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Benefits of Flexible Working Hours for Your Business

The popularity and demand for flexible working hours or ‘flexi-time’ are on the rise in the UK. Bristol is certainly no exception being a cosmopolitan city and the beating heart of arts and media culture with a large workforce to match. These days, there is more of a requirement for extended working hours for businesses to meet the 24/7 customer need for their services. But there is also more of ...
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Recruitment Challenges in the Legal Sector

A recent PwC report discusses the law firm of the future and how the real winners will be those who best respond to the changing needs of clients.  It states that firms will need to be more diverse in terms of the business model by bringing in additional services such as consulting, forensics and risk to support their overall offering and will need to consider ways to become more efficient whilst ...
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How to be a great Personal Assistant

A Personal Assistant is the job title describing an individual who assists a specific person (typically manager upwards) with their daily business/administrative (and indeed sometimes personal) tasks.  Typically a Personal Assistant ("PA") will work for a senior manager or executive within a business and have a wide range of duties. PA jobs can provide a very fulfilling career with lots of vari...
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How Can An Apprentice or Intern Benefit My Business?

Businesses of all sizes are offering placements, either via apprenticeship or internship, providing opportunities for students and graduates to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular area of business or a technical skill. For example a student wanting to get a job in IT could start by securing an apprenticeship with an IT and Technology Company, which would provide them with that fi...
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How to Survive an Exit Interview

So you are planning to leave your job and perhaps move onto pastures new.  Your manager wants to hold an "exit interview" - but what does that entail and why bother to do it at all?  Do you use it as an opportunity to unleash all the frustrations of working with that company or as an opportunity to provide balanced feedback that can enable the company do things better? For a business are there po...
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How technology and artificial intelligence (“AI”) is transforming organisations?

There has been much debate about this topic.  The impact that robots, AI and technology have had already and the positive transformation they have brought to many businesses is endless.  So what is AI and what does the future look like? Early definitions describe AI as machines imitating human intelligence. The English Oxford Living Dictionary defines it as: “The theory and development of compute...
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Why the right culture fit is a key consideration when recruiting for talent

"Company culture" and "culture fit" are terms we regularly hear - but what do they actually mean?  And why does it matter so much for an employer to get "culture" right when searching for prospective employees to join their established team? Let's unravel it ... By definition "corporate culture refers to the beliefs and behaviours that determine how a company's employees and management inte...
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Work Life Balance – is it really feasible?

Work-life balance means something different to each of us. In today's ever fast-paced life the scales are constantly determining what amount of time can be balanced to cover outside work activities. Whether that's time spent with family, friends, outdoor activities, hobbies etc it is vital that this balance is somehow incorporated into your day/lifestyle - easier said than done right? Finding the...
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Companies and Talent Investing in Bristol

Known for being the most colourful city in the UK, and fast becoming one of the most desirable locations to live, Bristol also accounts for a quarter of the South West's economy.  According to the Huawei UK Smart Cities Index11 Bristol is also the UK's "Smartest City", beating London into second place. Along with these accolades Bristol has also been awarded UNESCO48 City of Film status-enhancin...
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Preparing for a Job Interview – an Essential Guide

Firstly, congratulations on getting to interview stage. It can be a stressful time and quite overwhelming but preparation is key and researching and planning in advance will help you sell yourself to your potential future employer and show them that you are the right person for the job. Our candidates often ask us what they need to consider when preparing for that important interview.  In this b...
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