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Taking a path less trodden

Posted by on 21st May 2019 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Making a career change - Taking a path less trodden

How do you feel when you wake up on a workday? Happy, positive and raring to get to work?  Or disillusioned and unfulfilled? If it’s the latter, you are not alone. Around 40% of us are not happy with our jobs or career paths and would dearly love a change – not just to another company, but to another career entirely. You might associate a dramatic change of direction with Millennials, and indeed, 25% of this demographic are keen to switch careers.  This is usually because they want to expand their skills or gain a higher level of...

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Finding the Leaders of Tomorrow

Posted by on 13th May 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

Finding the Leaders of Tomorrow

As corporate culture and business structures seem to change ever faster, there’s one thing you need to ensure your company achieves exceptional and sustainable results – and that’s great leadership. A recent parliamentary report states ‘good management and leadership within SMEs can increase productivity, turnover and employment.’ The report cites an example of a leadership and management programme run by Goldman Sachs, which has helped 1,400 businesses, and reported that, on average, participants experienced a 22% increase in productivity...

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The final step in making your perfect hire

Posted by on 17th April 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

The final step in making your perfect hire - checking references

Of course, we all ensure that we check references before making a final decision on hiring – don’t we? Even when you find an applicant with the perfect CV, who interviews brilliantly, don’t be tempted to skip this vital follow-up step. Because when job hunting, it’s natural for candidates to want to make themselves look as good as possible and to appear suitable for the widest possible range of jobs. Whilst there will always be the occasional person who is deliberately trying to mislead, most just want to maximise their chances.  So it’s...

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The power of personality

Posted by on 5th April 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

The power of personality

In the workplace, you hear people talk about ‘the staff’ or ‘the employees’ as if they were a homogenous group of people. But the ‘employees’ are made up of individuals who are, well, individual. That means teams comprise a group of incongruent people, all with their own personalities.  And that’s a good thing. The strength of the whole team ends up being greater than the sum of the individuals. But learning how to motivate and manage different personality types is essential to get the best out of them. So what personality types might...

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The secret weapon that can make your hires more successful

Posted by on 25th March 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

The secret weapon that can make your hires more successful

The concept of emotional intelligence (EQ) gained prominence around two decades ago. Defined as the capability to recognise your own emotions, and those of others, EQ allows you to use emotional information to guide your thinking and behaviours – and to adjust emotions according to your end goal.  We are all driven by our emotions, but a person with high EQ can recognise and manage them effectively. Why is EQ important? A recent study by US company Leadership IQ found that nearly half of new hires are either fired or disciplined...

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I’ve been thinking, and I’m sorry but……..

Posted by on 11th March 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

I’ve been thinking, and I’m sorry but……..

It’s likely that we’ve all had it happen. You’ve found what appears to be the perfect candidate for your position. You’ve agreed terms, discussed start dates, and now they just need to hand in their resignation to their current employer. Then you get the phone call. “I’ve been thinking, and I’m sorry but ……..” Yep, they’ve had a counter offer from their boss, and they are taking it. In one short call, you are back to square one And it happens more and more. With competition for the top talent fiercer than ever, in 2017 a survey...

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What’s the one thing that can deliver a huge competitive advantage for you?

Posted by on 28th February 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

What’s the one thing that can deliver a huge competitive advantage for you?

It’s something that you already have in your organisation – your employees.  Attracting, recruiting and developing the very best talent is the most important thing you can do for the continued growth and success of your company. But what if you are finding it hard to attract the people you need? Is it the skills gap that is to blame? Well, possibly, but more likely it is your employer branding that is causing part of the problem. A recent report by PWC shows that in 2019, the availability of skills is the top business concern for UK...

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A necessary step in the pursuit of success

Posted by on 15th February 2019 in candidate advice | 0 comments

A necessary step in the pursuit of success

You did your research. You practised your presentation. Your shoes were polished, and your suit pressed. You gave insightful answers to all those tricky questions. Perhaps you were thinking – hoping – that it was in the bag. But then you get the letter or the phone call saying thanks, but no thanks. We are all human, and rejection hurts. It’s natural to feel that you did something wrong, or that you were deemed ‘not good enough’ and to feel a little down about it. But we all have to deal with rejection at some points in our lives. Even the...

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The revolution that will rock recruitment

Posted by on 31st January 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

The revolution that will rock recruitment

Not since the Industrial Revolution has there been a period of such dynamic change with such far-reaching consequences. The Technology Revolution impacts on us all, in our work and our home lives. It has profoundly altered the way the world works. So, how has the recruitment sector been affected and what can we expect to see in the not so distant future? An enthusiastic adopter of software advances, the recruitment industry is one that generally welcomes the benefits of automating the processes that are central to the sector. And yet in a UK...

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Are you prepared to give a good candidate experience?

Posted by on 22nd January 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

Are you prepared to give a good candidate experience?

Do you know how your recruitment company treats its candidates? And are you sure that when recruiting directly, you handle your candidates well? The fact is, well over half of all candidates report a poor recruitment experience.  Many of the complaints boil down to poor communication – from a website that’s impossible to use on a phone to zero acknowledgement of an application. And with unemployment levels at the lowest they have been in over 40 years, good candidates can be in short supply.   So it’s not only morally right to treat people...

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