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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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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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