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#SharonSpeaks – ‘Try before you buy’

There are many benefits of temp work , it’s not only an option if you haven’t yet found that perfect full-time or permanent job, but you get to try out the company or job before you commit to anything long-term. Many skills are transferable within different industries and job roles, perhaps you are thinking of changing career or working in a completely different sector. Temp work could be a great opportunity to see whether that job or sector is for you. Benefits of temping: You’re in control and have complete flexibility when you work It gives you the opportunity to learn new […]


#SharonSpeaks The Virtue of Research before the Interview

Research before an interview

Researching a company before you go for an interview will not only help you make a good impression during the interview, but it will give you a better understanding of the job and the company you could potentially be working for. A good place to start is by looking at the company website. What is the history of the company? How long have they been around? Who are the directors of the company? Are they a service or product based business? What does the company stand for? What’s the company’s USP? Who are their target audience? Next I would have a look at their social media presence. Do […]


New Directions Chairman Highly Commended at Cardiff Business Awards

On Friday 23rd June 2017, New Directions Chairman Jeff Tune was highly commended at an awards ceremony held in Cardiff. The Cardiff Business Awards recognise outstanding achievement in business and celebrate talent, ambition and innovation from across Wales' capital city. This is the third year the awards have celebrated the best of Cardiff business. The event held at City Hall in the capital celebrated 19 awards in total and was attended by over 400 guests who enjoyed a three course meal and entertainment from former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones. The evening was hosted by television personality […]


#SharonSpeaks – What should I be asking at an interview?

A common misconception about interviews is that the person who is being interviewed for the job is the only one being interviewed, however this is also your chance to find out whether they are the right fit for you and whether they are a company you want to work for, it’s a two way process. You want to find out whether the company you want to work for shares the same values as you and their culture fits with you, this will ensure you are happier in during your time at work. Here are some questions you should ask… How many employees work for the company? Are their plans to expand […]


#SharonSpeaks – Approaching the right recruitment agency

Are you are currently looking for a new job, but fed up of sending off CVs and application forms and never hearing back from anyone? Looking for a new job can be a tough and time consuming task. This is where recruitment agencies come in.  You’ve possibly heard the saying, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Recruitment agencies have the relationships with their client which puts you at an advantage already than if you approached the company directly. When deciding on which recruitment agency to approach, first think about the career and industry you want to work in, a lot of […]


#SharonSpeaks – Dress for Success

Whether we like it or not, first impressions count. Research shows that you have seven seconds to make a first impression. When it comes to interviews it’s important to make a good first impression, therefore it is vital you look smart and professional. Here are my top tips for making a great first impression: Dress smartly whatever the company. Sometimes organisations have a dress-down policy, however when attending an interview don’t assume you can dress down too. Always dress to impress! Decide what you are going to wear at least a week before the interview. This will give […]


New Directions Announced as Cardiff Life Finalist for a Second Year

Leading business services organisation New Directions have been announced as ‘finalists’ in the ‘Best Company’ category at the Cardiff Life Awards. This is a second successive year of shortlisting for the organisation who had a 2016 in which they won a flurry of awards and became Wales’ first supply agency to be announced ‘Gold Status – Investors in People’ status. Speaking about the shortlisting, Group Head of Communications and Marketing - Ruth Dalton said ‘I have worked as part of this team now for over five years. I have watched the growth and change within the business. […]


#SharonSpeaks – Overcoming Interview Fears

The biggest challenge in the pursuit of a new role is often the point at which we meet our prospective new employer – the interview. The 45 minutes (on average) of our lives where some of us go completely to pieces, some of us shine…but most of us walk away muttering ‘I wish I had said that…’ or ‘I could have given a different example’. How do we overcome this fear, fretting and anxiety when we are trying our very best to carve the next path in our careers? Well, I would suggest the way in which we approach an interview needs to change in the very first instance. For example, […]


New Year, New You… #Sharonspeaks

So here we are again at the start of another year. What will 2017 afford us? New partner, new house, children, a trip of a life time…or perhaps a new job, a new career or a new challenge. 2016 was quite the year for New Directions. We started on a high with our Compliance Team being named ‘Team of the Year’ at the international ‘Women in Compliance’ Awards, we then negotiated ‘Recruiter of the Year’ at the Regional Awards and finally received our ‘Employer of the Year (under 250 staff)’ accolade at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) led IRP Awards. However, […]


Welsh Business Named ‘Best Company to Work For’

A leading Welsh recruitment and training organization was named as a winner at the 2016 Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) Awards. New Directions won as ‘Best Company to Work For (under 250 employees)’ at the 2016 IRP Awards. An IRP Award is the highest accolade an individual or company can receive in the recruitment industry and is unique in raising awareness of the positive role models whose exceptional work, and candidate and client care, sets the bar for all recruitment professionals and businesses to aspire to. The IRP Awards are the only recruitment sector awards hosted […]


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