5 of the Best Movies for Career Motivation

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Stuck in a rut with your career? In need of some motivation? 


We understand that continuous job searching and what feels like everlasting unemployment can leave you feeling uninspired and unmotivated about any future career. 


Even those with current jobs can feel like they’ve lost all enthusiasm for their profession at times. Because let’s face it: no one loves their job 24/7.


To help you gain back your ambition, we have devised a short list of the Best Movies for Career Motivation. Most of them are available to watch today with an Amazon Prime account or Netflix membership.


Don’t worry, we won’t give away any spoilers!



The Intern (2015) (Rent on Amazon Prime)


The Intern offers a range of career lessons for professionals, including the importance of work-life balance.


Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/ZU3Xban0Y6A 

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - Available on Netflix


You can learn a lot about Jordan Belfort’s (Main character - Leonardo DiCaprio) skills that enabled him to achieve success. These include his communication skills and his ability to motivate people.


Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/iszwuX1AK6A 

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - (Rent on Amazon Prime)


This movie will drive home the importance of perseverance and determination in both our professional and personal lives. The moral of the story is to never give up!


Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/DMOBlEcRuw8 

Legally Blonde (2001) - Watch on Amazon Prime


Everyone can learn something from Legally Blonde, especially those with challenging career goals. The movie reminds us that with a solid work ethic and the right attitude, anything is possible.


Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/Phm3lpdR3_g 

Yes Man (2008) - Watch on Amazon Prime


If your current job status gives you a negative outlook on life - this movie is for you! With the help of Jim Carrey, this movie will teach you to say "Yes!" to stuff that really excites you – work-related or otherwise.


Watch the trailer: ​​ https://youtu.be/dDh1l3qVNoY 


Need help finding a job?


At KHM, we are committed to placing you in a role that perfectly suits your talents and personality. We will provide career direction with suggestions on how to develop your skills.


Send your CV to cv@khmrecruitment.co.uk or call the KHM team today on 01763 248337.


The 4 Key Benefits of Hiring a Recruitment Agency

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A recruitment agency aims to help an employer find and hire the best person for their company. You must find the right recruitment agency for your business and roles. Many recruitment agencies specialise in a certain industry, at KHM we specialise in commercial and industrial sectors.


Partnering with a recruitment agency like us can be highly beneficial not only to your hiring managers but to your company as a whole. Here are the 4 key benefits of hiring a recruitment agency.


Recruitment agencies can let you know how to best achieve your recruitment needs, and get the perfect employee at the end of the process. 


In every recruitment agency, they will have qualified professionals. Your in-house recruitment team may not be able to give professional advice and guidance to hiring better candidates and may struggle to interview for positions they are not necessarily familiar with. This is why it’s important to go to a recruiter that specialises in your sector. 


Using a recruitment agency can speed up the time it takes to find a new employee. When using a recruitment agency, you provide them with details about the role as well as a deadline.


We have a huge database, a network of connections we can leverage, and access to expensive systems that help us locate people with the skills you are looking for. This means that the only people that agencies submit for your review are ones that best fit your criteria. All of this helps shorten your time to hire and saves you a lot of hassle.




If you aren’t looking to hire someone permanently, most recruitment agencies offer temporary recruitment (we do too by the way!). Temporary recruitment is when candidates work for an unspecified amount of time, this is usually a 3 month period. These roles are great if you need to hire employees at a busier time of year.

Temporary positions are great for candidates because it allows them to gain experience and possibly work their way up to a more permanent position. After the pandemic, a lot of people were left without jobs, this meant that temporary work helped them drastically to fill their time and earn money while they waited for new positions in their industry.




Agency recruiters are experts in candidate selection.  Using a recruitment agency increases your ability to meet with high-quality candidates as we have access to a large database of pre-screened and referenced candidates. 


As an employer, you will only meet with candidates that have been already carefully assessed and interviewed by a trained consultant.


As a recruitment agency, we deal with candidates daily, and we’re experts at interviewing. We understand our candidate’s needs and your job role requirements to make a great match.

Need a recruitment agency? Call us today!


It has never been easier to save time, find qualified candidates, and fill your open roles faster than with the help of our team.


At KHM we believe a company can only become great by hiring equally great people. It's that simple.


We are committed to achieving the highest standard and as a small independent agency, we can provide our clients with a competitive advantage in attracting and securing new talent whilst delivering cost-effective solutions.


Get in touch today! 


How to Answer What is Your Biggest Weakness

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At KHM Recruitment, we understand that answering the dreaded ‘what is your biggest weakness?’ question makes people feel uncomfortable. Let’s be honest, who wants to talk about their flaws?!


But this is a question that almost certainly gets asked to see how you evaluate yourself and your potential. So here is how to answer it.


Firstly, remember to focus on the steps you are taking to improve on your weaknesses. For example, if your weakness was public speaking you could say…


‘Public speaking makes me feel uncomfortable. Though I know it isn’t needed as much in my role as XX, I feel it is an important skill to have, especially in times where I’d like to offer my opinion during a group meeting. To combat this I will…’.


An answer like this shows the hiring manager that you recognise your areas for growth and can act on them without being told to do so. 


Next, avoid mentioning weaknesses in skills that are important for the job. For example, don’t admit that you struggle with organisation if you are applying for an admin assistant role. Make sure to always check the skills required for the job, if you struggle in certain areas that are needed, the role might not be for you. 


As always, being prepared will put you in the best position. This question is more than likely to be asked in your interview, so prepare in advance. If you’re struggling to think of weaknesses ask yourself these questions: 

  • What weaknesses have I identified that I have worked to overcome? What classes have I taken or books have I read to improve a skill?
  • What have my managers noted in past performance reviews as areas where I had "room for improvement" and I improved?

Framing your weaknesses positively can be challenging, but you can quickly stand apart from other candidates when you combine self-awareness with an action plan. 


Remember, this question is an opportunity to show that you’ve got the right assets for the job, so don’t feel ashamed when speaking about your weaknesses. Everyone has them, we’re all human.


Need help finding a job?


At KHM, we are committed to placing you in a role that perfectly suits your talents and personality. We will provide career direction with suggestions on how to develop your skills.


Send your CV to cv@khmrecruitment.co.uk or call the KHM team today on 01763 248337.


How to Overcome Job Search Stress

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At KHM, we know how stressful it can be to find a job, regardless of experience or industry. With the competition now being even more challenging because the number of job seekers has shot up due to coronavirus, it is understandably an overwhelming task.  


We're here to help! 


By following a few of our suggestions, you can overcome job search anxiety and find your path to success.

1. Stay positive 

As useless as this advice sometimes sounds, it’s an important step. You need to be in the right frame of mind when searching for a new job to remain optimistic about the opportunities you may come across. Enjoy the challenge of discovering new positions to apply for, and always reward yourself when you’ve completed your search!


2. Do your research 

Spend time researching the kind of position you want and the career path you hope to follow. There are plenty of career quizzes online, although many of them won’t be accurate, you may find some inspiration! 


The more knowledgeable and prepared you feel in your job search, the more confidence will replace doubt in your mind.


3. Consider volunteering

If you’ve applied for multiple jobs and not had any luck, it may be because of your lack of experience in your desired field. Consider volunteering at a company that offers the role you’d like to do whilst you look for work so you can develop up to date work experience. Having more knowledge in the industry can also improve your self-confidence. You may have to approach the company yourself for a volunteer role, but your eagerness will be recognised. 


4. Stay organised 

The more organised you are, the less likely you are to become overwhelmed. Create a step by step plan so you know exactly how to go about the job search without getting confused with the process. 


Building a clear, tracked record of the jobs you’re applying for will also ensure you don’t make any crossovers or apply for the same job twice! 


Need help finding a job?


At KHM, we are committed to placing you in a role that perfectly suits your talents and personality. We will provide career direction with suggestions on how to develop your skills.


Send your CV to cv@khmrecruitment.co.uk or call the KHM team today on 01763 248337.


Why Career Development is Important to an Employee

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Employees are now, more than ever, looking for career progression and development when going for a new job. But why is it so important?


Firstly, it increases employees’ productivity and engagement in the organisation. When people feel part of something bigger than themselves, they increase their effort, participation and cooperation. Additionally, if an employee is feeling supported in the workplace, they become more engaged and productive as a result.


Secondly, it increases the satisfaction rates of employees as it gives them something to look forward to, and as we all know, satisfied and motivated employees are likely to improve the quality of their work which benefits you as a business.


Thirdly, career development creates new opportunities for employees, meaning they’ll see more interest in working for you. Allowing employees to discover new interests within the company, means that job role gaps can be filled internally without the needing to let go of hard-working staff.


Need help recruiting staff? 


At KHM we believe a company can only become great by hiring equally great people. It's that simple.


We are committed to achieving the highest standard and as a small independent agency, we can provide our clients with a competitive advantage in attracting and securing new talent whilst delivering cost-effective solutions.


Get in touch today! 


How to Strengthen your CV

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Your CV is a summary of your work experience, qualifications and capabilities. The aim of your CV is to make a positive impact on the reader and encourage them to get in touch with you regarding job opportunities. 


We have gathered together some of our tried and tested techniques that you can use to ensure your CV is effective in the job market for 2021. 


Do Your Research  


Without research, you won’t know what companies are specifically looking for within your industry. 


Do you have a job role in mind that you want to start searching for vacancies in? Conduct research into that role and what you need to know clearly what companies are looking for. 


If you’ve found a job to apply for, thoroughly read through the job description and look at what the role consists of. Then work out how you align with the role, and what personal attributes and work experience you have to be an ideal candidate for the role.  


Go that one step further and write a cover letter, but make sure to do your research. Tailor your cover letter to the company that you are targeting. Find their company ethos or mission and ensure you weave these things into your CV, directly describe how you fit into the company. Show them your enthusiasm for how they operate and how you can add value to their operation. 


Structure and Format 


When writing your CV, you should put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter, they may have hundreds of CVs to review and analyse so make it simple to read!  


Using bullet points is a good way of separating big chunks of text and ensuring that you get your message across in a crisp manner. Bullet points can be used in numerous areas of your CV, including the career history and the skills section. 


Section headings are also a good way to break up your CV. Ensure they stand out by making them larger to the body text and bold. 


Work Experience  


Work placements, volunteering and any paid jobs - include all experience that is relevant to the time. The employer doesn't need to hear about the paper round you had at 13 years old.   


Make sure you give details of your previous jobs, starting with the most recent first.  


Details to include in your work experience:  

  • Name of the employer 
  • The title of the job 
  • The dates you worked 
  • A brief outline or bullet points of what you did. 


Highlight your strengths by using active words like: 

  • Influenced 
  • Organised 
  • Created 
  • Built 
  • Managed 
  • Planned 
  • Streamlined 


If you’re applying for your first job, you can focus on skills you’ve learned through projects, part-time work, school work experience, internships, placements or volunteering. 


After fine-tuning your CV, it's time to start applying for jobs. 


Just remember that each job will have its own criteria, and to have a good chance of making it through to an interview, you’ll need to customise your CV to match the job description.  


Good luck! 



How Employers can Prepare for Hybrid Working

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Before we get into how to prepare for it, let’s discuss what hybrid working is. 


The hybrid work structure allows flexibility for those who would like to continue work from home after the pandemic, while other team members work from a central location or office. In the UK, employers expect the proportion of regular home workers to double, from 18% pre-pandemic to 37% post-pandemic, which is why more companies are getting ready to commit to the hybrid structure.  


This is beneficial to you as an employer, as the hybrid pattern makes employees feel happier, healthier, more productive, less stressed and more in control of their lives, they’re more likely to deliver. 


Now how can you, as an employer, prepare for hybrid working. 


Just telling your employees they can split their week between home and the office and then crossing your fingers won’t work, you need to develop a clear and concise hybrid culture.  


Team leaders must set the tone that wherever they are working, at home or in the office. They must commit to role-modelling hybrid working themselves, to ensure their teams get on successfully with the new structure and don’t push boundaries.  


Managers have to be trained to support and communicate with people they don’t see on a daily basis. They need to trust their team to deliver and have the same work ethic wherever they are. 


Key elements of the employee lifecycle, like recruiting, onboarding, training and performance management, need to be reworked and reframed to match a hybrid model. This may mean the need for a stronger structure when taking on new employees to ensure they get the right training and support without any miscommunication.  


Employees need to be given the support to work well remotely. This could mean more training, investing in project management systems to ensure an easier flow of work, or committing to a daily team call to keep everyone in the loop.  


All members of your company must have a clear understanding of the different dynamics across the company. Communication has to be a core element of your business culture. 

Hybrid work can provide employees with more flexibility, free time, and autonomy. Many organisations are finding new ways to tackle this new structure already. However, it’s important to remember it won’t ‘just happen’, it takes time and investment to get it right.   


150 Miles for The MindEd Trust

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Julie, our Director, and Alice, our Marketing Assistant, are taking on the challenge of walking 150 miles each in March for The MindEd Trust.
At KHM Recruitment we believe that mental health is a priority, especially in young people. That’s why we have chosen to raise money for The MindEd Trust because of the incredible work they do to prevent mental illness in young people aged 15 - 25 year olds by providing literacy programmes in all educational environments from primary school through to higher education.
The Trust was established following the tragic death of Edward Mallen in February 2015, an academically gifted teenager and talented pianist. He took his own life following the sudden and brutal onset of clinical depression in the weeks leading up to his death.
The Trust assists schools in developing programmes that are best suited to their needs and resources but this requires the support of fundraising and donations. To share just how important the funds raised are, here is a message from Steve Mallen, the Chair of The MindEd Trust:
“Mental illness, self-harm and suicide were all rising in the UK before the Covid pandemic, especially amongst young people.  Whilst the Government, health service, local authorities and charities had increasingly invested in assisting people in crisis, it had become very apparent that prevention is better than cure.  Most mental illness is progressive in nature and it is obviously clear that education and early intervention are better, both socially and economically, than waiting for people to reach crisis and seek help from an already over-burdened health system.  The MindEd Trust, alongside many other organisations throughout the country, was formulated to promote training, awareness and mental health literacy amongst young people, primarily via the school and higher education system. 
Over the past five years, The Trust has provided finance and support to approximately 40 primary, secondary, state and private schools, adding mental health to the curriculum, embedding wellbeing in the DNA of the organisation, whilst ensuring those young people experiencing difficulty are able to secure access to the timely and high quality support they need. Many recent surveys have highlighted the negative impact of the pandemic on the wellbeing of young people and it is very clear that challenging times lie ahead.  A recent report by Young Minds showed that 68% of young people expect the pandemic to have a long-term negative impact on their mental health.  Another survey by NHS Digital shows that 46% of people aged 17-22 with mental health problems have been unable to access care and treatment during the pandemic.  As the Covid crisis eases and the long-term impact of the pandemic become clear, The MindEd Trust will be seeking to continue to support those schools and colleges with which it is already engaged whilst also seeking to expand its operations to new schools and new areas, funds and resources permitting.”
To stay on track with the challenge we will be posting a weekly update of the miles covered by the girls on our social media platforms, so make sure to follow them!
Both Julie and Alice would truly appreciate any support and donations for this challenge: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KHMRecruitment

How to stay motivated when you've been furloughed

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As of 15th February 2021, 11.2 million people in the UK are on the furlough scheme due to COVID-19.
Although the scheme has been in place since March 2021, nearly a year on many employees still find themselves waiting to return to their jobs. 
The idea of prolonged time off may sound great, many people will find that having too much time off has increased their feelings of isolation and loneliness and may trigger new mental health problems or make existing ones worse.
In this month's blogs, we're sharing researched advice on how to stay motivated when you've been furloughed. 
  1. Establish a routine
The loss of routine can have a significant impact on the mental health of many. This is why creating a daily routine for yourself will help keep your mind busy and add structure to your day, helping you focus on any goals that you have. 
  1. Focus on your personal development
Online training courses can help you feel more motivated and boost your self-esteem. The internet has a huge supply of free online courses, with a great handful that have certifications with them that can be added to your CV and LinkedIn Profiles.
  1. Regular exercise
Staying active has multiple benefits, and it’s just as important for your mental wellbeing as it is for your physical health. Even just a 10-minute walk every day will increase your mental alertness, energy and positive mood, while also increasing your self-esteem.
  1. Stay in contact with your employer 
Checking for company updates and staying in the loop will help to reduce anxiety and paranoia about returning to work. If you’re not in contact regularly already, speak to your employer about having a catch-up and express how this will help you while on furlough. 
If you’re looking for a new position, we have a variety of vacancies on our jobs board so take a look.
In the aid of mental health, Julie and Alice are walking 150 Miles for The MindEd Trust. 
Find out more about The MindEd Trust here: https://www.themindedtrust.org/ 
Alice and Julie truly appreciate any donations and support!
If you’d like to donate please do so via the link below:

The 5 Rs to follow when preparing for a FaceTime interview

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Preparing for an interview is so important as this is the first impression the employer will have of you and this will determine whether they want to hire you. FaceTime interviews are no different to the real thing and should be treated the same way.
Whether it is through Skype, Microsoft Teams or even Whatsapp, video interviews are the new normal. These five tips will help you prepare for any future interviews you may have!
Do your research into the company you are interviewing with as they may ask you questions on this; it is always best to be clued up about the company you’re applying to work for. Do not just look into what the company does, look into other areas of the company such as the company dynamics, the management structure etc. This will give you a better understanding and may give you an idea of questions you might want to ask at the end of the interview.  

If you are nervous there is no harm grabbing a friend or family member to do a practice run with you. A mock interview before the real thing may help you pick up on something you might have missed or would like to include. Having a practice interview will help you make notes on what you would like to talk about during the real one.
Before your interview, make sure you have given yourself enough time to collect your thoughts and ensure you feel as calm as possible. You want to feel relaxed before the interview so you can prepare yourself for how you would like it to go. Remember that this is a new experience for most employers too so try not to let yourself get overwhelmed.
Make sure you have chosen the correct surrounding for your interview to take place, somewhere quiet and without distractions. Check that your Wi-Fi signal is strong enough and that the device you are using is set-up, positioned and ready to go. I would recommend downloading any apps or systems a day prior to the interview in case any issues occur. 
During your interview, refer to your CV and your past experiences. You want to use this information to explain to the employer why you are the best candidate for the role. When referring to a past situation which links to the question in hand, it shows the employer you have dealt with and overcome similar occurrences already.

10 work related inspirational quotes that will make you feel better about yourself

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10 work related inspirational quotes that will make you feel better about yourself

Are you currently on the quest for a job that’s better suited to you? Or are you unsatisfied in your existing role?

Regardless of how you may be feeling lately, now is the time to refocus and put all your positive thoughts and energy into your career. Finding a new career means finding a job that matches your personality and your strengths. Perhaps you are feeling a bit disheartened because you are currently unemployed? Or maybe you just need a few words of encouragement? Either way, read these quotes and take them in as a reminder that no matter where you are in your career, you are amazing!

We have gathered 10 of our most favourite, uplifting, work related inspirational quotes that will encourage you to stay optimistic and motivated.

 “As long as you’ve got passion, faith, and are willing to work hard, you can do anything and have anything you want in this world!”

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

We believe that having a great attitude is what can make or break your career search or transition. It is important to always stay positive; the right opportunity could be right around the corner!

“Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” – Proverb 
When considering a new job or career, your career values count as one of the most important factors that will guide your choices. Your career values represent the beliefs you have about what is important in your work, and what makes it meaningful to you. Having or finding a job means a lot more than just making money.

“You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.” – D.M. Dell

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot 

It doesn’t hurt to build new relations with people in the industry that you are pursuing, you should always be open to new opportunities and meeting different people. You never know what sort of opportunity could arise.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt 

It can be difficult to work out what you want to do and what you want to achieve in life when you have no exact plan but try to discover your personality and strengths and let this guide you.

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made; what’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin 

Creating the perfect CV doesn’t have to be a huge task, start off with always keeping it updated. Your CV plays a very big part in landing you your dream job. Always ensure that it is relevant to help you stand out amongst the rest.

When you believe in yourself, you create positive energy. As you begin to expect the best, you will start to see things happening that are perfectly aligned with your goals. If you take the time to discover your strengths and abilities, you will find your ideal career path in no time. This is your chance to give it everything you have and to truly set your future career up for success.


Top 8 hobbies to boost your employability

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Top 8 hobbies to boost your employability

It’s no secret that more companies are now hiring for cultural fit in an effort to generate higher performing candidates. As one study has recently shown, many employers are now using candidate’s hobbies and interests as a key indicator of cultural and personality fit. In fact, many employers indicated that these hobbies and interests were as important. These hobbies were if not more important than qualifications and experience when selecting the applicant for the role.

If you are looking for work, this means that you may want to take up a hobby or two. You want to make yourself more attractive to potential employers and boost your employability but which hobbies should you take up? It all depends on what type of personal strengths you’re looking to showcase!
We have outlined nine common hobbies, the strengths they showcase, and the industries they’d benefit from.

1. Endurance sports
Sports like running, cycling swimming, etc. suggest that a person has tenacity, perseverance, and drive, which are exactly the qualities that are desirable for a sales or business development role. This might be especially important to brands that market to the extreme sports crowd like RedBull.

 2. High-risk activities
Activities such as mountain climbing, mountain bike racing, and sky diving can suggest that a person is happy to push back boundaries and take calculated risks. These strengths are desirable for people going into thought leadership roles or product/department leadership roles.

 3. Creative hobbies
Hobbies like cooking, painting, and photography are artistic pursuits which suggest that you have a creative mind. Such hobbies might make you more appealing to employers in dynamic sectors and industries such as marketing, PR, design, etc.

4.Team sports
Group sports such as football, softball, hockey, dodgeball, etc. show that you can work as a team member in pursuit of a common goal. While this is a desirable quality in most industries, it might be especially useful in team-based environments.

5. Strategic mind games
An interest in games like chess, backgammon, or sudoku shows that you enjoy thinking strategically. This type of strength is desirable for positions where policy development and strategy formulation are central to the work, such as a planning-based role.

6. Creative writing
An interest in creative writing – whether through poetry, short stories or a personal blog – can highlight your strengths as a writer or editor. This type of skill is highly sought-after for editorial positions, public relations positions with an emphasis on communications, or social media-type roles.

7. Reading, museums, libraries
An interest in learning-based activities can showcase a hunger for knowledge – a skill that could make you an especially good researcher, particularly suited to research-intensive positions.

8. Community group involvement
Such hobbies can suggest that you are comfortable collaborating with others which means you could be a particularly good personality fit for managerial roles. It’s important to note that if a hobby makes you miserable, you probably shouldn’t do it – even if it will impress employers. The same goes for fabricating an interest in certain hobbies.

How office plants help to improve your well-being

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How office plants help to improve your well-being

There’s no denying it, working life can be stressful for us all.

Like in most occupations, approaching deadlines, targets, distracting environments and constant computer work can take their toll.
The problem is these things are generally unavoidable. There’s only so much you can do to quiet a noisy office or create flexible deadlines, not to mention taking people away from their computer screens. If we can’t take the stress out of our day-to-day working lives, we need to find ways to limit any negative effects.

It won’t be surprising to any office employee that work environments can have a huge impact on our happiness and comfort levels. A nice workspace can be the difference between dreading coming to work and enjoying your time in the office. And it’s not only the effect on our mental health that should be concerning. People who feel stressed or uncomfortable end up costing businesses in sick days, unproductive hours, and staff turnover.
Our solution to this dilemma? Office plants.

Plants clean and improve the quality of the air, removing harmful chemicals like benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. Poor indoor air quality is likely to be the cause of a syndrome known as ‘sick building syndrome‘. This syndrome has been associated with headaches, dry eyes, nose and throat, a woozy-head feeling and nausea.

Plants also reduce carbon dioxide levels by about 10% in air-conditioned buildings, and a huge 25% in buildings without air conditioning. The more carbon dioxide is in your air, the less you’re able to concentrate. By bringing a few plants into your office space, you’re helping to keep the air fresh and people on track.

People leave behind a microbial cloud of bacteria wherever we go (horrible, I know). And in an office environment, these bacteria form microbial communities that can be harmful to our skin and health. Plants and their soil are full of beneficial bacteria that help to stabilise the delicate ecosystem.
Leaving chemistry and biology behind, plants are simply nice to be around. They’re colourful and relaxing, helping us to increase our creativity and focus. In fact, a recent study found that office plants reduced:

  • Depression and dejection by 58%
  • Tension and anxiety by 37%
  • Anger and hostility by 44%
  • Fatigue by 38%
The study also found that even one plant is enough to make a difference. Another study showed that just looking at pictures of nature helps people to perform better than others.

We have an natural need to be close to nature, and with office hours and housing density increasing, our time in natural environments is disappearing. Just being able to see nature can boost self-esteem, mood, well-being and performance. That’s a lot of benefits for a relatively small change!

Before you head out and buy any old plant, there are a few basic principles to think about first. It should be hardy and easy to maintain, and able to go without water on weekends. It’s likely that your plants will be positioned in spaces away from windows, so they need to be able to thrive in low light.
While they can be beautiful, it’s also a good idea to steer clear of office plants that flower extravagantly. If anyone suffers from allergies, they won’t thank you for the experience.

Some of the best all-rounders across these categories are devil’s ivy, bamboo palm, kentia palm, variegated snake plant (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue) and the peace lily which is why we have decided to run a little new year competition for your chance to win one, but there are many beautiful plants that will improve your atmosphere and mood.

5 ways to build good working relationships

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5 ways to build good working relationships

Establishing good morale in the workplace is the key to success, as building a sense of value and mutual respect motivates employees to continue working hard. Great colleague interactions help drive a company and contribute to making the work environment a more enjoyable place. Here we outline the best ways you can build and maintain healthy relationships at work.

Respect other people’s time
Every job is about time and doing things at a good pace. Whether you work in finance and accounting, real estate, construction or administration, you have deadlines to meet and you have something other people need. If your role directly affects other people, ensure you produce your work in a timely manner. Always make sure you ask your co-workers the right questions, as nobody likes being bombarded with irrelevant, time-wasting questions that require long explanations. Also, unless it’s a serious matter, you should never hover outside someone else’s office if they are busy with someone else. Remember to give people your time too if someone needs your assistance. Respecting time and devoting your own to help others in the workplace is a great way to build good relationships.

Have a positive attitude
No one wants to be associated with a negative person. Whether you’re complaining about the work, or criticising a fellow colleague, it ruins morale and creates a bad vibe. Negativity can effect how your co-workers perceive you, so it’s essential to always have a positive attitude, even during stressful periods. Positivity increases trust and satisfaction, and it makes people happy to collaborate and feel they can rely on you. If there are issues, then always try to find positive solutions that work for everyone.

Proceed with caution on social media
When it comes to social media, it’s easy to forget that compared to real life, the same rules apply. There’s nothing inherently wrong with connecting with colleagues on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, but never engage in any unprofessional behaviour, and don’t present an inappropriate side of yourself. It’s very possible that it will come back to haunt you in ways that could cause serious awkwardness among your colleagues, or even threaten your job. Be sure to check your company’s social media policy, so you don’t end up accidentally breaching any policies.

Communicate well
Effective communication is not only crucial to working relationships, but it’s vital for any job. One of the biggest dangers about communication in the workplace, is that we often quickly assume the other person understands the message. Always be clear but ask the person if they understand or need more clarification. Poor communications can cause stress, misunderstanding and confusion. Also, when it comes to external communication, establish the best ways of contacting different people. Some people prefer to communicate through email and instant messaging, whereas others prefer a phone call because it’s quicker and you can clarify things better.

Learn to give and take feedback
Everyone needs feedback on their work. It allows you to progress by learning from your mistakes, even if you receive criticism that may seem harsh. All feedback is information, so you know exactly how to make your work better, but it’s entirely up to you whether you take it on board or not. Always feel comfortable giving constructive feedback to others. When you’re working in a team, your co-workers will value your opinion and be eager to see a different perspective. So, giving and receiving feedback is a great way of building positive relationships.
With these tips and ideas in mind, you should have no problem establishing rapport and building great interactions with your colleagues at work. We can’t always choose who we work with, but we can choose to build excellent relationships.

If you are considering a career move, please contact us at KHM Recruitment on 01763 248337.

Field-tested techniques for managing workplace stress

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Field-tested techniques for managing workplace stress
No matter how much you enjoy your job, work stresses are an inevitable part of daily life. However, KHM is on hand to help with some top tips for how to cope with and manage workplace stress.
  • Learn to prioritise – Make a to-do list, avoiding being overambitious so you know that it’s attainable for you to finish by the end of the day. Focus on your most important tasks and the tasks you’re putting off first. Many studies demonstrate that multitasking is counterproductive and can decrease productivity by 40% and causes your creativity and memory to suffer so focus on one task at a time.
  • Focus on your tasks – it can be tempting in a close-knit office to help and offer ideas to other departments such as the next social media post or what to do for your Christmas party. However, if you already have too much on your plate, you’ll be best to focus on your own workload before juggling your colleagues as well. Whilst working collaboratively has it’s benefits, you won’t be helping the company by delaying your own tasks in order to help other departments.
  • Take a break – Being committed to a task is great, however the longer you try unsuccessfully the more hopeless you can feel and the more you are likely to give up. Breaks can help you recharge and stay alert so step away from your desk, go for a walk, make a hot drink, whatever you like and this will prevent you from making mistakes when you return to your desk.
  • Breathe and stretch – Being sat at a desk all day can lead to physical discomfort and consequently to mental stress as well. Stress can restrict blood flow leading to knots on your upper back therefore stopping to stretch and do breathing exercises you will promote better blood circulation to the brain which reduces stress and elevates your mood.
  • Eat healthy snacks – It’s always tempting to reach for the office biscuit tin when you’re having a stressful day, however stress eating can lead to a ‘crash and burn’ scenario. On the other side of spectrum skipping meals is also counterproductive so keep some nutrient-dense snacks handy such as fruit, nuts & seeds, peanut butter or cheese.
  • Organise your physical and digital space – Take the time to organise your desk at the end of the day so that you’ll be able to start a fresh the next day and you know exactly where everything is. What’s more, your digital space is equally important if your emails and documents are also a frequent source of stress. The more folders the better as this will make everything super easy to find, increasing your overall efficiency. Afterall, ‘a clean desk = a clean mind’

We hope these tips will elevate your performance, increase your happiness and lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Questions you should be asking your employee on their exit interview

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Questions you should be asking your employee on their exit interview

When an employee hands in their notice the employer’s instinct naturally is to is automatically think of how this will affect the business and what steps they should take to find a replacement. However, primarily focusing on this change from this perspective can lead to missing the prime opportunity and improve things moving forwards.

If handled appropriately an exit interview can provide an honest overview of an employee’s thoughts on the company, management, culture and the role itself therefore leading you to make positive changes moving forwards. Ensure the candidate is told the conversation will be entirely confidential and that attendees are friendly faces as to not overwhelm the employee.

Consequently, they will be comfortable and you are more likely to gain an honest overview of their feedback.

Here’s a list of the things you could ask during the exit interview as well as requesting examples when appropriate:

  1. What was your least favourite aspect of your job with us?​​
  2. What is the most attractive factor of your new job?
  3. What was the catalyst for making you want to look for a new job?
  4. What advice would you pass onto your replacement?
  5. What could we have done as a business to keep you?
  6. Did you feel the level and quality of training you received here was adequate to allow you to do your job well?
  7. Do you feel you had adequate tools and resources to do your job well?
  8. Do you feel you had adequate support from management/colleagues to do your job well?
  9. What do you think we could change as a business to improve the culture for staff?

The Benefits of Work Experience for Employees and Employers

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With the Summer fast approaching you might be considering hiring a work experience student or gaining some work experience yourself. It can be a great thing to engage in from both sides and here’s why:

How can it benefit your company?

• ‘The Wisdom of Youth’ – We have a lot to learn from young people. Remember, all those things you may have learnt at school but have now forgotten? This would still be fresh in their minds.

• The Skills Gap – Some vacancies are hard to fill. You might just find that the young person you’ve taken on for a work experience placement has the right aptitude and potential to become the full-time member of staff you’ve been searching for.

• Technology is Changing – In the ever-evolving world of new technologies, it can sometimes be hard to keep up. Teenagers always seem to be up on the latest trends, like a new social media platform, for example. In order to stay ahead of the curve, you need the knowledge of someone tech savvy.

• ‘The Children are our Future’ – Young people can be extremely creative and think about things in completely different ways. When you’ve been working in a particular job role or sector for a number of years, it can be difficult to think outside of the ‘box’ and be resistant to change. Sometimes it’s worth trying a new perspective to get you out of a rut.

• A Sense of Community – Taking on work experience placements from your local school or college helps you stay connected to your community. Having links to local institutions can be very beneficial and can help to promote your business within the area.
How can it benefit you as a young person?

• ‘Stand Out from the Crowd’ – Having work experience on your CV can really make you stand out to employers when looking for that first job after you finish school or college. It shows employers that you were dedicated enough to take time out of your holidays to get some unpaid experience.

• Expand your skillset – Work experience is a great way to learn new things. Often you will get to spend time throughout different areas of the business to give you a well-rounded experience and a good idea of how each part of a business ticks.

• ‘A Few Words Go a Long Way’ – Companies will often be willing to provide a reference which you can use with prospective employers. This will really help to sell you and back up what you’ve written on your CV.

• ‘Age is Just a Number’ – When you enter the world of work, you need to be able to work with a wide range of people, often including many people much older than yourself. Work experience is a good way to get used to working with people of all ages and seeing them as a peer, rather than like a teacher or a parent.

• Looking to the Future – Work experience can help you realise your potential and give you an idea of what you might want to do when you finish school or college. If you perform really well, you might even be offered an apprenticeship at the end of it!

How to Ace the 6 Most Difficult Interview Questions

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Interviews can be daunting, particularly when you are in the dark about what questions you are likely to be asked. With the help of Recruitment Grapevine, we’ve pinned down some frequent ‘stumbling block’ questions and how you can answer them confidently and effectively.

Why did you leave your last role?
Whilst the obvious answer would be to tell them everything that was wrong with your last position, this is far from being the answer that would impress your potential new employer. Instead, tell them that in actual fact it was a difficult decision for you to make, but one that was necessary in order for you to continue to grow in your career and develop your skill set.
>> Demonstrates ambition and that you don’t take serious decisions lightly

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
It’s tempting to answer this question with overambition, however it’s much more attractive to your interviewer for your response to be related to realistic goals. It would be particularly impressive to relate future goals to aspects related in the position you are interviewing for.

What salary are you expecting?
Do your research in advance of your interview- find out what other employees in the position/similar roles are earning and utilise this when disclosing your salary expectations. Glassdoor is good for this.

What is your biggest weakness?
Possibly the most difficult question to answer.. Best to not say that ‘you’re perfect in everyway’ instead think of something you would like to improve on at work and give an example of how you could do so.

How would your co-workers describe you?
It’s difficult to answer this one without sounding like you are bragging. However if you can utilise an honest reference from a boss or co-worker and expand on an example of why you think they said this that would be best.

Tell us about yourself..
This is an opportunity to build a rapport with your interviewer – be as honest and natural as possible, but be conscious not to waffle! A tip would be too share some personal goals that you have or have achieved.

New Year, New Me

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‘New Year, New Me’… It’s something we all hear all the time, but statistically less than ten percent of us stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Why? The truth is- it’s hard to stick to our goals and a lot of us commit to things financially by joining a gym or buying that pair of jeans that ‘you will fit into by the end of the year’, before we put the things in place that really matter. I studied ‘The Science of Achieving Your Goals’ at University and learned some really useful tips that I’m excited to share with you all.

  • First things first set yourself an attainable goal. A long-term goal is great, but setting yourself smaller, more specific targets has been shown to accelerate progress towards long-term goals (Latham & Yukl, 1975). So, you want to lose weight, how much do you want to lose and when by? You want a new job? When are you going to have your CV ready by? When will you start applying? Set yourself a deadline for your first step towards your long-term goal and then make another short-term target afterwards.
  • Plan your goal-directed behaviour. Mann, De Ridder and Fujita (2013) have shown that planning your behaviour and creating an action plan leads one to identify the when, what and how of the given behaviour and therefore the goal.  What do you need to do to be able to achieve the goal? If it’s running a marathon then how many times a week do you need to train? Where will you train?
  • Pre-commit. Publicly committing to your goal is key (Carrillo & Dewatripont, 2008). Perhaps this could be positing your goal on social media, setting up a sponsorship page or even something as simple as telling your work colleagues, friends and family about your objectives. We all value other people’s opinions about us. Therefore, by publicly acknowledging our goals to others we feel embarrassed to go back on our word and admit defeat. I opened a sponsorship page when I did Dry January for charity last year and as soon as I’d posted it I knew I couldn’t and wouldn’t let myself fail (no matter how much everyone thought I was going to!)
  • Shape your environment around your goals. This will limit your opportunities for failure. Self-control is just like a muscle; the more you exercise it, the more fatigued it gets and the less able you are to continue to use it. I.e. by constantly surrounding yourself with temptation, the more deprived you will feel and if regularly faced with the feeling of self-deprivation it is likely you will become unable to tell yourself ‘no’ (Hofmann & Kotabe, 2012). When dieting, make sure that you are only buying the foods which suit your diet plan. That way, when you’re at home you won’t be using your self-control, so when faced with sweet treats in the office or in social situations you will be motivated enough to decline them. However, it’s not all bad; if used regularly, but in moderation, your self-control will become stronger and will therefore be better adapt to cope with long-term commitments.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol has been found to decrease inhibitions and increase desire (Hofmann, Baumeister, Förster & Vohs, 2012), both of which pose a threat to goal achievement. Not to mention, if your goal is fitness or weight loss it’s likely to have negative consequences anyway. Even if your goal is something else such as quitting smoking alcohol is likely to make the process much harder as you will be much more tempted to give in to cravings.
  • Last but not least, (and I think you’ll like this one) whilst achieving long-term goals has been shown to have a positive influence on your happiness it’s important to not be too strict and hard on yourself. Scholer (2014) suggests that perhaps equally as important as having good self-control to enable long-term goal achievement, is to know when to give in to short-term indulgences. Afterall, what’s life without treating yourself every now and again? So, have that piece of birthday cake, have a day off your job search or going to the gym- just make sure you don’t give up on the long-term outcome that all your hard work has been for.
Have a happy and successful 2019 from Francesca and the team at KHM Recruitment.

12 months of Charity 2018

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We have been so delighted to have taken part in our 12 months of charity this year, we have thoroughly enjoyed raising money for amazing charities that all mean so much to us in one way or another.
A big thank you to all that have supported us in some way over this last year…
Please keep reading to see how we achieved a grand total of £2162.82
It was our lovely Francesca who gave us the idea for 12 months of charity as she challenged herself to complete Dry January, she clearly raised a decent amount and had the support behind her.
Francesca raised a whopping £949 for the Brain Tumor Research UK.

The KHM team put their baking skills to the test and hosted a cake sale for Wood Green Animal Shelter and raised £115 and we didn’t receive any complaints 😉

what better way to make some money than having a Swear Jar in the office! we wanted to raise money for a lady that was diagnosed with terminal Hodgkins’s Lymphoma, the money raised was for her to enjoy an experience of her choice with her family. We raised £130!!

In April we enjoyed watching Harrison and Dan, two of our team members get their armpits and legs waxed by the ladies from Elysium Beauty Salon. they raised £305 for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

May was our quiz night which was one of the funniest nights in 2018! we raised a nice £363 for Great Ormond Street Hospital and children’s charity and was hosted by the fabulous Ginny Tonic.
In June the KHM team collected games and toys which we delivered to the Keech Hospital Care who care and support to children and their families.

We wanted to support a local charity, we chose Home-Start which is a unique organisation that helps families with at least one child age 9 and under deal with whatever life throws at them. they support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and wellbeing and better family relationships.
We donated £100 to support their charity.
In August we sponsored Margaret’s House which is a residential and dementia care home with their sponsored walk

In September the team had a wardrobe clear out and delivered their clothes for Cancer research.
We also donated £100 to the Letchworth Garden Hospice for a charity night that was hosted.
For October we created a Halloween inspired word search in which the winner received a £50 donation to their chosen charity. One of our clients also matched our donation and a total of £100 was donated to Cancer Research and Arthur Rank Hospice.


In November we collected a range of foods that Royston Food Bank was asking for and delivered them for Christmas.

For the month of December, we have decided to donate to the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist in Royston which was damaged due to a fire at the beginning of the month.
We are delighted to announce that the grand total of funds we have raised for various charities this year is £2162.86
A thank you to all of you for supporting us with this in 2018
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