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 We’ve all been there: it’s Monday morning, the alarm goes off and we think to ourselves just one more day!

Technically known as lunaediesophobia, this undeniable desire to dodge the drudge has one unmistakable symptom; the classic creative excuse.

Selective Recruitment have heard them all and here are some of our favourites...yes, they are actually true.


1. The classic illness…

From the ‘put on’ croaky voice at the end of the phone to the ingrown fungal nail infection - and our favourite - the unexplained rash that appeared after the previous Saturday night, we have seen it all.

(Yes, the rash excuse was used! Luckily, the person in question made a complete recovery). We have, or will all succumb to illness, but it’s important to try and not cry wolf. We all need to bank our sick days for when the real lurgy strikes.

 2. Good old English weather…
With the recent abnormal winter weather, how many of you (you know who you are!) have called up work and stated you were snowed in? When in reality, the snow wasn’t settling, you live five minutes from the office and you drive a 4x4. You’re no Michael Fish, get those wellies on and walk. For those brighter days, sun protection is available from all good pharmacies.

 3. Car trouble…
Are you stuck in the middle of nowhere? Have you got a flat tire and a dead battery? What about those engine problems? In reality, you’re tucked up in bed, turning off that alarm that you’ve been snoozing for the past half hour. Maybe that excuse wasn’t such a good idea when you turn up to work with a fully functioning car the next day.

4. Home disasters...I need DIY SOS
Ok, so the ceiling has caved in, (or is it just a crack?) the 80mph wind that everyone else considers a

slight breeze has knocked that damned fence panel down again and next doors dog is eyeing up

your daffodils to deposit his business in! Let’s face, it Nick Knowles will not be coming to the rescue,

get to work on the fence and the crack will still be there when you get back, and if you are genuine, a

decent manager will let you have the time off to let Nick in!

5. The relationship breakdown…They left me” *sob sob*
We all need to understand that life is not a box of chocolates and heartbreak is part of growing up, but so is going to work, so suck it up, grab a box of tissues and use work as a distraction technique. In the words of Lunchmoney Lewis “I got bills, I gotta pay”.

If you’re dreading going to work, it’s probably time to look for a new role - this is where Selective can help! Give us a call on 01235 462 900 or email info@selective-group.com, we can guarantee to find you a role that will reduce those absences.

Speak to your friends and colleagues today!

All they need to do is contact the Head office on 01235 462941 or kathy.rusher@selective-group.com to register their details and mention your name as the person who referred them to be in with a chance of receiving the following prizes.

Temporary Division: Recommend a Temporary candidate to Selective Recruitment Ltd who is not already registered or undergoing the registration process and receive a bottle of wine.
Once the Temporary worker has completed a total of 140 hours you will then be awarded a £40 gift voucher.

Permanent Division: Recommend a Permanent candidate to Selective Recruitment Ltd who is not already registered or undergoing the registration process and receive a bottle of wine.
Once the candidate has completed a total of 3 months’ employment you will then be awarded a £50 gift voucher. Terms and Conditions apply.

You are on your way to the interview and feel prepared. You have done research on the company and know how you can add value to the team. You arrive for the interview but cant find any parking and end up late for the interview. How can you help prevent this from happening? Here are some top tips for additional interview preparation.

Go to the interview location a couple of days before

The last thing you want to be worried about before the interview is where to park. There are lots of factors outside of the interview to think about and could turn the best interview into the worst. Do you know which building is the interview in? How long does it take to drive there with traffic? How long does it take to walk from the parking to the office? Completing a test run will answer most of these questions and leave you ready to focus on the interview.

Clear up the details before the interview

Be sure to ask questions before the interview. The person arranging the interview my have some key details you have not been made aware of and it could give you extra insight into the process.

Do you need to take food and a drink with you?

Arriving at an interview hungry or dehydrated will hinder your performance. There may not be the opportunity to stop for food or drink once you leave the house. With a little extra planning before the interview, you will be thoroughly prepared with confidence and energy.

Define your skills

Recruiters use LinkedIn to search for potential candidates. Like a good question, the more specific you are with search terms the better the results. For candidates to show up in the search results, adding specific roles and skills to your LinkedIn profile will put you higher up on these search results. Take the time to list your main skills and be specific about industry terms and you will come out on top!


Getting a recommendation from past colleagues and employers can give a recruiter the confidence needed to put you forward for a position.


Adding a LinkedIn profile photo will help recruiters verify your profile. It is one of may criteria checked to make sure someone is who they say they are. The type of photo is very important too. There is no need for a professional photo shoot. All you need is a camera phone, a white wall to stand against and some smart clothing. Taking the photo near a window with good natural light will work wonders. The attention to detail and effort put in will convey a positive image to potential employers and recruiters.

The government has agreed from April 2017 The National Living Wage is set to change... or was it the National Minimum Wage? Many people seem to be confused between the two types, so here at Selective Group recruitment we have provided an explanation. 

What's the difference between the two anyway?

UK Employers and staff have found themselves confused in regards to the terms surrounding The Living Wage, National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. So we wanted to provide some clarification to you all. 

The National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage is exactly what is say and sounds. It is the minimum amount of pay per hour UK; workers are entitled to receive by law and are currently reviewed yearly by the government. The rate for each age group within the UK is different and has been regulated by the Low Pay Commission since 1999.

Of course, UK workers need to be of school leaving age, which is currently (16) to receive the benefits of the National Minimum Wage. In 2016, those aged 18 and under were entitled to £4 per hour, 18 to 20-year-olds were allowed £5.55, 21 to 24-year-olds got £6.95 an hour and those over 25 received £7.20 of hourly wages.

This rate changes every October and for those under the age of 25, the minimum wage will change accordingly this year.


2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 3.50


The National Living Wage

This is the one where people can get confused, as there is a difference. Despite using the term Living Wage, the National Living Wage has nothing to do with it (further explained below). It’s basically a new minimum wage rate – the National Minimum Wage rebranded. It is exactly the same thing but now with a new name.

Launched under the former chancellor George Osborne in 2015, it represents the government’s aim of raising the wages of those aged 25 and older to £9 an hour by 2020.

The first increase in pay is set to take place in April 2017, whereby the current rate of £7.20 will increase to £7.50 an hour. From 2018 you’ll need to pay staff £8.05, followed by a £8.50 hourly rate in 2019. As a result of this, some one million workers will directly receive a pay rise.

The Living Wage

The Living Wage shouldn’t be confused with the government’s National Living Wage – one difference being that it isn’t enforceable by law. Companies can voluntarily adopt it, but know that it means paying a higher sum of money to staff.

Here’s why. Promoted by the Living Wage Foundation and calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation, it’s a benchmark and recommendation of what it will take now – not years down the line – to improve living standards. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady explained: “Unlike the government’s NLW, the real Living Wage is based on a review of the evidence on what is currently happening to people.”

The Living Wage rate currently stands at £8.45 an hour, with the London Living Wage separately calculated as being £9.75 per hour. And while the Living Wage Foundation welcomed the government’s NLW, it claimed the lowest level of pay currently estimated for a comfortable London life was already higher than what the NLW will be in 2020.

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