Kingston Barnes March 2018 Celebrations

Kingston Barnes March 2018 Celebrations – The start of April has marked the end of a fantastic first quarter for Kingston Barnes in 2018.

Starting the year on the slopes in Chamonix has given the team the extra motivation to put our all into everything we do this year so we can be back on the slopes in January 2019. A team incentive in place is the perfect way to bring the team together and ensure we are all working towards the same goal. Not only does this improve staff morale and engender team spirit, but it also encourages fantastic results.

Personalised champagne and gifts were given out in abundance this month to celebrate 1, 2 and 3-year work anniversaries! We believe by celebrating we show each employee the significance of their presence in the company and that another year of their time definitely deserves a celebration!

Congratulations to Ruby Pomphrey celebrating 3 years, Chris Johnston celebrating 2 years and to Chris Hallum and Peter Cawthorne both celebrating their 1st year anniversaries with us.

A second shout out to Ruby Pomphrey who is also celebrating her promotion to Trainee Consultant. Ruby has been with Kingston Barnes for 3 years, starting with us as an Apprentice. She has worked her way up through the ranks from Researcher to Resourcer within Construction, making a name for herself on the Trades and Labour desk. She then made the decision to move over to our Engineering team and has since progressed to Senior Resourcer and now Trainee Consultant – a fantastic achievement.

Head of Engineering Justin Reynolds said “I am delighted to be able to promote Ruby, she really deserves it. Having made the brave decision to change desks from ‘’Trades and Labour’’ to ‘’Engineering and Manufacturing’’ last year, she has picked the different disciplines up within the sector really quickly and has become an important part of the team. I feel that Ruby has an enormous amount of potential and am excited to see how she transfers her natural relationship building ability to creating long lasting relationships with clients. She should be very proud of herself.”

Engineering is also welcoming Frank Parker and Becca Elliott who are joining us as Resourcers. This is an extremely exciting time for Engineering and this is going to be their best year yet!

James Kingston has commented “As part of our 2020 vision we are keen to continue the growth of our teams and in particular the engineering division. In only 15 months we have seen such a great performance and expansion from Justin and his team of now 6 with no signs of slowing down!

We have a great client base that really appreciates the personable approach and delivery of the right candidates that Kingston Barnes offers, and due to the sheer demand, we want to ensure we can continue delivery to our key clients. To support the delivery team, we welcome both Frank and Becca who are resourcing the top talent within engineering and have already made a great impression.

We are really looking forward to seeing their career flourish and being a part of the KB family.”

As a welcome to our newest team members, and a big well done to the rest of the Kingston Barnes team we will be dining out in style before taking to the waters of Bristol on the beautiful boat Bagheera to celebrate our achievements.

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DOUBLE CELEBRATION – This week we want to shout out double congratulations for Ben Williams.

Ben is not only celebrating his 1st year Anniversary with Kingston Barnes but is also celebrating a promotion.

Joining the KB team just one year ago Ben started his recruitment career as a Resourcer. Kingston Barnes is always looking to invest in the future generations of recruiters so our training model of bringing enthusiastic trainee’s to be mentored by our recruitment experts has proven to add increased service to our clients whilst also develop and grow our business organically.

Ben has been supporting the construction team and has had a vital role within the team. He has been maintaining the high quality and consistent delivery of recruitment that Kingston Barnes prides itself on.  Having additional resource identifying the industries best talent for our clients will ensure we continue to expand our service and remain first class.

Throughout the past year he has gone on to impress us all and his success has been rewarded with his second promotion to Trainee Consultant. A huge well-done Ben!!

Ben Promotion - Trainee Consultant and 1st Anniversary

Kate Hallett said “This is such an exciting opportunity for Ben! He has worked consistently hard since joining Kingston Barnes and it is a pleasure to recognise this with a well-deserved promotion. Ben has gone from strength to strength as a Resourcer, consistently coming up with excellent candidates for current vacancies. Ben has the best start to his career as a Trainee Consultant, already having a wealth of industry knowledge and key clients he is ready to work with. Congratulations Ben!”

The relationships we build are long-term ones based on integrity and trust, and Kingston Barnes’ commitment to continuing to build relationships is apparent in everything we do. That is why the team that we have is so important. We strive to have a team of experienced consultants who are extremely well connected in their field and have extensive market knowledge so our clients and candidates can expect personalised recruitment options and a consultative approach that is tailored to them.

If you think you have what it takes to join our first class team then please contact us.

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How to Put Yourself in Pole Position for Promotion

Put Yourself in Pole Position for Promotion 

Put Yourself in Pole Position for Promotion


 If you have the right qualifications and you’re in the right position, then doing your job well is easy. You can do it with your eyes shut. But what if you don’t want to stay in the same job for the foreseeable future? What if you know that you are worth promoting? What if you want to work your way up the corporate ladder? Then, being seen to do your job well is more important – and that’s another story entirely…


How To Get Seen

So who’s watching? Well, it could be your colleagues with a kind word to say come their appraisal, but it’s more likely to be your line manager – and their manager, too.

The key difference between excellent team members and team members that progress through the ranks is that the latter communicate their contribution to the influencers; the people that decide whether you get that promotion or just carry on in your existing role.

If you’ve done a good job, then let people know about it. Not just your colleagues – maybe especially not your colleagues, who may shoot you down – but certainly your line manager. And preferably their manager too. A lot of people feel uncomfortable with this kind of self-promotion, but it isn’t showing off – you’re just demonstrating your worth to the business. And if you’ve done that once? Great! Now do it again. Businesses look for demonstrably repeatable excellence from their employees.

Be Seen

Birds Of A Feather

Pay attention to the people that have been promoted and ask yourself why they were chosen over other candidates. And when you work out the reasons why, emulate those same qualities yourself.

Nobody likes a brown-nose, so don’t get drawn into the suck-up game, but if you want to further your career within your company, then it pays dividends to align yourself with other advocates of the business. Don’t curry favour with your peers by playing the moaning game with disillusioned employees – the management will always ask if they’re not happy, why don’t they get another job? Do you want to be in that club? Remember that your workplace is, well… your workplace. These are people that you happen to work alongside Monday to Friday. Join a social club if you want to find new friends. That doesn’t mean you need to be distant – or worse, antagonistic – towards any disgruntled colleagues, but this mindset will free you from seeking the approval of your peers that may prove detrimental to your career.


Play Nice

Shouldn’t quality be its own assurance? In a meritocracy, maybe. But the workplace isn’t empirical. You could be at the peak of your profession, but if you’re hard to work with, then the hard truth is that the promotion you deserve could prove elusive. Instead of being the guy – or gal – that reluctantly delivers every time, it’s better for your career to be the one that throws themselves into delivering the impossible every time, even if you fall short now and again.


Don’t Be Indispensible

It may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but proving yourself to be indispensible isn’t the fastest route to promotion. It may be your best assurance of continued employment, but ask yourself one question; why would any employer promote you out of a position that nobody else can fill? If you’re confident that you have more to offer the business than your current position, then training juniors to fill your shoes frees you up to make the move upstairs.


 Step Up

Of course, the smartest move is to step up when the business needs it and prove that you’re capable of more than your present role. That doesn’t mean you need to pick up the slack from an absent boss; you could volunteer for a special project or follow up one of your suggestions that improves the business.

Anything that proves your financial worth will stand you in good stead for promotion. Take advantage of any on-the-job training your company offers – even if it doesn’t seem directly relevant, because a sidestep today could lead to a step up tomorrow.


Promotion Isn’t About You

Although it feels intensely personal, promotion isn’t about you. At all. It’s about the needs of the business at any given time. The trick is to be the right person, with the right skills, at the right time. Instead of throwing your hat in the ring for every role that comes up, it’s better to pick the opportunities that align business need with your experience. As well as looking at your own contribution, don’t forget to look at your business’ position, strategy and ambitions. It will be all but impossible to fail in your bid for promotion when you can align all those factors.