July 27, 2018
What is happening to the weather? Why is it so hot? Keep reading to find out #summer2018
We’re coming to the end our second month of extreme heat, and every time the weather forecast teases us with the prospect of rain it just doesn’t seem like it will happen. Right now you’re probably sitting there melting into whatever surface you’re sitting on, and just thinking about that tube journey (don’t even mention the circle line) you have to take later. Odds are you’re already pulling your hair out.
It’s so hot that even The Met Office has issued a health warning urging people to stay out of the sun and a hosepipe ban has been brought into force. Deadly wildfires are raging and a record of 41C had been recorded in Japan.
As Brits, we’re notorious for always complaining about the weather. But what’s new is that we’re now talking about it being TOO HOT. The usual joke among the acerbic Brits after any kind of nice weather is "well, that's summer finished then." But with no sign of this heat decreasing whatsoever, we thought we’d look into exactly what is causing this extremely hot weather.
You might be thinking that this is the hottest summer ever, but actually, if we go aaall the way back to 1976, temperatures were hitting an average of 21 degrees during June, July, and August. This summer the average daily temperature has been 20.9 degrees - only .1 degrees less and we still have a month to go. Phew, off to Argos and buy another fan!
But is it the global warming causing this “I-cannot-sleep-it’s-too-hot-weather”? According to The Independent, hot weather and heat waves are completely normal. However, Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge added:
“What we can say is that with a background of climate change, we know that the planet has warmed by around 1°C since pre-industrial times, and we know that if you add that heat to the system it is very likely heatwaves will be more extreme.”
So yes, global temperatures are increasing due to climate change. Bummer! While we, of course, do our bit to make the Earth a bit happier (turn off the light switches etc.) why not come and join our ever growing team and enjoy the sun while working from our lovely rooftop.
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Tips and Tricks
July 11, 2018
A job interview doesn't end when you walk out the door. A little thank you note not only makes you stand out, it also creates a general good-feel. Here's a template to get you started.
You’ve just had an interview for a job you really want and you’re pretty sure you nailed it! Now you can just sit back and wait for the phone call with the (hopefully) good news, right? WRONG. In fact, this is the time to really shine and make yourself stand out with a follow up thank you email. (You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this).
The world is constantly changing but one thing that hasn't changed is the need to sincerely thank someone for their time. A thank you note to your interviewers, to express your appreciation for the time they’ve taken out to meet you, is a great way of showing that you’re interested in the position. It also gives you the opportunity to mention some points you may have missed. And who doesn’t love a personal thank you note?
Although you might be tempted to say send your interviewer flowers or a handwritten note, just keep in mind what the overall vibe is in the company. Are they a company that would truly appreciate this? Because, let’s face it, sending flowers in this situation is a bit cheesy, and sending a handwritten note to a digital/tech company might not be the best idea.
Okay, so what do you write? Just a quick thank you? Nope, that’s way too short and impersonal. Nor do you want to write a long and boring novel.
Don’t worry, help is here as we’ve created a little template you can copy and paste, get inspired by, tweak as you please, read out loud to your pet squirrel…. In other words, feel free to use it as you want:
Hi [Interviewer Name],
I wanted to thank you for meeting with me today and I really appreciate [insert something personal] for example: how you take care of your candidates. I realise how much work must go into each candidate and you have been great with letting me know what to expect from an interview and preparing to meet with the team and following up. I loved learning more about [insert company] and I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the team, and help [bring in new clients / develop world-class content / anything else awesome you would be doing] with your team.
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding the next steps, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any additional information following our interview.
No matter the amount of flattery just keep in mind that the interviewer is looking at your skills, experience and culture fit before anything else. But a thank you note certainly won’t hurt.
Best of luck and let us know how you get on!
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