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Atwood Tate Yearly Review: 2017

 

2017 has been a great year here at Atwood Tate. Our Temps team are placing record numbers of candidates into temporary roles and are still growing, we’re continuing to build on our B2B desk, and we’ve had a number of new recruits and promotions in the team!

So what’s been happening?

Achievements:

  • Almost 4000 new candidates have registered on our website!
  • We launched our three new service levels for clients: silver, gold and platinum. Our most popular level is our gold service, which is based on an exclusive partnership with our client and rewards their trust in us by offering our most competitive rates.
  • Continued to grow our Social Media accounts, with over 6,000 followers on Twitter and over 5,000 on LinkedIn! We’ve also continued to build up our Instagram account.
  • Continued to place our wonderful candidates in Permanent, Contract and Temporary roles with clients both new and established.

New staff joined:

  • Alice Crick joined our Oxford office as a Recruitment Consultant! She specialises in Marketing, Sales, Publicity, Rights & International Sales, Contracts & Royalties, and Customer Services (covering all sectors excluding B2B & Medcomms and all UK locations outside of London, Home Counties and East Anglia).
  • Andrew Willis joined the team as an Administrator in May, after temping for us at various publishing houses.
  • Tanaya Rogers joined our Temps/Freelance team as the Administrator.
  • Ellie Heikel joined as the Administrator for the Permanent team and the Social Media Coordinator.
  • Claire Carrington-Smith joined us from Bloomsbury in the Oxford office as a Recruitment Consultant. She will be working on Editorial, Production, Production Editorial, Design, Distribution & Operations (covering all sectors excluding B2B & Medcomms and all UK locations outside of London, Home Counties and East Anglia).

Promotions:

  • Karine Nicpon is now Lead Consultant across all B2B publishing recruitment in all areas of the country.
  • Alison Redfearn in our Temps team has been promoted to Senior Temps/Freelancers Consultant and will continue finding great temps and freelancers focussing in Trade Book and Educational publishing sectors. She also got her REC Certificate in Recruitment Level 3!
  • Olivia Constantinides is now a Senior Recruitment Consultant in our Permanent team. Olivia looks after Sales, Marketing, Publicity and Customer Services roles in all sectors (excluding B2B) in London and the Home Counties.
  • Christina Dimitriadi was promoted to Senior Recruitment Consultant and also got married! Her main focus is on Rights, International Sales, and Contract roles and Editorial vacancies (excluding STM) in London and the Home Counties.

See our Meet the Team page for contact details for all our consultants.

We’ve had a great year and look forward to working with you all in the New Year. Have a great Christmas and see you on 2nd January 2018!

**Our offices will be closed Monday 25th December – Monday 1st January, reopening Tuesday 2nd January**

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Our Favourite Books in 2017

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This has been a great year for trade publishing and we’ve been enjoying reading both new releases and older books we hadn’t quite got round to. Here are our favourites that we’ve read this year!

Claire C-S

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)Lincoln in the Bardo cover

The Man Booker Prize winner has been writing short stories for 20 years, but it’s his prize winning debut novel about Abraham Lincoln grieving the death of his son Willie which is already considered a masterpiece. Told through the narrative of spirits and extracts of Civil war memoir, this emotional and poignant tale of loss will stay with you forever.

Ellie

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)Eleanor Oliphant cover

This debut was deservedly named WHSmith’s Fiction Book of the Year. Eleanor Oliphant is an utterly unique narrator, equal parts irritating and charming, and this story about her learning to engage with the outside world brought me to tears on more than one occasion. It also has the most realistic depiction of a cat I think I’ve ever read!

Claire L

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047 by Lionel Shriver (The Borough Press)The Mandibles cover

I love a good dystopian fiction novel and this one didn’t disappoint! Lionel Shriver creates a believable very near future world which is going through major debt crisis (following an earlier crash of the internet). The US refuses to get on board with the new global currency and this leads to huge bankruptcy. We follow a family who were expecting a large inheritance, having to adjust in this new world and Shriver gives us some quirky and likeable characters as well as some awful ones – just like a normal family?!

Lucy

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend (Penguin)The Woman who went to Bed for a Year cover

The book I am currently reading is definitely up there with my favourites this year. Sue Townsend retains her place in my heart with The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year. Poignant yet hilarious, this book shines a light on modern family life with the wit we expect from the woman who brought us Adrian Mole.

Tanaya

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass (Bloomsbury)A Court of Mist and Fury cover

This was actually published in 2016 but I only read it this year as I struggled to get into it during the first chapter. This was by far my favourite book of the year. The main character, Feyer, is rebuilding her life after the massive events of the last book and learns to come to terms with the person she is now. A Court of Mist and Fury is all for empowerment and putting the pieces of your life back together after an abusive relationship.  It combines the amazing fantasy world building and characters of Sarah J Mass with powerful messages about self-worth and independence.

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Tips for Video Interview Success

Video interviews are becoming increasingly popular. They may take two forms: they may be conducted via Skype or a similar platform, where you talk in real-time to an interviewer, or they may involve recording answers to pre-set questions without the presence of an interviewer. The former is similar to a face-to-face interview, although there are a few things you should watch out for. The latter may feel more unnatural if you haven’t done one before, but remember everyone is in the same boat and there is nothing to worry about!

Our Top Tips for Success in your Video Interview

  • Make sure you won’t be interrupted. Remember that video interview on the BBC that went viral when the interviewees children came bursting into the background? Interviewers will probably understand if something like that happens, but it’s likely to throw you off your game! Make sure your children, pets, roommates etc. are aware of what you’re doing and are kept out of the room. You don’t want your cat walking all over your keyboard in the middle of the interview!
  • Use a plain background – a plain wall is ideal. You don’t want the interviewer to be distracted by the stack of laundry in the background or your unusual taste in posters.
  • If it’s a Skype interview, make sure you check your webcam and microphone are working well before your scheduled interview time. Call a friend or family member to check, and to help calm your nerves.
  • If you have to record your answers, make sure you practice and listen to yourself back a couple of times. Without the presence of an interviewer, it’s easy to feel awkward and that can come across in the recording. Practising will help you feel more natural.
  • Dress smartly – as you would for a face-to-face interview – and not just on the top half. You’ll feel more in the interview ‘zone’ as well as coming across more professional.
  • Look at the camera, not yourself. This will give an appearance of eye contact, otherwise you’ll appear to be looking down.
  • Relax – you’ve got this!

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Our Christmas Reads 2016

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It’s Christmas Eve Eve! And today is the last day in the office for the Atwood Tate Staff. As such, we’re all looking forward to going home, being with our families and settling down with some good Christmas reads before the big day on Sunday!

We were discussing our Christmas Reads in the office and realised that we are reading across a wide range of genres this year! Some of us are reading Christmas Classics, others are settling down to read bestselling novels they’ve been meaning to read for a while and others are reading Christmas themed tales with their children!

There’s a real mix of fiction, poetry, genre and the best of famous Christmas literature!

Take a look at what we’ll be reading this Christmas!

Our Christmas Reads

Ellie will be reading:

  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C More

Michael is reading:

  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Helen and her Family will be reading:

  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • The Complete Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Christmas Reads

Karine is reading:

  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Alison will be reading:

  • All the Days and Nights by William Maxwell

Olivia is reading:

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

What are you reading this Christmas? A Christmas classic to get you in the Christmassy mood or a book that’s been sat on your To-Be-Read shelf for the last year?

Let us know in the comments below or via social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

 

*** Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our offices will be closed Monday 26th December – Monday 2nd January, reopening Tuesday 3rd January. You can still register with Atwood Tate online at www.atwoodtate.co.uk***

 

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Blogmas: Day 23

Blogmas: Day 23

It’s day 23 the last day of Blogmas (For us!) we’ll be continuing our Instagram Advent Calendar until Christmas Day but today marks the end of our fun quizzes, competitions and giveaway!

We finish on a high note with a fun Christmas Quiz and be sure to check our out very, extra special Infographic on Facebook today! They’ll also be one final Blog post and then we’ll be on our Merry Christmas way!

Merry Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 22

Blogmas: Day 22

We’re nearly there! It’s Day 22…just two more days and we can all go home, or to our family’s, and eat food and watch TV!

But first we’re releasing our 3rd Youtube video on our brand-new channel and we’re going to be live on twitter and in the office answering questions, registrations and trying to catch up on our scanning!

What are you doing the last few days before Christmas? Let us know on  Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Merry Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 21

Blogmas: Day 21

We’re into the final countdown of Christmas now as it’s Day 21! Today is jam-packed with work!

It is also the last day of our Twitter Q&As! We will be answering questions from 12:30-1:30pm about any publishing subject you wish: Work Experience, CVs, Interviews…anything! Tag @AtwoodTate or use the hashtag #AskAtwood!

We will also be releasing a new blog post! So watch out for that!

Let us know if you’re excited for Christmas on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Not long now until Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 20

Blogmas: Day 20

Today is the last day of our Instagram Competitions so make sure you’ve head over there and take part to win a prize! We will also be active on Twitter and continuing to work on all registrations, jobs and future positions! We’re going to be busy but we’re always free for a chat if you need some advice on registering, a job or work experience advice!

We’ll be getting ready for tomorrow’s Q&A as well! So if you do have any outstanding question feel free to ask away then, on  Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Merry Christmas!

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Atwood Tate: 2016 Achievements

If you follow us on Facebook you will have seen that today we released an exclusive Atwood Tate Infographic charting the achievements of Atwood Tate over 2016.

It has been a great year! We’ve placed lot of candidates in wonderful jobs across all sectors in permanent, part-time, contract, freelance and temping roles! We’ve expanded into IT roles and grown our B2B desk even more from 2015, and have also developed our social media! We now have an Instagram account and a new YouTube Channel!

It’s been an exciting year for the company as well as the staff, who have not only grown in number over 2016 but also went bowling, golfing and took part in a Walking Challenge for our charity Beanstalk!

Take a look at some of the achievements we’ve had in the timeline below.

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Atwood Tate’s 2016 Achievements Summary:

  • We have 4 new members of staff:

David Martin – David joined in September and handles all IT roles across Publishing, contact David: davidmartin@atwoodtate.co.uk

Lisa Smars – Lisa joined the Oxford team in June and handles Academic, Professional & STM roles outside of London, contact Lisa: lisasmars@atwoodtate.co.uk

Lucy Slater – Lucy joined in Atwood Tate as an Administrator in December 2015 but was promoted to Publishing Recruitment Consultant in July. She handles Design, Production, Operations, Print & Distribution roles in London and the South East. Contact Lucy: lucyslater@atwoodtate.co.uk

Ellie Pilcher – Ellie joined the London team as a maternity cover Administrator in July and has since been made permanent and promoted to Administrator and Social Media Coordinator. Contact Ellie: eleanorpilcher@atwoodtate.co.uk

  • Atwood Tate got a new website, an Instagram account and a YouTube Channel
  • Have completed multiple charity challenges in aid of Beanstalk! See here for more details on our last challenge
  • Karine Nicpon & Claire Louise Kemp have been promoted to Senior Publishing Recruitment Consultants! Karine handles Editorial B2B & STM roles in London whilst Claire Louise handles Trade, B2B and Educational roles in the Oxford Office
  • The Temps Team had a record-breaking month in October, having the most temps we’ve ever had out on jobs at one time!

It’s been wonderful!

And whilst it may be a bit early to say so, what with Christmas still to come and one more week left of work, we hope that 2017 is just as good, if not better than 2016!

Be sure to follow us on social media for more updates and advice about publishing: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & LinkedIn!

Merry Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 19

Blogmas: Day 19

We’re on Day 19 of December which means we’re in the last days before Christmas! The excitement is palpable! Have you got your presents wrapped? Is Christmas music still blaring? Let us know on Twitter today!

Today’s Christmas Blogmas Agenda includes:

  • A new Blog post (to be confirmed) for you all to read and enjoy
  • Our Instagram Advent Calendar Continues – the numbers are getting larger! Yay!
  • Facebook Infographic – exclusive to our Facebook page! For more information about Publishing check this out!

Only one more work week to go so be sure to get registered now to avoid the rush after Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

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