5 reviews
16:04 13 Mar 23
Highly recommended! Josh and Sarah have been fantastic at Astute. They've found and placed me in 2 jobs now between them, both really responsive and excellent at keeping you up to speed with things. Very knowledgable about the roles and happy to talk to companies with any queries you have.
C R.C R.
10:45 27 Jan 23
Great agency one of the best ones I've worked with! Liz has been a great help and support in helping me towards a new direction in my career life. She is very attentive and keeps me in the loop at all times! She makes the extra effort to work with my preferred requirements for work and even if it isn't completely attainable she meets me in the middle and does as much as she can to help! Also Liz is very funny might I add 😂 and I'm happy that I can now put a face to the name after all these years! Thank you again Liz for all your help and support! 😊
10:32 20 Dec 22
Josh and the Astute team was very swift to help me to find roles that matched my profile. They are really reliable and will help through every step of the recruitment process going out of their way to assist and follow up when needed. Could not find a better recruitment agency!
Helen PinegarHelen Pinegar
16:19 18 Dec 22
Fantastic recruitment agency.. Josh was extremely enthusiastic, encouraging and clearly knowledgeable about what was needed from both the employee and the employers point of view. Extremely supportive especially in regards to interview preparation and endeavoured to procure feedback promptly. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Astute in the future to both candidates and recruiting businesses particularly for the right fit for the role!!!
Lisa LeighLisa Leigh
11:56 30 Nov 22
I have worked as a candidate for Astute and they have been excellent. Super friendly service and professional agents keen to fit the right person to the right job. It has been a pleasure dealing with them and I would happily work for them again in the future. Highly recommend this agency.
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Starting a new job is an exciting opportunity for you to connect with interesting people and make a great first impression.  This could be because it’s a step forward in your career, or you might be relishing the chance to work on a fresh, new project. Either way, preparing carefully can help you get the most out of the opening weeks of your job, while also setting yourself up well for the future.

Below, we explore how you can achieve this:


Many offices are now opting for a hybrid working strategy. Instead of working in the office every day of the week, employees are given the opportunity to split their working hours between home and the office. Nevertheless, transportation to the office on the days that you are working is important. You’ll want to get to the office punctually and in comfort.

If you’re anticipating a long commute, it might be the right time to upgrade your car, or at least book it in for a service!


Every office has slightly different expectations for the clothing you wear. For some offices, it’ll be mandatory to wear a suit and tie to look professional at all times. Elsewhere, smart casual might be more acceptable. Either way, you should find out what the expectations are in your office before sorting out your ‘work wardrobe’ and shopping accordingly.

Make contact with your manager

You are likely have conversed with your manager during the interview process for your new job. But it’s certainly worth setting up this relationship further before you start your job. This can help you settle in and position yourself for success from the outset. But what’s the best way to achieve this? Well, a couple of days before you start you could drop your manager a message to show your enthusiasm and that you are ready to be effective from day one. This can help you enjoy first week success before going from strength to strength.

Research the company and your team

Finally, it can make the world of difference if you research the company and the team you’re joining. Naturally, you’ll have carried out plenty of research to pass the interview process. But it’s good practice to familiarise yourself with this information once again before the job starts. Plus, you can carry out more specialised research once you know your job title and the colleagues you’ll be working alongside every day. You could also start matching faces and names by researching on LinkedIn people who will be working on your team.

Starting a new job can be daunting and exciting in equal measure, but by following the guide above, you should be all set to hit the ground running!

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