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Written by Cathrine Richardson

April 20, 2014 at 9:10 am

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My Easter message http://wp.me/pIWOg-l0

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Written by Cathrine Richardson

April 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Posted in Recruitment

My Easter message

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EasterEaster has always been a time of reflection for me.

Where I grew up in South Africa, Easter falls in the early autumn. It starts getting cooler, the nights draw in and mothers start cooking vegetable soup. It’s a time for slowing down, for taking respite and for re-calibrating.

Here in the UK, Easter is a time of re-awakening. It’s early spring, the daffodils and crocuses bloom and everything is springing back to life after the winter. We all rejoice in British Summer Time!

Of course, we all know that Easter is not really about hopping bunnies and chocolate, Easter bonnets and chocolate, and more chocolate on top of the chocolate we already ate.

Easter has it’s own meaning for everyone. For me, it’s about being grateful and taking time to contemplate how generous life is with it’s gifts. I seem to be getting a lot more philosophic as I get older. And I like it that way! It has improved my quality of life immensely.

So my Easter wish for you and yours is that you may have the luxury of making space for a bit of gratitude. (And of course, chocolate!)

I am grateful for so many good things – Physical, professional, emotional, spiritual, both business-wise and personal. The list will go on forever! So instead of boring you witless, I would simply like to wish everyone a truly blessed Easter.

 

A view from my new Apprentice

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SJ

To help me with all the admin and resourcing work generated by the Parts Alliance and my other brilliant clients, I really needed some help! I had a choice between finding an experienced person, or helping a young person into work.

I decided to go for the latter option, and I am very pleased that I did! Welcome on board Sarah-Jane Palazzo. I really look forward to working with you, and imparting at least some of the experience I have gained over the last quarter of a century.

I will let Sarah-Jane tell you herself how she is getting on. Hopefully, you will understand why I selected her to join me!

“On the 1st April I started working for CR Associates as a Recruitment Assistant. I was desperately unhappy in my previous employment, and was thrilled to receive a job offer from Cathy.

I do not have the most lucrative CV, nor the most experience in recruitment. However I was fortunate enough to meet Cathy, who saw what skills I do have and the potential I have to progress to a high level.

I’d applied for similar roles before and it’s taken me a while to finally land the job I want. The best factor in my new role is the potential to grow: In 3 months time I see myself in full apprenticeship training, hopefully placing candidates into motor factor branches, and being completely comfortable with all the tasks my role requires. In 1 year I see myself being a fully qualified Recruitment Consultant for CR Associates and creating the building blocks to leave my mark on the recruitment industry.

I have only just completed my first week at CRA and have already learnt so much: I have learnt what makes a good CV, the difference between a good candidate and a GREAT candidate, I have learnt that being kind and helpful goes such a long way and most importantly… How Cathy likes her tea!

Enjoying your job makes you feel good about yourself, it makes you feel important and needed. The difference I have noticed in myself is astonishing: I’m eating healthier, I’m taking more pride in my appearance, and apparently I’m ‘glowing’!

I have an amazing job, and an amazing boss. I am very aware that I have been incredibly lucky to be given this opportunity. However, I know that I would not have been given this opportunity if I was not confident, enthusiastic and determined. So I urge those reading this, if you don’t feel that way about your current job: Take a risk! Strive to be the best you can be! If I can do it, you can do it too!”

Am I hitting the Mark? Fun Friday philosophy

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man with question on white. Isolated 3D imageThis phenomenon is so strange, it deserves a blog post!

Today, I have 2 candidates named Mark going for job interviews at the same company, but for different jobs. One of the interviewers is also named Mark. The strange thing is that in this particular organisation, both the MD and Sales Director are also named Mark. That makes 5 Marks with some involvement in my professional life on one day!

This slightly complicates communication. The phone rings, and the person at the other end says: “Hi Cathy, its Mark.”

Which Mark? One of the Marks already in the mix? Or are you a new Mark that the universe has thrown into the pool to stir things up a bit?

Not that I have a problem with Marks – They are all perfectly friendly, easy to deal with and perfectly professional gentleman. In fact, I have yet to find a mark with whom I do not get on. I had a quick look at my database, and currently 174 Marks entrust me with their CVs. I thought that was quite impressive!

However, I just wonder where all the Georges, Michaels, Trevors and Tims have disappeared to at the moment. When you do decide to make an appearance, please try to do so one at a time. I have my hands full of Marks, so I’m not sure how well I will be able to manage an onslaught of any other name!

 

 

 

 

Written by Cathrine Richardson

March 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

Posted in Recruitment

Category (Product) Director – #Automotiv

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Category (Product) Director – #Automotive Parts Vertical | Cathy Richardson Associates http://ow.ly/ugWS7 #jobs

Written by Cathrine Richardson

March 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

Posted in Recruitment

Category (Product) Director – Automotive

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Category (Product) Director – Automotive Parts Vertical | Cathy Richardson Associates http://ow.ly/ugWH9 # automotive #jobs

Written by Cathrine Richardson

March 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Posted in Recruitment

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