Connect Recruitment London: Change your job!

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Sometimes the best way to move up is to move out. In the Experience.com study, 54% believe that career advancement opportunities are more important than salary. The number one reason they are changing employers is because they aren’t advancing fast enough.

You want to change careers altogether. If you decide that you want to go back to school to pursue an entirely different career, then it makes sense to quit your job if you’re financially able to.

Your relationship with your boss is toxic. If you and your manager don’t get along and you’ve tried everything possible to create a strong working relationship, then it might be time to leave.

Your life situation has changed. You could get married, have children, buy a house or want to start your own company. Your current salary and position at work might not support your life changes and aspirations any longer.

Why you should stay with your employer:

You need to give your employer and job a chance. It can take about six months for you to go through training in a new job. If you depart after a year, you haven’t received much experience at all.

It looks bad to switch jobs every year. Companies won’t invest in you if they know that you’re going to be a job hopper. They are looking for loyal employees who could become the next generation of leaders. Employers look down on resumes that depict job hopping for this very reason.

It’s going to be very challenging finding a new job. Sometimes you just need to be happy with the job you have because so many people are unemployed. Many companies aren’t hiring now and the amount of time you spend job searching could be better utilized becoming a better and more valuable employee.

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Connect Recruitment London: Find out your passion!

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Are you currently working? Are you feeling drained at work thinking that you are actually doing something that does not suit you or your dream that you have been chasing? Well, if this is the case then you might think of where your passion lies? So how will you actually find out what your passion is and what actually your dream job is?

Your passion is one of the main reasons you wake up in the morning and just the thought of chasing your passion you keep going. At Connect Recruitment London, we believe that that your passion should come first.

Do not worry, whether you are looking for a new career or for a new hobby, here at Connect Recruitment London we have a number of reasons that you can do to find out your passion.

To find your passion, you should first take a look at your own life and see if you’re already doing something that you love — but just not doing it very often. Figuring out what you really love to do and channelling it in a productive way that turns it into a passion can help you explore your heart’s desires. Here are some of the things you should ask yourself when you brainstorm what you love to do:

  • What are my goals?
  • What do I do most of the time?
  • What do I keep on trying to do?
  • If I could do one thing for the rest of my life, what would it be?
  • What do I love to do?
  • What would I do, even if I didn’t get paid?

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Connect Recruitment London: Travelling around London.

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Travelling around London can be as much fun as it can be painful.  You are spoilt for choice in ways to get around in the capital: The London Underground, Overground trains, buses, boats, bicycles, tramways and the cheapest option, on foot.  Another more economical payment method is the Oyster Card.

As a student, you should be eligible for an 18+ Student card.  You will need to be enrolled on an eligible full-time or part-time course at one of the participating educational institutions on the TFL scheme or be undertaking a mandatory work placement in London.  You should also be living at a London address during term time.  The Student Oyster Photocard entitles you to discounts of 30% on adult travel cards as well as bus and tram passes.

These cards can also be loaded with a money balance and used as Pay-As-You-Go Oyster Cards.  The credit gets used up when you touch in and touch out of buses, London Underground stations, train stations as well as the Emirates Air Line, a novelty cable car service in North Greenwich which gives you stunning views over London.  It is expected that paper tickets will be scrapped soon and Oyster cards will be the only means of payments besides cash.  If you have friends or family visiting, you can get them an Oyster card for £5 from one of the many nearby London Underground stations.

To register for your student photocard, log on to www.tfl.gov.uk and apply online.  You will need:

  • A colour digital photo to upload, preferably passport size. There are some online applications which allow you to convert your profile photographs in a passport format.
  • Your Student ID from your school/college/University as well as course starting and ending dates
  • A credit or debit card to pay the £10 application fee. See our “Opening a Bank Account” section for more information on debit cards
  • Finally you will need an active email account to register with

So once you fill your application form, upload your photograph and make the fee payment, click on submit and once it is approved, your spanking brand new photocard will be in the post on the way to you.  And then the world is your Oyster!

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Connect Recruitment London: Opening a Bank Account

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Welcome to London! One of the world’s most vibrant and multicultural city, with people from all around the world and over 100 languages spoken.  There is plenty to discover, whether it be places or food or music!

But first things first, let’s have a look at how to open a bank account. Our consultants at Connect London Recruitment have gathered some ideas for you to open a bank account without a hassle.

There are numerous banks which will allow you to open a basic bank account, which does exactly what it says on the tin.  It is free to open and provides easy access to banking facilities in the UK, including depositing and withdrawing funds, setting up standing orders for bill payments and use of a debit card.  It is very unlikely that you would be offered credit by way of an overdraft.  Most banks will not require you to deposit money to open a bank account and you should definitely try and vist one of the local branches where you live to check out their offers.

You can withdraw money from your account using your debit at almost any ATM.  You can also make such withdrawals at the Post Office or request cashback* at supermarkets.  New Debit cards now use touchless technology which allows you to “tap” your card at any “touchless” card readers for payments up to 20 pounds.  You can also use these on London buses to pay your fare just as you would use an oyster card.

Before you wonder off bank account shopping, make sure you have the required documents to open the bank account, which will save you making another trip.  Generally, you will need documents which prove your identity:

  1. Your passport and visa or your National Photo Identity Card if you are a European citizen.

Remember to keep your bank up to date whenever you change address!

Other types of accounts might be available, which might be tailored around your requirements. A small charge might apply to such accounts and it is always worth checking.

Confused?

*Cashback – is a service offered by some businesses where you can request cash back (pretty clever huh) when you pay for your purchases by card.

If your application to open a basic bank account is refused, you are entitled to ask why.

Good luck opening your bank account.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Connect Recruitment London: Life Hacks

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Life hacks are an important part of your life; especially if you are new to London. 

Don’t know where to start from? Our staff at Connect Recruitment London will help you step by step to make your stay in London pleasant.

The first most important thing to do is to register you with a GP.  How do you go on with this? Read our article below for full-fledged details about how register with a GP!

The National Health Services provides health services for UK residents, some need to be paid for while other are fee such as emergency services (excluding the follow up treatment), family planning and the diagnosis and treatment of certain communicable diseases.  You must meet certain conditions to be able to receive other types of treatment.

You should register with a local GP as soon as possible.  You can find a list of local GP surgeries at any medical centre or by visiting http://www.nhs.uk/service-search.  If you are in one of the eligible categories described above, you can register as a patient with a local GP surgery, preferably near your place of residence.

You might be covered by reciprocal health care agreements between your country and the UK and qualify for NHS treatment. These agreements, at the moment this is being printed, exist with:

  • countries from the European Economic Area (Including Switzerland but excluding Norway, Iceland or Liechenstein and you have been a resident in Switzerland before coming to the UK). You should obtain your European Health Insurance Card before travelling to the UK.  More information is available on europa.eu
  • Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Moldova, New Zealand, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
  • Residents of Anguilla, Australia, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Macedonia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Serbia, St Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands.

You are advised to check with your GP and local health services before undergoing treatment.  Unless you have medical insurance, private medical care can prove very expensive.

Register with a GP now and avoid further complications as you progress through your course.  You should be able to so using your Student ID and a proof of address.  For any further queries, visit

www.nhs.co.uk

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Tips of the month: Eat Healthy, feel Healthy

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Connect Recruitment London have some simple tips that you can straightaway implement in your life style that will benefit your health in the long-run:

  1. Omega- 3 is very essential fatty acid which is naturally found in fish, where this enables our bodies to work normally. The reason why we need them is that this essential fatty acid is not produced by our body, hence we need to get them from our diet. A spoonful or a capsule of this every morning can help diminish some fatal symptom. It has been proven by researchers that Omega 3 acids helps lower blood pressure, arthritis, depression, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart attack and many more other conditions. There are various types of omega- 3 fatty acids, where the two crucial one that will really benefit your health are EPA and DHA which are primarily found in certain fish. Research has proven that DHA and EPA have a better health benefit compare to any other fatty acids out there, where it can be found in Cod liver oil.
  2. Drinking a lot of water is very good for us, I think we all know this yet we still don’t implement it in our daily routine. We rather consume our liquids on soda, alcohol, coffee, tea, fruit juice, fizzy drinks and the list is endless. Well perhaps from today all this will change when you see how beneficial it can be drinking lots of water. Men should consume at least 3 litres a day, where women are expected to consume at least 2 litres a day. However if you exercise daily you are expected to consume more water as you will be sweating more hence dehydrating.  The benefit of drinking a lot of water won’t appear overnight however if a level of consistency is maintained you should gradually see it. Here are some of the benefits that It provides :
  • Help to lose weight
  • Keeps you energise throughout the day
  • Gives the skin a healthy glow
  • Improves of digestive system
  • Helps flush out toxin and water product in the body
  • Recue the risk of colon cancer by 45%
  • Keep you hydrated hence improve your workouts
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack

Nutrition rich and cheap fruits:

  1. Watermelon
  2. Plums
  3. Oranges
  4. Apples
  5. Strawberries
  6. Cantaloupe
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Bananas
  9. Kiwi
  10. Peaches

Nutrition rich Vegetable:

  1. Beans
  2. Canned tomatoes
  3. Carrots
  4. Frozen spinach
  5. Lentils
  6. Peas
  7. Sweet potatoes

Some work outs that is essential for you after a long week of hard work:

3 workouts to get amazingly ripped toned abs

  1. Leg raise:
  • Use a bench if there’s one available. Letting your legs hang off the edge will increase your range of motion
  • Place your hands under your glutes with your palms facing down. Keep your legs as straight as possible, and hold a dumbbell between your feet if you want added resistance.
  • Slowly raise your legs perpendicular to the floor. Hold the contraction at the top for a second, and then slowly lower your legs to the start position.

This workout is mainly to work the lower abdominal which is the hardest part to get on the abs.

  1. Sit-up:
  • The point of the sit-up is to bring the sternum and the pelvic cavity close together. Starting at about 180 degrees and using the stomach muscles, bring the body up 30 degrees but no more. Exhale when coming up into the sit-up position and breathe in on the way back down.
  • Breathing way is more comfortable for the lungs; it also helps to contract the abs more.
  1. Russian Twists:
  • Hold a weight with both arms for resistance. Twist your torso to the right side until your arms are parallel with the floor.
  • Move back to the starting position and then move to the opposite side.
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Leg raise 3 20 30 seconds
Sit-up 3 25 30 seconds
Russian Twist 3 15 per side 30 seconds

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Connect London Recruitment: The power of positive thinking!

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The power of positive thinking

Most of the time, we tend to forget or simply ignore basics of life and do not realise how good, strong, determined and real the power of positive thinking is.

See opportunities where others perceive darkness

In the late nineteenth century, a leading shoe manufacturer in the United States of America, decided to expand its operation to Hawaii. The demographic population was five million with a growth rate experiencing an upward trend. The market appeared appealing to new investors. The shoe manufacturer decided to send a sales person to conduct a feasibility study on the market.  However, the first sales person who went on a bright Monday morning flew back the next day, and with a long face conveyed his disappointment:

“The place is full of undeveloped savages who do not wear shoes. We have no hope at all!”

The management on the other hand did not want to give up soon and subcontracted an independent sales person from a reputed firm. The latter arrived Hawaii  on Wednesday before lunch, analysed the market and sent a telegraph the next day : “Five million customers are ready and waiting. Please rush stocks immediately and ship as many pairs as you can.”

It is an undeniable fact that two people can look at a particular set of circumstances and perceive things in a completely different perspective. Where the first salesman saw despondency and gloom , the second one saw opportunities in the very same area and during the very same era.

Positive attitude in England

In a foreign country like England, where the world’s most brightest and richest people are either living or transiting almost everyday, only a positive attitude can ensure survival of the fittest. While walking in Trafalgar square if a flying pigeon shits on him, a pessimist would crib and moan about his ruined suit. An optimist would look towards heaven and say happily : “Oh God, thanks for not giving wings to elephant as well!”.

In a nutshell, in every experience you have in this country or anywhere else in the world, try always to find the positive side of the double sided coin. Be it at work , when your manager is imposing rules, regulations, standards and policies try to find out the rationale, in a logical way, behind what he is asking you to do. A basic policy of washing your hand properly when you are dealing with food stuffs can cost the life of somebody due to contamination. Lecturers at universities keep guiding students to conduct researches on their own as far as their modules are concerned and not to apply shortcuts like learning summaries of other students or relying only on the basics that have learnt in seminars. Why do they want to pressurise us students? They are being paid the same amount whether you do your own research or not.  Your success rate will in no way affect their income or their workplace. Try to find the positive side of why they are guiding us and choose whether you want to become a full fledge accountant, lawyer, doctor or a ‘summarised’ one with only basic knowledge that even a layman could learn overnight.

Half a glass of water can either be seen as a glass half-full or as a glass half-empty. It all depends on the outlook of the viewer. Live your life like a survivor who adapts, changes and moves ahead instead of dying as a loser.

Story of the boy who had no ears
Napoleon Hill in his book ‘You can work your own Miracles’ quotes this story about the power of positive thinking. A man had a son who was born with no ears. He had no power to hear. But the father never believed this. He went on to treat his son the way a boy who could hear would be treated. He never made his son feel that he is deaf. He did not give up. He did not accept the fact that his son was deaf. He simply went on with his strong belief.

When the boy turned about ten years of age, he started hearing. When he was taken for a doctor’s visit the doctor said that the nerves have somehow made their way to be in a form that supports hearing. The boy’s body had responded to his thoughts. His father’s thoughts influenced him to start listening. Nature showed its true beauty in allowing the boy to hear. This story captures the power of positive thinking that none other.

Life is going to shovel all kind of dirt on us. Just imagine how boring it would have been without challenges and experience. Yet we have to admit that experience imply not always good ones but challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life interesting. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of our deepest trouble just by not stopping, having faith and never giving up. Always remember that whatever happens, happens for the best.

There is a beautiful prayer : “God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change; the courage to change the things that I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”