Why are more and more companies asking applicants to start before Christmas?

News | Posted 30.10.18

There is a natural tendency at this time of year for companies to delay starting their new employees until after Christmas. The reasoning given for this is usually so they don’t have to pay them for dead time over the festive period or so that someone can have a “clean start” in the New Year.…

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#WorldQualityDay 2018

News | Posted 26.10.18

Today at Cordant People we are supporting #WorldQualityDay 2018, we decided to look back on our quality achievements and how the changes in our processes have improved and continue to improve our service to our stakeholders. Our goal in the Quality Department is to ensure the business runs efficiently, compliantly – meeting all legislative requirements,…

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What makes Willy Wonka a great manager?

News | Posted 03.09.18

We all grew up on his fantastic tales about talking foxes, giant peaches, and marvellous medicine but what about his most famous entrepreneur? Willy Wonka is probably the best-known factory owner in the world, and the most mysterious. But when Roald let us into the Chocolate Factory in 1964, we got a look at what…

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Tattooed? You could be at jobseeking advantage

Interview | Job Hunting | Posted 14.08.18

New research suggests that tattoos could actually be advantageous in a candidates quest for a new job, despite popular belief they greatly hinder a person’s chances of landing a role. According to a recent study conducted by the University of Miami Business School, as well as the University of Western Australia – jobseekers with tattoos…

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Are ‘Texting’ Interviews becoming a thing?

Interview | Posted 30.07.18

How would you feel if you had the opportunity to conduct your next job interview over text message? Sounds kind of interesting, right? Well, 73% of Brits and Americans agreed that they prefer texting to picking up the phone itself and engaging in a phone call, according to a recent study conducted by LivePerson. Bearing…

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Cordant makes 2018 Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 list

News | Posted 13.07.18

In a list, compiled by Fast Track and published by The Sunday Times, Cordant Group has ranked amongst Britain’s top 100 private companies with the biggest sales. Across the whole of the UK, £205 billion of combined sales can be attributed to these top 100 businesses. Cordant Group listed 73rd on the list. CEO of Cordant Group,…

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5 tips to boost your LinkedIn recruiting

Job Hunting | Posted 18.06.18

Every recruiter knows the power of LinkedIn – the professional networking site where the skills and expertise of thousands of potential candidates are right in front of you, just waiting to be snapped up. A recent study from CV-Library showed that most recruiters are using LinkedIn to find talent, with 6 in 10 stating they…

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The Ultimate Motivational Playlist

News | Posted 18.06.18

We’ve compiled the ultimate motivational playlist of our team’s favourite tracks to get you pumped for whatever it is you’ve got to do today! #WorldMusicDay https://open.spotify.com/user/cordantpeople/playlist/0TQCbrZKVmkp180MRr25Kl?si=_6HW9r44SRKtJLyJZ2IfaQ Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads chosen by Alex in Digital Marketing. Ooh Aah – Gina G chosen by Emma in Stirling. Paradise – George Ezra chosen by Felix in…

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The benefits of cycling to work

Working Advice | Posted 16.05.18

With this week being national #BikeWeek we thought we’d explore some of the benefits that cycling to work can bring you and the world around you! So without further ado, here’re 8 reasons why you should consider getting back in the saddle and cycling to work. It’s fun! By cycling to work, you allow yourself…

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Candidate turns to stone to land dream job

News | Posted 14.05.18

We’ve previously reported on the number of creative ways in which hopeful jobseekers have tried to stand out from the job hunting crowd but one 23-year old graduate, Jade Delaney, might have just taken the cake. As Bristol Live reports, Delaney was struggling to get her foot on the career ladder and was having trouble…

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Microchipping Workers: Is this the future?

News | Posted 08.05.18

Three Square Market, a Wisconsin based tech company, has recently become one of the first businesses on the globe to microchip their staff. “Why?” I hear you ask? Well, it’s not so they can control their employees through mind control or even give them superhuman strength, it’s for a much more practical reason – so…

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Is this the end of job hunting?

Job Hunting | Posted 02.05.18

Tech experts are suggesting that more automation will be used in the future of job-searching and hiring. Not a big fan of long application forms as a jobseeker? Find interviewing potential candidates a laborious process as a hiring manager? Well, you may just be in luck as the future of job searching and hiring seems…

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#InternationalVolunteersDay: Cordant People Volunteer Stories

News | Posted 13.04.18

Happy #InternationalVolunteersDay! A day dedicated to celebrating the power and potential of volunteerism. #InternationalVolunteersDay is also an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for, the contribution they make to their communities! We’ve taken this opportunity to take a look at some of the volunteering work our Cordant family…

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Cordant People & Caring Hands in the Vale

News | Posted 05.04.18

Our wonderful team in Evesham have been working closely with the charity Caring Hands in the Vale in recent years, so we decided to talk with Community Worker Diane Bennett about the charities relationship with our Evesham team – as well as why its important for businesses to get involved with local charities wherever possible.…

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10 tips for creating a harmonious working environment

Working Advice | Posted 05.04.18

One of the most effective ways of working towards creating a harmonious working environment is to adopt the behaviour and attitudes you’d want to see in your ideal boss and perfect colleagues. This theory is based on the simple premise that, if we show respect, kindness and encouragement to others, we will, in turn, receive…

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Man ditches cover letter, records music video instead – but does he land the job?

Job Hunting | Posted 20.03.18

It’s common knowledge that when applying for a job, and particularly when you’re writing a cover letter, your goal is to stand out from the crowd. No one understands this better than Texan copywriter Chase Zreet, who recently put this notion to the test when he ditched the standard accompanying cover letter and instead sent…

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#NationalApprenticeshipsWeek: Our Apprentices

Job Hunting | Posted 07.03.18

Seen as its #NationalApprenticeshipsWeek we decided to ask two of our current apprentices, Laura and Alicja, how they think their apprenticeships are helping them develop their careers. First up, Laura. Introduce yourself and tell me what it is that you do? My name is Laura Girling. I am the Business Admin Apprentice at Maldon Cordant…

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#NationalApprenticeshipsWeek: Georgia’s Experience

Job Hunting | Posted 05.03.18

In 2013 Georgia started with us as an Apprentice Administrator, 5 years and 3 promotions later, now she’s a Client Service Manager. Being it #NationalApprenticeshipsWeek we decided to ask Georgia how she thinks her apprenticeship helped to get her to where she is today. Introduce yourself and tell me what it is that you do?…

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How much more productive would you be if you quit smoking?

News | Posted 05.03.18

Happy ‘World No Tobacco Day’! Did you know, according to research conducted by GfK NOP, 1 in 10 smokers quit on World No Tobacco Day? If you’re still looking for that reason to quit, we think we might have a few for you. I bet it never crossed your mind that there could be a…

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Cordant People Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

News | Posted 23.02.18

Cordant People are extremely pleased to announce that we have achieved the latest ISO 9001 certification, ISO 9001:2015, the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system. “We are delighted to have achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification having always placed quality at the heart of our business” says Kelly Kendall Managing Director for Cordant…

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How to explain a gap in your CV

Job Hunting | Posted 13.02.18

One of the big unfairnesses in job hunting is being rejected for a role because you don’t have consistent employment on your CV. We’re here to help you avoid that. If you have a gap on your CV, there’s more than likely a reasonable explanation for it. Getting that explanation across to potential employers is…

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What do employers look for in a CV?

Job Hunting | Posted 13.02.18

Think of your CV as a sales brochure that’s sole purpose is to get you in front of the interview panel, everything else comes later. You might possess excellent qualifications and the most relevant experience, it’s your CV that’s most important to an employer. Every employer wants to get a good return on their investment in their…

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Finding the right job

Job Hunting | Posted 12.02.18

How often do we look at enterprising people like Richard Branson or Bill Gates and assume that they were immediately successful and wealthy? There’s no doubt that their achievements took a massive amount of effort. However, career success is the entitlement of everyone so you should absolutely put in time and effort to study your…

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How to close an interview

Interview | Posted 12.02.18

If you really want the job, or if you need to secure that second interview – closing your interview correctly is crucial. Think of the role of the interviewer, they are a liaison officer who aids an organisation in finding qualified applicants and selecting the wrong person will ultimately reflect upon their poor judgement. Keep…

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Interview preparation – part 2

Interview | Posted 12.02.18

Earlier this week we gave you the first part of our definitive guide to interview preparation. Here’s part two – prepare to be prepared. Appearance counts. Your appearance is the first thing people notice about you and will leave a lasting impression so getting it right is really important. You need to feel comfortable as…

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Interview preparation – part 1

Interview | Posted 12.02.18

An interview can be one of the most important events in your life. After all, the hour you spend with the interviewer may determine your entire future. We know that for some people, interviews will be a really exciting opportunity but for many others it can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience. It may…

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What will you be scrutinized on at interview?

Interview | Posted 12.02.18

Interviews can be incredibly stressful. You’ve got a small window in which to make a big impression and every aspect of your personality is being scrutinised. Tact and diplomacy are invaluable life skills and the interviewer wants to fully assess your capabilities in this respect – do not be the creator of your own downfall. The…

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How does volunteering benefit your career?

Job Hunting | Posted 12.02.18

Volunteering is more than just helping out a charity – it’s also a fantastic way to develop your skills and potentially even land yourself your next new job. So then, what’re some of the career benefits of volunteering? Developing your skills. Considering applying for a promotion at work but are unsure you have the necessary…

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Positive body language at Interview

Interview | Posted 09.02.18

Well done for making it over the first hurdle and to the interview table – the next hurdle, and it’s a big one, is impressing in person. This, in a nutshell, boils down to portraying an image of positive body language. Therefore, you should consider the following: Check your appearance before entering the building (or…

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Questions to ask at interview

Interview | Posted 09.02.18

It’s often overlooked, but an interview is a two-way street. Therefore, it’s important to prepare questions to ask your potential new boss so you can be sure that this is the right job for you. As well as this, not having questions prepared means you run the risk of seeming unprepared or uninterested. So, let’s…

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Tackling a second interview

Interview | Posted 09.02.18

Congratulations on getting that second interview – Now then, let’s make sure you smash it!  Right then, let’s get into this. In your second interview, It’s very likely that you’ll be interviewed by another person, along with the first interviewer. As well as this, it’s also very likely that you’ll be asked similar questions to your initial interview.…

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Interview do’s & don’ts

Interview | Posted 09.02.18

When you get invited to interview, you immediately feel excited at the prospect of landing that new job, and then… the fear sets in. That’s okay, though, that just means you want it, and you want to make the best impression to nail getting that job.So try to think of fear as a good thing.…

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15 interviews – no human interaction?

News | Posted 07.02.18

After applying for 55 jobs 21-year-old graduate, Peter Lane, secured himself around 15 interviews – yet – never met any of his potential employers. Lane told the BBC: “They were all video-based screening interviews – I didn’t even meet my potential employers, there was no way to tell if I’d impressed them with my answers…

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Tips for the telephone interview

Interview | Posted 06.02.18

The telephone interview has become an increasingly important and necessary process for most employers in recent years. It’s a great, low-cost way of assessing whether or not you’re right for the job. So, let’s take look at some tips you should consider in case you find yourself at the other end of an employer’s telephone…

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Preparing for typical interview questions

Interview | Posted 06.02.18

An interview can be a nervous experience for anyone, but bear in mind research has shown that the most successful person for the job is not always the one whose experience, skills and intelligence rank above the others, but the individual who possesses ‘learning agility’ – a person who can learn and adjust rapidly to…

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What not to say at an interview

Interview | Posted 06.02.18

Feeling confident before that big interview? So you should, you’re awesome. Confidence, however, has its own pitfalls – like maybe not thinking before you speak. Here’s a handy guide to what you shouldn’t say when sat in front of the panel. You’ve done your research, ironed your suit, practised your answers so you know your stuff. Understandably,…

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