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An HR toolkit for leading your team through change and restructure
For HR professionals
26 Oct 2020
We think these are the main considerations for HR leaders when supporting companies and teams through a change process.
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Our graduate guide to job searching
For job-seekers
12 Oct 2020
We’ve been sharing a lot of advice and resources with recent graduates on the best way to approach their job hunt, so we thought it might be helpful to curate it all into a comprehensive guide for graduates.
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4 strategies for reducing your company's gender pay gap
For HR professionals
23 Sep 2020
The gender pay gap has existed since women entered the workforce and continues to limit and restrict women in every occupation and industry today. Here are some strategies for closing the gender pay gap at your organisation, whatever the size of your workforce.
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7 great questions to ask the panel in your job interview
For job-seekers
11 Sep 2020
Whilst most of us understandably focus our interview preparation on anticipating what we might be asked, it is so important to give some serious thought to what you want to know about them too. Here are a few of our favourite questions for an interview panel.
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5 tips for new HR professionals
For HR professionals
26 Aug 2020
The following five tips are for new professionals entering this growing field who want to build a solid foundation in the profession. (If you're a seasoned professional, you might like to share them with your team!)
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5 things to check before you sign a new employment contract
For job-seekers
12 Aug 2020
We think these are the five most important things to check in your employment contract.
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The top 6 reasons companies lose their best employees
For HR professionals
30 Jul 2020
You don’t need us to tell you that an organisation’s most valuable asset is its people – but many who attract top talent frequently fail to retain it. What’s more, the majority of people leave for avoidable reasons. Here are some of the main culprits.
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How to apply for jobs that are above your experience level
For job-seekers
15 Jul 2020
This is about those all too common instances when a role seems just a stretch too far from our current position, so we simply rule it out and move on. But what if you went for it?
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5 post-COVID work trends your company should consider
For HR professionals
1 Jul 2020
A huge part of our post-COVID working environment will rely on HR leaders rethinking workforce and employee planning, management, performance and experience strategies. Here’s how we think you can do that.
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The 5 key ingredients of your ideal job (Spoiler: They’re probably not what you’re expecting)
For job-seekers
19 Jun 2020
Park the ‘passion equals profession’ philosophy to job hunting for a moment, and take a look at these five ingredients for a refreshing ‘profession equals passion’ approach to finding your ideal job.
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5 ways to recruit the best graduate talent
For HR professionals
4 Jun 2020
Here are five ways to successfully engage and recruit in the graduate market in 2020.
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A sneak peek behind the scenes at some of our lockdown adventures!
For job-seekers
22 May 2020
We thought it might be nice to share some of what we’ve been up to during these very unusual times with you too.
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7 things your employees want from you right now
For HR professionals
8 May 2020
We asked people what one thing they'd like their companies to be doing for them right now that would help them through this time. Here's what they told us.
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Learning new skills to boost your CV during lockdown
For job-seekers
24 Apr 2020
There are plenty of ways you can power up your CV during lockdown so when the job market starts to pick up again you’ve got a whole new set of qualifications and skills to bring to the table.
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7 things we love about people in HR
For HR professionals
12 Apr 2020
You've told us you're getting lots of advice on what you should and shouldn't be doing, and you're firefighting more than ever - so we thought we'd take a break from the serious stuff and send a little (socially distanced) cuddle to your overloaded inbox this month.
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Looking for a job during COVID-19: A practical guide
For job-seekers
31 Mar 2020
There’s no doubt these are strange and troubling times, especially when it comes to our working lives. But the fact of the matter is that the majority of businesses need to continue because, quite simply, there is work to be...
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COVID-19: How to keep employees motivated, reassured and productive
For HR professionals
18 Mar 2020
One of your biggest challenges is keeping your employees (and yourself!) motivated, reassured and productive. Here’s how we think you can do that.
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What to do if you dread going to work
For job-seekers
4 Mar 2020
Sharing some strategies for keeping the work dread at bay.
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GUEST BLOG: Legalesign E-signature
For HR professionals
24 Feb 2020
We have invited our partner, Legalesign, to share the benefits of their services with our community of HR professionals.
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Five ways to move on from a job rejection
For job-seekers
5 Feb 2020
We thought we’d share some of the best ways to deal with a job rejection so you can come back fighting for the next round.
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The top 5 things you can do to stick a rocket under your job search in 2020
For job-seekers
8 Jan 2020
You’ve polished off all the mince pies, wedged a small forest of wrapping paper into the recycling bin and slowly recovered from your extended festive hangover. As we settle back into those familiar daily routines after the Christmas break (a few pounds heavier and a few...
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To do, to leave and to frog (yes, you read that right): The three lists you need to make this week
For job-seekers
17 Dec 2019
If you’re anything like us, your inbox and social feeds are starting to fill up with advice on making New Year’s resolutions and how to plan for 2020. It can all be a bit overwhelming and demoralising – especially if you have a track record of making elaborate pledges to run...
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Our guide to buying the best office Secret Santa present of 2019
For job-seekers
17 Dec 2019
It’s the first week of December. Sue from accounts has started playing Mariah Carey on repeat, John from legal has volunteered to organise the company do (because he plays in a terrible band that no-one likes - who will be headlining the event), Jane from admin has sent...
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Three reasons you should research a company’s CSR before you apply for a job
For job-seekers
20 Nov 2019
Before you apply for a job, you’ll probably do a bit of research on the company and find out what it’s like to work for them. But how often do you specifically look at their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy? We think it’s one of the best ways to get under the skin...
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How to get your job application noticed by an agency: Hints and tips from the Amber team
For job-seekers
1 Nov 2019
Researching and applying for jobs can be a gruelling and time-consuming process, and it’s often quite demoralising too. We thought it might be helpful to hear directly from our experienced consultants on what makes a candidate stand out to them. Nicola, Nicky and Bethany are...
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Beyond the job description: Six differences between large and small companies
For job-seekers
21 Oct 2019
When we’re looking for a new job, most of us will thoroughly read the job description and try to get a solid understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the role. We might also look up what the company does to see if it sounds interesting. But asking questions about...
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Six phone interview tips to get you through to the next round
For job-seekers
8 Oct 2019
Phone or video interviews are often used as a way of screening applicants for a role, helping to narrow down the number invited for an in-person meeting. They can also be useful when applicants are out of town during the interview period, or when recruiting to remote working
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How important is a degree to your career?
For job-seekers
25 Sep 2019
This is a subject that we're often asked about, and one that tends to stir up quite a heated debate! You can't argue that some jobs require a very specific, standardised set of qualifications to be able to perform in the role - doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers, vets,
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How to beat the September blues
For job-seekers
11 Sep 2019
Typically, we associate January with feelings of gloom and anxiety. It makes sense – Christmas is over, the routine of work is back with a vengeance, it’s cold and dark, we have no money and another long year looms ahead. But it’s surprisingly September that has the biggest
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Using social media in your job search
For job-seekers
28 Aug 2019
Love it or hate it, social media is firmly and unapologetically front and centre in UK culture. But aside from it being somewhere to share things with friends and family, it genuinely has the power to make or break your job search. If you’re only using social media to share photo
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The million-pound question: Which career is right for me?
For job-seekers
13 Aug 2019
Asking ‘Which job is right for me?’ is a daunting question for many of us – it’s one of the most important decisions we have to make, but one that we often feel quite alone and unsupported trying to explore.
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Dress codes: Deciding what to wear to work
For job-seekers
2 Aug 2019
What we wear is one of the first things people notice, and we're subconsciously judged on our appearance almost immediately. Whether your company has a formal dress code or not, deciding what to wear to work is a common preoccupation for most British workers.
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Mind the gap: How to explain gaps in your CV
For job-seekers
17 Jul 2019
Justifying gaps in your employment history is one of the biggest concerns we’re asked about when we’re supporting a person’s job search. There may be any number of reasons why people leave one role and have a gap, of however long, before starting another – from study leave
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How recruitment agencies work - and how to make them work for you
For job-seekers
3 Jul 2019
Our job is often a major part of our identity; reflecting and amplifying our personality, values, goals and lifestyle. It’s why ‘So what do you do?’ is one of the first questions we ask when meeting new people. Many people will spend more waking time in the office than at home
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Four steps to launching and loving a portfolio career
For job-seekers
17 Jun 2019
It might sound counterintuitive if you’re feeling unfulfilled at work to consider taking on an additional job, but that’s exactly what people are doing in their droves to improve their professional satisfaction. We’re meeting more people who are holding down a full or part-time
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Logging out and jetting off: How to leave the office behind and enjoy your holiday
For job-seekers
5 Jun 2019
You’ve booked your flights, packed your sun cream and gleefully set your ‘Out of Office’, but how well are you able to truly switch off when you’re on holiday? In a culture of digital accessibility with the expectation of a rapid response, most of us feel the pressure
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Twelve Must Be Our Lucky Number
General
1 Mar 2019
Celebrating our 12 year anniversary, we also ‘raise a glass’ to achieving the best year so far with a record number of placements and a continuously growing temps desk! Our feet have hardly touched the ground since Jill and Rebecca set up office with just two...
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It's getting hot in here (but keep on all your clothes)
General
27 Jul 2018
We’re not really set up in the UK for extreme weather conditions so when it does happen, it takes us rather by surprise. You can’t have failed to notice that the past couple of months have been sweltering, with comparisons being drawn to the summer of ’76...
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In the words of Sister Sledge
General
13 Apr 2018
At Amber Employment Services we have found that completing one another is far more productive than competing with one another! Our strength lies in the differences, not the similarities between consultants. We explore our thoughts candidly and work together for a common goal
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A positive move for Amber Employment Services!
General
16 Feb 2018
We are excited to announce that our team has moved to a new location in beautiful Ripley, in more spacious and modern surroundings. We spent the previous 11 years in our shop-front premises in West Byfleet – our old office served us well, and we made great memories there,
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We love Recruiting!
General
14 Feb 2018
As love is in the air for Valentines Day, we thought we would shout to the rooftops why we love recruiting! Let’s be honest here, we all put our hands up to say we ‘fell’ into recruitment – it wasn’t a plan we had when leaving school! However we...
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