Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
I read, with a heavy heart and no little shock, that the Student Union at Cambridge University, supposedly a seat of our brightest and best students, voted to change the way in which they supported Remembrance Sunday. The only day in our calendar when we come together as a Nation to remember those who laid down their lives for the people of this country. Those young men and women died fighting to protect our nation, our people and our society and yet, shockingly, a number of these students decided that this was wrong, that poppies were wrong, that talking about British War Veterans was wrong, that Remembrance Sunday glorified war and that we should campaign against militarism.
My first thoughts were did these enlightened individuals ever study any of Siegfried Sassoon’s or Wilfred Owen’s poems? Nothing glorified there. Did they ever study History in school? Because nothing I was taught glorified war. Did they ever even see the film War Horse? Because even Hollywood did not manage to glorify war. And my second thought was just plain anger.
We all live safely under the cloak of democracy, with the right to question, criticise and protest ONLY BECAUSE of those thousands of young men and women buried under small white crosses. How dare any of us undermine the bravery and the ultimate price paid by our soldiers? How dare we take for granted the rights we have, that had these soldiers not fought for King and Country we would be in a very different world; one where free speech and the right to protest would not exist.
To people like me, whose grandparents lived through two World Wars, the horrific consequences of war, the fear of what the world could have been had we not fought against tyranny and evil are so embedded in our psyche that we are in no doubt as to why we need to remember. It is not to glorify war, it is to ensure that it does not happen again, that tyrants are never again given the opportunity to gas light society and never again should parents have to worry that their children might be conscripted to a front line. Never again should we have to watch thousands of men and women march down the streets waved off by their families. Never again for those families to receive telegrams explaining that their child was Killed in Action, or have to help them recover on their return from those horrors that they encountered. This is something the younger generations have been saved from, and please God they should always be saved from, but it has meant that they are insulated from the reality of war. There is a lack of understanding as to why the World Wars took place; maybe they believe it will never happen again but the one thing my grandfather, who lived to be a 101, taught me, is that it is only by remembering that it can be prevented. Because as sure as eggs are eggs if we take peace for granted, if we forget those who fought for peace, if we learn no lessons from those who died, then it is a very short journey to yet another World War.
Remembrance Sunday is not about governments or politics. It is about the ordinary man who is called upon, at times of great darkness and conflict, to stand up and fight for what is right. No-one sane wants to go to war, but sometimes we have to, to protect what is right and what is just. It can easily be argued that some wars entered we would have been better staying out of, but that has nothing to do with our Armed Forces. They do what is asked of them, without question, for the genuine good of us all and for that reason alone we have a duty to wear our Poppies, to stand silently around a war memorial with heads bowed in remembrance and gratitude to them.
And for that reason, and that alone, we would and should thank the Armed Forces, past, present and future for their bravery and protection; we will be wearing our Poppies with pride and eternal gratitude on Sunday 11th November 2018.
Monday, September 24th, 2018
Alexander Hancock is proud to announce that we will be taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September. It is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.
One in two of us will face cancer, and the money raised at the coffee morning will help them make sure no one has to face it alone and gives people the support need to live their lives as fully as they can.
If you are lucky enough to have an appointment with us this Friday, our team will be putting on our baking hats and aprons and baking up a selection of delicious sweet treats for the office! Fierce rivalry can be expected to ensue..
More information on The MacMillan Coffee Morning can be found can found by visiting the link below..
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Thursday 16th August: A Level results day is now upon us and although we hope many of you have obtained the grades needed for your chosen University, there will be some of you who may have just fallen short of what you had expected or perhaps you have decided for whatever reason that Higher Education isn’t the path for you at this time. Please do not be despondent as no matter what your results are, you have many options available to you!
The most important step is to take a deep breath and take stock of the avenue you wish to go down. If you are still wanting to go to Uni, UCAS Clearing gives prospective students the chance to find places on university courses that still have vacancies, including at a number of top institutions. Please take a look at the below link as a guide:
You can also consider retaking exams so please speak to your Head of Sixth Form or class tutors, there is a handy guide to this in the link below:
There is also the option of taking a break from education and having a gap year which can involve travelling or finding a job. If you do decide to venture into the world of work, this is something we can help with at Alexander Hancock Recruitment.
We deal with office based positions across the board, at all levels, including entry level positions. Please see the link below for some of the entry level vacancies we are recruiting for right now:
Our consultants would be delighted to receive your CV if you could please send it over to CV@alexanderhancock.co.uk
Other key sources and information:
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
The excitement is building… anticipation is palpable… success is possible .. and it’s coming home….
Because Gareth Southgate has done what so many England Managers have failed to achieve in the past, he has created a team.. the youngest group of players our country has ever put in to bat, the least experienced and yet they are the most successful, smashing records throughout this tournament.
And why? Well because they implemented, as a team, some rules and values such as:
No phones at the meal tables so they communicate together, gel as one group and a group is always stronger than its separate parts
No Divas, unlike the so called “Golden Players” of the past who were more concerned about their individual egos than the good of what they can achieve as one, this group of youngsters want to play together for the good of their country, because they have real pride in wearing an England Shirt and pride leads to a desire to succeed and in turn success
And they have a Manager who looks the part (who doesn’t love his waistcoats?), is calm yet focused, supportive of and instils confidence in his players; teams are created from the personality who heads up the team and their attributes filter down to the whole team
And because their audience is willing them on to win and that will to succeed can overcome any competition
So… Come on England.. We are behind you.. Make us proud and Bring It Home!
Friday, June 22nd, 2018
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
To remember all those who lost their lives at The Manchester Arena 12 months ago today, to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones and for all those who were there that night and have had their lives changed by their experience.. we are thinking of you, praying for you..
Manchester is an amazing city, full of amazing people, we all stand together against acts of terrorism, for the sake of humanity and for the hope of peace x
Friday, April 13th, 2018
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Winter Olympics 2018, South Korea and possibly our best performance ever at these games..
Now let’s not get too excited, we have not exactly swept the medal board away but we are a little country with NO SNOW! Plenty of rain, it’s true, but as of yet the Olympic Committee are not looking to create an Olympics based on being bedraggled and damp and nor do I hear of any new sports coming to the fore that include umbrellas… but if they do… heck GB will be right up there on the podium!
But what it has shown is that our little island can hold its head up high and as always, punches above its weight and always will. Never underestimate the power of the small but perfectly formed; there speaketh a 5ft 2” power house!
2018 has started well, we genuinely have some of the best calibre of candidates that are available in Manchester across all disciplines. And you may wonder why that is. Well it is mainly down to our clients who are some of the most successful, forward thinking and best employers in Manchester. We often hear from new candidates that they came to see us because we seem to advertise the most interesting and superior jobs and they want to work for such companies… Success breeds success.. so if you are looking for a new career, or know of anyone who is, then please contact us with your CV
Friday, December 1st, 2017
Hello December! Today marks the first day of the countdown to Christmas and we can’t wait to begin the festivities here at Alexander Hancock HQ! We will be bringing our very own Advent Calendar Christmas Cracker countdown full of laughs, brainteasers, blogs and of course, a tad of our recruitment expertise with key tips to help with securing your perfect job and starting afresh in the New Year.
We’re also really excited to be partaking in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on December 15th and will be extending an invitation to all candidates to come in to our office rocking their Christmas knits, the more garish, the better! Our directors will be donating £2.50 per person to the cause and we shall also provide some mince pies! More details on that to come.
They’ll also be much more in store and maybe some surprises so keep your eyes peeled on our Social Media pages and we’ve also added some Christmassy touches to our website…
We would like leave you with picture of our beautifully adorned Christmas tree as we start the festive season in style!
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
So December 15th is Christmas Jumper Day for the Save the Children so we decided, here at Alexander Hancock, to invest in suitable attire and raise money for this amazing charity that works tirelessly to take children, both here in the UK and overseas, out of poverty.
Our staff will be dressed as Santa and his elves and we are looking to donate £2:50 to every candidate, new or existing, who comes into our offices resplendent in their own Christmas Jumpers during the week of Monday 11th to 15th December.
Some come on in, the wackier and the more outlandish the better and support this fabulous charity.. We will provide mince pies , help you find your new role for 2018 and raise some money.. what more could one ask for at Christmas?