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How to become a Food Production Operative

You may already be a production operative and want to move sectors or perhaps you just have a passion for the food industry, then following a career as a food production operative might be for you. It’s a career that can be both rewarding and exciting, with those who follow this route starting on an average salary of £14,00 rising to £20,000 with experience.

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Why you should love your recruitment agency?

There’s the love you have for your romantic partner, the love you have for your family and friends, even the love you have for your pets, but what about the love for your recruitment agency? Here’s why you should love your recruitment agency.

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Cogent Staffing continues to grow

As we continue to grow and work with more clients and candidates in the Yorkshire area and throughout the UK, we are very pleased to welcome our new Trainee Consultant, James Denny, to the team.

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Cogent welcomes new consultant

We’re very pleased to announce Gary Redshaw has joined the Cogent Staffing team. Gary will be joining our commercial division and continuing to take it from success to success in his role as Recruitment Consultant.

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Settling into work after the festive period

Getting back into the flow of work after the Christmas break is like when you return from a holiday, expect you feel the added pressure of coming up with elaborate goals and plans and showing off your “new year, new me” persona. But it doesn’t have to be a hard task settling into work after the festivities and you don’t have to feel the pressure of reinventing yourself just because the date has changed.

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Cogent Staffing launches on-site service

Cogent Staffing has successfully launched its on-site service, offering its employment partners a dedicated on-site consultant to help them with their recruitment needs.

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How to become a CNC Machinist

Pursuing a job where you can put your practical and IT skills to use, whilst also getting to grips with the basics of engineering? It might be time to consider a career as a CNC machinist. Those who follow this career path can expect to earn a starting salary of £15,000 – £18,00, rising to £20,000 – £27,000 with experience and reaching over £30,000 for individuals who are highly skilled. 

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How to become a Forklift Truck Driver

Want a career that keeps you moving? Want to contribute to the smooth running of operations in sectors like construction, manufacturing or warehousing? A career as a forklift truck (FLT) driver might be for you!

Estimated salaries begin at £15,000 but can rise to £28,000, and career progression opportunities are varied and exciting. For the right person, and with relevant experience, they could become a shift supervisor, team leader, forklift instructor or engineer. It’s possible to move into other industries too, like construction or logistics.

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Employee engagement in the warehouse sector

Warehouse work can be repetitive, secluded and very demanding – for managers, it can be a challenge to ensure their workers are engaged and motivated in such an intense environment. But, it is possible and there are various strategies managers can implement to keep their teams motivated and enjoying their work.

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Cogent Staffing joins Association of Labour Providers

Cogent Staffing is pleased to announce it is now a member of the Association of Labour Providers.

The Association of Labour Providers is a specialist trade association promoting responsible recruitment and good practice for organisations that supply the workforce to the food processing, agricultural and wider consumer goods supply chain.

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How to become a welder

Enjoy working in roles where you are active and using your hands as well as your brain? A career in welding might be for you. With an estimated starting salary of £18,000 and an estimated average salary of £30,000, it’s a career with good progression opportunities for the right person.

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The Cogent team continues to grow

We’re very excited to welcome Olivia Hopkinson to the Cogent Staffing team! Olivia has joined us at a time of huge business growth and will be supporting Cogent in her role as Resourcer/Account Manager.

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Cogent Staffing celebrate 1st birthday

Cogent Staffing, which is headquartered in Dean Clough, is celebrating its first anniversary this month following 12 months of successful growth.

The agency, which supplies industrial, technical and commercial candidates to the engineering, manufacturing, FMCG, logistics and GLAA regulated sectors, opened on the 3rd July last year to provide recruitment services to businesses and individuals throughout Yorkshire.

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How to beat the heat working in a warehouse or factory

Living in the UK, we always get excited when temperatures start to soar – even when it’s only for one week of the year – but, if you work in a warehouse or factory you’ll know that when the hot weather comes around it can make working unbearable.

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How to prepare for a dexterity test

Even though it’s a test, there’s nothing to fear! We conduct dexterity tests as standard on all our industrial candidates to ensure we assign them to roles that are suitable for their skills and manual dexterity.

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Handling rejection like a pro

Rejection is painful no matter where it comes from, so being told you haven’t been successful after a job interview you thought went well can come as a hard blow. Many people dwell on rejection and allow it to affect their confidence, which in turn impacts the rest of their job hunt and subsequent interviews.

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CV writing and presentation: The golden rules

Getting your CV in front of a recruiter/hiring manager is the first opportunity you have to make an impression – but depending on the content and style of your CV this could be more of a bad impression than a good one. According to research you only have 6 seconds to make that initial impression, the length of time a recruiter/hiring manager spends scanning a CV before deciding whether you’ve made the cut or not.

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Success for Cogent’s commercial sector

At Cogent Staffing, we believe in providing the best possible service for our clients whether it’s the industrial or commercial sector, going above and beyond to exceed their expectations. So, when we receive positive feedback after working with a company to provide a staffing solution it reinforces the good job the Cogent Staffing team are doing.

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Do you want to become a Production Operative?

So, you want a job as a Production Operative? If you’ve never worked as one before you may not know what the role entails or if you need any prior experience or qualifications.

Production Operatives can be found working in a variety of different industries like pharmaceuticals, food and drink, construction and engineering contributing to the manufacture of a variety of consumer goods.

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Cogent Staffing receives GLAA Licence

Cogent Staffing is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority GLAA Licence.

The GLAA operates a licensing scheme to regulate the provision of workers for roles in the UK fresh produce sector – agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and any associated processing and packaging.

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Essential tips for contractors starting new jobs

Moving from job to job is just part and parcel of being a contractor. You must get used to working in different environments and integrate yourself into new teams. Throughout your career, you’ve been the “new” woman/man many times and had more “first days” than you can remember.

It can be easy to become complacent and forget to treat each first day as a contractor the same as if you were on a permanent contract.

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Moving from contract to permanent roles

You may have been contracting for years or maybe you’ve only worked on a few assignments, but it will become clear to you when it’s time to start seeking out permanent roles again. While contracting has its advantages the security of a permanent job, along with the frustration/boredom of contracting can be enough to lure individuals back into the permanent world of work.

When making the move from contract to permanent roles, here are some things you should consider. 

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Do you need to clean up your social media?

What goes through your head before you press publish on your latest Facebook post or tweet that funny anecdote? Probably, how many people will comment on it or if your tweet will get more retweets than your last? Perhaps, did I spell everything correctly? Maybe not, will my current or future employer see this?

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New perms division launches

As the business continues to grow, we’ve recently created a new permanent recruitment division and recruited David Barrcalough to lead that function.

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Technology at your fingertips with Cogent Staffing

We believe in making people’s working lives easier through the use of technology, which is why at Cogent Staffing we offer an enhanced service to all our clients and candidates.

Working in temporary roles can throw up a whole host of issues including accessing jobs, supplying availability, and receiving accurate pay, and for the client time spent on timesheets, inaccurate invoices because of time theft and workers either being late or absent.

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Cogent Staffing launches

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Cogent Staffing – a Yorkshire-based recruitment specialist business headquartered in Halifax and servicing the local region, covering Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Bradford. Sam Gaukroger, managing director of Cogent Staffing, has launched the business (as a joint venture with recruitment investment company, Bluestones Group) after a decade of working in recruitment in the region, specialising in industrial, technical and commercial recruitment.

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