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How To Write A Cover Letter

Why do we write cover letters? Cover letters are one of the most important components of a job application because they introduce you to a potential employer and are the first opportunity to make a good first impression. Cover letters are used so you can explain your interest in the position, show you’ve done your…


Did you know these companies are hiring in Derbyshire?

Looking for work in Derbyshire? Find opportunities in your local area:   1. Chesterfield & Bolsover District 2. Amber Valley District 3. Erewash District 4. Derby 5. Swadlincote   Featured companies we’re currently recruiting for across the Chesterfield & Bolsover District:   Ferdinand Bilstein, Markham Vale Ferdinand Bilstein are a German company founded in 1844,…


Temp of the Month – July 2022

Congratulations to our July Temp of the Month winner Mitchell! Mitchell won our competition with 51 votes! Name: Mitchell Branch: Chesterfield Nomination Statement: “We have nominated Mitchell due to his exceptional work ethics and eagerness to learn the CT process.” Mitchell works as a General Operative in Chesterfield Take a look at jobs with our…


August Open Days & Inductions

Come along to our Recruitment Open Days & Inductions in August!   Wed 3rd Aug – Long Eaton Office Open Day Read about the roles available here   Wed 3rd Aug – Ferdinand Bilstein Induction Read about the role available here   Wed 10th Aug – Castle Donington Open Day Read about the roles available…


Searching for a Career? Why Should You Join Essential…

There are many recruitment agencies out there for you to join, so how do you choose who to develop your career with? At Essential, we believe staff should feel valued and appreciated. We are proud of our staff retention rates, with 68% of staff being with us for over 3 years, 51% of staff being…


Why you should prioritise values when choosing a supplier

  When deciding which recruitment agency to partner with, there are loads of things to consider, such as; Price What the service includes Where the agency is based What their specialities are Client reviews What freebies they might send you (kidding… kinda) But there’s another thing to consider – who will you be dealing with…


A donation to YMCA and MIND from Essential and Russell Roof Tiles

This month we’ve supported our Client, Russell Roof Tiles, in raising money for local charities including MIND (who we recently donated to in Nottinghamshire) and the YMCA. Mind ‘provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding’. The YMCA focus on young…


9 tips for working safely in the heat

We are expected to see highs of 34 and 38 degrees on Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th July. Here are some tips to help you stay safe when working in the heat…   1. Stay Hydrated We typically lose between 2 – 2 1/2 litres of water per day. Make sure to have water on…


Had these problems with agencies before? Here’s how we solve it…

I’m sure you can all agree that no partnership between businesses will be complete plain sailing, issues and problems are always going to arise, especially when an individuals actions can be completely out of our control. We understand the frustration companies feel when they aren’t receiving the service they expect from their labour provider, however…


Did you know these companies are hiring in South Yorkshire?

Looking for work in South Yorkshire? Find opportunities in your local area: 1. Barnsley 2. Doncaster 3. Rotherham 4. Sheffield   Featured companies we’re currently recruiting for across Barnsley:   ERIKS, Town Centre See vacancies here ERIKS are a specialised Industrial Service Provider offering a wide range of engineering components, technical services and customisation solutions…


Welcome to the team: Amelia Sturgeon

Say hello to Amelia Sturgeon – one of three new recruits in our Barnsley office! Before joining Essential, Amelia worked in Management for a high street coffee chain, so carry on reading to find out how she’s getting on with a totally new industry!   What made you apply for the role at Essential Recruitment?…


Job vs Career: How to turn a job into a career…

Fact: There is a difference between having a job and having a career. A job can be a place you turn up to simply to earn money but you have no interest in progressing there. A career is a journey. So, how do you take job and make it into a career…?   1. Upskill…


Temp of the Month – June 2022

Congratulations to our June Temp of the Month winner Georgiana!     Georgiana won with an amazing 145 votes! Read her nomination statements below: “Georgiana has worked at for Essential for the past 10 months and the feedback we have had has been something to really be proud about! Georgiana is 100% reliable and really…


15 Things You Gain From Having a Job

Aside from money, there are many other things you gain from employment..   1. Financial Stability  Being employed gives you a better understanding of how much money you will have coming in each month and you know you are guaranteed to receive money each month.   2. Gain Responsibility By having a job it gives…


National Insurance Changes July 2022

The new changes to National Insurance will take effect from 6th July 2022.   According to the UK Government, nearly 30 million UK workers will benefit from the threshold increase, with a typical employee saving over £330 in the year from July. This equates to around 70% of workers who pay national insurance contributions will…


July Open Days & Inductions

Come along to our Recruitment Open Days & Inductions in July!   We’re holding various open days, induction & site tours across July with lots of roles available to suit a wide range of candidates. See more information below or keep up to date with our Facebook page.   5th July – Cerealto Onsite Open…


10 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Career in Recruitment

Have you ever considered developing your career within recruitment? Here’s 10 reasons why you should…   1. It’s a rewarding environment Working within recruitment is really rewarding in two ways; Firstly, you are changing people’s lives. In recruitment you are helping people in your local community to find work, which leads to them earning money…


6 Ways Working With an Employee Owned Business Can Benefit You

We’ve been shouting about our Employee Ownership status – but what does that mean for prospective clients?   Here are 6 reasons your business would benefit from working in partnership with a Employee Owned business!   1 – Building long term relationships We’re in this for the long term, and we want that to include…


Our Employee Ownership journey so far

On December 3rd, 2021, Essential Recruitment became 100% Employee Owned – it’s been a very exciting journey for all of us!   Since then, quite a few local companies have been in touch with us to find out more about transferring to Employee Ownership, so we decided to discuss our own experiences here.   Why…


What are the benefits of a temporary to permanent contract?

Temporary to permanent contracts are usually worked for a 12 – 26 week period before the company offers a permanent contract. Once you have accepted the permanent contract you will then become a permanent member of the company and will no longer be involved with the agency.   Why should you choose to try a…


Essential supports the 25th World Scout Jamboree

Essential supports the 25th World Scout Jamboree We recently donated to Melania, the daughter of our contact at PPS in Uttoxeter. Melania says “I am an Explorer Scout from Burton, Staffordshire, who are currently fundraising money to enable us to attend the 25th World Scout Jamboree, which will be held near SaeManGeum, Korea in August…


Temp of the Month – May 2022

Congratulations to our May Temp of the Month winner Matteo from Rotherham! Matteo won with an amazing 135 votes! Read his nomination statement below:  “Matteo has been a pleasure to work with. He shows great initiative to be trained across departments, is flexible to the business’ needs and is a very hard worker.” Matteo works…


June Open Days & Inductions

Come along to our Recruitment Open Days & Inductions in June!   We’re holding various open days, induction & site tours across June with lots of roles available to suit a wide range of candidates. See more information below or keep up to date with our Facebook page.   6th June – Ferdinand Bilstein Induction…


Reasons Why Agencies Won’t Offer You Work Again

Working for an agency is no different from being employed directly by the company. We still expect a high level of hard work, dedication and punctuality when we place you into work. Here are some reasons as to why we have stopped offering people work again within our agency…   1. Lateness If you are…


What Do Recruiters Look For In A Candidate

When interviewing candidates there are certain characteristics that we look out for to determine someone’s interest in the position and to get an overall feel if the candidate is the right fit for the position. These include: Proving reliability Being honest Having a good attitude Showing willingness to learn Being motivated Having good communication Being…


12 Reasons Why Your Business Should Hire Staff Through An Agency

  1. You are saving money from outsourced costs Recruiting directly will be costing you in money and time every time you have to advertise and then re-recruit for a position if a candidate doesn’t work out. Using an agency can benefit you by saving on some costs that come with recruiting directly. At Essential…


How to Deal With Job Rejection

Job rejection can be a really difficult time, especially when you’ve had your heart set on a particular role. The best thing to do is to try and not take it personally, I bet if you asked every person you knew if they’ve ever been unsuccessful at a job interview nearly 100% would say yes!…


Interview Tips: Do’s, Don’ts, Questions to Ask and more…

We asked our Consultants a variety of questions around the topic of interviews and we’ve listed their feedback below…   Dress smart Pay attention Ask questions Be personable Show your personality Smile and show interest Sit up properly Prepare for your interview, do your research about the company and get everything you need to take…


Annual Summer Do – Hunted in the Peaks

On Saturday 21st May, we had our annual summer do. It was great to be able to get the Essential family together again for some fun team building, after we have missed out on the past 2 years due to the pandemic! This year we took part in the Peaks Go Hunted experience in Cromford,…


CV Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

We asked our Consultants what they look for in a CV when filtering through applications, and we have listed their top to do’s and don’ts below…   Listing relevant qualifications to the job role, i.e. FLT licences, first aid training etc. Appropriate hobbies and interests Specifying your exact skills Listing your work history and time…


Permanent Contracts Gained at Schutz!

Massive congratulations to our candidates who have secured permanent contracts at Schutz! Thank you for all of your hard work, we wish you all the best!   From top to bottom (left to right): Adrian, Mateusz, Marcin and John. Schutz is an IBC Manufacturer looking to expand their Worksop team. What are the benefits of…


Mental Health Awareness Week, 9th-15th May 2022

Every year we fully support Mental Health Awareness Week as an opportunity to focus on how our business looks after the well being of our staff and our temporary workforce. This year we wanted to focus specifically on awareness – in the past we have tried promoting wellbeing by encouraging our staff to take walks…


Temp of the Month – April 2022

Congratulations to our April Temp of the Month winner Natasha! Natasha won with 70 votes! Read her nomination statement below: “We have nominated Natasha for her constant improvement since joining The Romo Group. She has had a great attendance and work ethic, she always just gets on with the work.” Branch: Mansfield Natasha works as…


CPL donates to Nottinghamshire Mind for Mental Health Awareness week 2022

CPL work with Essential to donate £100 to Nottinghamshire Mind for Mental Health Awareness Week. This month, we worked with our client CPL Distribution who wanted to choose a charity to donate to which was close to their heart. Susan Foxon, Worksop Operations Manager at CPL asked us to donate to mind  Nottinghamshire Mind. Mind…


Welcome to the team: Alex Offless

  We recently welcomed Alex into our Worksop team as Recruitment Resourcer. We wanted to get to know him a little better, so we had a chat about his experience so far, his background and how he’s getting on!   So, what made you choose a role with Essential? “I wanted to start a career…


Find Your Next Job Through Our Facebook Groups!

  Never considered using Facebook to find a job? Didn’t know Facebook was so popular for job seeking?   We currently have over 120,000 members within our Facebook groups from job seekers to local employers and agencies. Our groups are welcome for all to join, so you can find an array of vacancies from warehouse…


Working With Essential: How Does Our Compliance Department Benefit Your Company?

Why is it so important to ensure the agency you are working in partnership with is fully compliant with employment law? There are various serious implications to consider if compliance checks are not performed, including legal action and damage to brand image & reputation, in turn affecting profitability and client and staff retention. We have…


May Open Days & Inductions

Come along to our Recruitment Open Days & Inductions in May!   We’re holding various open days, induction & site tours across May with lots of roles available to suit a wide range of candidates. See more information below or keep up to date with our Facebook page.   4th May – Ripley Office Open…


Hiring? Here’s How Our Marketing Department Could Assist You…

You may be familiar with working with recruitment agencies, but have you ever worked with an agency with an in-house marketing team? If not, you may be unaware of the benefits it provides to work with an agency who have a dedicated team to advertise and promote your vacancies, including: Saving money from outsourcing a…


Your Agency Worker Rights: Everything You Need to Know

What are Agency Workers Rights (AWR)? These rights ensure any agency worker is eligible to receive equal pay and the same working conditions as pre-existing staff after 12 continuous weeks of employment.   From Day One   1. You are entitled to workers employment rights from the first day you start work: Receive the National…


A Cracking Result for our Easter Egg Donation Campaign!

    Our Business Development Manager, Charlie has been working with our clients and other businesses in the Burton area to coll-egg-t easter eggs to donate to local charities!   The first donation was to CVS in Swadlincote, a charity working to improve the quality of life for people in South Derbyshire. Their food bank…


19 Groups to boost your Advert Response

  If you’re recruiting on a budget, Facebook groups can be a great solution.  We’re currently seeing around 1800 visitors per week to our website from the site, mainly from the groups feature. If you’re struggling for response to your vacancy, why not try posting here yourself?   We recommend to: Post often (multiple times…


National Insurance Change from April 6th 2022: How does this affect you?

  From today (6th April), the Health and Social Care Levy comes into effect in the UK, which means the rate of National Insurance contributions you pay will change for one year.   The amount you contribute will increase by 1.25 percentage points which will be spent on the NHS and social care across the…


Temp of the Month – March 2022

Congratulations to our March Temp of the Month winner Demi! Demi won with an amazing 132 likes! Read Demi’s nomination statement below: “Demi has been nominated for her excellent time keeping and attendance. She is an all round great worker!” Demi works as a Trainee Trimmer at The Belfield Group in Ilkeston, take a look…


National Minimum Wage Rates from April 1st 2022

  The new National Minimum Wage rates have seen an increase by 6.6% today for workers aged 23 years and over and 9.8% for ages 21 – 22 years. The wage for an apprentice has been increased to the same rate of a 16 – 17 year old for the first time. The new rate…


April Open Days & Inductions

Come along to our Recruitment Open Days & Inductions in April!   We’re holding various open days, induction & site tours across April with lots of roles available to suit a wide range of candidates. See more information below or keep up to date with our Facebook page.   1st April – Ferdinand Bilstein Induction…