You don't have Javascript enabled, you will need this to apply for jobs and view your applications. Please enable and refresh. Thank you."
Candidate Archives - Benchmark Recruit, Sheffield

Candidate

Get Your Office Christmas Ready

Tis the season for festive office fun. If your office is like most, you will be preparing yourself for a well earned Christmas break. Before all the festivities commence why not get your colleagues in the festive spirit and turn the scrooge’s of the team into jolly little elves. Prepare First off, before it even gets to Christmas, you

Continue reading

Face Your Job Search Fears

As we’re in spooky season, we decided to investigate what scares people about beginning their job search, and what can be done to reduce the fear about looking for a new role. Fear of the unknown One of the biggest issues when beginning a job search is the fear of not knowing what  to expect, or where to start looking.

Continue reading

Benchmark Bites – South Yorkshire Chaplaincy and Listening Service

For this episode of Benchmark Bites we talked to Linda Gasgoyne Director at South Yorkshire Chaplaincy & Listening Service about the service they provide in supporting businesses and employees. We were keen to find out more about the service, as supporting companies with wellness in their business, and providing recommendations to improve the work life balance among teams, is high

Continue reading

What is remote working?

It’s no longer about working ‘Nine to Five’ and companies are embracing remote working to attract talent and work to adapt to flexible working patterns. Businesses are taking heed as applicants look to compliment their lifestyles with flexible and remote working – increasingly prioritising this over salary. As a result, companies seeking new talent are being encouraged to consider alternative

Continue reading

Summer Socials

Summer is the season to embrace team building activities and here we give you our top picks for team summer socials.  You will reap the benefits from creating a close knit team who work and play hard together, but the question is where to take them? At Benchmark we’re all about the ‘fun and enjoy’ and we celebrate this as

Continue reading

Holiday handover

When you finally put down your tools for a holiday you want to ensure you have left a seamless holiday handover so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday.  The pitfalls of not leaving a handover can result in you being hassled on your long awaited break. Do the preparation before your trip and you can be reassured you’ll

Continue reading

What is SAD Syndrome?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD syndrome) is a very real problem that can affect people’s mental health and their ability to function in their job. Here we look at raising awareness around SAD syndrome, what it entails and proactive steps that you can take to protect yourself and a friend or colleague from being affected by this debilitating disorder. SAD syndrome

Continue reading

Is Sales A Career For You?

If you’re considering a career in Sales then here we help you explore whether it’s a career for you and ensure you’re selling your worth, not selling your soul. Working in sales has had it’s fair share of sigma over the years, from the horrendous Apprentice Audition Clichés that we all like to cringe over, to that 8pm sales phone

Continue reading

Are you a super Dad?

We know the struggles parents face juggling the demands of work and childcare, and just making it to the weekend is often deemed a success!  This week it’s time to give a shout out to the Dads out there who are their kid’s superheroes.  These are the signs you’re killing it as a Dad and giving your kids the best

Continue reading

Office ‘Politics’

When political discussions are rife it’s hard to avoid them, as you’ll hear it on the office radio, see it on social media, and will naturally be drawn to comment.  Whereas you may embrace healthy political discussions in your play time, in work time it can be a dangerous subject!  When it comes to office ‘politics’ should you go there?! 

Continue reading

Championing Flexible Working Hours

With Mother’s Day fast approaching we are turning our heads to the working mums who strive to strike a balance between home and professional life. It still surprises us that there are companies in Sheffield and South Yorkshire who are unwilling to bend when it comes to flexible working hours, essentially alienating a large proportion of the female workforce. An

Continue reading

The New Job Roles Of 2017

Over the years, the jobs market has changed dramatically, none more so than in the last decade. The IT industry has exploded, having a huge effect on the way we market and sell products, resulting in an avalanche of new job titles as roles evolve to accommodate this new technology. At Benchmark, we are privileged to have an insight into

Continue reading

What Is The Best Layout For Your CV?

So, you’re looking for a new job? You know you have the right training and experience; you’re eager and motivated; you’ve even gathered together all of the information needed to clinch that next role – time to put it all together and find the best layout for your CV. At Benchmark, when it comes to CVs, we’re well-versed in what

Continue reading

Spooky goings on

With Halloween looming are there spooky goings on in your workplace?  It may just be the ghouls of your office getting their spook on, but if you notice two or more of our five spooky scenarios perhaps it’s time to talk to your boss, and make sure all is well in the workplace, also with ghouls and ghosts just around

Continue reading

Don’t be a ‘hedgehog’

When winter comes do you feel like curling up and hibernating until spring springs?  For a lot of people the answer would be ‘yes’, and according to research by Cyclescheme hibernation hits on 23rd October.  So be armed and ready and get your plan together to avoid becoming a ‘hedgehog’, and make sure you don’t drift towards SAD syndrome. The

Continue reading

Tattoo Talk

With 36% of Millennials and 40% of Generation X with at least one tattoo it is a hot topic when it comes to appropriateness in the workplace – and views are divided among business owners. Long gone are the days where employers didn’t want men with long hair or smokers, instead we’re now witnessing some companies actively requesting no one

Continue reading

Social Media Health Check

How recently have you checked your online presence, and how visible are your views and opinions online?  With current political debates and opinions rife it is easy to get drawn into online discussions and it’s a timely reminder to keep a check on how you are profiled online. Whether it’s professional platforms such as Linkedin or personal accounts on twitter,

Continue reading

10 Really Weird Interview Questions

10 Mind-Boggling Interview Questions Real Companies Have Asked Interview questions. Let’s face it, in general they tend to be fairly standard most days and this can often be a mistake. With all the plethora of resources available on the web, the tried and tested thread of the usual competency-based questions can lead to pre-programmed answers, recited speeches and a great deal

Continue reading

Carve Out A Strong Career Path

Do you feel like you’re watching colleagues take the next steps in their career and want to experience the same success?  If you’re looking to progress your career and have ambition to succeed you need to drive that enthusiasm in the right place, and in doing so carve out a strong career path for yourself. Broaden your horizons and make

Continue reading

Love The Job You’re In

Considering we spend a large percentage of our lives in the work place it’s important to feel fulfilled and to take enjoyment in your role.  If you can learn to love your role you’ll be more productive, and bring positivity to your working environment which will also work to enhance your work/life balance. Demonstrating a love for your job isn’t

Continue reading

Hands Up For A Career Move

Hands up if you’re looking for a career move in 2018?!  If so, our advice to you is be ahead of the game as it’s a crowded candidate market in January with lots of people looking to jump ship. It’s not a time to panic though, if you’re organised and know what you’re looking for you could secure your dream

Continue reading

The Importance of Down Time

When embarking on a career, many of us thrive on being successful, climbing the ladder, breaking through that glass ceiling and, ultimately being well paid for our efforts. Whilst it is great to have a rewarding job and to be stimulated by the 9-5, it’s very easy for the ‘work to live’ ethic to turn in a ‘live to work’

Continue reading

Making the Right Impression

If there is one place where first impressions really do count, it’s in an interview situation. In a startling number of cases, a decision is made the very second a candidate enters the room. Even if the candidate has the best credentials for the job, it can be very difficult for an employer to overcome that crucial first impression, which

Continue reading

Childcare costs hit women hardest

Women are being priced out of the job market because of deep government cuts in state funding for childcare, according to research published on Sunday. The study by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) thinktank challenges the claims made by ministers that their flagship welfare reforms will “make work pay” and encourage people off benefits and into work. Instead, the IPPR analysis highlights figures

Continue reading