What will bring you joy in 2022?


Here we are in 2022! As a New Year begins, there’s always a lot of noise on social media about “New Me”, “New Start”, “New Resolutions”, but along with this comes a lot of pressure to make big changes in our lives, and just like a new fad diet, these can be hard to stick to.

Instead of the usual list of New Year Resolutions that are thrown out the window by February, give yourself some time to think about the small positive changes you’d like to make for a more balanced lifestyle. Think about what brings you joy and work towards bringing more into your life. It might be a de-clutter, some exercise or maybe learning that new skill that you’ve been thinking about for ages. Just like saving pennies, small realistic changes can make a big long-term difference to your well-being.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • What will make me happier?
  • How do I change it?
  • Will it fit into my life circumstances?

I asked the team what will bring them joy in 2022.



I don’t do resolutions but last year I started a 7 minute per day exercise routine that I can manage to squeeze into my busy work/home life. This has really kept me sane and I’m feeling healthier and fitter. I find it great for stress relief as well.

I’ve decided to continue this, and I am already on a new 7-day challenge. I know this is something I can stick to as I’ve already made it part of my everyday life but I like to add some variety and try new challenges to keep it interesting – bring it on 2022!



A couple of years ago I took a deep breath and took some time out of work to gain a new qualification (yes, at my age lol). I’m so glad I did, because it led me to Octopus and the most amazing group of people to work with.

So, this year, I’m going to re-look at what training can help me do my job better and take some free online courses. There’s a lot of professional bodies that offer free skills courses and you never know, it could land you your dream job or promotion. Your employer may be able to talk to you about courses that can benefit your job and there’s lots to search from online or even your local library!

Don’t forget you can chat to our team about your job goals and what you might need to do to find your ideal work situation – whether that’s by getting experience with temping, doing some training, or finding a new job.



I do love to organise, so I think this month I will take some time to de-clutter – both at work and at home.

It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed after the Christmas madness so I like to take some time to think about what I need or want around me and get rid of what does not bring me joy!

Take it a bit at a time, whether it be a desk, cupboard or a whole room. Give yourself some time to achieve your task and work through it methodically. It can help to ask yourself – do I need this or do I love this? If the answer to both is no, then it might be time to repurpose or recycle.

Every little helps so don’t overwhelm yourself with the task and you’ll be surprised at how you feel at the end – as long as the kids don’t come home and un-do all your good work of course!



As the team here know, I love to bake and explore new recipes. This January, I’m going to take advantage of all the healthy ideas and ingredients in the shops to experiment with some healthy recipes to add to my repertoire.

Have you ever said to yourself “I’ll start that diet on Monday?” It’s so easy to make big promises to yourself and fall at the first hurdle. I find it so much easier to start small and find out what I enjoy – I think that applies to most things in life, not just food!

I’ve already started trying out some meat free recipes and thinking about how I can work in more nutritional ingredients without compromising on flavour. I want to find what works so I will be trying new things, taking myself out of my comfort zone and making what works for me, whatever day of the week!



Has our team inspired you? Will you be making a change in 2022?

Whatever you do, accept that change doesn’t often happen straight away. A New Year is a great time to review what might be working (or not working) for you but don’t forget you’re in it for the long haul and fads don’t bring about long-term results so be kind to yourself.

While we might not be able to help you with a declutter(!), if you’re looking to try a new job or a new way of working, we’d love to help you. Take the first step by setting up an appointment with one of our team on 01747 825568.

Happy New Year!


Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.

The Jobsmobile at the Job Fair in Sturminster Newton

On Thursday 21st October, The Jobsmobile took its first outing to The Job Fair at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton. After the previous day’s torrential rains Sandra would have been forgiven for being a little nervous about the local flooding, but the sun came out and Sandra and Alice arrived smiling, excited to attend our first Job Fair since lockdown began.

With a prime position reserved at the front of The Exchange for The Jobsmobile, our new mobile office created a lot of buzz from the offset, and Alice was inside the hall to chat to visitors about our current jobs.

The Jobsmobile

The Job Fair was just the job to talk to local people about their job hunting and how we can help everyone on their job search.

Many people think that recruitment agencies are only for those in senior positions, but recruiters can actually help you find full-time, part-time or temping opportunities, no matter what stage of your life.

Jobs Fair Sturminster Newton

If you missed the Job Fair, here are a few of the tips that Sandra and Alice chatted with visitors about.

Job Hunting with Octopus Personnel

Recruitment agencies essentially exist to help companies fill their vacancies – and to help you find a job.

We work with a wide range of the best employers in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. They are busy driving their businesses forward and use us to meet and select the best candidates they can short-list from. This offers a significant time saving – especially when they’re hiring for lots of roles.

At Octopus Personnel, we meet with every single person we register to get to know you – your aspirations, personality, talents and experience – so we can make the perfect match between you and the employer. Then we help you with preparing for work, ensuring you are interview-ready by helping you with your CV and giving you interview tips.

The Job Fair at Sturminster Newton

Our service is completely free to job seekers! It’s the employers who pay us to find them workers.

  • We have jobs you won’t find elsewhere! Many companies choose recruitment agencies as their only method of sourcing new employees.
  • We are experts in the local job market. We have an extensive client list and work with some of the best employers in the South West. The cornerstone of our success is our knowledge and special relationships we have forged with employers and job seekers in the local community.
  • You’ll get expert guidance from a professional. You’ll have a dedicated consultant who’ll be able to give you loads of information, including where the best jobs are that fit your profile, what particular employers are looking for, and how to gain that all important experience and qualifications to boost your CV and show you are prepared for working.
  • Your success is our success! We want you to succeed, and will always go that extra mile in terms of advice, support and finding the right fit. We can help you to improve your CV and coach you for interviews – our support can be a great bonus in a competitive job market.

The process is nice and simple.

  • Try and have your CV ready. There are lots of guides on the internet and our website has handy tips and advice. Make sure you’ve had a go at getting the basic information down, then we can help improve it! Submit your CV to enquires@octopuspersonnel.co.uk
  • Book an appointment with one of our consultants on 01747 825568 if you haven’t already done so at the Job Fair. We can meet you at the office or over video call such as FaceTime, Zoom or WhatsApp.
  • When you come to see us, relax! It’s easier said than done, but you’ll perform a lot better if you try to take the whole process in your stride. Use your experience with us as a practice run, and we’ll have plenty of tips and advice for you before you head out to your interview with an employer.

It’s much easier preparing for work with our guidance! Remember, we’re here to help so book an appointment to register with us and keep in touch. If you’d like to find out a bit more about the registration process, read our blog – How to register with a recruitment agency.

If you visited us at the Job Fair, we hope you found your visit useful and we’d love to hear what you thought. Give us a call or pop us an email if we can help.

Many thanks to Jacqui and the team over at Stur Biz who organised such a successful event to help local people. You can find out more about Stur Biz by visiting their website: sturminster-newton.org.uk

The Jobsmobile

Our Jobsmobile is now officially on the move. If you’re an employer or community service and would like to find out more about our on-site recruitment drives with The Jobsmobile, give the team a call on 01747 825568.

The Jobsmobile

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!


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.




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!