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How to screw up recruitment

We’ve talked extensively in the past about how important it is to hire the right person first time, and the implications of getting it wrong. So important in fact, we even commissioned some independent research about it. Getting someone’s feet under the desk as quickly as possible might seem like it’s the top priority, but in reality…

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Why you’re terrible at recruiting

Every organisation likes to think they’re great at recruitment. But is this actually the case? A recent report released by the CIPD and Hays PLC, found that 78% of the employers surveyed reported that recruiting related problems are one of the biggest challenges to business growth. Incredibly, 8 out of 10 respondents claimed that they’re unable to…

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Is your PSL holding you back?

Ah the Preferred Supplier List (PSL). That trusty list you can rely on to fill any vacancy that pops up. But is it also somewhat of a convenient excuse to close the door on other agencies (and platforms) when they come knocking?   Don’t get us wrong – PSLs have their place. They can help…

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Should you hire a job-hopper?

Ah, job hoppers. Those lovely folk who could quite easily fill 4 sides of A4 with just their job titles from the last 5 years. Generally, they’re frowned upon by prospective employers. But should they be?   After all, if a candidate has hit a ceiling at their existing employer, moving jobs can be a…

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Bridging the digital skills gap

It’s the hot topic on every HR professional and recruiter’s lips – the skills shortage. And no where is this more pronounced than at the leading edge of technology. But what do we really mean when we talk about a digital skills shortage? Most of the us own a smart phone, are active on at…

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How to hire the best talent

For a small company, the quality of its employees has a huge influence on its success. But when the pressure is on to hire someone quickly (as is often the case in a small business), mistakes and poor choices are easily made. When the stakes are high, you need to be sure your new recruits…

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Does HR stand for ‘Hindering Recruitment’?

It’s a fast-paced world out there, with answers to every conceivable question available at our fingertips. If someone happens to ask ‘are there any jobs out there for me?’ it’s now easy for them to find out and apply in a short space of time. Simply jump online, locate the role, craft a beautiful cover…

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Jermain Defoe seeking extraordinary PA

Sunderland striker, Jermain Defoe is looking for an executive assistant to help organise his busy schedule. But it’s not your regular assistant role. Of course, there are standard responsibilities that you might expect. For example paying bills, keeping the house clean and tidy and organising his diary. Yep, we can cope with that. There are…

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Mo’ money, mo’ problems – ons release employment figures

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest UK employment stats earlier today. The number of people in work has dipped slightly from the three months to February 2015, to 73.3%. However, it’s good news for those of us in work, with wages up 3.2% (including bonuses). But what does this mean for businesses? Comparing this…

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Michael Page – on the rampage

FTSE 250 recruitment agency, Michael Page today announced gross profits increased 6% in the firm’s second quarter to an impressive £145.3m. It would have been even better too, if it hadn’t been for a weak Euro and other currencies, which meant it missed out on a further £6m (!). The recruitment goliath operates globally and stated that…

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