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Work-life balance less important to Londoners than UK counterparts

Much debate has surrounded Millennials – they are ‘entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy,’ and have been, in part, the driving force behind flexible working. However, new research has revealed that candidates in London aren’t as bothered by their work-life balance as their UK counterparts. The study by Office Angels, part of The Adecco Group, […]

The 7 signs of a successful meeting

A good meeting can help clarify goals and reduce confusion but a bad meeting can be a waste of time. The problem with this is that many meetings are poorly arranged, and this can waste time and cause frustration for both the employees and the manager arranging the meeting. Read this article to help you […]

Employers are reluctant to publish gender pay gap figures

The research found that some employers were struggling to understand the legislation that has been brought in that requires them to report.The revelation in recent media reports that there is a gender pay gap in large, well-known organisations cannot have come as a surprise to most people; however, what may come as a surprise is […]

Eight vital reasons to take a lunch break

If you have a busy working day, you may be tempted to skip your lunch break; however, this is a bad idea. Your lunch break is vital for both your health and wellbeing, with missing it having the potential to make you feel tired, unfocused and nauseous. Here are eight vital reasons to take a […]

First wage rises since 2015 could benefit recruiters

For the first time since June 2015, average UK advertised salaries have witnessed a year-on-year increase – which might help recruiters get candidates into jobs affected by the rises. According to figures from, the 1.2% improvement in the year to November saw the average wage stand at £32,598. And unsurprisingly, London was one of […]

What will the CV of 2030 look like?

Dictated by changes in technology, the workplace is also evolving. It would make sense, therefore, that hiring norms are too. Soon, paper CVs will become a thing of the past – as will the name, age and gender data atop them – as diverse hiring becomes the norm, rather than a pipedream – and high-tech […]

Why recruiters don’t suffer from the January blues

As the UK embarks on the miserable trudge back to the office, met with pale, still-hungover colleagues who are just about surviving on the Nescafé, it’s a promising time for recruiters. Research by Investors in People (IIP) has found that 47% of people plan to change job in 2018, with around 18% actively looking. According […]

10 of the dirtiest items festering in the workplace

We often take that magical fairy who cleans our work stations, changes bins and gives the kitchen a good scrub for granted when we’re at work, meaning that we may become a little bit lax when it comes to maintaining workplace hygiene. However, have you ever considered the risk of eating at your desk, using […]

Why do we fear feedback?

Feedback is a vital tool in helping us develop and progress in our careers. However, even within organisations that promote a culture of free-flowing feedback, I often find that the ‘F’ word is still feared.  Neuroscience might hold the answer. Our brains are hardwired to scan the environment for potential threats and rewards, and when […]

Women spend 4 months of their lifetime planning work outfits

According to a new study, women spend four months deliberating over what to wear in the office over the course of a working lifetime. On a typical work day, women will deliberate over their attire for approximately 14 minutes. This is the equivalent of two and half days a year. Over the average working lifetime […]

REVEALVED – 5 of the worst ever job seekers

Recruiters can find themselves inhabiting a variety of roles for their candidates: they’re coaches; gurus; the support network; a teacher; as well as, in some ways, an encouraging parent. However, it doesn’t mean that candidates are always appreciative of the hard, not to mention varied, work that the recruiter puts in for them. Read the […]

I hate my job, but is it worth quitting?

There are countless stories of employees who hate their job. The work has no meaning, bosses are unduly stringent or the job just wasn’t what was advertised during the recruitment process. However, storming out and quitting isn’t always the best bet. Rather, it might be best to hunt for a new role on the side […]

How modern slavery is affecting your recruitment agency

Modern slavery is an issue that affects the daily lives of recruiters and recruitment firms. A new report from Lawspeed suggests that the number of victims of slavery has increased from 21 million to 40 million – with an estimated 10,000 victims living in the UK. Recruiters, the report suggests, are the most likely sector […]

3 signs of a superstar recruiter

When clients go about selecting their recruiter of choice, there are certain aspects that they should bear in mind.  It’s never a one-size-fits-all approach in recruitment, and selecting the agency to go with takes time and preparation. Read here to see if you are using the right recruiter

How to deal with workplace discrimination?

It is clearly very important that employers take instances of discrimination, of all types, seriously. It goes without saying that it is an important role of HR to ensure systems, policies, processes and training are in place to minimise the risk of diversity issues arising.  Read here to make sure your company has these policies and […]

Bosses that are ‘too smart’ viewed as less competent

Whilst most would assume that CEOs and bosses have high levels of intelligence, new research has found that being ‘too smart’ can hold leaders back. According to research, there is an optimal level of intelligence for a leader and if they go above it, they lose the respect of their employees. Read here to find […]

3 ways to conduct a successful exit interview

Exit interviews. Is there any point? When done correctly indeed there is.  As soon as workers see their employees leave the firm they are often left asking the question ‘Why did they leave?’. An exit interview should exactly answer this question by giving employees a voice to express their parting thoughts about the company. If […]

Why learning to be resilient will transform your work life

Our capacity to bounce back – from setbacks and disappointments and from times of stress and challenge – is crucial to our careers, our job satisfaction and our happiness. We can develop and enhance our ‘bounce-backability’ by taking practical steps to: Read here to find out more

Top causes of office disputes revealed

Office disputes come in all shapes and sizes. There’s the minor ones, like stealing someone’s favourite pen, and the major ones, like trashing your boss’ car – though most fall somewhere in-between. Research from Brother UK has revealed the main causes of office disputes, with gossiping colleagues coming top of the list. 34% of office […]

Good-looking people less likely to be hired for unattractive roles

Studies prove time and time again, that better-looking people climb the career ladder faster. In fact, a study from Chicago and California Universities found that those with a smart appearance had more frequent pay rises, and earn around 20% more than those who don’t pay attention to grooming. Read here to find out more

Company rewards non-smokers with bonus time off

A firm in Japan is giving employees an extra six days of paid holidays a year, providing that they don’t smoke. Tokyo-based marketing firm, Piala Inc, introduced the policy for non-smokers in September after employees complained that they worked more than staff who took time off for cigarette breaks. This resentment was fuelled by the […]

Why having a workplace best friend is the key to happiness

As our work life and personal life continue to blur into one, it’s becoming more important to get on with your colleagues. A recent interview with Dan Buettner, National Geographic Explorer, explained to Business Insider the importance of having a workplace best friend. Several statistics state that you enjoy your career if it is a […]

Why candidates shouldn’t dress to impress

It’s the night before an interview, and jobseekers are desperately pulling hordes of clothes from their wardrobes in a desperate panic over what they should wear the next day. And whilst there’s the old adage that you should “dress for the job you want”, that can be confusing for candidates who just want to make […]

Tell Staff to Get Some Sleep!

With daylight saving time officially starting on Sunday, a new survey from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job sites, reveals that three in four (74 percent) full and part-time employees say they get less than eight hours of sleep on a typical work night, averaging just 6.9 hours of sleep. However, that is below […]

Candidates reveal 5 biggest career regrets

New data has revealed that 75.7% of Brits would start a new career if they had the chance, with almost half stating they’ve made a regretful career moves in the past. Although it’s worrying that so many British workers feel like they’re in the wrong career, it’s good news for recruiters who could be poised […]

Companies with the best perks around the world

It’s often in HR’s purview to create an employment package that provides more than just work. More and more candidates are looking for a job that provides meaning, purpose and, of course, perks. If your benefits package is still in a work in progress, or has become a stale section in the employee handbook, then […]

The most hilarious CV lies revealved

Lying on your CV may seem like a permissible idea at the time, but recruiters are becoming more and more savvy by the day. Changing qualifications, falsifying references and adding on job titles are all examples of rather common, though still unacceptable, resume fibs. Read here to see what lies recruiters have come across

How can you solve the productivity problem?

This week the UK’s longstanding issue with productivity is back on our screens and in our papers. Lack of training for the bottom 20% of the workforce has been credited as a major part of the problem with those who don’t excel in the current academic system failing to have their creative potential realised. So […]

The 9 most annoying office phrases

Picture the scene. You’re sitting in a meeting, probably your third of the day, when one of your back-benching colleagues decides it’s been too long since anyone heard his voice, so drops some innate and meaningless buzzwords; just to remind you all that they are still there. And participating. Click here to see the worst […]

Men 18% more likely to receive work training than women

New research has found that companies are 18% more likely to send men on work-related training than their female counterparts. According to the study, men were more likely to undergo supervisory training to help them become better leaders and managers, whereas women were offered courses on equality and diversity training – despite requiring, and wanting, […]

Are Nosy Employers breaking the law?

Prepping prior to interviewing is important – identifying something unique on a potential employees’ CV will allow you to garner information that could boost their chances, it puts them at ease and displays interest. However, new research from totaljobs has found that three-quarters of employers admit to checking their candidate’s social media as part of ‘interview preparation’ […]

The best UK region for recruitment right now

The South of England appears to be a promising area for recruiters, with a new climber, Crawley, making it to Adzuna’s top 10 best places in the UK to find a job. The jobsite found that the town, situated in West Sussex, had favourable competition per jobseeker ratio (0.18) and healthy average advertised salaries (£31,098), […]

Which Animals Make The Best Recruiters?

Our animal instincts can help us perform effectively in the workplace. Years of evolution have helped animals develop natural abilities to survive and even thrive in a hostile environment. Recruiters, whether sourcing permanent or temporary staff need to learn how to adapt and develop their skills in an ever changing market. Check out these attributes from across […]

Which workers can expect the best pay-rise?

With increased focused on stagnant wages and public sector pay caps, many workers are likely feeling undervalued by their employers. However, for workers in certain sectors, they can expect to see their pay packets rise with salaries touted to grow in 2018. Read this article to see if you may be one of them

REVEALED: The happiest UK professions

When it comes to pay and job satisfaction, it’s good news that those in human resources are some of the happiest workers in the UK – despite the gender pay gap still sitting at 10%. Those in consultancy and construction were also found to be some of the UK’s happiest workers.  However, staff in retail […]

Should you be giving your staff an M.O.T?

Whilst UK car drivers will be used to checking on the state of their vehicle, how many employers are checking in on the state of their workforce? For some employers, wellbeing programmes are now a given. However, not all organisations are on board, which is why start-ups, like Mobile Health MOT, are now popular. Have […]

The real reason your employees are quitting

Retention is an issue that still takes up much of HR’s time and energy. Constantly trying to figure out why good employees are heading toward the door, whilst simultaneously developing a sticky leadership development programme. Read this article to find out more

Recruitment firm reveals what will make a candidate rich

A rec firm has revealed what qualifications and degrees are the most likely to make candidates rich – by looking at the first careers and University choices of the hundred wealthiest people in the world. They found that the candidates most likely to end up with untold riches were sales people – which was the […]

10 things your candidate is doing wrong!

Some employers and recruiters have little tolerance for mistakes. Especially, if they’ve been inundated with applicants: why would they make excuses for interviewees who can’t conduct themselves professionally? Take a look at the list

Does your business need cars and vans to operate?

If so, then your drivers, other road users, members of the public, and even your organisation and its senior management are all exposed to something called Work-Related Road Risk which you need to manage. Click here to find out more

3 routes to making the best use of coaching in your organisation

There are only three different models of coaching delivery an organisation can rightly consider: Qualified internal coaches Qualified external coaches Leaders / managers as coaches Making the best use of coaching within your organisation is therefore a matter of making the best use of each of the three models. And of getting the mix right. […]

How long do you take for work?

The average worker in Britain now takes just 34 minutes for their lunch break with over half of workers (52 per cent) skipping their lunch break completely – a significant shift from the traditional one hour break. Londoners are most likely to skip their lunch hour altogether, closely followed by Birmingham, Manchester and Norwich. This […]

Why it’s never to late to start your own business.

Ita McNeil Jones set up her own business. She recalls: “I got to a stage in my career where i wasn’t feeling inspired by my work or the leaders around me. I thought:’There’s only one choice: do your own thing’.” read her story here

Welcome a board..

Some of our larger customers do this with all senior management, should this also be done with all new members of staff regardless of position within the business? Click here for more information  

3 ways to spot a lying candidate:

The phrase ‘little white lies’ may be permissible in certain aspects of life, but in recruitment it’s wholeheartedly forbidden. Candidates who embellish their CVs with fanciful add-ons may believe they’re just adding flesh to the bones but, in reality, they’re playing fast and loose with the truth – something that recruiters are tiring of. A […]

Why you should never text colleagues during an argument

We’re all guilty of it – sending a brash email to a colleague after they’ve annoyed you, instead of walking over to them and broaching the topic face-to-face. It’s in our human disposition to err away from conflict, and in a workplace environment this desire to stay out of trouble can only intensify a conflict. […]

Royal recruitment drive causes candidate crush

A job role advertised by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has been looked at over 32,000 times on LinkedIn – BBC reports. It would appear the chance to work with this trio of popular royals is more than enough in terms of remuneration. Over 32,000 interested applicants think so anyway. Click […]

Mental health staff get boost from Workplace ‘revolution’

The Government has pledged to open 21,000 more posts in the mental health sector, in order to cope with the growing demand for staff. “We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff,” For more information click here

Have you got the right work life balance?

There’s more to life than work. The way we work, where and when we work is changing. Work is an activity, not a place. Click here for some top tips to help in the new world of work:

Breaking down barriers

Mental Health is very much a topic of conversation at the moment for pointers on how we can all help click here,  

Recruitment Lessons from Game of Thrones!

Recruitment Grapevine provide an interesting twist to the recruiting world.  Not sure which characters from GoT we have here in the office? 🙂  For the full report click here.  

Worst Job Interviews

Diversity is about encountering people from all walks of life, however a job interview calls for a bit of structure and normality. To share some of the worst interviews click here

Avoid the risk of discrimination in per-employment checks

Its a sad fact that workplace discrimination is still an issue. Although perhaps often unintentional, people still fail to leave biases at the door when they enter their working environment, and base business decisions on personal perceptions. To find out more click here

Are you guilty of this?

A recent poll, commissioned by Uber, found that 36% of workers actively make up excuses in order to sneak out of the office early. The ride-hail firm’s YouGov poll interviewed 2,000 UK employees across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. To see the 10 most common lies staff tell to leave early click here

Mistakes that drive away new staff …..

Nearly 90% of firms estimate that between 10% and 25% of new employees leave within the first 6 months. For a few examples of how companies could let down new employees click here

10 things you should never say to your colleagues!

There’s a lesson to be learnt, regardless of the level of professional stature about what should never be uttered in the workplace. Experts have listed 10 things you should never say at work …. for more information click here

Are you a happy worker?

It is said that on average the happiest workers are in the United States and the most unsatisfied workers were based in Scotland and the South East of England. To see how levels of workplace happiness, and stress, vary around the world click here

What type of colleague are you?

We spend more time at work than we do with family and friends. Whilst the majority of UK workers get on some colleagues end up at each others throat. Here is a list of seven type of co worker you don’t want to be! For more information click here

Maybe think twice about pulling a sickie?

Over half of the UK employees feel guilty for taking a sick day because they feel as if they are leaving their colleagues in the lurch. For more information on some of the worst excuses for skipping work click here

Powder Coater

Overview: We are currently recruiting for a well respected company in Letchworth, They have been established over 25 years and specialise providing a quick turn round, medium volume high quality, heavy jobs that suit their facilities   They now have an opening for an experienced Powder Coater to join their team.   Description: Main duties will […]

Congratulations to Paul

Congratulations Paul, achieving 100 weeks for one of our customers, Thanks for all your hard work you’re a star.            

Timesheet Reminder

Don’t forget we need your signed timesheets’ in before Midday on Monday 10th this will ensure you get paid before Good Friday.   Thank you    

How to eat better with James Wong

How to eat better with James Wong! Event at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth: Tuesday 11th April 7.30pm Discover how to supercharge your food in an exclusive event with botanist and broadcaster James Wong.

We thought this was a given….

Seem not all recruiters look after their candidates like we do here at Arena Click the here for the full story from of Recruitment Grapevine  

Clocks go forward tonight

Don’t forget to put your clocks forward an hour tonight.  More daylight for the evenings which will be nice but an earlier start for those of you on working Sunday and next week.    

Well Done Arena

Big well done to Team Arena this weekend after taking part in the Muddy Mayhem 5k obstacle challenge. Keiron and George from the recruitment team took part along with their partners, both of who were placed in fantastic jobs through ourselves. Partnering up with our friends at Benchmark Fabrication Ltd in Letchworth, we were having […]

St Patrick’s Day

If you celebrate St Patrick’s day – have a Ball Want something to do today click here for what’s on in London.    

Murder Mystery Night

Murder Mystery Night at The Cromwell Hotel Stevenage Saturday 18th March – 7.30pm until the murderer is revealed!!! (including 3 course meal)

Happy Birthday to us!

19 years ago today we opened the doors of Arena Personnel. We have meet some great clients and candidates over the years and hope to continue to do so. Thanks to all of you that have supported us over the years.  

Pancake Day!

Are you Sweet or Savoury? Check out the Good Food website for ideas.

Networking Event – Property Services

BNI are hosting a visitors morning on Friday 24th February at Needham House Hotel, Little Wymondley from 6.30am – 9.30am focused around Property Services. The team are keen to meet local reputable companies from the following trades to pass work to: – Roofer – Tiler – Windows & Conservatory’s – Alarms & Security

Networking Event – Property Services

BNI are hosting a visitors morning on Friday 24th February at Needham House Hotel, Little Wymondley from 6.30am – 9.30am focused around Property Services. The team are keen to meet local reputable companies from the following trades to pass work to: – Fencing Contractor – Gardening Services – Interior Design – Plasterer


Its a time for celebration in the Arena Personnel offices today. We have applied for and today been awarded, our Gangmasters License. This license is to ensure protection for vulnerable workers in UK food and drink processing and packaging, agriculture and shellfish gathering. With this license we can now work with a whole host of […]

Wine Tasting Event

Wine-tasting at Needham House Hotel – Charity Event Saturday 18th February 2017 – 19.30 – 22.30

It’s the little things that count.

More than half of bosses are failing to recognise the impact a simple thank you can have on staff retention figures, according to new research. A survey of 1,002 workers by One4all Rewards, as part of the Rewards Review, revealed that 83% of the UK workforce admitted that being regularly thanked by an employer increases […]

Is this just the best job? 12 hours of sun a day!

In Cuba a woman is employed to look after a pair of sunglasses in the middle of a park in Havana. The woman is paid £195 a month by the government to stand for 12 hours a day next to a seated statue of John Lennon. When a tourist takes a picture she quickly places […]

New Career in 2017

We have many new positions available. If you are looking for a new job please send your CV to Thank you

Advent Challenge Day 14

Advent Challenge Day 14, Hide and Seek! Garf is playing silly buggers and hiding somewhere in our office, Only Keiron knows where Garf is and he’s not telling, Help Simon by making suggestions on our Facebook Page of where Garf is hiding, Box of Chocs will be waiting at the office for the first person […]

Advent Challenge Day 13

Advent Challenge Day 13 from Simon and Garf, Can you spot the differences between the two photos, the Elves tell us that there are 9 differences to spot…. Please make your suggestions on Facebook @ Arena Personnel Good Luck

Day 8

Advent Challenge Day 8. This year we have decided not to send Christmas cards but make a donation to a charity, Your challenge today is to nominate your charity of choice and the charity with the most votes will receive a generous donation. (Votes will be counted on the 16th December) Nominations received after this […]

The Elfs

Simon & Garf have a well deserved Sherry after finishing the tree #afternoontipple

“I say Honey”

And you thought Honey G was the only “rapper” to work in recruitment. Well here at Arena we all have our own rap names:- Check yours out here in Advent Challenge Day 7.

Advent Challenge Day 2

Advent Challenge Day 2, Office Planks, please send your best photo’s of you planking in the workplace, make sure your Health and Safety person is NOT about.

Tea Boys

Making a cuppa after the morning madness – Simon and Garf seems to be making a little bit of mess in our kitchen.

Simon and Garf are joining in the fun! They have decided to choose the best selfie, which will be rewarded with a sweet advent reward

The Elfs

Look who has arrived, The Elfs, Simon and Garf, they said they have come to help, but the cheeky little scamps are already tucking into the gifts kindly bought in by our grateful temporary workers – Lets hope they start working as hard as us during this crazy, busy festive season 😉

Advent Calendar Challenge!

Day one of our challenge, take a picture of yourself at work and post it on our business Facebook Page click here and here is one to get you started…..

Keep Calm its December

Wow December already.  How organised are you for the big day? However much you have to do remember to Keep Calm and enjoy the festive build up.

Best selling toys

How many of these do you remember? Click on the link for the best selling toys of the last 30 years.

25 Best UK Companies to Work For

What makes a work place really special?  Check out the link for the 25 best UK companies to work for.

Letchworth Christmas light switch on.

This years Letchworth Christmas lights switch on looks set to be a good one.  If you are free why not come and take a look.  Today from 3pm. Check out the link for a full event guide.

Work Life Balance

Do you feel like you have a good work life balance?

Who has a Christmas work party this year?

Are you going to a Christmas work party this year?  How are you feeling about going?  and which number best describes you?  I think I am probably The Light Weight!! Check out the full article

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day

This Year Arena Personnel Ltd are taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.  We have a donation box in the office as of today and are running a sweepstake (please call in to choose your stake) from now until the 16th December. Please donate what you can for this great charity. We would […]

Christmas Party Etiquette

More then a quarter of us regret our behaviour at the annual Christmas work bash! The article below may help with some tips on how to conduct ones self!

BBC Children In Need

Did you watch the telethon on Friday? Still time to donate. Click the link below if you wish too.

Helping Others

A nice story for the weekend.  A little kindness can go along way. I wonder if he got the Job?!

How Rude!

Here at Arena Personnel Ltd we feel like we have a commitment to look after our candidates and treat everyone as an individual. Take a look at this article to reveal some rather rude comments made by some other recruiters!

Arena Performance Award

Congratulations Aimie Thompson! Aimie is the recipient of our Arena Performance Award for October for being reliable, hard working and going the extra mile for our client, going in at the weekends and staying late when needed. Keep up the hard work!

New £5 notes

Check your serial numbers people!

Rethink Remembrance

This Year the Royal British Legion are asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by todays generation too. click the link to see more.

Wally Randall from Bedfordshire

In light of Remembrance Day we would like to share Wally Randall’s story. What a guy. Have you all got your Poppies?

Happiness in the work place

  Are you happy at work? Interesting article from Recruitment Buzz. Click the link to read more.

Half of UK workers do not use their degree

Do you have a degree that relates to your current Job? Some people just see university as a life experience. I guess its hard to know what you want to do career wise at 18. Or is it? Click the link to see an article from Recruitment Buzz.


Somebody has to do it! I could think of worse jobs.

All work and no play! Why not take a trip to the Fair?

  All work and no play! Who fancies all the fun of the fair? Tonight and tomorrow only the popular Stevenage Old Town Fair will be taking place. Click the link for more info from Stevenage Borough Council.

Autumn is here!

Autumn is officially here. Whats your favourite thing about the Autumn season? Here is ours Vanessa- “Bright, sunny, fresh days” Jenny- “The smell in the air and the colour change on the leaves” Keiron- “Carving pumpkins with the children” George- “The new Fifa game is out” Bobbie- “Long warm cardigans and fireworks” Have a great […]

Working when sick

Two thirds of UK employees work when they are sick. Click the link for full article.

UK Labour Market has Withstood Recent Brexit

  Well that’s good news. The UK labour market has withstood the recent Brexit. Click the link for more information.

Social Media Footprint

  How clean is your social media footprint?

Arena Performance Award

  We would like to Congratulate Mark Freeman on attaining Septembers Arena Performance Award. Since registering with us Mark has carried out various Temporary assignments at various Arena clients. He has always gone the extra mile for us and we have always received excellent feedback from our customers regarding Marks work and him as a […]

Parents Attending Job Interviews

  Interesting. Would you like your parents attending a job interview with you? Click the Link below.

Alan Titchmarsh and Davids Bookshop

  Alan Titchmarsh will be introducing and signing his new novel this evening through an event organised by Davids Book shop. Please click on the link for more information.’s-grand-tour

Get Data-savvy

The value of being Data-savvy!

Could you make a career from your Hobby?

  What is your hobby and could you take it up as your full time job? According to a recent UK survey almost nine tenths of Britons have considered it. Wouldn’t it be lovely to make money from our favourite past time? But then i guess it no longer becomes a hobby right?! Food for […]

What would you really like to do for a Job? Arena

What would you really like to do for a Job? I dont know about you but i still feel like this question is not an easy one to answer. The Who Cares Trust have some great information on their website that can help. Identifying and matching your own personality to the different career types available […]

Do not miss the 2016 Paralympics starting this week!

The Superhumans are back! Here at Arena we will be watching the inspirational coverage of the 2016 Paralympics. We thought you might like a reminder. Click the link for all the info.

Letchworth Event

If you fancy getting sporty this September why not enter the Duck N Dash Aquathlon at Letchworth Outdoor Swimming Pool on Sunday September the 11th. This friendly event is aimed at everyone from aged 8 to 80 and looks to be great fun. Click the link to for more information and to register.

Post Holiday Blues Arena

Does anyone feel like they have the Post Holiday Blues?! Click the link for some tips on how to beat it!  

Arena Performance Award for August 2016

Arena Performance Award Ooh! Who will be awarded the title for August.  One lucky person will be getting a surprise visit from Arena at work over the next couple of days. Watch this space. Good luck.

Get noticed job seekers

Have you ever gone above and beyond to get noticed? How far would you go to “Stand out from the crowd” Check out the list of lengths some job seekers have gone to!

Strange Interview Questions

If you were part of a hamburger which part would you be and why? Check out these really strange interview questions.  Don’t worry, we Haven’t got any of these waiting for you here at Arena Personnel. We have had fun in the office though trying to answer a few! How would you answer some of […]

Beers Bangers and Bourdon Arena

Calling all Cowboys! What are you upto tomorrow?  This event looks great for all the family if you are looking for something to do in Letchworth. Please click the link below for more info.

David Brent CV , Arena

A talented guy called Chris McColgan has created a CV for David Brent! Very funny. Check out the link below.

GCSE Results Day Students and Temporary work

GCSE results day today.  Good Luck from the Arena team and remember all is not lost if you did not get the result you hoped for. Check out the link for some tips of what to do next if this was the case. Temporary work is a great way to earn a little extra […]

How Do You Get to Work?

How do you get yourself to work? Walking or cycling or even taking public transport can have major health benefits and improve your general health and mental well being. The environment will thank you too.

Free Event Letchworth

    Looking for something to do with the children this week? Letcworth Garden City BID are running a FREE event on Wednesday 17th August. Dungeons & Dragons

Strange Jobs at the Olympics 2016

  Fancy any of these strange jobs at the Olympics? Everybody has their part to play! Click the link.

Arena Ways to Increase Your Brain Power

  Ever feel like you could increase your brain power? After all the brain is a muscle and needs to be exercised. Click the link for some ideas.

Arena Nervous Attending Interviews

  Do you get nervous when it comes to attending interviews? In my opinion nerves are good, nerves mean you care! Click the link to see a few different ideas to help calm those nerves.

Arena Student Habbits

Old habits die hard! Do any of our lovely students think this will be them in the future? Surely not! Click on the link

Arena Performance Award

Earlier today George had great pleasure in presenting Grzegorz Kedzierski with the Arena Performance Award for July. Grzegorz has been working through us at North Herts District Council in a Caretaking capacity for several weeks now and has proven to be an excellent temporary worker. Not only have we had lovely feedback from our client […]

CV Sinner

  Are you a CV sinner? Click on the link below for some great CV writing tips!

Game of Thrones CV

  Games of Thrones Style CV. Genius. When appropriate its great to see a bit of creativity.

The Job Interview

  Has anyone seen The Job Interview on channel 4? Well worth a watch in our opinion. In its first series on Tuesdays at 9pm. Click the link below to catch up on the first few episodes. Enjoy.


  How much water are you drinking daily? We love this article from “Good to Know”. Please take a look and stay hydrated!

Sunday Prep

  I little bit of planning and preparation on a Sunday can make all the difference to the week ahead.  Check out the link below for a few hints a tips.

know good value recruiters

Thank you Recruitment Buzz for a great article. Yes we are proud of what we do and are invaluable to your recruitment process.

Treasure Hunt

  Did you know that starting from Saturday the 30th July, local children are invited to take part in a unique treasure hunt organised by Letchworth BID and furniture store Martins of Letchworth? 80 wooden discs have been hidden around Letchworth Garden City to celebrate Martins 80th anniversary. Hunt high and low as these can […]

Unemployment rate new low

    The UK’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since July 2005. Click the link below for more information

good impressions

You got the job! Now to make a good impression when you start. Click the link for 20 tips.  

Sport Talk

I think it is safe to say that talking “sport” has a positive impact in the work place.  Casual conversations about the latest sporting results can be great ice breakers!  love it or hate it, “sport talk” can boost morale, improve mood and therefore productivity within the company. It is a subject to be enjoyed […]

Pokemon Go

Has anyone got to grips with Pokemon Go yet? Are you just far to busy to go get those Pokemon? why not pay someone to do it!!!!! Check out the link  

Job Hoarder

  Accepting multiple Job offers seems to be a bit of a trend. Things could get messy. Click for more on that story.

Farmers Market

Dont miss the Letchworth Farmers Market today in Leys Square.

Bedford River Festival

  Check out the link for information about the Bedford River Festival. It looks like a great event.

Awkward! Celeb Interviews.

Check out these awkward celebrity interviews.  


If only our Logan would get in the car in the mornings and come into the office like he used too! We miss you Loggi Bear.


Cringe! According to Business Insider UK these 27 words are NOT to be used.  

Lazy Girl

  Say it how it is Dad!

tattoo taboo

Are tattoos in the work place still a grey area? Click the link for more info.

Robot Counsellor

Even robots need to talk! Fancy being a Robot Counsellor? Click here for the jobs of the future.


  Its World Chocolate Day!!!!! Not that i need a reason but here are 11 reasons why you should eat chocolate today. Enjoy.

Feeling Fit?

There is still time to sign up.  Click here for more details on the “Run around the garden.”

Happy Birthday to the queen

As the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday today here are a few fun facts from History Extra for you!  

Arena are going all Dolly Parton!

Guys as you know we work many hours not only in the office but behind the scenes too. So seeing as we are allowed we are now going to be in the office for slightly less hours. Working 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, Happy Days 🙂

National Living Wage Applies Tomorrow.

Some Good News. Over a million workers in the UK aged 25 and over are set to directly benefit from the 50p per hour increase. What You Need To Know About the National Living Wage. • The new National Living Wage rate is £7.20 per hour • It will apply to those aged 25 and […]

Clocks Going Forward Don’t Forget!

A little reminder from Arena that the clocks go forward in the early hours of Sunday morning and an interesting article from the Telegraph explaining why. Here’s to more daylight!

National Living Wage

NATIONAL LIVING WAGE Some Good News Over a million workers in the UK aged 25 and over are set to directly benefit from the 50p per hour increase. What You Need To Know About the National Living Wage. • The new National Living Wage rate is £7.20 per hour • It will apply to those […]

A Few Words From Our Customers

Some Lovely Words From Our Lovely Customers. • All approachable • Honest and friendly • Willing to help • They put 100% effort into everything • Match the right people to the job • Able to deal with and resolve problems 24 hours a day • A bunch of lovely ladies – Steph, Showcard Print […]

Homeless Shoebox Appeal

Arena took part in the Homeless Shoebox Appeal Herts and Essex this year.  Many thanks to those who contributed.  It’s nice knowing this will bring smiles to people in times of hardship over the festive period.

Thank you

Thank you Vilma Zalpiene for the lovely gift of chocolates and coffee. We wish you all the best from everyone at Arena in your new full time permanent role.

What Makes an Effective Recruitment Process

As Reported in Daily News Recruitment International. A third of workers admit to doing a U-turn after accepting a job offer. 60% of hiring managers for SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) have offered a candidate a role in the last two years that was later declined, and a third (34%) of UK workers have […]

Helpful hints when looking for work

Courtesy of the National Careers Service So, you’ve seen a job or a course that you really want to apply for. A good CV and expert interview skills can help you get where you want to be. Still, thinking about them can be scary! Here are a few key tips to help you prepare. Start […]

All work and no play. Halloween fun in Letchworth

What has everyone got planned for Halloween? I must say I am impressed with how much is going on in lovely Letchworth this year to entertain you all with or without the kids. Check out the Nostalgia Fright Night at the Broadway Hotel’s This great post from the Heritage Foundation has all the info you […]

Arena Personnel at a Glance

We are currently very busy with a wide range of vacancies in and around Hertfordshire. From part time to full time, temporary to permanent, so if you are currently unemployed and looking for work or fancy a change of career please call us for a chat and see if we can help you in your […]

How social media can effect your future when it comes to finding a job.

We should all think before we “Post” when looking for work! According to an article reported in ‘Recruitment Grapevine’ social media has become a first port of call for many employers when selecting a new candidate.  With references to drinking, drug use, poor grammar and even selfies seen as negative and quick to put recruiters […]

NMW Increase 2015

Here at Arena we like to keep you all well informed and there is great news ahead. From Thursday 1 October 2015, the adult rate of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise by 20 pence from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour. This is the largest real-terms increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2007, and more […]

Fancy a job at Netflix

Think you have had tough interview questions? Click here to see the types of questions they ask at interviews

Well Done Again to Leila Forrest!

Well done AGAIN to Leila Forrest for winning this weeks best weekly presentation at BNI Legends for a second time. She celebrated last night with cocktails and cheesecake – sounds like our kind of celebration! If you are looking for an opportunity to generate more word of mouth business for your company, please let us […]

Congratulations to Leila Forrest

Well done Leila for winning this weeks best weekly presentation trophy at BNI Legends in Letchworth – not bad for 6am on a Wednesday morning! If you are looking for an opportunity to generate more word of mouth business for your company, please let us know. We would love to invite you to have breakfast […]

Arena Personnel – Recruitment Experts and Vodka Connoisseurs

We had a surprise visit this afternoon from one of our most loveliest of ladies who has recently been taken on permanently at one of our customers. She came bearing gifts of chocolate and booze – our two favourite things! The bottle is of Zubrowka Bison Grass Flavoured Vodka, a Polish specialty, which prompted a […]

Shorthand Secretary – Nr Biggleswade

Temporary Assignment starting Friday 22nd May 2015. Working for a high end catering company assisting the Owner with minute taking and general secretarial duties.

Thank You Vilma!

We’d like to give a massive thank you to one of our lovely candidates, Vilma Gasiunaite, for popping in to the office to surprise us with these lovely goodies. We can’t wait to start tucking in – but of course the bottle wont be opened until after hours!

Farewell and Thank you!

This week we have said goodbye to three great candidates. All for good reasons as two of them have secured permanent positions, so “Congratulations” to Gary Ebdon and Cristina Ene. Also Viki M has gone back to live in her home country. You have all been fantastic, hard working and reliable loyal candidates and we […]

Happy Birthday Raymond

Congratulations to Raymond on working for us today on a busy busy day! With it being his birthday Leila paid him a special visit at work delivering him cakes and a card. Enjoy your birthday evening Raymondo!


Timesheet Reminder. Thanks everyone for all your hard work this last week. Just a reminder that next week we need to run payroll a day early as next Friday is a Bank Holiday. Please can you make sure we have your timesheet by Monday lunchtime at the latest, we can then make sure you are […]

Promotion for Leila Forrest

Arena are pleased to announce the promotion of Leila Forrest to Senior Recruitment Consultant.  “Congratulations!” Employed as a Recruitment Co-ordinator in 2011 Leila has learnt the ropes and successfully supported Vanessa during this time.  Leila will now oversee all of the industrial recruitment for Arena. With a large database of skilled and unskilled industrial staff […]

CV tips

At Arena, we will always be happy to advise you on your CV, how it should look and what you should include to impress potential employers. Your CV is your tool to showcase your skills and your experience. We have found 2 great links that may help give you additional advice and tips when you […]

Why Temporary work is worth it?

Is this a good thing? It certainly can be. As a career transition expert, I view temporary work as a perfect chance for a career switcher to try on different hats, work in various types of businesses, even add new skills and experience. A temporary, “dip in the pool” assignment lets you get a feel […]

Agency Good Practice

The REC will be driving a good practice agenda on Managed Services issues in 2012. This will involve new research on the Managed Services market, the promotion of a specific Code of Practice and dialogue with Government Departments on how regulations and procurement procedures should reflect different supply models. We expect the Code to be […]