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Elevate Your Professional Profile Pic in 6 Hacks

“Its one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” — Paul Caponigro   This weekend was World Photo Day when photographers across the globe were encouraged to “share their world with the world”.   Photos can say a lot – …

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Is Trust the Most Important Workplace Competency?

The new Tom Cruise film American Made, released today, is ‘based on the unbelievable true story’ of an unbelievably untrustworthy man, Barry Seal.   A sacked TWA pilot-turned-drug-smuggler-turned-undercover-informant Seal double-crossed everyone he worked with. The result? Well… it wasn’t good.     The Key Leadership Competency   Trust is important. More of us want to …

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Mind the Gap – How to Make Career Gaps Sound Great!

Gaps in your work experience can make you feel self-conscious. They can be tricky to explain to a future employer. So what do you say?   Summer breaks are one thing, but what do you put on your CV when you took a whole gap year? What if you haven’t worked for ages because you’ve …

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Believe & Other Career Lessons from Eddie Izzard

“[I]f I assume I have the confidence, I’ll tell everyone I’m doing it, and then people will come and we’ll actually do it. Once we’ve done it, I’ll have the confidence to do it again. It was some sort of weird positive-thinking confidence mantra because I had to get there.” ― Eddie Izzard   It’s …

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London 2012 Stats – Why You Should Get Involved in the UK’s Next Big Event

This week marks 5 years since the London 2012 Olympic games. Can you believe it!?   Now, we heard a lot about the benefits of the Games, but did they work their supposed magic on mere mortals like you?   Indeed can getting involved in key cultural events like the Olympics or the UK City …

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Your Workplace Holiday Guide

We’re all going on a summer holiday! Or, are we?!   A recent report claimed that one in 20 workers receive no paid holidays – despite it being a breach of employment rights. And, then there are those pesky problems like starting a new job. What about that trip to Malaga I’ve got booked in …

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How Music Can Help You Work Better & Faster

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius, The Book of Rites   From Glastonbury to Glyndebourne summer is music time. Think music think time out. It’s relaxing or fun, sometimes stirring, but it’s not usually something we associate with getting the job done.   But what if we …

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8 holistic habits for your career success

How healthy are your career habits?   Are your everyday actions priming you for peak career performance?  Or are you so focused on your current job you’re at risk of developing shrivelled prospects?! (Yep, that’s a real thing…)     Thinking holistically   Think ‘holistic’ and you might think: health. But it actually means considering …

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Is the 9-5 Over? Flexible Working is On the Rise – but is it good for you?

More and more people are working flexibly.   Article after article proclaims the death of the 9-5 and the birth of better working, while others worry about the erosion of workers’ rights and insecurity – think the furore around zero hours contracts, for example.   As flexible working becomes increasingly common we’re talking what flexibility …

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Chefs: A Passion for Nutrition Could Be Your Career Gold

As Healthy Eating Week 2017 comes to a close we’re asking what a passion for nutritious cooking could do for you career-conscious chefs. The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) – the movement behind Healthy Eating Week – may be celebrating its 50th anniversary, but healthy eating is only now really taking the hospitality world by storm. …

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10 tips to #career winning blogging

Graduates – or indeed anyone looking to up-charge their career – have you considered blogging as a way to get ahead? If not, maybe you should. It’s a sure fire way to stand out from the crowd. But, while you’ve probably heard quite a bit about social media and the importance of putting your best …

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Is Work Working for Today’s Dads?

“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating … too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.” – John Wooden Parenthood is changing. More mums are working more. And more dads want to take an active role in bringing …

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Diversity in the workplace – do you really get it?

Guess, what!? The theme for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is: Celebrate Diversity! Renowned in the UK for its kitschiness Eurovision is also welcomed by many for its power to celebrate “…difference and yet [be] proudly united…” as the Guardian’s US art critic Jason Farago says. So what has Eurovision got to do with your …

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Don’t Be Just Another Brick in the Wall – overcome creative blocks

This weekend saw the opening of an exhibition Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains at London’s V&A museum. Known for their philosophical lyrics – and humongous inflatables, especially pigs – the psychedelic-rock legends are emblematic of thinking outside the box – or beyond ‘the wall’. Indeed, for those of you who may not know or remember, …

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5 Must-Read Articles for Grand Career Designs

Have you got grand designs on your career? Then this Q & Angel is for you! We asked our consultants for their top career tips based on what they’ve seen or read in the past month or so. Here’s what they said. 1. Communicate confidence by communicating confidently Robin Kermode, one of Europe’s leading communication …

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Why It’s Vital to Take a Breather From Boundary-Stretching

If you, or someone near you, completed the 26.2 miles that make up the London Marathon on Sunday congratulations! But, whether you took part or not we thought Post-Marathon Tuesday is a great time to reflect on the effects of stretching those boundaries – especially those career-limiting ones! Because although it’s great to set goals, …

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How Working With Older People Can Help You Get Ahead

The Queen is probably the poster girl – if you can call the Queen such a thing – for a current workplace gripe: older people hanging onto their roles at the expense of those coming up behind them. Of course, the Queen’s role is somewhat unique, but we’ve heard this kind of thing before: “Young …

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How Working With Older People Can Help You Get Ahead

The Queen is probably the poster girl – if you can call the Queen such a thing – for a current workplace gripe: older people hanging onto their roles at the expense of those coming up behind them. Of course, the Queen’s role is somewhat unique, but we’ve heard this kind of thing before: “Young people’s …

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Angel Meets Local Teens to Raise Employment Awareness

Angel’s Head of New Business, Colin Gittens, knows what it takes to move up from that first foot-in-the-door role to creating a career you can be proud of. That’s why he was thrilled to turn mentor for the day and help raise employment awareness for local charity Teens & Toddlers’ Young Leaders Group (YLG). The …

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The Coffee Sector is Booming & the Barista is in Demand

Following hot on the heels of the London Coffee Festival, this Q & A Thursday falls slap bang in the middle of UK Coffee Week – a nationwide fundraising initiative which celebrates UK coffee culture – so what better time to talk coffee? Or more to the point – baristas. While high street brands like …

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ACE Quiz Fun for Food Service Professionals Like Angel

Last Wednesday Team Angel pitted its collective wits against rival agencies, colleagues and suppliers at the annual ACE Catering Quiz, held at the iconic Lloyd’s of London building in the heart of the City. ACE – or the Association of Catering Excellence to give its full name – is dedicated to combining networking for food …

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Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Start Again on Your Career Plans

‘Spring is when life’s alive in everything’, – Christina Rossetti Did New Year pass you by in a blur of broken resolutions?! If so, all is not lost! Spring is here, bringing with it: lighter evenings, brighter mornings and the promise of summer sun, oh and bank holidays! What more do you need to get …

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How to Make Your Dream Job Work in Real Life

Recent research suggests young people’s career aspirations don’t match job market demands. When the Education & Employers Taskforce, compared the dream jobs of 13-18 year olds with projected opportunities there was a big mismatch. Surprise surprise culture, media and sport roles featured in many a teen dream. While the building & construction industry, which is …

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Foolproof Your Job Search in 6 Moves

Guess what! Today’s World Backup Day (WBD)! Woo! You knew that right? And, have you backed-up? Because apparently 30% of us never have. And, did you know identity theft reached record levels in 2016? What’s more most of it was online. Today’s job searches are now largely conducted online. Fast and efficient they may be, …

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Generation Yum – your foodie passion can be a satisfying profession!

Millennials have been dubbed many things but perhaps one of the most apt is Generation Yum. “Food and drink” is Pinterest’s most popular category, #food boasts over 200 million instagram posts and Visa Europe reports eating out is on the rise driven by – you guessed it – 18-34 year olds. In fact food and …

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How Do You Know if a Company is Good to Work For?

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight so we’ve been thinking about good working practices. Obviously we have laws and processes protecting us in the UK, but increasingly workplaces are realising something Angel has long known: employees are often one of a business’s most overlooked USPs! So this Wednesday Q&A we asked our consultants what sets a good company …

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5 career takeaways from this year’s Oscars

Big mistakes are big news. But the 2017 Oscars blooper shows us why everyone involved in hospitality and events matters. As we all know by now this weekend’s Oscars hit the headlines, not for the glitz, glamour and gushing acceptance speeches, but a major gaff when La La Land was mistakenly announced as best film. …

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Which sort of car are you? – cunning interviewer

Have you ever been to an interview and been asked something seemingly crazy? Like: ‘If you were a car what make would you be?’ You as Car You probably haven’t thought about this, but maybe it’s time you did. Car salesmen know that people often buy cars that reflect their personality or how they want …

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Season of the Robot – future proof your career

As London Fashion Week kicks off we got to thinking about trends. Vogue declared Spring/Summer 2017 “season of the dress” but for the world of work it seems to be season of the robot! The Bank of England Governor closed 2016 with a warning about 15M UK jobs being lost to workplace automation. While 2017 …

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A Love of Food – what it takes to be a great Chef!

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food,” wrote George Bernard Shaw, so there’s no surprise that a cosy meal in a swanky restaurant tops the list of Valentine’s Day destinations hands down. So, this Sunday we thought we’d take a closer look at restaurant industry careers with a focus on Chefs. Quick …

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Career inspiration from Barack Obama – Yes You Can!

By the end of January it’s estimated at least two-thirds of us will have abandoned our new year goals. Eek! Tweet: By the end of January at least two-thirds of us will have abandoned our new year goals @Angel_HR_UK #MyUSPMonday https://goo.gl/EOtS9p ​Whether you want a new job or a new body most of us set …

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6 Must Read Books & Stories to Inspire Your Career

Think job hunting is all about the internet? Think again! As Academic Book Week morphs into SFS National Storytelling Week we got to wondering about the power of books and personal stories to impact the way we think. While we often recommend online articles the power of the book to inform and inspire should not …

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7 Effortless Ways to Get Your Foot in the Door of Your Dream Employer

Not getting those interviews? Getting interviews, but falling at the first hurdle? Then today’s Q&A Wednesday’s for you. This edition we ask our expert consultants what you could be doing wrong and, more importantly, what to do about it. 1. You’ve been unemployed for over a year If you’ve been a jobseeker for over a …

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Stephen Hawking’s Career Advice – disability doesn’t have to define you

Having been confined to a wheelchair for much of his adult life world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking – who celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday – knows a thing or two about transcending limitations. ​While career challenges come in all shapes and sizes disability is one of the most visual. Tweet: While career challenges come in …

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How to Read a Job Ad Like a Pro

From the mundane to the ridiculous today we’re talking de-coding job ads. ​ Imagine you saw a job ad that began: “The moment is now. Throw everything you know out the window. All in. Head first. Join the Orchard.” And, went on to say: “Be prepared to stumble and fumble and embarrass yourself.” You might …

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Great Expectations – 7 Hiring Trends for 2017

Do you have great expectations for 2017? Are you looking to make that career move? Yes!? You’ve come to the right place! This Q&A Wednesday we’ve shortlisted some of the key candidate trends for the coming year. Nope, trends aren’t just for fashion. Arming yourself with up and coming trend knowledge means you can position …

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Charles Dickens’s best career advice…

Christmas as we now know it, with all the turkey, trees and santa, is Victorian; the mood perfectly set in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol – published on this day 1843. Bad Work Colleagues Are Bad for All At the heart of this seasonal tale is Scrooge: one bad businessman putting commercial gain before his …

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Putting Your Wellbeing at the Heart of Your Job Hunt

It’s easy to feel stressed out, overwhelmed and let’s face it a bit rejected while job hunting. So, seeing as we’re getting close to Christmas, the deepest, darkest time of year, why not give your job search a cosy make-over hygge style? Not heard of hygge? Where have you been! According to tourist site Visit …

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We’ve Been Rated a Top 3 Recruitment Agency in Southampton!

Our “friendly and welcoming” Angel Southampton team are proud to have been recognised by Three Best Rated as one of the area’s top three recruitment agencies. “Focused on best, not most” Three Best Rated handpicks outstanding local businesses in cities across the UK – so you can find what you’re looking for without all that …

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SMEs & You – smaller businesses, bigger opportunities?

Fed up with the same old routine day in day out in your current job? Could 2017 be the year you get more variety, flexibility and satisfaction by working for a small business? They say the best things come in small packages, right? So, with presents on our minds team Angel thought it was a …

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National Tree Week

Ever think it’s too late to find your dream career or learn THAT thing? Well today’s quote is for you! Inspired by National Tree Week – which launches the start of the winter tree planting season – this Monday we’re getting motivated by our slow-growing friends. Things Take Time to Grow This seemingly simple observation …

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Put Some Magic into Your Career Choices Harry Potter Style

We all know making decisions can be daunting. Whether you’re going for a new job or buying a bigger house making decisions can affect everything – for better or worse. So, today we’re taking Harry Potter as inspiration – did you know it’s 15 years since the release of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone …

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Jobs Supporting Kids: care, catering, admin & maintenance

This is Children in Need month, so today team Angel is talking working with kids, both directly and in educational establishments. They say never work with children or animals but we all know the satisfaction can far outweigh the challenges. Plus, working with kids doesn’t stop at teaching! Angel supports candidates and clients in a …

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Commuting Stats & Hacks – 3 tips to improve getting to work

This November marks 60 years since the routemaster ‘London’s bus of the future’ was showcased at the Lord Mayor’s Show. But with commuting time, costs and anxiety increasing across the UK how do employees make commuting work for them now? We’ve gathered some revealing stats and with a few Commute Smart Week tips from Work …

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Are You Struggling With Your CV? Turn that around now!

As the clocks go back (this Sunday people!) it can feel like the year is winding down. But for those looking for a new role, now is the time to be brushing up the CV and applying for Christmas work or getting your application noticed before the New Year rush. Now, we’ve talked about CVs …

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Talking Mental Health at Work – Our Q&A for World Mental Health Day

Did you know Monday 10th October is World Mental Health Day? What’s more did you know that nearly half of all long term illness is due to poor mental health? Or, that 70 million days are lost from work each year due to issues like anxiety, depression and stress related conditions, making it the leading …

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Hate Mondays? So, What Are You Going to Do About It?

This week marks 30 years since the first broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show on US TV. And, it remains the highest-rated talk show in American television history. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, Oprah Winfrey famously went from poverty to a $3 billion fortune, and is regarded by some to be the most influential …

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7 tips to discover if you’ve got post holiday blues or you need to a new job

If you’ve got back to work after your summer break and feel flatter than a pitta pocket you’re not alone. According to recent figures over 70% of us find it hard to get back into the swing of things at work after a summer holiday. Tweet: Over 70% of us find it hard to get …

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What Would Your Dream Employer Think of Your Social Media Profile?

Have you enjoyed your summer? Posted photos of yourself enjoying ten too many tequilas, sporting awful sunburn, before being tagged laying face down in the street in Magaluf? Well, we don’t want to rain on your parade – we all need to relax – but according to a recent YouGov survey over a third of …

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Maxing Workplace Opportunities – Making an Impression

It’s August and it’s the last week of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. The Fringe’s open access policy means means aspiring artists can be billed with some of the biggest names in the business, making it the ultimate way for wannabes to prove their metal and make their mark. Suitably …

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Thinking of Quitting Due to a Bad Boss? Read This!

As Ricky Gervais’s David Brent hits the big screen this Friday, we consider the only too real phenomenon of the bad boss, or line manager, and what to do if you have one. Do you work for an ineffective manager like David Brent? Or maybe you’re one of the 44% of employees who dislike their …

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How to Approach Work Like an Olympic Athlete

This Friday we got thinking about all those Olympic athletes and their training regimes. Experts at attaining peak performance athletes understand the importance of mental health, physical health, when to push it and when to relax. Why does this matter to us desk jockeys? Well, productivity is a hot workplace topic – according to the …

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10 tips to remote interview success. Have you charged that battery?

Actress Jennifer Lawrence, of Hunger Games fame, bagged an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook – you remember, she fell over – but, did you know she made her first impression on her future director via Skype? But the remote interview’s not just popular in Hollywood and amongst its jet-setting stars! More and …

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Why Having a Sense of Humour Matters at Work

In honour of fun Friends star and Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc’s birthday we’re celebrating humour in the workplace.Tweet: In honour of Matt LeBlanc’s birthday we’re celebrating humour in the workplace. @Angel_HR_UK #MyUSPMonday goo.gl/NH2EPb Self-styled Humour Engineer Andrew Tarvin of Humor That Works says workplace efficiency alone doesn’t get results. In his TEDX speech stresses …

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Why Too Much Gobblefunking Can Make Your CV Meaningless

This Friday sees the release of Steven Spielberg’s film of Roald Dahl’s BFG. The gentle giant, plagued by the “twitch-tickling” problem of “squiff-squiddling” words – something affecting many CVs. Back at the start of the year management writer and visiting professor at Cass Business School Stefan Stern wrote a scathing article about the kind of …

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What to Do if You Haven’t Found a Graduate Job Yet

Exams are over, summer holiday’s are here and for many graduates it’s get a job time! But it you haven’t managed to bag that unicorn of opportunities the graduate scheme don’t despair. This Q&A Wednesday we ask our consultants their top job hunting tips for graduates. 1. How is the graduate job market looking at …

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Independence – why and how to use it wisely at work…

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Dr Stephen Covey ​ Independence is a two-edged sword. The lone wolf approach to independence can backfire badly – remember 127 Hours?! Tweet: Independence is …

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9 Career Tips From Tennis Hero Roger Federer

Yes, it’s that Wimbledon time of year again! So, while we were eating our strawberries and cream team Angel got to wondering if there was anything we could take from tennis and apply to our careers – any excuse to watch Wimbledon! Which took us to that best-loved of players Roger Federer. Adored on and …

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So, Why Do You Want to Work Here?

In our last Friday Eye View we mentioned how communication consultant and TED speaker coach Gina Barnett advises people wishing to communicate and connect with an audience to pick an objective. So, candidates: Your interview objective is not to get the job. That’s your ‘super-objective’. Your interview objective is actually: “Do I want to work …

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On Your Bike – How Cycling Can Improve Your Job and Personal Life

How was your commute this morning? Just wondering, because this week is Bike Week – the time of year dedicated to discovering and celebrating the benefits of cycling. What’s cycling got to do with your career? Well, you may well ask. Cycling can result in: Half as many sick days – studies have found cycling …

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Improve Your Career – Listen to Shakespeare

Shakespeare is on everyone’s lips right now. While you may ask “what has Shakespeare ever done for us, except bore us rigid in class!?” Team Angel wants to remind you: “All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women are merely players”. Indeed our founder, Janet Crawford, was an actress! We know to …

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Star Quality & How to Shine in Job Applications

This Q&A Wednesday falls on what would have been Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday. Arguably the most charismatic actor to grace the screen this landmark anniversary got Angel HQ thinking about personality. Indeed it’s top of the HR agenda. In May language solutions provider Education First (EF) spoke at LinkedIn’s ConnectIn event about their …

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The Person You Want to Be Has a Great Story – How to Add Magic to Your Interview Technique

Why Tell Stories? Once upon a time stories were told in person to a captivated audience. Stories were shared and passed down orally and committed to memory by cultures all over the world. But, why? Perhaps, because, apart from simple entertainment, stories are the best way to teach, persuade and understand ourselves. Stories Connect In …

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Finding & Making the Most of Summer Work

Can you believe it! The merry old month of May is here, which means the time’s ripe to plan that summer job! Yes, that’s right, if you’re looking for summer work you need to get your skates on. Openings will be closing quick smart, so we’ve got some tips for seasonal workers hoping to make …

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What’s Your Mindset? Why How You Think Might Get You a Better Job

What makes people successful? A great education and worthwhile extracurricular activities? Well, from September 100 primary schools across Britain will be taking part in a study, Changing Mindsets, to find out if a “growth mindset” can improve success rates. Coined by US psychologist Carol Dweck apparently whether you have a “growth mindset” or a “fixed …

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From CV updates to career changes – spring cleaning your career

Why You Need to Spring Clean Your Career Now! As spring has sprung – it’s time to spring clean your career. Change is not just inevitable but releasing the old and embracing the new is essential to remaining relevant in today’s fast-moving workplace. So, whether you need to spring clean your in-box, your attitude or …

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Friday Focus: Creating Career Success When You’re Over 50

With all the talk about pensions and working past 65, this Friday Angel View is dedicated to looking at careers for the over 50s. Tweet:This Friday Angel View is dedicated to looking at careers for the over 50s. http://goo.gl/JX2TKy @Angel_HR_UK #MyUSPMonday The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this month and is still working, carrying out …

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Charlotte Brontë’s Guide to Career Success

This month marks the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth. Best remembered as the author of Jane Eyre, one of literature’s most beloved and enduring stories, Brontë faced many career lows before achieving success. So, this week, we’re taking a leaf out of Charlotte Brontë’s book[s] and applying it to life and careers and cakes… Tweet:We’re …

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How to Be Professional Under Pressure

One of the most common soft skills requested by clients and touted by candidate CVs is ‘keeping calm under pressure’, so, inspired by Tom Hiddleston’s recent turn in The Night Manager we wondered whether workplace professionalism means being – and looking – cool as a cucumber. 1. What does professionalism mean to you? We associate …

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7 Tips to a Better Email / Work Relationship

This April marks 40 years since the Queen sent the first royal email. The workplace wouldn’t follow suit for nearly another 20 years, but when it did email’s capacity to instantly send messages and documents to anyone anywhere with a connection meant a love affair was born. While the Queen stuck with letters and telegrams …

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What Vikings Can Teach Us About Leadership

The 32nd Jorvik Viking Festival took place this year in York, famed for their marauding ways you might wonder what the Vikings ever did for us. But, in their heyday the Vikings’ reach extended across northern Europe – and they even discovered North America 500 years before Columbus. Leaders of Distinction: In his 1998 Harvard …

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Friday Focus: How to Beat the Job Hunting Blues

Have you got the job hunting blues? You’re not alone! Job seekers will invariably get at least one rejection letter, while some apply for reams of jobs with little or no success. Ups and downs are part of the job search, but there are things candidates can do to weather those job hunting lows. Tweet: …

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What Does Luck Have to Do With Career Success?

This week marks Saint Patrick’s Day, so here at Angel HQ we’ve been thinking about luck. When it comes to careers the idea of the ‘lucky break’ has taken on almost mythical status, so how do you get the ‘luck of the Irish’ and make sure opportunity knocks at your door? From Carpenter to Hollywood …

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Q & Angel: Women, Work & Making Your Career Pay

Tuesday March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrating the “social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women”. This year IWD founders are keen to highlight the issue of gender parity with their #PledgeForParity theme. Just two years ago the World Economic Forum predicted the gender gap would close by 2095, but one year later …

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Why You Should Learn to Love Networking – we show you how!

From dream jobs to getting the lowdown on your destination role networking is key to career success. Networking Makes Us Feel Dirty US Academics found that networking literally makes people feel dirty. Yikes! Tweet: “US Academics found that networking literally makes people feel dirty. Yikes!” goo.gl/k7Y11j @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView That’s because we’re uncomfortable making career-focused connections …

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Finding a Job to Suit You

This Q&A Wednesday we’re talking: finding a job to fit you. Remember that Derek Zoolander reflection in a teaspoon moment?: “I remember thinking ‘wow, you’re ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career.’” But often, knowing what we’re cut out for isn’t so clear. If you’re looking for a new position it …

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Sir Bruce Forsyth’s Guide to Career Success

This week we’re taking inspiration from the king of the Saturday night gameshow Sir Bruce Forsyth. Now 88 the ex-Strictly host made his TV debut as Boy Bruce the Mighty Atom and has worked on some of the nation’s favourite shows, from Sunday Night at the London Palladium to the Generation Game and Play Your …

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Q & Angel: Why 2016 is the Year You Need to Get Tech-Savvy

In this week’s Angel Q&A we’re talking tech. Now, don’t switch off, love it or hate it technology is here to stay and what’s more it’s having an ever greater impact on the way we live and work. January, alone, sees the opening of Electronic Superhighway, a landmark exhibition exploring the impact of computer and …

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Blue Monday: Look Better, Do Better, Feel Better

Did going back to work after the Christmas break feel like Groundhog Day? Was your commute a squeeze not just in person but on pocket, mind and spirit? If so, welcome to Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year! Monday’s are rarely described as the best day of the week, but Blue …

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What Star Wars Can Teach Your About Failure

“You can’t win, Darth. Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” Tweet: ​“Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” @Angel_HR_UK #AngelView http://goo.gl/Jz95G2 Obi Wan Kenobi – A New Hope Star Wars was a box office smash this Christmas. Nearly 40 years …

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Q & Angel: 2016 – How to Have a Career Resolution Revolution!

So, you’ve decided 2016 is going to be your career year. You start the new year on a high filled with ambition, determination and energy. Then real life hits. According to statistics just one in ten of us will have reached our 2015 resolutions. That’s pretty terrible isn’t it?! We don’t want you to be …

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Make an Impact – how to make your new job a success

You’ve signed the contract, got an email and a start date. You might think the job’s in the bag but in truth the adventure is just beginning – what happens at work stays at work and in people’s memories. So how do you go about making a great first impression in the workplace? Our specialist …

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Overcoming Fear at Work

From Halloween parties to gothic horrors Crimson Peak at the cinema and a reimagined Jekyll & Hyde on TV fear is big business. But as Lemony Snicket, fictional author of A Series of Unfortunate Events – a dark saga about vulnerable orphans and a dastardly guardian – says: “There are two kinds of fears: rational …

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How to Improve Your Interview Performance

Your application has been longlisted, then shortlisted, now it’s the moment of truth: the desired yet dreaded job interview. But how do you make the most of this opportunity? What about interview jitters? And, once it’s over, what next? Our consultants give us the low down on interviews here. 1. So, I’ve got an interview. …

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Care Sector Superhero Achievements – You’ll Be Amazed!

Social care gets a bad rap. From underfunding to bad press the sector is often cast as the baddie. Yet satisfaction levels among service-users is higher than ever. Today, inspired by London’s Comic-Con spectacular, we’re addressing this injustice and celebrating this year’s care superhero achievements. ​ Stand aside Batman, Ironman and Superman social care is …

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Why Emotional Intelligence is Your Best Weapon

From his attitude to women and authority to his uncompromising ways of achieving his targets – usually alone, against protocol and violently – James Bond’s relevance is always under question. Which is maybe why Daniel Craig talking about the current Bond film, Spectre, and it’s main man said: “I don’t know if I’d like to …

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Be a Great Team Player – Get Inspired by Sport

Business is a team sport and behind every Richard Branson-shaped front man is a group of talented coworkers. So, with the Rugby World Cup finals not that long time ago, we thought what better time to focus in on teamwork. “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the …

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Are You Surly, Slapdash & Dreadful? Customer Service Skills You Need

This week we’re talking customer service. Back in 2011 celebrity chef Michel Roux Jr called British customer service “Surly, slapdash and dreadful.” Eek! Four years on and the Institute of Customer Service (UKCSI), reports that UK Customer satisfaction is at its lowest level since 2010. Ooh! Not in the service industry? Think customer service doesn’t …

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Making Your Career Experience Count

We’ve discussed the concept of “show not tell” when it comes to career achievement before. But, this time we’re talking numbers. Sometimes numbers speak louder than words – especially on a CV where clarity and concision are key. TWEET THIS. So, use numbers and statistics, where possible, to really make your skills and experience shine. …

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Hurry, The Christmas Job Countdown Has Begun!

You may think it’s too early for Christmas shopping but it’s actually bang on time to bag yourself a Christmas job. ​ With onlyto go till the big day companies across the land are recruiting thousands of temporary workers to help them spread some seasonal good work. So, why not take a stroll through our …

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What Does a Personal Statement Look Like?

You may remember you have up to 8.8 seconds to make an impression with your CV. And, it all starts with your personal statement – which, inevitably, should be short and sweet. What Does a Personal Statement Look Like? A personal statement is a short, introductory paragraph to your CV. And, it should: – Give …

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Angel Talks Values

Why are values important to the workplace? What impact do values have on recruitment? Can values help with staff retention? In this short video two of our esteemed team members, Accounts Director and Care Manager, talk Angel Values: how they came to be and how they work to make Angel ever better, everyday for everyone. …

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Win Interviews & Influence Recruiters with Your Soft Skills

The November edition of Psychologies magazine features an article called “The Future is Soft” which talks about the power of soft skills in the workplace. Often associated with more ‘feminine’ attributes soft skills are often personality traits or capabilities honed over time and cannot be easily taught. (See the National Careers Service for a comprehensive …

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How Foreign Languages Can Help You Get Ahead

Bonjour! Ciao! Gia’sou! Saturday 26th September marked the European Day of Languages. A Council of Europe initiative the aim of the day is to: Highlight the importance of “…plurilingualism and intercultural understanding”; promote “…the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe…”; and encourage “…lifelong language learning in and out of school…”. Yay! Unfortunately, the UK …

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Making Your Recruitment Agency Work for You

This week we’re focusing on what it’s like to be a recruitment agency candidate. Agencies sometimes have a reputation for only looking for “…round pegs to fit round holes…” as one frustrated Guardian reader wrote. But are all recruitment agencies cut from the same cloth? Could signing with an agency be the right fit for …

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Want World Peace & A Great Career? Listen Up!

World Peace & the Workplace 2 weeks ago we have commemorated the International Day of Peace. A UN initiative, the aim is to highlight the importance of all segments of society working together to strive for peace. What’s world peace got to do with your career? Consider: The workplace is a microcosm of society and …

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Why You Need Clear Career Goals – Goal-Setting Advice from the Cheshire Cat

2015 marks 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Written by maths scholar Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – aka Lewis Carroll – the book is a cocktail of nonsense and life’s many essential truths: Like, the ever smiling Cheshire Cat’s observation that without a destination, or goal, we’re aimless. In What They Don’t Teach You in …

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Make a Great First Impression With a Stylish CV

Your CV has up to 8.8 seconds to grab a potential employer’s attention. First impressions matter. And, at Angel, from hiding great skills and experience amongst too much information, to boring the pants off your recruiter with CV cliches, we’ve seen it all – the good, the bad, and, yes, the ugly! So, in honour …

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Q & Angel: Top Tips to Get into Social Care

Welcome to Q & Angel, our weekly whistlestop tour around the minds of our Angel team, clients and candidates. In just 10 questions, we aim to give you a sneak peek into the world of recruitment, whether via a career theme, industry-focused insights or some Angel wisdom. This week our specialist Care consultants give us …

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Recruitment International’s TOP 500 Report Names Angel an HORECA Star!

The RI TOP 500 Report “…recognised as being the ‘bible’ for our industry…” has rated Angel Human Resources as the top 8th UK recruitment agency for the HORECA sector! Having delivered successful recruitment support to both client and candidates in the Hospitality & Catering industry for over 50 years we couldn’t be prouder. Of course, …

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Finding Your Next Job – Think Like a Detective

Securing your next role can feel like being caught in a whodunnit, but Angel’s here to help shape you into the Miss Marple or Poirot of job detection. Read on to find out how to nail your killer [role]! This September the International Agatha Christie Festival will be marking the 125th anniversary of the the …

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Want to Get Ahead of the Other Candidates? – Go USP Yourself!

Think USPs are just for businesses? Think again! Why USP? Finding the right role for you begins with knowing your own Unique Selling Point or USP. Don’t worry, ‘unique’ is a wee exaggeration, but communicating your value in a succinct way will help improve your chances of employment success. Milky Way v Mars Take chocolate. …

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Isn’t It Time You Went Back to School? – Why Learning is Your Next Great Career Move

This month sees the release of The Intern starring Robert De Niro as a widowed retiree, Ben Whittaker, who, aged 70, winds up interning for Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) founder of a fashion website start-up. While Ben may be interning to keep life fulfilling, the message is clear: you’re never too old to learn. In …

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Q & Angel: Angel’s CEO Gets a Grilling & Spills Some Career Beans

Welcome to our first Q&A Wednesday – more aptly named Q & Angel – this is our weekly whistlestop tour around the minds of our Angel team, clients and candidates. In just 10 questions, we aim to give you a sneak peek into the world of recruitment, whether via a career theme, industry-focused insights or …

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USP Your Monday

USP Your Monday: This One Step Will Get You Closer to Your Career Goal As the summer holidays come to a close and we get our back to school vibe on it’s a great opportunity to take a moment to assess where we are now. INTRODUCING USP YOUR MONDAY At Angel, for example, we’ve decided …

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7 Powerful Career Strategies for Women

From pay gaps to career gaps a woman’s career can sometimes seem hard to navigate. Whether you’re kickstarting your career post maternity leave or getting the confidence to go for a promotion we’ve got some insights and strategies to take your career to the next level. 1. Keep Learning Recent data from The Open University …

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Why You Should Be Surfing the Facilities Management Wave

According to the BIFM facilities management (FM) is one of the UK’s fastest growing professions – worth at least £40bn every year! As they say: “The facilities management profession has come of age.” Ever evolving there’s means plenty of opportunities to be had in this thriving sector. We spoke to our industry-experienced consultants to tell …

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Want a career you can shape to suit you? Have you tried Care?

The future of Care is a heartfelt issue. It’s why it’s the subject of an Oscar nominated film. And, one of the UK’s biggest challenges today! An ageing population: 45% (5.3m) of pensioners are disabled compared to 5% (800,000) of children and 16% (5.8m) of working age adults – meaning the numbers of disabled people …

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From Apps to Agility – What Healthcare Candidates Must Know

Though NHS service satisfaction has increased, cancer survival is at its highest and £20bn worth of efficiency savings are being made effectively. Leading a 2014 report to declare the NHS “… one of the top-performing healthcare systems in the world.” From staff shortfalls to the burdens of an ageing population the future of the UK’s …

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The On-Demand Economy – Business Management & Administration Recruitment Trends 2015

From holographic receptionists to gamification approaches business management and administration styles are changing fast. Technological innovation and globalisation is seeing traditional hierarchical organisational structures become increasingly flattened as new capabilities, like the smartphone and cloud computing give rise to the on-demand economy. Online services like Freelancer “the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace” now …

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The UK Construction and Engineering market outlook for 2015

The engineering & construction sector is central to the UK economy, covering a vast variety of activity from huge infrastructure projects to building houses, routine repair and maintenance. Although impacted by the recession, things are looking up for this exciting sector – a recent Markit report found the industry was taking on workers at the …

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UK Hotels, Restaurants and Catering Trends for 2015

Hospitality and tourism is Britain’s 4th largest industry, employing over 10% of the UK’s workforce. The industry is now making a successful comeback, highly influenced by an increase in travel and tourism. According to the British Hospitality Association (BHA), accommodation is predicted to grow by 32.8%, eating out by 33.5% and tourist attractions by 32.2% …

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Self-Branding: How to Succeed in getting your Dream Job

If I say think of a brand you might reply: Coca Cola, Rolex or Google. Each has a meaning beyond their product; we know instinctively what they stand for; and they provide an insight into the values of the people who use them: ● Coca Cola is shorthand for having fun with friends and chilling …

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Is Your CV Deadly Dull? Discover How Stephen King Can Help You Create a Winning CV

Stephen King used to impale rejection letters on a spike. Now, his 58th novel, Revival, is being promoted with an interactive cover. Follow his lead and you can create a killer CV. DEAD ENDS They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we all know we do. And nowhere is this more …

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Our HR Angels Run 10K to Raise Over £3.5K

This summer girls from our Hammersmith, Southampton and London Bridge branches ran the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research and Angel HR were proud to support them. Cancer is more than a number Every two minutes someone in the UK is told they have cancer. That’s a scary statistic, right? And as the …

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Wellbeing in your Workplace – Is it Worth It?

Businesses keen to attract and retain top talent are investing in once woo woo wellbeing practices. It took fainting from exhaustion at her desk for Ariana Huffington, CEO of the eponymous Huffington Post to reach her ‘aha’ moment. As one of Time’s 100 most influential people she was the epitome of success. But, she asked, …

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Do Recruiters Know Too Much About Their Candidates?!

With the estimated cost of replacing a member of staff at over £30,000 per employee do recruiters need all the candidate information they can get? If Mark Rutland, played by Sean Connery, in Hitchcock’s Marnie, had had the internet he needn’t have employed Marnie just to find out what was lurking behind her mysterious exterior. …

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Angel Human Resources contributes to Queensmill School Garden project to bring students’ dreams to life

Thanks to generosity of Angel Hammersmith branch who has contributed to a new Queensmill School project ‘Garden’, children with autism will soon be able to enjoy new garden and playground specifically designed for children with learning disabilities. Queensmill School encourages the self-confidence and motivation of their students through curriculum activities and active learning programs developed …

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Angel Human Resources reveals 2014 Employee Satisfaction Index results

The Angel Human Resources annual Employee Satisfaction Index 2014 unveils 37.6% of employed people are actively looking or are considering to look for a new job in next 3 months. Recruitment Consultancy’s Employee Satisfaction survey found that in comparison to last year the number of people age 18-45 years looking for new job opportunities has …

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Angel Human Resources Receives ‘Best Community Impact’ Award & is Nominated for the Best Entrepreneur and Best Marketing at the EMEA Business Excellence Awards 2014

In April 2014 Angel HR’s hard work was rewarded at a glamorous awards night, but it’s our everyday passion that saw us win this coveted prize. Our employee and client retention rate has hit an amazing 99% in the last 5 years, with 25% of people working for the company for more than 10 years! …

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Best Customer Service 2013

The Business Excellence Awards honor the “Best of the Best” results in more than 400 small and medium sized businesses from around the world, and showcases exceptional results for business owners, entrepreneurs, their teams and their companies. Established in 1965 Angel Human Resources has a reputation for integrity and professionalism. With a team of directors …

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