Blog

17
Oct

Glaucoma and how to (try!) prevent it!

A very common eye condition that can affect people of all ages, Glaucoma is mostly apparent in people in the latter part of life (65+). Glaucoma is where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged, predominantly by the build-up in fluid at the front part of the eye which increases pressure, resulting in loss of

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3
Oct

Benefits of working with a recruiter

I assume everyone has at least spoken to a recruiter at some point in their career.  Some of you may think we are a pain and some of you may like the fact we try to help and improve on your current situation.  Some people tell me; “I have had a terrible experience in the past with recruiters” which I

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26
Sep

Newly Qualified Optometrist’s

Where to begin? This is the scary yet exciting part for a newly qualified optometrist as your exams are all finished and completed, the stresses of studying are now all in the past and you can now start really looking forward to where your career can go as well as making some good money along the way (as I’m sure

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19
Sep

Relocating with Vivid Optical

With the number of people relocating from suburbia to rural locations on the rise, Vivid Optical’s Danny Alaimo reached out to Derry O’Brien who moved to North Wales 18months ago to pursue a career with Boots Opticians to see how it’s all going since they last spoke and why Derry chose North Wales to settle. (DA) With a blank canvas

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12
Sep

Your Candidate Journey

As the UK’s largest and most trusted recruitment consultancy (based on Google and Facebook reviews 😊), we pride ourselves on ensuring the very best level of service to our candidates.  Whether you’re an optometrist, dispensing optician, optical advisor or a director level individual, we follow the same process for all. Of course, this is a very simplified flow chart of

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5
Sep

Life as an OA

Jorge Sobral was an Optical Assistant (or Advisor, Consultant etc. – or whatever job title each specific company uses) for over 4 years and has now ventured into the world of optical recruitment.  Suffice to say he knows his stuff!  Here are his thoughts on life as an OA…   Being an Optical Assistant is a lot more than “selling

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30
Aug

Visa Sponsorships – How to go about this and what you need to do

Not going to sugar-coat it: it isn’t going to be easy! Right, so first and foremost – Brexit. The UK is currently an EU member state, meaning that citizens from other EU/EFTA states have the freedom to travel to and work in the UK.  However, following the Brexit vote in 2016, the situation for EU/EFTA nationals is likely to change

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15
Aug

The Importance of the GOC

The GOC are one of 12 organisations in the UK known as a health and social care regulator and they specifically regulate around 30,000 optical registrants, including Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians, Student Opticians and Optical Businesses.  The council is made up of 12 professionals within the Optical industry and their main goal is to set strategic direction of the organisation. They

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8
Aug

Formal Interviews vs Informal interviews: My experience

I assume everyone reading this has attended an interview at some point in their life, either for your first job or a step forward in your career or ’25 to life’ as some would say. The real question is, was the interview formal or informal? I have had two interviews in my life and as chance would have it, one

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24
Jul

The importance of keeping up to date with optical news

When I first started in optics, I thought I could get away with just knowing what our clients offer in terms of salary, benefits or progression.  I didn’t know that there was much more I needed to know in the industry!  I genuinely believed that “not much changes” and “I don’t need to read articles about a new system or

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