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Communication kəmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.   Communication is key, it’s something that is crucial within the work place, especially within the recruitment world. Whether it’s between my client and I or candidates keeping me informed on their job search, it’s all necessary - after all I am not telepathic and I cannot read minds.   “Reaching out” is hands down one of my most hated phrases, but it...

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Sweaty Palms? The do’s and don’t of interviewing in the heat!

The idea of wading through the 100s of people enjoying the sunshine, whilst you are melting in a thick suit sounds excruciating. With the combination of everything travelling on the London Underground, the sweltering heat, the nerves… it makes me sweat just thinking about it. We have put our heads together here at Attic, providing some top tips for all those interviewing this summer. Before you do anything, find out what the company’s dress code is.Obviously you will need to look...

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Dylan the Dog

We have just brought home a very handsome (I am biased) 10 week old Springer Spaniel puppy who in time, will hopefully become a much loved member and resident of the Attic team. I am not sure how useful Dylan is going to be on the temp desk, and his ability to assemble compelling shortlists is dubious but he has given me a fresh perspective on things. We started Attic almost 14 years ago and have spent that time creating...

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Stop the world, I want to ‘log off’

I have said on many occasions that I dislike technology and email with a passion but my word, I have to log-off for the sake of my sanity.   Needing a bit of silence and solitude is essential for creativity. Whilst attempting to write this blog about our successful temp desk, I made the foolish mistake of sitting in our busy office, inevitably being distracted by different topics of discussion.   I have always found working open plan a challenge...

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What’s in a name

Call me a snob but I hugely dislike Attic being referred to as a Recruitment Agency. We are without a doubt a Recruitment CONSULTANCY! Jumping off my soapbox for a moment, I do have a genuine point to make.   Agency by definition is ‘a business or organisation providing a particular service on behalf of another business, person or group’.   Consultancy on the other hand is ‘a professional practice that gives expert advice within a particular field’.   Being...

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Graduates – how to avoid the post-graduation job hunt pitfalls

The post-graduation period can be strange. The weeks following finishing University are both relieving and terrifying. The upside is celebrating the fact that the dissertation is finally written, that all the hard work has paid off, and you have survived 3 years of gruelling work. However, for those graduates who have no idea what they want to do, that loved their degree subject but don’t want to pursue as a career path, the post-graduation phase can be scary to say...

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I have a huge amount of confidence in the team at Attic – they have taken a lot of time and trouble to understand the culture and nuances of our business and it shows. I will keep asking them to support us because I know they will deliver a great result – quickly and with style.

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