Category: Features

Why are workers taking less sick leave?

According to the latest figures from The Office of National Statistics (ONS), it turns out the economy’s woes are actually creating a healthy workforce. The ONS’s findings claim the UK workforce is taking just 4.5 sick days during recession compared with 7.2 days when records began in 1993, just a year after the last recession. Observers point out there has been.
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Should recruiters keep in touch with employed candidates?

When lots of candidates apply for jobs through a recruitment consultancy, sometimes it can feel like a never-ending production line. You grill a load of them during the interview process, put them forward to your client if you deem them suitable, and if they fail to make it through the interview process – and let’s face it, these days candidates have plenty.
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Social recruiting: mistakes that’ll make you cringe

Whether you’re a recruiter or a jobseeker, you’ll be aware of the positive potential of social media to help you find jobs or candidates. But as with most shiny new fads, we’ve still got a lot to learn. And while most of us realise it’s not advisable to post ‘that’ picture of the tequila tasting party alongside our LinkedIn profile,.
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Lee McQueen: why recruiters should look at new talent

With unemployment at an all-time high, recruiters are inundated with candidates to choose from, so sometimes it’s easy to be fussy about your candidates and only pick the most experienced. We know it can seem daunting sending a new school leaver or someone with different industry experience to a client. You panic they may cost more to train, or they’ll change.
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10 recruiting annoyances that jobseekers hate – and how you can avoid them

It can be easy to forget that a job advert and job interview needs to sell the company to a prospective employee as well as the other way around. While you have a vacancy to fill, you’re asking someone to put their career and potential happiness in your hands, so it’s important to make sure that you do a good job.
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What do you do when the ideal candidate slips through the net?

With so many CVs to sift through and so many candidates to interview on a daily basis, it’s all too easy to let the ideal applicant slip through the net. Most recruiters, despite their best intentions, will probably have overlooked a top performer at some point, only to lose them to a competitor. Losing them online Peter Burgess, managing director at Retail.
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Overqualified or just poor recruiting?

In the current economic climate many jobseekers are looking to change careers or take a step down to stay in employment, but they are often told that they have too much experience or are overqualified for the role. So what is preventing some recruiters from taking that small leap of imagination? Has being overqualified become an easy get-out clause for.
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Do we need to see jobseekers’ hobbies on CVs?

Hobbies and interestsOne of the most common debates I have with candidates both as a recruiter and while wearing my career-coaching hat when reviewing or writing a client’s CV is the level of personal information that should be included. It’s remarkable how much debate I have had around this point, as some clients are adamant that their hobbies should stay on their CV.
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Weird interview questions: pointless or necessary?

From ‘What’s your favourite colour’, to ‘Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time’, just how useful are curveball questions in interviews? Job interviews can be nerve-wracking enough for applicants, without having to worry about bizarre questions that might be aimed at them. Unusual questions can be very useful in interviews, (particularly if the applicant appears to be a little too.
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How to give good feedback

No one likes to face up to their inadequacies, but finding out what went wrong in an interview can really help jobseekers improve their chances of success in the future. However, the right approach by recruiters is key… “Sorry, but you didn’t get the job ‘cos you were a bit rubbish, really.” There are many ways candidates can be told how they’ve done in.
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