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Skills Shortages In The Market Place

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Companies today face a rare situation where there is a high demand for workers but a shortage of people.  According to a survey, nine out of ten businesses believe that a shortage of qualified applicants will hinder their ability to expand. It’s doubtful that this situation will improve anytime soon. Most businesses are aiming to keep employees and attract new ones, while also upskilling current employees. This will create a more valued workforce.

There is a massive lack of workers across all industries. Frontline workers like social care workers seem to be suffering the most. There are alternative methods being put in place to attract talent. Programs are being put in place due to the lack of availability of people. This means ex-offenders are working with workplace rehabilitation to fill the gaps.

Solving Skill shortages

There is also a way that you can attract talent by job crafting, where employees are encouraged to find ways to customise their jobs to better meet their interests and ambitions.

Business managers are allowing employees to consider a non-traditional type of career progression while facilitating invaluable cross-functional learning opportunities and helping to solve skills shortages.

If an employee joins an organisation because they are aligned to its purpose, mission and values and they’re ready to progress or want to learn more. However, we need to look for other ways to ensure we retain them in the organisation.

Enticing Employees to stay

Over ninety-five per cent of all businesses are now addressing retention rates. A big part of retaining staff is by making them feel valued and valuable. Giving people a valid sense of belonging is clearly key to engagement in the post-pandemic world. Most permanent changes occurring within organisations are also intended to influence the entire workforce.

Hybrid and flexible working will remain a feature of working life in a post-pandemic world. Though offering hybrid and flexible working isn’t the primary change organisations are seeking to retain their people.

However hybrid or flexible working continues to transform the employment landscape. According to a survey, sixty per cent of organisations are receptive to considering moving towards a one hundred per cent remote working model. This would have been unimaginable before the pandemic. Our survey also highlighted how fifty-seven per cent of employers would prefer hybrid workers to spend at least two or three days per week at their premises. Companies may have different views of what’s important for employees compared to the perspectives of employees themselves. This will continue to create difficulties in implementing hybrid working arrangements. This model only works in certain industries.

Despite rising expectations around pay, work-life balance and flexibility are still more important to people. Employees don’t want additional fixed days at home either, but rather need work to actually fit around their personal lives. Personal choices and individualism are important factors for employees when negotiating relationships with their employers.

To retain staff, employers need to fine-tune their organisation to fit employee needs. Perks such as an early finish on a Friday or offering employees free fruit no longer add value to people’s working lives. If we want to continue to attract, retain and develop talent, it’s essential to redefine workplace culture. Having a greater focus on the reasons why people choose to stay is important in retaining staff.

Companies are also focusing more on measuring performance based on outputs rather than inputs. Organisations will have to continue evolving their approach when managing talent. An important aspect of this is removing rigid performance frameworks and giving leaders greater autonomy to choose how they manage their teams. Being flexible will result in employee development and better performance.

As companies create more flexible and agile workspaces, creating opportunities for all employees to reach their potential is becoming important. Leaders must be creative about how they connect with staff. This will establish environments that improve individual development.

Here at Carrington Blake Recruitment, we are experts at finding the right talent for your business. We have got to know our candidates so we can be sure that they are the right fit. If you want a role filled get in touch today!

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Apply for a job you’re underqualified for

admin 25/08/2022 0

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Many people avoid applying for job roles if they don’t meet all the standards. 80% of employers would consider hiring candidates even if they don’t have the full skillset. Employers are keen to get their hands on people with potential. Employers will also look out for attitude and positive character traits.

This is good news for candidates who show a willingness to learn. Here is some tips to portray your high drive for success to land the job:

Creating a high quality CV

The best way to start your CV would be to highlight your curiosity and appetite for learning. Demonstrating to be someone who is self-motivated and goes above and beyond is something that employers admire. Tailoring your CV to what’s relevant to the job role will appeal to the employers.

Reach out to job recruiters

Building a rapport with your recruiter in person will enable them to better understand your personality and convince them that recommending you for a job position that is technically outside of your area of expertise will be advantageous for both you and the potential employer.

Do your research before the interview

Preparing for your interview is crucial. You should be ready to talk about gaps in your understanding and how you plan to fill them in. Researching what you need to fit the needs of the job role will be helpful to bring to the interview. Candidates that show they’re actively looking into developing their skills will have a positive impact

Be responsible for learning at the interview stage

It will help you to stand out if candidates show a positive attitude and willingness to learn during your interview. Although it’s up to the employers to provide learning resources, it’s your responsibility to learn and develop.

Be open and honest

In order for their company to create a comprehensive training plan for them, a candidate who is willing to learn must be honest about what they already know and what they don’t. This can be a tremendously productive working partnership once everyone is in agreement.

How we can help

Carrington Blake Recruitment can help you prepare for your job interview to make sure that you are fit and ready for the role. Upload your CV today and get employed from one of the wide range of clients.

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Coronavirus: Everything You Need to Know

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The coronavirus pandemic has reached the UK shores and it will be having major after-effects to all businesses up and down the country. Most patients who contract the virus make a full recovery and can return to work. But regardless of whether they can go back it works, it will still have an effect on your company. 

But at the moment, there are positions within the public sector that have become essential to keep everything in order during this hard time. Here at Carrington Bake Recruitment, we can help anyone who is looking to help during this uncertain time by applying to our roles in councils and in social care.

What is Coronavirus?

First reported in Wuhan, China on 31st December 2019, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The virus transmits between animals and humans, causing the following symptoms: 

  • A cough 
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

As it is a new disease, experts still don’t know how the virus spreads. However, similar illnesses transmit via cough droplets. According to advice from the NHS, it’s very unlikely that it can spread through items such as packages and food. 

However, the disease does appear to be spreading quickly across the globe. Latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), released on 5th April 2020 indicate that there are over 1,133,758 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide; though it’s important to note that only around 62,784 have been fatal. 

Government Guidance

Following the government’s decision to put the trains coming in and out of London on reduced service, the government has suggested the people who don’t work within key positions to be in complete lockdown. This means people shouldn’t leave their house unless it is for these reasons;

  • Shopping for basic necessities as infrequently as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day — for example, a run, walk, or cycle — alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need to provide care for or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

Government support

Several businesses across the country are already struggling financially, with many having to make the tough decision to make staff redundant. While this will be unavoidable for many employers, the government has recently announced a number of schemes to help businesses retain their staff and keep operating.

This includes:  

  • Coronavirus Retention Scheme, which will enable the government to pay 80% of staff wages up to £2,500 per month, for three months
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which offers loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank. These should be available to access now. 
  • Grant funding of up to £10,000 for small businesses or up to £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • Deferring VAT and income tax payments 

For more information about these schemes, be sure to visit

What Can I Do With Carrington Blake Recruitment?

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Here at Carrington Blake Recruitment, we receive daily new positions within the public sector that are becoming essential to make sure things run smoothly. From social care workers to administrators within local councils. Without these workers, local areas wouldn’t be able to function and people that need the care and support won’t receive it due to the current crisis.

If you would like to offer support to your community or would like to find a job you can give back to those in need, submit your CV to us now and one of our representatives will be in touch to see what roles are available for you to apply.

Contact us on 0207 537 6607 or email us your CV today on

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How to Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

admin 13/03/2020 0

Taking the bold step to start your job search is like starting a new journey itself. When looking for a job it can take longer than expected and you can end up going for weeks, even months without any response. There are multiple reasons why things have not gone in your favour, this includes; employers hiring internally, you’re not meeting their standards, closed vacancies, or limited positions for your desired role.

Despite all these factors, it is important to remain positive and motivated during your job search and what you enjoy doing. Here we have shared some tips on how to stay motivated during every stage of your job search.

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Have a Strategy

You need to identify what you are looking for and how you want to achieve it. This includes establishing the organisation, job position, and job location you wish to get into. This would ensure that you remain on task, achieving goals and your research is effective. Working in large chunks can be daunting,  instead, break up your goals into more realistic and achievable ones.

Search Smart

The saying ‘Quality, not Quantity’ is pivotal in this stage of your job hunt. Don’t get desperate and carried away and hence apply to every job that you see online. Take your time to screen jobs and ensure that it is exactly the position you are looking for. Searching smart saves your time and can also expose you to ‘hidden’ roles and organisations you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Join Job Search Groups/Recruitment Agency

It can be useful to interact with other people going through similar situations as you can bounce ideas off one another. Sites like LinkedIn provide a networking space to communicate with employers directly and you can also find communities that share their most recent job listings in your area of interest. Recruitment agencies can do the majority of the hard work for you including editing your cv and looking for your perfect role for you, so it might be useful to invest in one.

Get Constructive Criticism

A little criticism never hurts. Getting feedback from honest people including family and friends can be very useful. This is because they can help you identify what you need to improve on during your job hunt; whether your cv or your strategy. In addition to this, constructive criticism can be a form of encouragement when your strengths are recognised.

Get a Mentor

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Everyone needs a little help and you can not completely know every single aspect that needs to be touched without guidance. A mentor would be very useful to have to guide and give you tips on how to approach your job search. They can also offer feedback and keep you constantly motivated. It would be more beneficial to get a mentor that currently works in the sector you wish to work in as they can lead you to potential employers.

  • Enjoy the process
  • Look at the bigger picture
  • Remain active
  • Take a break

Maintaining a positive mindset whilst job searching can be very difficult, however, persistence, determination, and discipline are key. In the end, it will definitely be worth it.


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Why Choose Us?

Here at Carrington Blake Recruitment, we not only help you find a new placement you want but also we help you all the way of your professional career. One of your consultants will be able to support you through the different roles you

If you need help updating your cv or want to find out about the latest roles contact us on 0207 357 6607 or visit our website.

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Reasons Why We Should Be Your Top Choice For Your Recruitment

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We should be your top choice in recruitment as we are firm believers in building strong relationships with both our candidates and clients. To find a suitable job role for you, for all involved. We always take into account your needs and preferences.

Whether you’re looking for a new hire for your organisation or you are a professional looking for a new opportunity, we recruit and provide staff for daily positions, long term and permanent positions.

We are also specialists in recruiting for hard to fill roles.

Five reasons why Carrington Blake Recruitment should be your number one choice:

Our recruitment consultants are highly experienced in their specialist field and are supported by a team of dedicated business development managers whose aim is to source and identify the best candidates for the latest job opportunities.

  1. We are trusted to ensure our candidates that they are suitable for their roles
  2. Make sure that our candidates are getting the best service
  3. We engage with our candidates
  4. Find the best possible position
  5. Enjoy


Why Choose Carrington Blake Recruitment

Come join us today, we can give you the advice, service that you need and find you a role that is suitable for you. At Carrington Blake Recruitment, we can offer you the best service, provide you with the facilities that are suitable for you and answer questions that are unanswerable.

What are our goals:

Our mission is to continue to grow as a business and expand our brand by enabling:

  • customers to save time and money searching for job roles
  • Company Leaders to create a culture which focuses on making sure that our clients rely on us
  • Employees to build a career within a challenging and varied environment, leading to career progression in the future.


Why Choose Carrington Blake Recruitment

Give us a call today on 0207 537 6607 or send us an email with your CV at to get the position that you are looking for.

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