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What do candidates look for other than salary?

Posted by on 22nd October 2019 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

What benefits do candidates look for other than salary?

Unemployment rates are currently at less than 4%. That’s fantastic for candidates, not so good for those looking to fill vacancies with red hot talent. Companies want to hold on to their good staff, and if they sense unease, may offer financial rewards to keep their top performers in-situ. So how on earth can you convince great people to move to you? Well, we’d be lying if we said money was unimportant. But for the sake of this discussion, we’ll assume you are offering an interesting level of salary that is competitive with similar roles in...

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Softly, softly – the art of training soft skills – and why it is essential you do so

Posted by on 14th October 2019 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Soft skills training

The World Economic Forum, in its 2019 report The Future of Jobs, analyses the employment, skills and workforce strategy needed for the future. Its findings make for interesting reading. By 2024, 35% of the skills we consider invaluable today will have changed. We are on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution. This is a movement that is bringing great change, from advanced robotics, autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, through to advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics.  It’s a revolution that will...

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The importance of being accountable

Posted by on 27th September 2019 in candidate advice, employer tips | 0 comments

The importance of being accountable

Accountability is important in all areas of life. Put simply, it’s about being responsible for, and being able to justify your actions. In the workplace, accountability fuels success  It demands clear messages from the very top. The unambiguous communication of the company’s mission, values and objectives – and then setting a collective expectation about holding people to them. But like many things, sometimes it is easier said than done. A study by Partners in Leadership showed that 82% of their respondents had limited or no ability to...

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The impact of high performers and how to attract them

Posted by on 16th September 2019 in employer tips | 0 comments

The impact of high performers and how to attract them

Two facts about high performing workers: They do the best workThey do the most work In fact, your high performers can be up to eight times more productive* than their less impressive co-workers.  So, why do so many companies do such a terrible job of attracting high performers? In a global survey of CEOs in 2016, ‘failure to attract and retain top talent’ was cited as their number one issue – a bigger challenge than either economic growth or competitive intensity. The fact is, unemployment is low, and there is a skills gap. So the top tier...

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They’re coming – and they know what they want!

Posted by on 30th August 2019 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Generation Z - They’re coming – and they know what they want!

We’ve spent the last couple of decades evolving our recruitment processes to appeal to millennials; the largest and most educated generation we’ve ever seen. Now it’s all change. Those thirty-something millennials are climbing the career ladder, moving into management and executive roles. And coming up fast behind them to fill their place are the new kids on the block.  The oldest of Generation Z are now entering the workforce and are forecast to represent a quarter of the global working population by 2021. And if you want to entice them to...

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I’m sorry to have to tell you, but………

Posted by on 9th August 2019 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

candidate rejection

No-one likes giving bad news. But it’s a fact of life in recruitment that when one happy candidate secures the role, there will be a few more that haven’t. So how do you deal with candidate rejection? As a responsible and caring employer, you should meet this head-on and treat the unsuccessful candidates in the best way possible. Why? Common old-fashioned courtesy Yes, it’s a task that takes a bit of extra time, but it’s just the decent thing to do. Someone’s hopes were riding on that interview, and the least you can do is give them feedback...

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Mind the gap – How to identify your transferrable skills – and what to do about the spaces

Posted by on 22nd July 2019 in candidate advice | 0 comments

transferrable skills

What do you think of when someone mentions an audit? Here’s a Wiki definition.  ‘A systematic and independent examination of books, accounts, statutory records, documents and vouchers of an organisation to ascertain how far the financial statements, as well as non-financial disclosures, present a true and fair view of the concern.’  Very important we’re sure, but are we the only ones who are falling asleep? So, when we talk about a personal skills audit, please dismiss the above description from your brain. We’re talking about something much...

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Using gamification in recruitment

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

Using gamification in recruitment

There’s a new buzzword being uttered across all types of industry – ‘gamification’. Well, I say new. It was actually coined by Nick Pelling, a British computer programmer and writer nearly two decades ago. But it’s recently started being held up as a useful business tool, even though not everyone is clear what it means! A few years ago, research company, Gartner, defined it as “the use of game mechanics and experience design to digitally engage and motivate people to achieve their goals”.  There are some key elements of this definition...

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The interview is when?????

Posted by on 13th June 2019 in candidate advice | 0 comments

The interview is when? - Short notice interview

In an ideal world, you’ll have a few days to prepare for that all-important interview. Plenty of time to conduct your research, carefully match your achievements to the job requirements, think up some brilliant examples of where you can demonstrate that you have shone, and perhaps set up a few mock interviews with willing volunteers. But what happens if you only get 24 hours’ notice? Or worse – the HR department calls and wants you for an interview—this afternoon! Is it possible to get yourself prepared to showcase the very best of your...

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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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