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If you want to know – ask!

Posted by on 28th January 2020 in employer tips | 0 comments

If you want to know – ask!

Often people will wrack their brains wondering how to find out the information they are looking for. And equally often, the way to get what they need is to simply ask. This is certainly the case when it comes to getting feedback on your recruitment process. Even the best-run organisations sometimes miss out the vital step of asking candidates how they found you, but it’s really important. Why? Well, it gives you the information you need to improve your process, increase hire rates, boost your talent pipeline and enrich your employer brand....

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Top tips to resolve that proverbial Catch 22

Posted by on 16th January 2020 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Catch 22 - experience

Catch 22. A circular problem. To get the job you want, you need to demonstrate some experience. But to show experience, you need to have had a job. Searching for work can be stressful at the best of times, but how on earth are you meant to create a great CV when you feel you have nothing to write about? The good news is that although you might not have specific employment experience, you do have life experience. And using this, you can create an eye-catching CV that gives you the leg up onto your career ladder that you need to get started. So...

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Lost time is never found again

Posted by on 20th December 2019 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Lost time is never found again

So said Benjamin Franklin, a man who knew a lot about many things. Each second is a disposable commodity – once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can’t bank the time you don’t use for another day. It is the ultimate limited resource. We all know that, of course, so why do we procrastinate? Psychologists will tell us it’s because of our self-control and motivation. These may be hampered by a lack of energy or urgency. Or they are overshadowed with negativity, such as worry or exhaustion. Often though, it’s just a case of needing to get organised....

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I’ve made the right choice!

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

New employee

That’s what should be going through your new employee’s mind at the end of their first week with your organisation.  Think of this as another opportunity to make a really great impression. You could get them to spend those first days on endless form filling and HR administration – or you could organise it so that they finish the week with a real feeling of excitement for the future. Firstly, here’s a list of things guaranteed to take the shine off things right from the start. They are easy to get right and yet so...

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I want to tell you a story

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

I want to tell you a story - storytelling to attract top talent

With low unemployment levels and a growing skills gap, organisations need to adapt their strategies from an administrative approach to something that feels more personal in order to attract top talent. Essentially, companies are looking to humanise their brand, to outline a personality, a set of values. And what is more personal and human than a story? We all love them. Whether it’s the books we remember from childhood or the latest blockbuster film, the best stories engage us emotionally, connect to something inside us and stay in our...

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IR35 – Are you ‘in’ or are you ‘out’?

Posted by on 12th November 2019 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

IR35 – Are you ‘in’ or are you ‘out’?

New legislation is on its way in April 2020. You’ve probably heard of IR35 if you are, or you employ, freelancers or self-employed contractors. If so, then you need to understand the implications to ensure that you keep HMRC happy. Essentially, the new regulations look to plug the issue of disguised employment. Some contractors bill for their services via a limited company to take advantage of the tax benefits. But in reality, they are operating as a full-time employee. This occurs when a contractor, amongst other things, is under the...

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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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