Category: Opinion

Making your mind up

As some of you may have read previously, I’m not just a recruiter, I also coach my clients, mainly back into employment, and run a CV-writing service as well. One of the biggest debates I have with my clients is about the length of time a recruiting line manager actually spends reviewing their CV before making a decision. I tell my.
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A beginner’s guide to dealing with recruiters

I’m a start-up business so grateful for any work that comes my way and 99% of my clients are a joy to work with, but at what point do you say enough is enough? I’ve read enough blogs and LinkedIn groups where recruiters get pulled apart for sport. Some of it is completely justified, as some of the tactics that.
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How to give the right candidate experience

When I was an in-house recruiter, getting the candidate experience right was the holy grail. For me, this tells a candidate everything they need to know about the business they are applying to, how it operates and what its values are. From the first acknowledgment email, to the interview process and then to the offer, the experience a candidate has.
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Interview tips: what not to say

When I was asked to write a blog about interviews – and what can sometimes go wrong with them – one part of me wanted to do a piece that offered interview tips knowing that there are record numbers of unemployed people out there desperate for any insight that might help them secure a job. Another part of me (the loudest.
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Aim for the best candidates

Recruiters: stop sending the first few candidates who say “yes” to your live jobs and start looking for the best candidates instead. That does not mean it should be a drawn out protracted process, but the first few candidates who say “yes” – are you certain they’re the best for your client? I have been in the recruitment industry for the.
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The perils of social recruiting

It seems that everywhere you look these days, people are talking about “social recruiting”. Well, they are everywhere I look. It’s almost as if “social media” is some new magical treasure trove of otherwise unattainable candidates – which of course it isn’t. All that’s happened is the group of people you used to attract via job postings and traditional adverts are.
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Psychometric testing: is it worth it?

When it’s done well and the test provider and the employer work in partnership, then psychometric testing can add great value to the business and the recruitment process, but when it’s not completely embraced by the business and the provider does not truly understand the company culture, then it’s a waste of time. I have been fortunate to see both sides.
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Copywriting for recruiters

What is wrong with this job advert? Job title: Accounts Assistant Location: Anytown Salary: Depends on experience My prestigious industry-leading client, based in Anytown, is currently recruiting 4 an outstanding Accounts Assistnat the roll is 2 start ASAP. Key duties include: input receipts and payments, checking tansactions, running CHAPS and BACS, purchase ledger, creating reports when required. The successful candidate will have previous experience of.
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How to treat candidates well

How you treat a candidate during the recruitment process is usually a pretty good indicator of what sort of employer you are and how you look after your clients and customers.  And every sensible employer knows that attracting and recruiting talent is paramount to the ongoing success of an organisation. Despite this common knowledge, some jobseekers are still being treated with.
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Is the CV dead?

Among the many hats I wear when helping candidates is that of a CV writer, and having had a chance to think about this question I’ve come down firmly in the ‘no’ camp, which is not just in the spirit of self-preservation, honest! Here are my five reasons why I think the CV will be around for a while yet. 1.
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