Category: Opinion

5 things that mobile could change for recruiters in 2014

mobile-changesIn what feels like an incredibly long recession, finally 2014 is looking to bring a much needed ray of sunshine. Indeed, the IRP predicts market “acceleration” and therefore serious growth. Pressures on margins still remain, and competition – it will come as no surprise – is still white hot. Recruiters need to pull out all the stops to remain ahead.
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5 things to remember when starting an agency in 2014

agency-startupYou’re clearly the intelligent, self-motivated and highly successful sort. You’ve billed well as a recruitment consultant and lined somebody else’s pocket for too long – It’s time to go it alone by starting an agency. There are so many things to think about and questions to answer. We spoke to Laura who’s done just that to get an idea of what.
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Is this really the golden age of recruitment?

golden-ageUndeniably, technology has changed the face of modern day recruiting. Companies and recruitment agencies are actively using a wide variety of methods to find and attract applicants. These range from online job boards and social networking sites, to Facebook and mobile apps. However, in some cases, employers are able to passively recruit by simply posting jobs on their corporate websites and.
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When is it OK to go with your gut when recruiting?

go-with-gutGenerally speaking, it’s a good idea to leave emotions and feelings out of the recruitment process, but there are instances when trusting your gut instinct can pay off and lead to a good hire. If you’re recruiting and have three potential employees who fare very similarly – let’s say they have a similar educational background, experience and even are closely matched.
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Are online career fairs worth your time?

career-fairsJobs fairs have been around for years, and have in the past offered candidates the opportunity to connect with a range of companies all in one place. However, they also come with their downsides. They often attract vast amounts of people, and from a candidate’s point of view, can involve standing in queues for ages to get a very brief.
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Are zero-hour contracts all that bad?

zero-hoursYou can’t have missed the recent furore over news that an estimated one million people across the UK are employed on zero-hour contracts – roughly 3-4% of the workforce. Under the terms of such a contract, employers can keep their workers on call without guaranteeing them even a minimum amount of work. In addition, they only pay for the hours worked.
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Is speed-dating the route to great recruitment?

Speed-datingRecruiters are more pressed for time than ever before as business, work and every kind of pressure conspire to squeeze time out of diaries. Speed dating is the go-to model in our time-constrained world for matching couples: dragon’s den entrepreneurs with business angels, pets with owners and now, recruiter with candidate. But is speed dating really the perfect model to.
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Do video interviews work?

Do-video-interviews-workGone are the days when recruiters needed to sweat over a stack of CVs, agonising over which candidates to invite in for interview. Nowadays, before you commit to meet a candidate face-to-face, you can screen them on the telephone, via email or – more recently – by assessing them using a video interview. Video interviews can be conducted in two ways.
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Do employee referral schemes work?

referralReferral schemes are nothing new, but with the growth of social media and professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, they now have the potential to take on a life of their own. An opportunity can be shared and re-shared by a far broader network than a hiring team would typically be able to reach. Many employers operate the schemes as a.
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Would Scottish independence affect the jobs market?

Scottish independanceThere’s been a lot of debate about whether Scotland should become independent. In this video we discuss whether Scottish independence would affect Scottish jobseekers and businesses, and if so, how. We talk to people who are for and against independence and hear what they think it would mean for the Scottish jobs market. Our contributors are… Amy Dalrymple, Policy and Research Manager.
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