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Job Locker Media Centre

The Job Locker media centre contains all the latest news, views and blogs from the team here at Job Locker and from our trusted partners.

Forget the long commute

Fed up with the long commute? Want to work locally? 

Deadly interview mistakes to avoid

We know that securing a job interview can be difficult. In competitive markets, recruiters and hiring managers have the luxury of picking from a large pool of suitable candidates and…

The Harrison Sands mega list of CV errors

As a busy recruitment agency we get to see a huge volume of CVs, directly submitted to us in application to the jobs we advertise or located through the various…

Tidying up your social media

Social media is increasingly blurring the lines between professional and personal lives with what people share, how they think, what they do and what they say open to increasing amounts…

The STAR interview technique for recruiters

As a recruiter, you’ll no doubt develop your own style and process for running interviews with candidates. But how effective is this at getting the information you really need? And…

Bluestones Group supports International Women’s Day

As the world increasingly focuses on diversity and equality there’s never been a more relevant time to celebrate International Women’s Day. At Bluestones Group, we encourage an entrepreneurial mindset and invest...

The Classroom Partnership offers £150 book vouchers for World Book Day

We love promoting the value of reading at The Classroom Partnership. Recently, we supplied whole collections of Roald Dahl books to schools that won from our prize draw to celebrate…

Job Locker opens its doors

The Job Locker platform has, this week, opened its doors to allow more companies to advertise on its platform.

NWP Resourcing secures exclusive M&E project in Birmingham

NWP Resourcing has secured a significant contract to provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) staff to a long-term multi-million-pound construction project in Birmingham. The resourcing company will be supplying skilled and experienced…

Fall in love with recruitment all over again

We’re happily well into the new calendar year now and the January blues are a distant past already, but as the winter weather still has a firm hold over the…

Being more productive

Now the New Year is fully underway, there’s an opportunity for recruiters to start working more productively. Working smarter, rather than simply harder, should be a goal of any good…

5 reasons not to give up job searching at Christmas

In a competitive market, finding a job – let alone the right job – can be hard. And logically, you might think that finding a new role at Christmas will…

Fundamental CV writing tips

Writing a good CV should be a priority for any jobseeker. It’s typically the first opportunity a recruiter or employer has to interact with a jobseeker, so conveying the right…

Productive home working tips

As more and more employers provide flexible and home working as a regular option, it’s worth exploring some of our top tips for productive home working.

Maximising recruiter productivity

The difference between being a good recruiter and being a great recruiter is usually defined by little more than the amount you bill. So how do you go about maximising…

Why counter offers rarely work

Regardless of which sector or profession you work in, it’s a fact of life that most of us will be on either the receiving or delivering end of a counter…

Essential interview preparation advice

Ok, so you’ve updated your CV, applied for suitable roles, spoken to a handful of recruitment agencies or consultants, and now you’ve been invited to interview. The best bit of…

5 tips for recruiters using LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become an indispensable tool for recruiters these days and there’s so much that can be done with the platform that we could write for days and days about…

Why you need to plan your career

Despite our careers being one of the most important, personally involved decisions any of us can make – quite often we don’t spend enough time thinking about and planning our…

Make a difference: primary school teaching jobs

Our primary aim is to recruit excellent staff. We cover all supply needs – short-term, long-term, and even sometimes permanent recruitment – and we only employ high quality teaching and…

The power of reward and recognition schemes

We all know that in an increasingly competitive candidate market that standing out from the crowd is important. What were once classed as real differentiators by employees are now expected…

TA jobs with Connex: what you get

Teaching assistants play a vital role in the support and development of children’s learning. They work closely with teachers within classes to support whole-class activities, small groups or individual children;…

Dfe backtracks on baseline tests for reception pupils

Questionable baseline assessments suggested by the Department for Education to assess the abilities of four and five year-olds have been abolished.

Nursery Staff: stepping in to a practitioner’s shoes

Working with children is something I have always wanted to do since I was little – when I finally got the opportunity I jumped so high at the chance!” Shannen…

Making the leap from working for someone else to starting your own recruitment business

Many of us are familiar with the concept of project management in some shape or form, whether it’s a recruitment campaign, marketing initiative or business planning – we invest time,…

Working from home is easier than ever for recruitment consultants

As technology to support recruitment consultants develops, the need to work in a traditional office environment continues to lessen. It’s often a contentious topic in the workplace and can frequently polarise…

This formula’s no secret…

Once again, Whitehall’s finest are scratching their heads over the increasing teacher shortages in England. Indeed, the Education Select Committee has this week called for a long-term plan to address…

Tips for nqts: how to avoid a power struggle in the classroom

As a newly qualified teacher, or any other teacher for that matter, you might anticipate a number of potential issues before you head in to a new school. One of…

The increasing demand for teachers in the UK

The increasing concern over teacher shortages in England is again hitting the headlines, as it was revealed the government failed to hit its recruitment targets over the last four years.

Safer Internet Day 2017: Uniting for a better internet

Safer Internet Day 2017 is here, and the global campaign is going strong once again. This year, the UK Safer Internet Centre is encouraging all to ‘Be the Change: Unite…

Question Time: Recruitment Consultants

We’re a friendly sort of company – people like that about us. As part of our continued dedication to develop strong relationships with our teachers and schools, we want to…

Would your school survive an Ofsted inspection?

An Ofsted inspection can seem like a daunting proposition – especially when it comes to getting teachers prepared. Understandably, schools will want to be as “Ofsted-ready” as they possible can….

The Teacher’s shoes: advantages of working on supply

Life working as a supply teacher is never boring; each day is different, and this daily variation will create an interesting and educational experience for NQTs who haven’t secured a…

The best supply teaching agencies know you inside out

When you have a job as demanding as teaching, the last thing you want is to deal with a consultant that doesn’t understand your needs. It’s not enough for supply teaching agencies…

The NQT jobs you might be missing

Searching for NQT jobs which are right for you can be exhausting, especially if you discover that there are not many available in schools.

Top 5 advantages of supply teaching

A substantial amount of teachers are choosing to work on supply, and it could well be down to the number of advantages that working in a school on a permanent…

Our annual summer event was a knockout!

For the annual summer event, Connex decided to go to all lengths and compete in its very own ‘It’s A Knockout’ competition! The team was absolutely buzzing as they headed to…

Poetry festival a huge success with St Helens schools

The St Helens primary school’s poetry festival was deemed a success by all schools involved. Former Connex Education teacher turned poet/writer Paul Delaney hosted the event at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School in Eccleston,…

Liverpool Echo Schools Awards

On Tuesday we attended the Liverpool Echo Schools Awards to salute the Mersey schools stars of 2016! Paula Miller and Jason Patton headed to Liverpool University, where young children were…

Celebrating Top Teachers at the Warrington Guardian Schools Awards

Yesterday, the Warrington Guardian launched its first ever Schools Awards in a bid to recognise the exceptional efforts made in the education establishments across the town, and we were there…

Litherland REMYCA finish on a high!

When we heard about the BRILLIANT work being done at Litherland REMYCA Football Club, and how much the children enjoy being a part of this buzzing environment, we jumped at…

Our 360° approach to safeguarding

We are absolutely committed to delivering a 360° approach to safeguarding. We take this very, VERY seriously, so in light of Child Safety Week, we wanted to remind you of…

Paul Delaney takes schools by storm

We’re very happy to be supporting one of our very own Connex Teachers, Paul Delaney in his endeavours to conquer all schools in the United Kingdom with his children’s books!

Shortage will bring the chickens home to roost

According to teacher recruitment expert John Howson, secondary schools will have problems recruiting teachers in all subjects excluding PE and art for the coming academic year.

The most important decision to make before searching for NQT jobs

If you are a Newly Qualified Teacher congratulations! You’re ready to take the next step towards your career. But what will that step be?

Behaviour management in the classroom

The debate about developing a child’s good behaviour has long been discussed. Teachers are under increasing pressure to ‘control’ their student’s actions, and parents are consistently blamed for not being…

Safeguarding is a 24/7 challenge. How would you reduce the risk?

Abduction or harm following befriending is not new; Hindley and Brady did not need a computer to ensnare their victims. The young and inexperienced have always been – will always be –…

5 reasons why you should choose teaching supply agencies carefully

The recent spotlight on the shortages affecting the education system have been a cause for concern…particularly as one of the most exciting jobs available is not attracting or retraining enough…

Why headteachers should embrace social media

There has been increasing pressure in many organisations to embrace the digital community over the last couple of years. With social media impacting on so many people’s lives, leaving it…

Why more men should consider a career in teaching

Teaching has changed dramatically over recent years, and while chalk boards have been swapped for iPads and interactive toys from the likes of Hope Education – the gender of educators has also…

“Keeping children safe in education”

The government has issued a new draft amendments to “Keeping children safe in education” which would require schools in England to set online filters and monitor pupils’ internet use. This “new” requirement…

Ofsted updates keeping children safe in education

The way Ofsted will be inspecting and reporting on schools’ safeguarding has just changed. It will come as no surprise to learn that it has become even more demanding…

The right strategies come at a Premium….

The right strategies come at a Premium…. The government says it wants every child to benefit from a good education, regardless of their background.

Rising number of pupils is leading to a teacher shortage

The new academic year is upon us, bringing a new set of challenges. Let’s hope school leaders in particular managed to get a bit of sunshine over the summer –…

Teaching abroad: does it affect me when applying for NQT jobs in the UK?

With the job market for teachers in the UK becoming increasingly competitive, more and more NQTs are making the move overseas to supplement their teaching experience and bolster their CVs.