How to become a welder

Enjoy working in roles where you are active and using your hands as well as your brain? A career in welding might be for you. With an estimated starting salary of £18,000 and an estimated average salary of £30,000, it’s a career with good progression opportunities for the right person.

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How to beat the heat working in a warehouse or factory

Living in the UK, we always get excited when temperatures start to soar – even when it’s only for one week of the year – but, if you work in a warehouse or factory you’ll know that when the hot weather comes around it can make working unbearable.

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How to prepare for a dexterity test

Even though it’s a test, there’s nothing to fear! We conduct dexterity tests as standard on all our industrial candidates to ensure we assign them to roles that are suitable for their skills and manual dexterity.

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Handling rejection like a pro

Rejection is painful no matter where it comes from, so being told you haven’t been successful after a job interview you thought went well can come as a hard blow. Many people dwell on rejection and allow it to affect their confidence, which in turn impacts the rest of their job hunt and subsequent interviews.

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CV writing and presentation: The golden rules

Getting your CV in front of a recruiter/hiring manager is the first opportunity you have to make an impression – but depending on the content and style of your CV this could be more of a bad impression than a good one. According to research you only have 6 seconds to make that initial impression, the length of time a recruiter/hiring manager spends scanning a CV before deciding whether you’ve made the cut or not.

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Do you want to become a Production Operative?

So, you want a job as a Production Operative? If you’ve never worked as one before you may not know what the role entails or if you need any prior experience or qualifications.

Production Operatives can be found working in a variety of different industries like pharmaceuticals, food and drink, construction and engineering contributing to the manufacture of a variety of consumer goods.

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Essential tips for contractors starting new jobs

Moving from job to job is just part and parcel of being a contractor. You must get used to working in different environments and integrate yourself into new teams. Throughout your career, you’ve been the “new” woman/man many times and had more “first days” than you can remember.

It can be easy to become complacent and forget to treat each first day as a contractor the same as if you were on a permanent contract.

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Moving from contract to permanent roles

You may have been contracting for years or maybe you’ve only worked on a few assignments, but it will become clear to you when it’s time to start seeking out permanent roles again. While contracting has its advantages the security of a permanent job, along with the frustration/boredom of contracting can be enough to lure individuals back into the permanent world of work.

When making the move from contract to permanent roles, here are some things you should consider. 

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Do you need to clean up your social media?

What goes through your head before you press publish on your latest Facebook post or tweet that funny anecdote? Probably, how many people will comment on it or if your tweet will get more retweets than your last? Perhaps, did I spell everything correctly? Maybe not, will my current or future employer see this?

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Technology at your fingertips with Cogent Staffing

We believe in making people’s working lives easier through the use of technology, which is why at Cogent Staffing we offer an enhanced service to all our clients and candidates.

Working in temporary roles can throw up a whole host of issues including accessing jobs, supplying availability, and receiving accurate pay, and for the client time spent on timesheets, inaccurate invoices because of time theft and workers either being late or absent.

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