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Starting a New Job? 5 Steps to Make a Great Impression in the First 90 Days of Your New Job
September 22, 2021
You nailed the interview and got the job, how do you continue to make a great impression once you start? We share 5 key steps to making a great impression during the first three months of your probation period.
Top 10 Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
August 25, 2021
As the saying goes, fail to plan then plan to fail. Give yourself the best chance in interviews by planning your answers to key interview questions. Read our top 10 ways to answer some of the most commonly asked interview questions.
Top 10 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview
July 13, 2021
Unsure of what questions you should be asking in a job interview? You no longer need to fear your mind going blank when asked 'so, do you have any questions for us?". Here's our list of the top 10 questions you should be asking in job interviews.
Pride in Testing
June 23, 2021
Join us as we discuss LGBTQIA+ Inclusion and Diversity in the Testing Community. We talk about how to create safe spaces, promoting diversity in teams and during the interview process, how to start Pride movements in your organisation and more! Guest speakers include Callum Akehurst-Ryan, Senior Tester at Improbable, Caz Henderson, Lead QA Tester at Improbable, and Jasper McGuire, Software Test Manager.
Interviews: How to Prep Like a Boss
May 21, 2021
Be interview ready with our 8 Step Guide on How To Prepare For an Interview. Read our top tips to interview prep efficiently and effectively in a shorter period of time.
The Dreaded Call... What to do When a Recruiter Likes Your CV
April 22, 2021
It’s not an entirely unexpected call. You’re searching for a new job and have taken the next step by uploading your CV to an online job board. It’s guaranteed that you’re going to get phone calls from recruiters and internal talent teams. But sometimes you don’t know WHEN they’re going to call you. Calls from internal talent teams are slightly different to your standard recruitment calls. Internal recruiters want to get to know you more formally than a quick screening call from a recruiter who is trying to ‘woo’ you with their AMAZING opportunity...
The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Job Without Using Job Boards
March 9, 2021
The name is on the tin - we have put together our ultimate guide to getting jobs without using job boards! Online job boards aren’t the only way, nor necessarily the best way for you to find your next role. Thanks to the world of LinkedIn and online networking, you can make a career move without even opening a job board up on your browser. Say goodbye to endless hours of scrolling through uninteresting job adverts, and hello to a new, more efficient AND effective way of making a great first impression with your future employer.
How to Choose a Cause to Support Through your Business
February 18, 2021
Deciding which cause to support through your business isn’t easy. There are so many wonderful charities out there doing brilliant work in the community. So if you can only support 1 or 2 of them, how do you choose? Having gone through the same process last year, we’d like to share how we came to our decision.
New Year, New Career?
January 15, 2021
Are you thinking of changing career? If so, you're not alone. 50% of the UK workforce are planning to make a career change within the next 2 years. But knowing where to start when switching career can be difficult, especially if you're not sure exactly which career is right for you. We share some of our tips on how to switch careers to find the one that's right for you.
How to Prepare for a Video Interview
December 18, 2020
Until recently, video interviews were a rare exception, now it’s an expected part of the interview process. Preparing for a video interview is different to preparing for a face-to-face interview. We speak to Shey Crompton, Associate Director and Test Lead, on his experience of video interview processes.
How to Write a CV
December 3, 2020
How do you make your CV stand out from the crowd of 100’s to 1,000’s of other candidates? Jamie Doyle a recruitment expert and talent coach, tells us how to make your CV it's best. It's time to turn those job applications into interviews!
Baby Steps in Business - If not now, when?
October 29, 2020
If there was one thing we didn’t foresee back in January when we were assessing our business plans for year, it was a global pandemic. Everything we thought we could rely on was flipped on its head, whether it was business related or not. Life as we once knew it has changed indefinitely. This blog explores the challenges of starting or running a small business during a global pandemic.
Life of a TA Intern Part 5
October 6, 2020
A vlog series exploring working at Thompson Alexander from the point of view of our interns Chumani - Project Manager, Natasha – Marketing Insights and Analysis, and Holly – Sales Lead. Life of a TA Intern Part 5 - Chumani, Holly, and Natasha share their recent achievements during their internship. Chumani discusses her latest blog post for TA, Natasha shares her experience designing an infographic, and Holly begins calling prospective clients!
Life of a TA Inter Part 4
September 28, 2020
A vlog series exploring working at Thompson Alexander from the point of view of our interns Natasha King, Marketing and Insight Analyst, and Holly Morton, Sales Lead. Life of a TA Intern Part 4 - Natasha and Holly share their experience so far with sales, including conducting practice sales calls, and learning techniques to improve their pitches to prospective clients.
Life of a TA Intern Part 3
September 17, 2020
A vlog series exploring working at Thompson Alexander from the point of view of our interns Natasha King, and Holly Morton. Life of a TA Intern Part 3 – A week in the life of Natasha and Holly as they share their experience of finalising and ironing out the last few details before service launch!
Approaching Sustainability Post-Pandemic– “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste”
September 7, 2020
Economist and Nobel Laureate Paul Romer famously noted that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste”. Though Romer focused on a very different emergency, COVID-19 has also introduced clear policy challenges, increasingly pliable regulations and leaders that are more engaged than ever. Together, these circumstances could make far reaching changes to the corporate sustainability agenda possible.
Life of a TA Intern Part 2
August 25, 2020
A vlog series exploring working at Thompson Alexander from the viewpoints of our Interns Chumani, Natasha, and Holly. Part 2: A Week in the Life -a continuation of their current experiences, including them explaining the different tasks they have undertaken regarding this new project, which will be launching soon!
Life of a TA Intern - Part 1
July 29, 2020
A vlog series exploring working at Thompson Alexander from the point of view of our interns Chumani, Natasha, and Holly. Part 1: Meeting the Interns - An inside view into the different roles they have undertaken and tasks they have accomplished within their first few weeks. First month ✅
Job hunting ‘Like a Girl’… Yes, that really is a thing.
July 28, 2020
At Thompson Alexander we are proud that 71% of our workforce identify as female, which is significantly higher than the global average of 36% in 2019. Why are we still so far off equality in the workplace? Having recently graduated university and begun their prosperous careers with TA, our female strong project team tackle gender bias in recruitment and hiring.
So, What Do I Do Now?
June 23, 2020
So, you have graduated University, what now? If you’re anything like me, you’ve gone through the education system, each step of the way gaining those qualifications to put on your C.V, but now have no idea what to do next...
Graduate Internship Opportunities 2020
May 29, 2020
Due to the recent loss of 80% of Graduate Opportunities caused by the current climate, Thompson Alexander have partnered with Industry Leading Tech Professionals to help Graduates who have been affected. Together we have created a unique and innovative 12-week Graduate Internship, with the opportunity to go perm upon successful completion.
Baby Steps in Business
May 19, 2020
Baby Steps in Business is a series that explores the highs and lows of starting a business by sharing the experiences of those who have already begun their journey. For the first instalment in this series, JamieDoyle, the Founder and Director of Thompson Alexander, talks about the importance of persistence when facing adversity in business.
Is Remote Working the Way of the Future? – Two Industry Expert Test Lead’s Share Their Thoughts on Remote Working.
April 9, 2020
As remote working appears to be the new normal for the foreseeable future, we take a look at exactly how IT Consultants are being affected. We interviewed two exceptional Test Lead’s regarding their experiences with remote working, and their thoughts on the lasting impact it will have on business operations.
Your IR35 Handbook
February 21, 2019
A summary of everything you need to know right now about IR35, as a contractor and an employer. Make sure you're up to date with the changes before they come into place on the 6th April 2020, and how the changes are going to directly impact you.
Professionalism and Ethical Standards in the Recruitment Industry
February 21, 2019
A look into the professionalism and ethical standards of the recruitment industry, and what can be done to change the industry as a whole.
Our Top Tips for Working from Home
February 21, 2019
Some of us are working from home for the first time because of recent developments and Government advice regarding Covid-19, and it's a lot easier said than done. Here are our top tips for working from home to help you maintain a work/ life balance.
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