Let us know how we are doing…

Getting feedback from our candidates and clients still makes us so utterly proud even though we’ve been in the recruitment business for a long time! We’ve recently had some fantastic feedback from candidates and it really does make our hearts swell when we know we’ve made both the client and our candidate happy.

Recruiting for staff and finding a new role can really be a stressful business for all involved but when we make that ‘fit’ between both parties it really makes us proud of our team and our business. At Square Peg Associates it’s our main goal to work with our client’s to understand their business and objectives and match them with candidates which not only have the skills required but embody the ethos of the client’s business. To learn a little more about us and our approach click here

This is what Hannah a recent candidate placement for a role in Accounts had to say about her Square Peg experience “Jenny at Square Peg has been amazing and so helpful getting me the job I wanted in such a short time as well! She has supported me throughout the process and been so helpful. If you’re looking for a job and would like a friendly, helpful recruitment company to help you out I couldn’t recommend Jenny from Square Peg enough!”

Amanda was thinking about a new role when we met her and found her just the right new opportunity, “I was casually looking for work when I was approached by Jennifer at Square Peg in relation to a Senior Graphic Designer role that she felt I was well suited. Turns out she was right and I got the job! Jennifer and Suzanne were fantastic, really supportive and had some top tips about the proposed company and interview stage. During the process they wished me good luck and kept me up to date at all times. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Square Peg as they couldn’t have been more supportive and professional, thank you so much Jennifer! ”

If you would like to discuss a new brief for recruitment or would like to chat about your next move please contact the team at Square Peg we’d love to chat with you or check out our current vacancies here

Can they do? Of course they can!

On Saturday 1st September the Square Peg team, alongside Activate are undertaking The Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge (Y3P) and they’re doing it to raise much needed funds for Bury Hospice.

They are covering a 24 mile circular taking in and ascending three mountains; Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, all reaching over 2,000 feet, and begins and ends at Horton-In-Ribblesdale. The event is led by ex military event leaders and so the team are in incredibly safe hands. It’s most certainly something that will challenge them, but that’s what it’s supposed to do – they’ll not only have the challenge of the climb and the distance, but the technical and navigational aspects too.

The brave begin their journey from the Pen-Y-Ghent Cafe at 6 a.m with the walk expected to last approximately 12 hours.

Can they do it? Of course they can!

The challenge is for an amazing cause, part of The Bury Hospice Corporate Challenge where businesses begin with just £50 and are challenged to turn this into as much money as possible. Alongside other local businesses, they’ll fight it out to take part in, and organise a number of tasks, no matter how large or small, to raise what will hopefully be 1,000’s of pounds. Whoever raises the most by the end of October becomes the overall winner.

Square Peg Associates are embarking on the challenge as part of The Made In Bury Brunch Club, a group of business ladies who meet twice per month to invest in and develop their business and connections through networking.

 

Donations
If anyone would like to donate to the fundraiser and send with some positive thoughts for a healthy return (because we know how sore those feet are going to be!) then please do so via the link here.

“Please could you ensure that any donations include: Your name and Sq Peg 3 peaks challenge just so we can differentiate which Corporate Challenge Event has raised what money.

Meet the Team – Jenni Jones

Jenni Jones – Recruitment Consultant – Square Peg Associates

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am very much a people person. I enjoy socialising with my friends and family and I’m easily influenced into drinking a gin or two! I love a good boogie; you’ll find it hard to peel me away from the dance floor. 3 years into my recruiting career and still smiling!

What brought you to Square Peg Associates?

I have recently relocated from Sheffield to Rossendale to live with my boyfriend – help! Square Peg was an agency where I saw a future with the same standards and ethics that I have been used to working with in the recruitment sector. Also, they are a friendly and fun bunch.

How long have you worked for Square Peg Associates?

Coming up to 3 months

What’s a typical working day for you?

Recruitment varies every day; however a typical day includes client and candidate management, admin and matching the right candidates to the right roles i.e. square peg square hole!!

What is your favourite part of the role?

Finding a perfect match for both candidates and clients. Feeling satisfied that I’ve given 100% when I leave! Making a difference.

What is the best thing that a client has said about you?

Jenni is bright and bubbly and leaves no stone unturned.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Bull – China Shop! In a good way, driven I think is the term….??

What is your strength?

Communication, persistence and fire!

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Centreparcs, I absolutely love spending time in the cabin in the woods with my favourite people.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

Where I am today, but a million times better at my job role.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island and you could take just one thing with you, what would it be?

Lee (awhhhhhh)

Do you have a party trick?

I can still do the splits!

Who’s the most famous person that you’ve met?

Lionel Messi

Is there anything that you wish I’d asked you but didn’t?

Would you like a gin before you begin?

Made In Bury Business Awards 2017

Square Peg Associates were proud to sponsor a category this year at the awards – Bury Businesswoman of the Year – and I had the pleasure of being one of the judges for the category.

There were 21 categories, including Businessman of The Year and Businesswoman of The Year, two new awards for 2017. Businesses and their teams arrived to enjoy a fantastic night celebrating some of our towns very best.

Now that the MIBBA’s are over for another year, Made in Bury asked me about my experience of being part of the awards and the judging panel. Here’s what I had to say….

“This was the first time that I’ve been involved in the judging at the Made In Bury Business Awards. The whole process was seemless from scoring the applications through to interviewing the finalists on the day of the meet and greet.

The interview day was brilliant, full of positive, engaged and motivated people that were incredibly passionate about
their businesses. The finalists were all of such high quality and very much driven, proving that the talent in Bury is
of a very high standard.

It was incredibly tough to choose the winners, everyone was so deserving in their own right. The awards ended of course with a great “do” on the 23rd November which was brilliant. Absolutely fantastic to be part of.”

You can see all the winners, commended and highly commended for all categories here

Follow your dreams

Suzanne writes;

“I heard a fantastic quote in the ladies brunch seminar given by Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland recently. She’s an inspirational life coach and the words really struck a cord with me “The only thing that limits you is what goes on between your ears”. This applies to so many of us in many different ways. 

The week after the seminar, I was flying 500ft in the air on a zip wire in Wales!!! 

Follow your dreams, walk towards your fears and focus on what you want to achieve!! 

Suzanne and friends enjoyed riding Europe’s largest zip line in Snowdonia recently. They climbed 500ft above a slate quarry and travelled a mile suspended from a zip wire reaching up to 100 miles per hour.

A truly a nerve wracking yet exhilarating experience which we would highly recommend to all! Absolutely brilliant!!

Prepare & Plan!

As you know James has been in training for Tough Mudder which he undertook this weekend to raise money for the Super Josh charity. To train for any event you need to prepare and plan just like a career change, and as part of the preparation for the event he decided to get some help from an expert.

Do Fitness are based in Bury and cover the Greater Manchester areas. They specialise in home personal training, lifestyle conditioning classes and swim teaching. Do Fitness is built around doers, people who want to make a change in their lives and do fitness.

From initial phone call Paul from Do Fitness was informative and worked with James on the goals he had set for himself. From the first face to first meeting he gave an overview of training plans and insights on how James should approach the task at hand. Paul is based in Bury and as a local business launched recently (congratulations btw) I think seeking advice from a business based in the same town in which Superjosh is based was important.

A brilliant local business helping the Doers of the community get fitter and stronger. And an example of applying good planning techniques into other areas of life!

You can still donate to James via Just Giving

Pushing the Limits

Tough Mudder training sessions with Fitness Success Bootcamp in Leeds.

I’ve been getting in some extra training for my Tough Mudder event to raise money for The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity so I made a visit to Fitness Success BootCamp which was founded in 2005, with just a wheelbarrow and a few basketballs full of water. Now with a truckload of the latest equipment fitness success has become Leeds number 1 Bootcamp. 

An ideal place to start if you’re training for an obstacle related event like a Mini Mudder or Tough Mudder.

We were put into groups we started with a warm up session of stretches and movements then straight on to the course.The course wasn’t crowded, everyone stayed as a team and helped each other over and through obstacles at various points.

We tackled, wooden climbing walls, climbing ropes, big boggy pits of muddy water and sludge (where you had to scrawl on your hands and knees to move) it stank!! Monkey bars, cargo nets and inclining wooden walls. I’m sure there were a few more too!

 All in all a great way to push your limits.

 Please remember to show your support by helping me raise money for The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity #superjosh on my Just Giving page

Meet the Team – James’s Q&A

In our Meet the Team series – we are getting to know James Soden a little bit better… and finding out he is a bit of a thrill seeker!

James is currently training for Tough Mudder raising money for the amazing  Super Josh charity – read all about the great work they do. If you can sponsor James please visit his Just Giving page. The Square Peg team will be supporting James all the way.

How long have you been with the Square Peg team? 295 Days 10 Hours 31 Minutes 36 Seconds and counting….

Why recruitment? If you’re passionate enough, It’s the most satisfying, roller coaster journey anyone can be a part of. Being in a position to open doors and present candidates with life changing opportunities is an amazing feeling – Especially when they are successful! When you pull the whole thing apart, as a recruiter, you have the influence and ability to make someone’s career and personal life a whole lot better! The thought of changing someone’s life for the better, to help them succeed personally and financially is what drives me.

What’s the best bit about your job? Be honest! I am a people person (or at least I think I am) Recruitment provides variety – No two days are the same and no two people are the same either. Better include the amazing team I work with in here somewhere!

 …… and the worst? Keep being honest! Trying to diet and get slim but working in an office full of “feeders” does not help LoL. Unreliable candidates that mistake kindness for weakness.

You talk to a lot of people on a daily basis, both clients & candidates, what do you think are the key issues / hot topics for them around recruitment? Managing expectations and accepting reality.

Candidates: Trying to find a suitable place to work within their local vicinity that provides support, progression, flexibility with a good salary.

Clients: To be presented with a selection of candidates (today) who exceed all expectations and can hit the ground running.

 If you were not in recruitment what would you be doing? i.e what vacancies would you be applying for?

Not sure what I would be doing or where I would be. I once saw a job advertisement for a Wing Rider with a Flying Circus air show! Always thought that could be fun and I am sure there must be some sort of danger pay involved…

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? If you spend today worrying about tomorrow, you’ll never be happy.

What did you think you would be before you grew up? A Mechanic!

I grew up building, fixing and riding motorbikes, motocross, Pit-bikes and Quad bikes across fields.

I’ve had on road and off road bikes since I can remember. Also raced and displayed cars at various track days and events.

I like anything that gets the adrenaline pumping!!

Made in Bury Business Awards 2017

The Made in Bury Business Awards are championing local Bury businesses and celebrating their outstanding achievements for the fifth year running.

The Made in Bury Business Awards 2017, taking place on the 23rd November, will reward and recognise local businesses and this year we are proud to be sponsoring a category

BURY BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR – enter here

The award is not restricted to business type or size. 

This category is open to all women in business, including entrepreneurial women who have founded their own business; directors, women in senior positions from businesses of all sizes.

Judges will be looking for:
•    Initiative
•    A proven track record of achievements in their field
•    Entrepreneurial / Business Accomplishments
•    Excellent Leadership
•    Overcoming Key Challenges
•    Strong financial performance/growth
•    Role Model / Mentoring

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated. Get entering now!

The MIBBAs are an acknowledgment of the successes of Bury’s diverse business community. Culminating in a black tie celebration dinner, the Made in Bury Awards are a major annual event in the Bury business calendar.

Entries will be judged by a high-profile panel featuring some of the borough’s leading business professionals.

 

Meet the Team – Kim’s Q&A

 

This blog digs a little deeper behind the scenes at Square Peg with a quickfire Q&A with Kim Taylor!

How long have you been with the Square Peg team? Just over 3 years

Why recruitment?  I like to have a big impact in helping people, in particular supporting candidates to obtain their dream job. I love delivering good news on successful interviews. I get the odd scream down the phone and tears of joy! It’s challenging though rewarding and crazy busy. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that it’s an easy job…..

What’s the best bit about your job? Be honest! The buzz of it. No two days are ever the same. Some days are a roller coaster ride though, working with such a great team, the satisfaction of finding solutions for people, and of course the potential to earn some good money. Oh and bacon butty Fridays are always a winner…

…… and the worst? Keep being honest! Unreliable people. People not being upfront or honest and not getting back to me after you’ve spent so long trying to really get to know them. I try and build the best possible relationships to minimise being let down. (For me & my clients)

You talk to a lot of people on a daily basis, both clients & candidates, what do you think are the key issues / hot topics for them around recruitment? Candidates – feeling undervalued in the workplace, recruiters really taking the time to understand their needs & keeping in contact, getting feedback and outcomes from interviews and job satisfaction. Clients – Integrity of candidates, employee engagement, staff retention, avoiding making a bad hire.

If you were not in recruitment what would you be doing? i.e what vacancies would you be applying for? I would be an interior designer……I have a passion for visual nice things and creativity

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Don’t wear flip flops in the rain!

What did you think you would be before you grew up? From a young age, I always wanted to be a hairdresser. I succeeded for over 5 years until I got introduced into recruitment by a friend of a friend. I decided to put my great customer service skills and helpfulness into a long term career into recruitment. I’ve never looked back and can’t imagine doing anything else right now!! Unless I won the lottery……

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