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Welcome back Phil

Posted by in Staff on 17th June 2019

Paramount Personnel are pleased to welcome back a familiar face to the hospitality team.

Phil White, who has worked for Paramount before, and looked after the Cornwall region for our hospitality team, has re-joined us to fulfil this role and we couldn't be happier.

Welcome back Phil, we look forward to the Cornish side of our business flourishing.

 

WE'RE MOVING

Posted by in Office Updates on 9th May 2019

As of Monday 13th May, we will be based in Mid Devon - Cullompton to be exact.

Our new address is:-

28 High Street
Cullompton
Devon
EX15 1AA

All of our other contact details remain the same, so should you need to get hold of us, call the same number and use the same email. Of course, if you're in the area and fancy dropping in, we will get a the coffee machine fired up and are looking forward to seeing you soon.

It’s the first day of your new job; what should you do?

Posted by in Website on 22nd March 2019

  What should you do on the first day of a new job? Stay Calm

It’s likely you’ll be a little nervous, so take a few deep breaths before you walk in the door on the first day. However, it’s also important to remember that you deserve to be there; they picked you out of everyone who came for the job interview. Knowing this should help calm those nerves and make you feel better.

Don’t be late

Ask what time you’re expected to turn up on a daily basis, and then get there, ON TIME! In fact, on the first day, it may well be...

How do you dress for a job interview?

Posted by in Website on 8th March 2019

  How to dress for a job interview

Let’s kick this off straight away; no matter what sort of job you’re applying for, you should ALWAYS make an effort. By that we mean, dress smartly.

You may be going for a job that involves wearing a uniform or even overalls. This can lead to confusion as to what you wear to the job interview, but we’ll say it again, dress smartly.

Is it different for men and women?

No.

Why should we dress smartly?

Put it this way, the way you dress for the interview will leave a first impression with your potential future employer. So, if...

Discussing Your Salary During An Interview

Posted by in Website on 5th March 2019

  When is a good time to ask about my salary during the interview?

If ever there was a topic that divides opinion, it’s this one. Admittedly, it’s a great way of finding out if the role is right for you; because, if you know the salary, it will help you make up your mind if it’s in line with your expectations and in the long run, save everyone else’s time too.

But when is a good time to ask about salary at the interview? Let’s go through it…

You need to judge the situation for yourself

There aren’t any rules about asking or not...

Do you suffer from the Sunday Scaries?

Posted by in Website on 19th February 2019

As people who work in the hospitality industry, the one thing we rarely experience is the 9 to 5 grind. Few of us have gone through the “Sunday Scaries”, dreading waking up on a Monday morning and having to deal with a job or a boss, we simply cannot stand.

At the weekend, memes appear on Facebook like… “You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps”, or “When people ask how I handle this job…. I’M DEAD INSIDE”, accompanied by a picture of someone from Ricky Gervais’ The Office.

Despite many of us not experiencing that ‘Sunday night...

Answering Three of the Trickiest Interview Questions

Posted by in Website on 6th February 2019

As if interviews aren’t hard enough already, those pesky people who are looking to employ you, tend to throw in some hard questions too; I mean, it’s not like the interview process isn’t hard enough already.

So, the team here at Paramount Personnel have got together and come up with the best way of answering those darn tricky questions, enjoy!

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS…

The reason this question is asked is to find out if you’re self-aware and authentic. It’s about figuring out how you think and operate.

When answering it, consider using words that describe the way that you think. Mentioning that...

Here’s the best way to leave your job

Posted by in Website on 29th January 2019

  Here’s the best way to leave your job

We’re still in January and the “New Year New You” vibe, remains strong. At this time of the year, a career move can be at the forefront of your mind.

Finding a new job is exciting; it’s fun and exhilarating all at the same time. What tends to be a trickier task though, is resigning from your current job.

If your career move has been brought about because of the current position you hold, and your lack of love for it, we highly recommend that you think very hard about the way that you resign....

We are 'Disability Confident'.

Posted by in Website on 23rd January 2019

  Disability Confident Committed

We're very proud to say that we have renewed our membership and we continue to be Disability Confident Committed. Through this scheme, the Government are working with employers to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions, have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

The tools, guidance, advice and recognition of this scheme are aimed to help employers to recruit and retain from the widest possible pool of talent and help them keep valuable skills and experience. 

The guidance covering this entire topic can be found here - Employing disabled people and people with health conditions.

The...

Answering that tricky question: "Where do you see yourself in five years?"

Posted by in Website on 21st January 2019

  “Where do you see yourself in five years?

I dread this question and I think most of us do, but some interviewers will still ask it, so it is best to be prepared for it rather than trying to think on your feet.

Personally, we here at Paramount Personnel believe in honesty; if you don’t have a clue where you see yourself in five years, it might be prudent to answer something like this, “As someone who is looking to learn as much as I can when I’m here, hopefully in a year or two, I'll have a better idea of what...

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