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Congratulations to The Massage Company

We are delighted to share the news that The Massage Company won Best New Business in Surrey at the SME Surrey Business Awards. As recruiters for The Massage Company we couldn’t be happier for them in their success.

 

Charlie Thompson Operations Director said ‘We were delighted to win Best New Business in Surrey. As a business we bring a whole new concept to the UK. Massage should not just be a luxury-it should be a vital part of leading a balanced and healthy life’.

When we announced our partnership with The Massage Company we said then just how much we were looking forward to working with people with such a clear strategy, one that clearly is working! – Read more about our partnership at http://www.4leisurerecruitment.co.uk/blog/spaandbeauty-news/announcing-partnering-with-the-massage-company/

From here we not only want to congratulate them on this fabulous award but we are also excited about what the future will hold for them. For more information about the company please visit their website www.massagecompany.co.uk

The SME Surrey Business Awards are an endorsement of hard-work, determination and enterprise in business. Winning such an award recognises a business and offers exceptional opportunities as well increasing credibility. http://surreyawards.co.uk/

The Massge Company win Best New Business of 2016 at the SME Surrey Awards

Do recruiters use social media to check on candidates?

Do you think about what you post on your social media accounts? If you’re looking for a job then you should!

Recent research by CareerBuilder found that around 60% of recruiters in the US use social media to garner more information about a candidate. We imagine it’s a similar story here in the UK, though we’ll leave it to you to guess whether we are in the 60% ourselves!

Read the full article at – http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2016/04/28/37823/

Do recruiters use social media

The truth is that it is irrelevant whether you think it’s ethical for a recruiter to check out your personal social media feeds because it goes on regardless. It is part of a recruiter’s job to make sure their client is getting the best possible candidates for consideration. If you’re actively looking for a job, then you need to be careful what you post.

You may think that no-one really looks at your social media postings but once you cross the line and post something, it’s no longer a secret. Whether you have 1 follower, or 1 million, the content is there for all to see. Let’s hope Gary Lineker doesn’t regret this tweet from earlier this month.

gary-linekar-tweet

Whether or not Gary is right or wrong in his early assessment of Leicester City’s likely league finishing position, it would take a very brave man to go back on this promise, especially as it’s been retweeted over 33,000 times, taking the reach of this lone tweet into the millions. OK, Gary is a very famous seller of crisps and will inevitably attract attention, but when you’re looking for a job, you’re trying to catch the attention of potential employers and those tasked with working on their behalf. Probably best to not give off a bad impression of yourself.

To make a bad impression of yourself, according to the research, you should use bad language, use inappropriate or provocative photos, show yourself up as a racist or bigot, bad-mouth your current or former employers, or show general poor communication skills.

To create a good impression, you should use a professional photograph, share updates which support the skills you claim to have, and have good communication skills.

It’s not a good idea to stay off social media altogether either – around 40% of employers say that lack of digital presence is off-putting. Maybe in this age of almost everyone using social media, it looks suspicious if you don’t.

So what can you do? First of all, look at all your social media accounts and put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes. Is there anything in there which would make a recruiter think twice before recommending you to an employer?

Then improve your accounts. Can you add positive stories to your accounts which reinforce your professional image? Can you replace your dodgy profile pic with something more professional, for example.

Going forward, employers have been known to use social media to keep a check on employees, so don’t think that the game stops once you’re safely in the job. Be mindful of what you post on social media all of the time – you never know who might be watching!

Why not follow us on social media too?

For National Spa Week: The history of the spa

The modern day Spa has centuries of history built into its structure.

As far back as Greek and Roman times bathing in spa waters was well known for medicinal and healing properties with people often making pilgrimages to help with their ailments. Even further back in time the Egyptians indulged in the taking of baths in healing waters with added oils and remedies. Spirituality played a key role in the importance of cleanliness and healing.

More recently and here in Europe historically, visiting spa towns to heal the body and mind was extremely fashionable in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The wealthy loved visiting the spa towns to rest and recuperate after or during illness as it was much believed to improve the health of the body and the mind.

The history of the spa

It seems as a human race we have for thousands of years enjoyed taking part in indulgent activity we feel improves our health and state of mind and that also has a side effect of making us feel more beautiful.

The modern day spa has developed and branched into a hugely diverse industry. The human need to feel pampered and ‘healed’ in mind and body has expanded. Across the world spas and associated treatments cater for both men and women and almost any treatment imaginable is now available.

The history of the spa

Spas and treatments improve bodily function, combat insomnia, improve skin quality, relax and refresh tired, aching and painful muscles and reduce anxiety and stress. Associated treatments can remove unwanted hair, shape brows, deliver light and heat therapy…..whatever treatment we want there is a spa that provides it. As an expanding industry the spa industry caters for what seems to be a primal need to be ‘touched’, ‘healed’ and generally made to feel better about ourselves.

National Spa Week 2016

Celebrating and promoting the spa industry is National Spa Week from October 31st-November 4th when UK spas and salons are opening their doors to entice new and existing customers to visit, and further promote the work of spas and spa therapists.

Even better, participating salons are invited to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care during the week by donating a percentage of the profit during National Spa Week. So if you have ever considered a hot stone massage, a detox body wrap or an Indian head massage this could be the week to book it in and support a fantastic charity. Looking after our emotional and physical health has never been more important in the hectic lifestyle of this century!

For more information about National Spa Week, please visit http://spaweek.co.uk/about-sdw

Four leisure jobs fit for a football manager (or an ex-football manager)

Have you had to leave a high-profile well-paid job in sport recently? *coughs* It’s bad times but don’t despair. If you have experience in sports and transferable skills then there will be a leisure job for you, even if you were, for example, as high-up as the manager of the England football team.

Leisure jobs

You may want to take a break for a while, maybe to refresh your mind and body, before you get stuck back in to sports and leisure again, but rest assured, 4Leisure Recruitment are here to help.

Here are four leisure jobs which could be a great fit for you…..

General Manager for a leisure complex

If you are confident in managing a team of high-performing people, have steely determination, and are able to inspire and lead, then maybe you could be a general manager for a leading leisure brand at their complex in the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire area.

With a salary of £40,000 – £45,000 and an achievable bonus package, this is not to be sniffed at. It might be less than you’re used to, but it’s working for a company with room for development and you won’t have the press on your doorstep if you slip up occasionally. Hopefully.

Learn more at http://www.4leisurerecruitment.co.uk/jobs/bedfordshire/buckinghamshire/health-catering/senior-appointments/other/general-manager-golf-centre-milton-keynes/2154/

How about being a sales manager?

Are you an inspirational leader who can get the best from your team? Then come and work somewhere a bit more scenic, and away from the spotlight of London. A Dorset-based health and fitness provider is seeking a tenacious sales manager to join their team.

Your job is to increase footfall and convert leads into new memberships by innovative marketing and inspiring your sales staff. It requires some evenings and weekend working, but you can do this in the very nice high-end facility rather than facing the wind and rain in a dugout in some European town.

Fancy this one? There is more information at http://www.4leisurerecruitment.co.uk/jobs/dorset/health-fitness/sales-manager/2166/

A lifeguard?

If you can swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds, jump or dive deep in to the water, and have a passion for keeping people of all ages safe and sound, then you can take your NPLQ and be a lifeguard. Lifeguarding gets a bad rep sometimes but I don’t really know why. It’s a great job that teaches you the basics you will need for working in the leisure industry, and often provides flexible work you can do in on evenings and weekends, or just in the summer, or off-season if you like. In fact, why not do it anyway and you can work it around another job for that bit of extra cash? Just don’t be trying to sell on pool noodles for profit to undercover reporters or you might find yourself back in the job centre.

Here’s a job that’s going right now http://www.4leisurerecruitment.co.uk/jobs/north-london/health-fitness/lifeguards-in-edmonton/2162/

Beauty Brand Ambassador

If you’re available for ongoing work immediately (and a little bird told me that you are), then we are looking for beauty brand ambassadors. We need people with a passion for the beauty industry, with outgoing personalities, and exceptional customer service and communication skills. I mean, you have experience dealing with the press, right? We offer weekly pay and the opportunity to work with some luxury cosmetic and perfume brands. It might be a bit different to the sales patter that you’re known for, but if you have retail experience, then please consider this.

We are currently recruiting for Beauty Brand Ambassadors in Newbury, and all over greater London http://www.4leisurerecruitment.co.uk/jobs/berkshire/spa-beauty/beauty-brand-ambassador/2167/

If you’re looking for a new job in leisure, then please do get in touch

We’re here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 01895 450640 or on email 24/7 info@4leisurerecruitment.co.uk

All the best for the future in finding your next job. Just try to keep hold of that one for longer, eh?

How a sport becomes an ‘Olympic’ sport and how Rugby Sevens made that journey.

Rugby Union was played at Olympic level between 1900 and 1924, at which stage it was dropped from the line-up. This year sees Rugby Sevens appear on the Olympic stage – So what is Rugby Sevens and what does it take to be an Olympic sport?

Flexibility in the line-up for the Olympics reflects societal change and diversity over the ages. Sports go in and out of fashion over time. The rugby played in the Olympic Games back at the turn of the century was the traditional 15 player game. The game included today in the battle for medals is the newer faster and shorter version. This shorter version currently being celebrated by Olympic viewers originated as a fund-raiser in Scotland back in 1883. From there it spread, firstly south of the Scottish borders and then globally.

Women's rugby

Rugby sevens is administered by World Rugby and is played internationally with the World Rugby Seven Series running annually.

Rugby Sevens is a variant of rugby union and has only seven players on each team. There are only five subs and substitutions are limited to five. The match is played in two halves of seven minutes each with only a one-two minute half-time break. The entire structure of the game is designed to keep it fast paced and free-flowing. Played by both men and women this design means that entire tournaments can be played in a matter of days as is the case in Rio.

The olympics

The International Olympic Committee are the body responsible for deciding the fate of a sport that chooses to apply for Olympic inclusion. The journey is a long and complicated one.

Initially the sport has to be recognised as a sport by the IOC. Then the IOC require that the sport be governed by an international body. That body then has to apply many codes and rules set out by the Olympic charter. Recognition as a sport does not however determine inclusion, – for example chess has for many years tried to become part of the Olympics.

An application process can then be undertaken where the IOC decide which applications are successful. The decision is based on a number of factors; including the popularity of the sport, and that the sport must be played by both men and women. Cost factors concerning where to hold the sport are considered in order that hosts are not faced with huge overheads for a venue which may never again be used. Appeal to the younger generation is also a factor and the sport must be considered to ‘add value’ to the games.

Whilst rugby sevens made it back into the games this year, baseball and wrestling were removed. Announced just this month, baseball has made it back onto the list of confirmed sports for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This highlights the ever-changing face of sport and society. Completely new to the line-up in 2020 will be skateboarding and surfing.

The journey to become a new Olympic sport is a complicated one based on many factors and in years to come we may even see the return of the good old tug of war!

Until then it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fiercely exciting Rugby Sevens tournaments and break out your skateboards – there is only four years to make it into the GB Skateboarding team!

Skateboarder

Five not-to-be-missed sporting events this summer

As soon as the weather begins to warm and the daylight hours begin to stretch we see a huge increase in the amount of sport that we as a nation consume.

So far this year has seen some incredible sporting events with still some spectacular ones to follow. There has been football drama in the Euro 2016 championships, superb quality tennis over the Wimbledon fortnight, Horse racing, Formula One, Cricket, Golf, the list goes on! Counting down the days to the beginning of the 2016 Olympics we thought we would take a quick look at five events that if you missed them this year you will want to catch them next time around.

Earlier in the season you will of course remember the very tense World Nettle Eating championships in West Dorset. This year’s winner consumed approximately 76 feet of the plants and comfortably (or uncomfortably) beat his nearest rival by approximately 20 feet. Next year the championships are expected to be in the same place should you be considering entering. This winner this year also came first last year so some hard training over the winter may be necessary. More more information on how to take part next year, please visit http://www.bottle-inn.net/#!nettle-eating-bottleinn-nettle/c19qp

Also not for the faint hearted is the Toe Wrestling World Championships in Derbyshire.

Established in the 1970s the World Championships has a rich heritage. The entrance regulations for this event are rigorous with contestants having to pass a strict toe inspection before competing. The date for 2017 has yet to be revealed. Unfortunately, the sport was denied inclusion for the Olympics in 1997 as the Olympic committee were unsure if it would qualify as a winter or summer sport.

All you need to know at https://bentleybrookinn.co.uk/toe-wrestling/

If you fancy a spot of travelling for your sport, then Finland hosts the annual Wife Carrying World Championships in summer. There are four customary styles to ‘carry the wife’ (although some contestants do borrow a ‘wife’ for the contest), the wife can be dangled, piggybacked, thrown over the shoulder and also be crosswise across the shoulders. Should there be any interested parties looking to take up serious competition training over the winter the link below will take you to a page which offers advice in how to become a ‘master’ at carrying the wife. As a country, the United Kingdom has been under-represented in these championships, and it would be great to see this turn around. As an incentive, the organisers insist that carrying the wife is very good for your relationship!

Find out more at http://www.eukonkanto.fi/en/How+to+Become+a+Master+in+Wife+Carrying.html

More recently if you were lucky enough to make it see the London Chessboxing Championships. Chessboxing sees two competitors play a three-minute game of chess followed by a round of boxing, and so on. Well until there is either a knockout or a checkmate. Training for this event must indeed take severe amounts of dedication and perseverance, also a liking for chess and boxing!

You can join in with Chessboxing classes at http://londonchessboxing.com/classes/

Lastly and one not to be missed for this year is the 31st World Bogsnorkelling Championships in August. These truly international world championships have seen participants from around the globe and promises to be an event like no other. The event to be held in Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales also runs a fancy dress element to the competition.

For anyone who is interested-it is not too late to enter. Online entries close seven days before the event on Sunday August 28th. Visit the information page where you can find out how to register register. Good luck to those who are brave enough to enter!

More info at http://www.green-events.co.uk/events.html?id=57

For the rest of us who may not be brave enough to have a go at some of the listed sports we wish you a happy countdown to the start of the Olympics (minus Toe-wrestling) and hope you enjoy all of the wonderful sports the summer still has for us to enjoy!

Congratulations to Jodie (and mum!)

All the team here at 4Leisure wanted to say a huge well done to our own Jodie and mum Michele who completed the Race for Life in Hillingdon on Sunday (5th June) in 45 minutes!

Jodie sends thanks to all those generous souls who have sponsored her and helped her smash her target!

The weather was kind and runners took part in their droves. A truly amazing cause to raise money for, if anyone has picked up the running bug from Jodie there are many more events taking place during the rest of the year.

http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event/index.html

Well done Jodie and Michele, running in honour of a special lady and raising money for a great cause.

It’s not too late to sponsor Jodie and Michele – you can top up their total at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michelecoleman

Jodie and Michele do Race for Life Jodie and Michele do Race for Life Jodie and Michele do Race for Life

Jodie to run 5k for Cancer Research UK

This weekend, 4Leisure Recruitment resourcer Jodie and mum Michele will be running Race for Life in Hillingdon to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Race for Life is the UK’s biggest ladies only fundraising event. Starting in 1994 as a single 5k race in Battersea Park, London, Race for Life has expanded into over 200 regional races which include 5k and 10k races, half-marathons, marathons, and the popular Pretty Muddy, a pink version of endurance events such as Tough Mudder.

Races are more about participation than record breaking times – you are encouraged to “walk, jog, or run” a 5k, and women of all ages, sizes, and ability take part. Since Race for Life began, over 6 million women have taken part, and over £493 million has been raised for Cancer Research UK

Facts about Race for Life

  • A 5k Race for Life in 2001 was Jane Tomlinson’s first ever fundraising event after her cancer diagnosis. She went on to raise over £1.75 million for charity.
  • Runners wear a card in memory of those for who they are running.
  • Pink is the colour of Race for Life. Participants are known as the Pink Army
  • Following complaints about the ladies only event being discriminatory, a Run for Moore in memory of the late footballer Bobby Moore was introduced, but discontinued in 2010. Boys under 12 are allowed to take part in the ladies race after a rule change in 2012.

Jodie and Michele have met their fundraising target ahead of this weekend’s race but welcome more. All goes to a fantastic charity who work to find a cure for the numerous cancers that exist, and also develop new treatments for cancer patients. They also advise people about cancer, and act as advisors to government health policy makers.

If you would like to give Jodie and Michele a little boost, please visit their giving page and sponsor them a little money – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michelecoleman

IMATS London 2016 – see you there!

This week, Ali and Hayley-Jo will be attending IMATS London. Will we see you there?

IMATS London 2016

IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show) London is a trade exhibition for the make-up industry’s biggest names where they will share their skills, secrets and stories. Now in its 15th year IMATS brings together film, fashion, TV and theater artists with budding make-up artists.

There will be make-up classes and live demos at the show, and top make-up brands will sell the latest and greatest products.

Cutting-edge beauty artist Alex Box will unveil her latest project at IMATS London. The former Illamasqua creative director’s work has appeared inVogue and Won the faces of Lady Gaga and Kate Moss and on the catwalks for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel. She’ll do a make-up demo and spend one-on-one time with attendees.

Love make-up shopping? You’re in luck: International brands including Urban Decay, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Bobbi Brown Pro and Make Up For Ever Paris will unveil new products and offer old favorites.

In the Battle of the Brushes student make-up competitions, international make-up students will race to create winning looks. This year’s beauty competition is themed Carnival/Circus; the character competition is themed Four Decades of Star Wars. And the Make-up Museum will showcase creations from well-loved films and TV shows.

IMATS London 2016 looks to be another fantastic event and Ali and Hayley-Jo are very much looking forward to seeing what’s new in the world of make-up, and meeting lots of new make-up professionals. If you see them, please do go and say hello.

Ali McAlister

Ali of 4Leisure Recruitment

Ali is our spa and beauty Business Development Consultant. She has 22 year’s experience in the spa and beauty industry and specialises in networking, recruitment opportunities, consultancy, and training and education

Hayley-Jo

Hayley Jo of 4 Leisure Recruitment

Hayley-Jo joins us from a wonderful background within the beauty and entertainment industries having worked for several national and global companies, including 4 magical years with Disney Cruise Line, and also managing premium beauty counters within department stores. Hayley-Jo is new to 4Leisure Recruitment, so be nice!

IMATS London runs from 3rd to 5th June at the Olympia National in West Kensington. You can find out more information at http://imats.net/2016-london/  

How to…..attract candidates in a flat leisure job market

How to attract great leisure industry candidatesI don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a reduction in the number of skilled candidates recently. Whether this is because leisure companies are getting better at hanging on to their skilled, experienced staff (very important in a people-centric industry) or less people are choosing to pursue a career in leisure, I’m not really sure yet, but as one of the UK’s leading leisure recruiters, we’re certainly seeing the pool of job-seeking leisure professionals shrink, while demand for good leisure staff is as high as ever. Well, we do like a challenge!

This doesn’t help you if you’re looking for skilled staff to push your leisure business forward and expand, or to fill gaps where staff have moved on to pastures new. If you’re finding that recruiting the right staff for your business is more challenging than usual, then you’re not alone.

Here’s what you can do to give yourself the best chance of finding great candidates, and making sure your preferred candidates say yes to your offer.

Pay

Have a look at whether your pay offer is competitive. Check out what your competitors are paying (especially those who tempted away your last skilled worker) and see if what you’re offering stacks up. Yes, you may have been competitive 18 months ago, but things can change quickly. Recent introductions such as the National Living Wage have altered the game considerably, especially for those at the lower end of the pay scale.

Read this article about the importance of pay in retaining employees

Benefits

While pay is fundamentally important to lots of employees, if you’re on a strict wage budget then it’s not always possible just to solve a problem by throwing money at it. Can you offer other things which could tip the balance in your favour?

Free membership and use of your facilities may not appeal to everyone, but if the gym is something you own and control, then it’s worth a try. Same for product based companies – can you offer a substantial discount on your products?

If you’re a big company, you could negotiate a group buying discount which you can pass on to your employees – private healthcare is popular, or store discount cards so your staff can save money on their essential outgoings.

If you’re a small company or a start-up then what about offering share options in your company as a bonus, or for longer service? This is a great incentive for staff to help make sure your business is a success, and gives the staff a reward for their hard work.

Working hours

There is more demand for flexible working hours. Employers have an obligation to take seriously all requests for flexible working, and where the employer cannot or is not willing to help the employee out, then that employee is more likely to start looking for someone who can.

If you can offer ‘better’ hours, then you may give yourself an advantage when attracting good candidates. Listen to what your candidates want in terms of flexibility – maybe they just want to work fewer weekends, or have the option to leave early a couple of days a week. Some flexibility on your part may make working for your business that little bit more of a viable option.

You might like this article on why leisure staff may want to work more flexibly 

Marketing

If you have a great pay offer, some nice benefits, and offer a degree of flexible working then you sound like a great option for good candidates. If you’re not shouting about this, then you should be! Make sure that candidates know what a great company you are to work for. Great marketing should sell your brand and your business not only to paying customers, but also to potential employees, so get your company out there and make sure that your job vacancies get under the noses of the right people.

Are you that great candidate that leisure companies are looking for?

If you’re a leisure professional in demand, then now is a great time to move. With fewer leisure professionals chasing a high number of vacancies, you’re in a great position to negotiate, not only with your current employer, but also with potential employers.

Speak to a specialist leisure recruitment company – we know a good one! – and see where you sit in the market, and to assess your worth. Look at what other companies are paying by keeping an eye on current vacancies, even if you don’t want to move just yet – it’s a great way of seeing what’s out there.

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