Charities matter

We already give money to charity by way of a contribution to the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. As a company, 2S Recruitment have already given £200 to them in order to help children in the UK who are diagnosed with cancer – there are 10 children every single day diagnosed with cancer and as one of our co-founder’s children was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour at the age of 3, her family and her son Leo was helped massively by CLIC Sargent.

We’ve also been keen to be able to contribute to help other members of our community and given many of our team consultants here at 2S Recruitment work within our social care division helping nursing and residential homes to recruit new managers and nurses, plus the fact some of our team’s grandparents have or have had Alzheimer’s, we felt quite strongly that we’d also like to help the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Alzheimer’s Society are a vital organisation who help educate with regards to diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, help in research of cause and cure as well as more practical support by way of telephone helplines, online assistance as well as local support. If you or one of your loved on is effected by Alzheimer’s or you would like more information, you can call the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Team 2SR - Charity Matters

Friday Focus

Helen Chauffour is one of our recruitment consultants here at 2S Recruitment. She takes care of all nurse (registered nurse / RMN / RGN) recruitment for our nursing home clients across Hampshire and Berkshire. So if you are looking for a new job in Reading or down in Portsmouth (or anywhere in between across either county of Berks or Hants), then you’re likely to know Helen.

Why do I share this with you?

Well, Helen has been a crucial member of our nurse recruitment team here for a while now, and since coming back to the team after the birth of her third child, she seems to have taken to sharing some wise words. None of them are her own!

Fear not! The quotes she shares with the team on a Friday afternoon are from far and wide, and usually from very famous people (Helen’s email usually goes around about 3pm-ish as people’s minds drift to the weekend after ensuring all candidates are happy with any last minute panics over their new job starting Monday).

This week’s words of wisdom as retold by our esteemed Helen Chauffour is from the brain of Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.



How awesome? Bigging up our Awesome Customer Service in recruitment

I’d say pretty awesome!

Yes, it’s the last day of the month so time for us to announce the 2S Recruitment Awesome Customer Service Award for February 2014. It is our second award of 2014 and has been tricky for Lisa and I to decide on as quite honestly, pretty much every member of our professional recruitment team could be nominated and win!

Alas, one person has scooped the honour and £100 (to spend on themselves or their daughter!) and it is Debby Fairweather.

We’ve had numerous emails from very happy candidates and clients this month with regards to their customer experience with Debby.

Covering a huge part of the country which stems from Hertfordshire all the way up to Lincolnshire and across to include East Anglia also, Debby has many (many) years experience as a recruitment professional in social care. If you’re a nurse (RGN or RMN / Registered Nurse) with experience of nursing home care, nursing home manager or care home manager, (our) Debby can help you. Not only can she help but she will do so ensuring you know where your CV is going, any interviews are organised super fast and efficiently and all offers and salary / package negotiations are helped and guided along by Debby.

We all know that moving jobs is a very tricky time of life and so having an experienced recruitment consultant such as Debby on board with 2S Recruitment means we know you’re in safe hands.

ACSA Feb 2014 Winner DF

Debby - 2S Recruitment
Debby – 2S Recruitment



Tea Parties … Giving back

I had the pleasure of hearing one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs of our time speak last Monday at a national convention for business owners.

The speaker’s name is Fraser Doherty or some call him Jamboy.

To say that Fraser blew the roof off the room of over 900 UK business owners is an understatement.

The thing that got me all inspired though, apart from his engaging back story, his ability to answer pressing questions off the cuff with aplomb and charm; oh and also his multi-million pound jam empire he kick-started at the age of 14 (and that was only 11 years ago now); yes, all very inspiring stuff, but in fact it was Fraser’s desire and passion to give back.

Fraser has started the Superjam Tea Parties where he encourages us to hold Tea Parties for the older members of our community in their nursing and care homes, or local tea room or even a sports hall. Superjam is served (having been donated by Fraser’s company) along with cake and scones, and some lovely dance hall tunes too.

Fraser’s talk included video of one of the Tea Parties he launched and to see people of a certain age dancing, eating scones and jam, drinking tea and generally feeling and looking like they’re having fun, was just awesome.

I know it’s easy to say that the wealthy amongst us should all be philanthropic in this way; actually, not just the wealthy. Indeed if we all looked out for our elders in this way, this country would surely be a better place to live.

In other countries, where it is very usual and part the culture to care for our more senior community members in a very respectful manner, they would be appalled at perhaps how we don’t hold our older people in the UK in such high esteem.

Maybe it is time to change this and volunteer to run or organise one of these Tea Parties?

Indeed if you’d like to find out more, you can do so here.

And we shall be doing our bit with a few of our clients once we’re able to find out more about the logistics and whether we’d be allowed to organise one of these for our client’s service users, given many of our clients are nursing homes, care homes and sheltered housing,

Superjam Tea Party
Superjam Tea Party


New week, new job

How many people do you know are starting a new job today?

Or maybe you are feeling the nerves and excitement of a new office and new colleagues and new challenges today or in the next few weeks.

It can be one of the most nerve-racking times in an adult’s life and as such, we are here to help make that transition a little easier with a few words of wisdom.

Some of what we’re about to say is very obvious and clearly, starting a new job and the common sense help here is not rocket science but if it helps you, or two or maybe eight other people today, then I would feel happy we’ve done our job.

Wisdom number 1: don’t wear your loudest shirt and tie combo; not on your first day. You want to make an impression but not in a clothing kind of way!

Wisdom number 2: arrive in plenty of time and don’t park where you’re clearly not meant to. Double yellow lines near and in the car park do mean something even if you’re keen to park and get in to meet everyone! Sounds daft, but we’ve seriously had someone who needed to ‘have a word’ with security after their first day to have their car un-clamped!

Wisdom number3: don’t feel you have to take everything in on your first day. It is not expected so do not put this pressure on yourself.

Wisdom number 4: when introduced as the new member of the team, keep dodgy jokes or controversial opinions to yourself … for at least a good length of time (weeks, and perhaps months!) Do not risk alienating yourself within your new company by nervously telling a rude joke because you can’t think of anything constructive to say!

Wisdom number 5: try not to be too quick to judge and equally, try not to join in with the office banter too early on in your tenure with them. It can be tempting to do so, in an attempt to feel part of your new team but wait … take the lay of the land first, before you go joining any gossip circles.

Finally, wisdom number 6: try to enjoy your first day … easiest way is to smile a lot. Having a happy disposition can help your nerves keep at bay.

Good luck with your first stay and be sure to let us know how your first week goes in your new job.


Gold Dust … we need your HELP!

Gold dust …

Honestly, good nurses who want to do the very difficult, yet thoroughly rewarding job of working with our older members of the community within local nursing homes, they are gold dust!

We know, hand on heart, that if we speak with a nurse who has experience of working with the elderly as either an RGN or RMN, has a current NMC PIN and really is passionate about helping these residents within nursing homes, we can absolutely find them a new opportunity and job.

So we’d like your help.

Fancy helping find gold dust?

We need to find more of these gold dust, fantastic nurses as we have very many homes we work with across the UK who come to us, asking for our assistance in recruiting a fantastic new nursing home Registered Nurse, or Head of Unit (RGN / RMN / RN) or even a Nursing Home Manager or Head of Care (again, registered nurse qualified).

So how can you help?

Easy …. and it is a give, give, give, give scenario.

Give 1: You give our details to a nurse you know.

Give 2: The nurse gives us a call.

Give 3: We give them the opportunity to change their job.

Give 4: Then we give you £100 by way of an M&S voucher to spend as you wish.

Give, give, give, give!

Help 2S recruitment to GIVE!
Help 2S recruitment to GIVE!

Happy Valentine’s Day

We love Valentine’s Day at 2S Recruitment …. sounds silly but it’s because we love what we do, and we love to help! Sounds all mushy but hey, if you don’t love what you do, what is the point?

Seriously, life is too short to not love each and every day and so in a celebration and nod to Valentine’s Day, our Team 2SR consultants would like to share what they love (when they’re not spending every waking hour helping people to find new jobs and helping our fabulous clients to grow their teams)!

Nic LOVES Daffodils
Nic LOVES Daffodils





Gillian loves FUN Family Days, just like this one!
Gillian loves FUN Family Days, just like this one!






Debby's love is all about her family but especially this pic of Maddison
Debby’s love is all about her family but especially this pic of Maddison





You know we have so much love in our team that we could probably post another 10 photos today and then maybe another 10 tomorrow and then another 10. We could even include some of our candidates and clients on this posting as we literally do love what we do and take real pride in being passionate about what we do, each and every single day.


How many people can say that about their job?

Happy Valentine’s!





How many miles?

27 miles!

Clic Pic

Not just 27 miles along a straight, easy to walk, soft under foot type of walk either … 27 miles up and down the mountains they call the Brecon Beacons for charity.

This is where a team of 7 people, known as Team Leo, will be heading on the weekend of June 7/8th. And it is all in aid of the children’s charity CLIC Sargent who helped my family and I throughout Leo, my son’s, cancer diagnosis and treatment back in 2008.

In fact, along with me on this (27 mile?!) trek will be Louise Hewitt and also Gillian Davies, both of whom are key members of the 2S Recruitment team, and they recently opened up the North West office for 2S Recruitment.

Other members of Team Leo, all raising vital funds for CLIC Sargent are Julie from Sutherland Saddlery and also three fantastic parents from my son’s school, even though Leo has not been well enough to attend school since November 2012 due to late effects of the cancer treatment.

I am really proud to have thought initially I’d be doing this trek (did I mention it was 27 miles … up and then down and then up and then down some very big hills / mountains!!) and now we are a fantastic team of 7, all with different motivations for wanting to jump on board the fundraising train (but only training from now on, and now trains for us!)

We shall keep you posted as to how our training and fundraising is going, as well as sending a little plea out there for some sponsorship closer to the time.

Brecon Beacons 1