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The secrets to finding a new role

Looking for a job can be a long and sometimes, frustrating process. Between perfecting your CV, going through the interview process and starting a new position, it can be full of peaks and troughs, and take longer than first anticipated. While we endeavour to simplify the process, there are some things you can do to

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The benefits of temp work

There are many reasons as to why candidates choose to do temp work. Some may have been made redundant or quit their last role and are looking to quickly gather some income, others may fit temp work around another commitment such as a creative pursuit or parenthood, or often, candidates choose to work in temporary

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How to prepare for your performance review

The performance review or appraisal is an essential part of any EA or PA job, providing an opportunity for both employee and employer to take stock, assess past performance and establish goals for the next quarter or six months. As an employee, it is your chance to take an active role in your career development,

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Deciphering your pension

The pension has long been a contentious issue for policymakers, employers and workers in the UK. In December 2017, research by the Department of Work and Pensions found four in ten employees were under-saving for their retirement, with over half of these earning a middle or high salary. However, new research, released just in time

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The seven traits of a successful PA

Being a PA is not a walk in the park! You must be extremely efficient and be thinking ten steps ahead of your boss. You need to act as a second brain for your principals and adapt your working style to match theirs. Some bosses may want you involved in their personal life – and

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How to ask for a pay rise… and get one

Asking your boss for more money can be a nervous conversation for many people. However, with proper preparation and research you can both improve your chances and plan out your next step, whatever the outcome. Here are five things to know before you begin the conversation. 1. Know the business Make sure you know what

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To gig or not to gig? The rise of self-employment

As the modern world of work moves away from a processing-based economy to that of a knowledge-based one, freelancing and self-employment continues to rise in popularity. Commonly referred to as the gig economy, there are now 4.8 million professionals, or 15% of the UK workforce working for themselves, having contributed £271 billion to the economy

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Why you should be making friends at work

In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, friendship and belonging ranks as the third most important motivation for humanity, after the physiological (water, food, sleep) and safety (personal, emotional, financial). Therefore, considering how often we spend at work, it makes complete sense that employees benefit from making meaningful connections with their colleagues. Forming friendships in the office

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Becoming a modern-day butler

Gone are the days of gloved hands carrying silver trays – the modern-day butler looks a little different these days. With an extended range of responsibilities, numerous benefits and an ever-growing knowledge base, it is now a very varied role requiring a wide range of skills. As a result, the paths to becoming a household

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How to encourage the uptake of flexible working

With fluid hours, working from home and general adaptability in the workplace on the rise, there’s no doubt that flexible working is well and truly part of modern business. Conditions like coming into the office late or leaving early to do the school run, unlimited holiday allowances and remote working are becoming increasingly stock standard

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