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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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The STAR Interview Method

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The STAR interview technique allows the candidate to tell a linear story while answering a question in an interview. This technique is becoming a standardised way for candidates to answer question. But what does ‘STAR’ stand for? Its stands for situation, task, action and result.

What does ‘STAR’ stand for:

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This describes the situation that you are in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from previous jobs either from a volunteer role or relevant event. For example, reaching a deadline for a task that needs to be completed.


What goal were you working towards? ‘Task’ and ‘Situation’ are easily confused. The main difference is that here you should state the work expected of you because of the situation. Such as ‘my goal was to generate …”


”What specific steps did you take and what particular contributions?” Describe the action you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail. The key focus should be on you. Be careful that you do not describe what the team or group did when talking about projects, but when you actually did.


”What happened? How did the event end?” Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behaviour. Always be truthful.

Make sure that you follow all parts of the STAR method. Be specific as possible at all times without rambling or including too much information. Therefore, candidates have to be prompted to include their results, so try to include that without having to be asked.

Sample STAR responses:

Here are some sample answers that you could give at an interview:

Situation: ”advertising revenue was falling off for my college newspaper and large numbers of long term advertisers were not renewing contracts”

Task: ”My target was to approach new ideas, materials and incentives that would result in…”

Action: ” I designed a new promotional packet to go with the rate sheet and compared the benefits with other media areas”

Result: ”We signed contracts with 15 former advertisers for daily ads…”



How to prepare for a behavioural interview:

Behavioural interview questions are asked to assess whether a candidate is the right fit. Here are some examples:

  • Recall recent situations that show favourable behaviours or actions involving the course.
  • Prepare short descriptions of each situation.
  • Be ready to give details when asked.
  • Make sure the outcome or result reflects positively on you.
  • Honesty is key – the interviewer will find out if the story is built on a weak foundation.

Sample behavioural interview questions:

Practice using the Star Method on these common behavioural interviewing questions:

  • ”Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritise your tasks?”
  • ”Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split-second decision?”
  • ”Give me a time when you had to motivate others?”
  • ”Tell me about a time when you had to delegate a project effectively?”
  • ”Please discuss an important written document you were required to complete?”

Here are more behavioural interviews to try out.

Interview tips for you:

Want to make a good impression on your job interview? By researching and practising your answers, you can make the right impression.

To find out more about interview tips, please click on the link below.


At Carrington Blake Recruitment, we like to help our candidates prepare for their interviews so that they are ready to go.

If you are nervous or not sure how to answer questions, contact us today on 0207 537 6607 or emails visit our contact page and we can help you with your interview preparation.

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Interview Tips

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From researching the company to deciding what to wear, spending time on interview preparation is essential if you’re going to put in a good performance and secure the job. In some cases, you’ll only need to succeed at one of these to land the role.

Your performance in an interview depends, to a significant extent, on how well you prepare. Don’t leave this until the last minute.

Interviews are very intimidating and you may not be ready. Here are a few tips in order to help you.

10 tips for great job interviews


1. Research the industry and company:

An interviewer may ask how you perceive the company’s position in its industry, what its competitive advantages are, and how it should best go forward. For this reason, avoid trying to thoroughly research a dozen different industries. Focus your job search on the company and what they are all about.

2. Clarify your “selling points” and the reasons you want the job:

Prepare to go into every interview with three to five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Have an example of each selling point prepared. For example, if you say ”I persuaded an entire group to …” make sure you are prepared to tell the interviewer the full story of your point and why it is relevant. This allows them to see why you want that job and see what you can bring to the team.

3. Prepare for common interview questions:

Every “how to interview” book has a list of a hundred or more “common interview questions that will be asked in an interview. So how do you prepare? Think about which questions you’re most likely to encounter, given your age and status (about to graduate, looking for a summer internship) and what type of role it is. Once you have a list drawn up, prepare your answers so you won’t have to fumble for them during the actual interview.


4. ‘STAR’ Techniques:

The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioural-based interview question’s. This is by
discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing. Impressing at a competency-based interview is all about the way you tell your story, so it’s particularly important to prepare for this sort of interview. Put some concrete, quantifiable details down on paper, which could fit a range of situations.

5. Line up your questions for the interviewer:

Your interviewer is prepared for your interview, so why don’t you become prepared?
Come to the interview with some intelligent questions for the interviewer that demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as your serious intent. Interviewers always ask if you have any questions, and no matter what, you should have one or two ready. These can either be about the job role itself or talk about things you could potentially learn during the role.


6. Practice, practice, practice:

Always practice your answers. You do not want to forget what the interview was about and need to be clear about what you want. It’s the one thing to come prepared with a mental answer to a question like, “Why should we hire you?” It’s another challenge entirely to say it out loud in a confident and convincing way. The first time you try it, you’ll sound garbled and confused, no matter how clear your thoughts are in your own mind! Do it another 10 times, and you’ll sound a lot smoother and more articulate.

7. Score a success in the first five minutes:

Some studies indicate that interviewers make up their minds about candidates in the first five minutes of the interview – and then spend the rest of the interview looking for things to confirm that decision! So what can you do in those five minutes to get through the gate? Come in with energy and enthusiasm, and express your appreciation for the interviewer’s time.

Remember: the interviewer may be seeing a lot of other candidates that day and maybe tired from the flight in. So bring in that energy!

8. Make your selling points clear:

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? More important, if you communicate your selling points during a job interview and the interviewer doesn’t get it, did you score? On this question, the answer is clear: No! So don’t bury your selling points in long-winded stories. Instead, tell the interviewer what your selling point is first, then give the example.


9. Think positive:

No one likes a complainer, so don’t dwell on negative experiences during an interview. Even if the interviewer asks you point-blank, “what courses have you liked least?” or “what did you like least about that previous job?” don’t answer the question. Or more specifically, don’t answer it as it’s been asked. Instead, say something like, “well, actually I’ve found something about all of my classes that I’ve liked.”

10. Speak the right body language:

Dress appropriately, make eye contact, give a firm handshake, have good posture, speak clearly, and don’t wear perfume or cologne! Sometimes interview locations are small rooms that may lack good air circulation.

Don’t give up!

If you’ve had a bad interview for a job that you truly think would be a great fit for you (not just something you want badly), don’t give up! Write a note, send an email, or call the interviewer to let him or her know that you think you did a poor job of communicating. Reiterate what you have to offer the company, and say that you’d like an opportunity to contribute. Whether this strategy will get you a job offer depends on the company and on you.

Why Choose Us

Choose us as your recruitment agency, we want to help you find the job that you are looking for and prepare you an interview. If you need someone to prepare your interview with you, speak to one of our consultants today at Carrington Blake Recruitment.

Contact us on 0207 537 6607 or leave us an email at

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