy has been incredibly hard working and definitely deserves her accolade.

She has taken to her assignment with enthusiasm and dedication and is always a delight when we speak. I have so much confidence when I put Wendy forward for positions and our clients are thrilled with her work.

Thank you Wendy for all your hard work.

Temp of the Month March 21

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you! We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.  Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Temp of the Month – February 2021

Douglas is our February Temp of the Month!

Congratulations to Douglas who is our February Temp of the Month!

Douglas has been working for Hillbrush in Mere, based in their Fibre Dressing department.

Douglas has been a quick learner and a real asset to both Octopus and our lovely client. Hillbrush has even asked for more like Douglas.

Thank you Douglas. If we could clone you, we would.🌟👏🐙

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you! We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.  Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Chris – Temp of the Year 2020

🌟🌟🌟Chris is our Temp of the Year 2020!🌟🌟🌟

2020 was a year like no other and it brought unprecedented challenges to businesses of all kinds.  We are incredibly proud of how our temporary workers have all risen to the demand and worked hard for our clients, joining the ranks of essential workers keeping the country moving, fed, safe and secure.  It is, therefore, a poignant and heartfelt moment as we award Temp of the Year 2020.

Watch the video to find out exactly why we had to choose Chris for our Temp of the Year 2020!  👏🌟

Congratulations Chris! Your award is on it’s way!

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you! We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.  Temp of the Year will be chosen from the Temps of the Month during 2021.  Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!