5 lessons on how not to manage staff from The Office’s David Brent

David Brent, Ricky Gervais’ bumbling boss from BBC’s The Office, is one of the most iconic and best-loved sitcom characters ever to appear on our screens. His cringeworthy attempts at people management provided hours of entertainment, whilst also offering several valuable pointers on how not to be a boss; here are five lessons the Brentmeister General gave

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3 lessons to be learnt from Channel 4’s The Interview

Anyone who’s ever had a bad job interview (so, pretty much all of us then) will be able to empathise with the candidates on Channel 4’s new documentary, The Interview. The programme films real candidates going for a real vacancy at a real company, giving viewers a warts-and-all look at the awkwardness and difficulties that

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How to Spring clean your social media presence during your job search

According to new research published this week, 60% of hiring managers and recruiters now vet candidates’ social media profiles when assessing their suitability for a position. That’s up 8% from the year before, and continues the trend of social media becoming an increasingly important part of the job application process. If you haven’t got a

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4 tips for conquering the graduate job market this summer

It’s around this time of the year that the life of a final year student starts to become really quite stressful. Not only are you snowed under with essays, exams and the never-ending fountain of misery that is your dissertation, but the spectre of life after graduation starts to loom ever more ominously. It’s hard

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New Client Offer – 25% off your first placement

Send your role requirements to nick@kingsgaterecruitment.co.uk or give us a call on 020 8549 7212 to claim your discount! Are you responsible for recruitment in your business? Looking for top talent to add to your team? Get 25% off your first placement with Kingsgate Recruitment. We’re the leading recruitment agency in Kingston Upon Thames, and

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The Importance of Assessing Soft Skills when Hiring Staff

Imagine that you have two candidates competing against each other in the interview process. The first one has excellent technical ability and strong experience but is unfriendly, awkward and difficult to get on with. The second is less experienced and doesn’t have the same level of technical expertise, but is naturally charming, confident and affable.

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5 Reasons Your CV Isn’t Getting Noticed

Applying for jobs can be an incredibly frustrating process. There’s nothing more demoralising than spending hours crafting the perfect application only to hear nothing back – especially when you feel that your skills and experience would have been perfect for the role. However, if you are finding that you are consistently falling at the first

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