Happy Employability Day
14th July 2017

The opportunity to help someone with interview advice could be just on your doorstep! #empday17

Its Employability Day 2017 and I felt the need to share with you a story of how only an hour out of my week has helped a local young person land an apprenticeship job.  I was asked by one of my lovely neighbours if I could help their granddaughter with some advice and friendly guidance for an up and coming group interview assessment day for a legal apprenticeship opportunity.

My neighbours are good friends of the family and knew I used to work for Jobcentreplus before going in to recruitment many years ago so they asked me if I would help as they knew she was feeling a bit apprehensive about the assessment centre coming up on Tuesday morning.

What a great feeling to be asked! If I could contribute in some small way with helping her with her confidence, preparation, what to expect, how to contribute to the group task, positive body language and make her feel better prepared for the interview I knew I will have done a good job.

So Monday night I was met at the door by my neighbours grand-daughter and was greeted with a big smile, a handshake and a cup of tea! Result, I love my top brews!!

We talked about what worries she had, she had concerns that she would be talked over and there would be louder, more outspoken people at the assessment centre, she knew it was going to be a few hours that would include an interview and a group assessment so was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the thoughts of speaking in a group situation.  I could see her starting to relax when I talked about all the brilliant work she had done so far, with her college work, her voluntary teaching children karate work, her hospitality customer service career with MacDonald’s.  I told her this opportunity would be providing her with a brand-new career opportunity and team she will look forward to working with every day.

I was able to put myself in her shoes as I explained it took me 4 interviews to get the job I really wanted in the 90’s, I learnt from each one, I totally applied myself, focused and I was able to picture myself in the job, doing the job as I was going in to the interview.

I asked if she had everything already prepared and she did before she came out to meet me.   She knew what time she was leaving at, what time she would be arriving, where she was going, who she was meeting and what to expect and done all her research on the company and had even practised some interview questions beforehand.

I got the call on the Tuesday afternoon to say, “I got the apprenticeship Job Tina, they’ve just called me to say I did really well and I start in September, thank you for your help”

It was only an hour and a brew, chat, a listening ear and a helping hand and told her to believe in herself, Smile and enjoy the interview experience.  The team there will be wanting you to do well and get the job.  And that’s exactly what she did!

So if you’re reading this and you know someone who is looking for a job or going for an interview and you could give up a little of your time to help out someone in your neighbourhood or a friend in need with some job interview advice or help, do it.  It’s a good feeling knowing you’ve made a difference and helped them on their way to a brilliant career.  Or why not contact your local school or Youth Project to offer your help.

My name is Tina Lacey, I am a specialist recruiter within the skills, training and welfare to work sectors nationally and provide recruitment support to training providers and job search and interview support to candidates.  I am a proud member of the Institute of Employability Professionals and ERSA.  To find out more about the kind of work I do please visit my website www.tinalaceyrecruitment.com and visit www.myiep.uk to see how the IEP could help you with your career.

#empday17

23rd June 2017 – “The Day My Candidate Recruited me” … to sing with the Halle Choral Academy

In January this year I met my candidate Sarra Smith in Manchester to register and help support her with a potential new career move. After getting to know all about her aspirations, her brilliant career to date, voluntary work, her interests etc she talked excitedly about the Halle Choral Academy and they were starting a new project at the end of the week.

I knew the acoustics were unbelievable in there and so I took her up on the invitation to apply – it was too good an opportunity to miss. 20 rehearsals later I am proud to say that tonight I sang at the ‘Thank Halle It’s Friday’ Summer Concert Performance along with 450 singers in front of 1000 people at the Mighty Bridgewater Hall with the awesome Halle Orchestra. We sang the Queens Coronation anthem/UEFA Champions League Theme song – Zadok the Priest, Lacrymosa, O’Fortuna, Duel of the Fates, Scarborough Fair and ended the concert with “When the Saints Go Marching In’.

From harmonising at family parties to Karaoke takeovers on occasions, us academy graduates nailed it and loved every second of the experience. Conductor Matthew Hamilton, Choral Director and Tom Redmond, Presenter made it so much fun. After 2 One hour concerts I felt my heart was going to burst, I had goosebumps, butterflies in my belly, tears in my eyes and felt so uplifted and full of energy I could’ve took part in the Manchester Night Walk straight after 🙂 I recommend the experience to everyone !

For anyone thinking of joining the next academy take a look on the Halle website and check out the next intake. You will be looked after by Phil, Naomi and a friendly, professional team; whilst learning to read music, learn to sing, network and make new friends. The amazing Joseph Judge Director of the Halle Choral Academy/Conductor/Singer led the whole project and helped us all become more confident singers !

Sounds like music to your ears ? Which voice type are you ? Are you a Soprano or an Alto, a Tenor or bass? Find out and join in.

Link http://www.halle.co.uk/the-halle-family/halle-choral-academy/ academy@halle.co.uk and to see “whats on” this summer at the Halle check out www.halle.co.uk/summer

It could be you next year singing your heart out to family and friends ! Go on, Surprise Yourself

Thank you Sarra Soprano Smith 🙂 … next stop.. American and European Tour !!

#THIF #ThankHalleItsFriday #Halle #Manchester #Singing

Check out our Client and Candidate Reviews and our Look Who We Have Page to see who we supporting in to new roles within our network and hear some of our success stories of 20116/2017

Birthday cake 1st Year

Tina Lacey Recruitment proud to be celebrating our first year in business on 21st August 2016 – A huge thank you to everyone who has made the first year so memorable

Its Our First Birthday ! Wow !  What a Year ! Its Flown by A Big Thank you to Elaine and All the staff at DWP Jobcentreplus in Altrincham for the opportunity to support local customers into work earlier in the year, all my new and old clients who I have enjoyed meeting up, supporting and getting to know you even more over the past year.  My candidates – to the ones I have helped into new careers and the ones I am “Looking Out For”

The inspirational Mark Foster and the Gorton AtOne Monastery Team, who was there when I planted the seed, James who inspired me to take the plunge, take the leap of faith and giving me a wake up call  – Thank you JW for introducing me to the Mighty Bob Burg Co Author of the amazing “Go-Giver” –  From Launch Parties with New Horizons team in Newcastle, Seeing Steve Wozniak at Business Rocks Manchester #BR2016 to the London ERSA Employability Awards meeting some of the winners –

Its been Full On ! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Tina Lacey Recruitment’s first year in business – I hope to be serving and working with you all many years to come.

Contact tina@tinalaceyrecruitment.com  0161 320 3793 for an informal confidential chat