The UK unemployment rate drops again

unemployment-rateWith the UK unemployment rate dropping quickly to 7.1%, in the three months to November 2013, there is a strong case for optimism in the jobs market. Roughly 30.15 million people are now in work, an increase of 280,000 in the last quarter – the biggest increase since records began in the 1970s. As we went to press, however, this month’s.
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Blending job boards and social media in your recruitment mix

job-board-spendIf I asked you to summarise the impact of social media on recruitment, what would you say? As of 2014, what has changed compared with how recruiting looked just a few years ago? It’s a really interesting question to ponder – and one that points to new ways you may want to use and combine job boards and social media.
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Why you shouldn’t burn bridges in recruitment

burning-bridgesWhen John Donne remarked that no man was an island, he couldn’t have dreamed how apt that would be some 500 years later. In our hyper-connected world where anything you say can, and will, be used against you on the internet, the way we conduct ourselves professionally has become more important than ever. This can be also be applied to.
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The DO’s and DON’TS when approaching passive candidates

passive-candidatesSometimes the best people you employ aren’t necessarily the ones that are actively looking for a job. Known in the trade as “passive” candidates, these professionals may seem happy in their jobs, but are sometimes willing to consider a more attractive offer. The big difference between them and active job seekers, of course, is that they can be much more.
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How to spot a phony candidate

phony-candidates The economic downturn has meant a shrinking pool of potential vacancies for jobseekers, so it’s hardly surprising that some will go to extreme lengths to get noticed by employers. In fact, a survey conducted at the end of last year by Staffbay found that, shockingly, a fifth would lie on their CV if it meant impressing a future boss. As a.
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Recruiting basics: Old vs the new

old-vs-newTransport yourself back to a time when eager young recruitment professionals spent hours trawling through piles of CVs and narrowing down candidates in face-to-face interviews. It may sound prehistoric to some of you, but this was the recruiting basics only a few years ago. Let’s face it, the industry has been moving fast and today’s high-fliers are out-geeking teenagers with the amount.
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The five qualities of the perfect recruiter

perfect-recruiter1Whether you’re new to recruitment or more experienced, it’s always worth setting aside time on a regular basis to assess how you can go beyond your job remit to make your career prospects perkier. One of the niftiest ways of achieving success is to emulate the professional habits of high-fliers. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top five habits.
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Candidates from hell

candidates-from-hellEveryone is familiar with the terror of the job interview. It doesn’t matter which side of the table you’re on, it can be stressful and nerve-wracking. Sometimes people’s reaction to that stress is just mind-boggling. Take the candidate from Sacramento who, in 2012, gave new meaning to the concept of a bad interview by turning up naked and high on methamphetamine.
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My first interview – recruiter edition

firs-interviewIt is not only the candidate who needs to be prepared for an interview – recruiters have to know both what they want from a candidate and how they are going to get it. Interviewing is a technique that needs to be developed and refined – changing to suit the candidate and uncover information that may not lie on the surface. We.
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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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