Interns from hell – part 1

Internships are brilliant ways for young people to step onto the career ladder and get a foot in the door in their desired field. Most interns know that it takes hard graft to create a successful outcome, but these interns from hell had a slightly different understanding of the concept.   Wrong time, wrong place ‘I’m always keen to see young faces wanting.
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5 steps to becoming a great recruiter

It’s a no-brainer. Recruiters who can combine a rare understanding of people with a fierce grasp of commerce are going to have happy clients, well-placed candidates and brisker business. But, worry not. If those qualities don’t come naturally, you can still emulate a skilful recruiter to stay at the top of your game. Here are five steps to help you.
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Recruiter soapbox: John Lees’ reality check for recruitment agencies

Let’s begin positively. Recruitment consultants play an important role. They connect employers with the right people, short-listing effectively and quickly, and offer influence, leverage and reach that individual candidates can’t achieve. I spent over 20 years training recruiters. Every one claimed to understand employer needs better than their competition. They also boasted of exceptional candidate care, knowing that today’s candidate may.
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Sector focus: Sales part 2

Sales sector part 2In the first part of our sales sector focus, we talked about the current jobs market, the competition amongst candidates and which employers were hiring and firing. In this part, we focus on the gender gap and look towards the future to see what the sales industry might look like. Gender wars in sales Although there’s not a massive absence of either.
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Sector focus: Sales

Sector focus: salesEvery month we’ll be taking an in-depth look at a particular sector and letting you know how it’s doing. From employment figures and salaries to the latest trends and stories that rocked that industry. This month we’re focusing on the sales sector, which appears to be a stable industry with lots of candidates competing for a single job.   The job market There’s good.
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Totaljobs recruiter news 24.06.2013

All the jobs industry news you need to know in the UK. Charity calls on MPs to warn employers about the dangers of workplace drinking Charity group Alcohol Concern has revealed a quarter of MPs (26%) believe there is an “unhealthy” drinking culture in Parliament. It has called on MPs to set an example and warn employers about the.
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Are the Aviva job cuts selfish given the economic climate?

It’s no wonder that insurance giant Aviva has attracted negative press lately. Its decision to cut 600 back-office processing jobs and relocate them from the UK to India by the end of 2014 would have been controversial even if the economy was sound. But with the UK’s unemployment rate hovering around 2.5 million, are the Aviva job cuts an outright.
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Will Boris Johnson’s ‘Boris buses’ stimulate the economy?

London mayor Boris Johnson has a lot of hope riding on his new fleet of  ‘Boris Buses’ – not least that they will stimulate the economy and boost the jobs market. Johnson has ordered 600 of his so-called “Boris Buses” to be built and on the road by 2016. According to him, the fleet will safeguard at least 220 jobs in.
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Giving negative feedback to candidates

For recruiters an interview is routine; for a candidate it’s a high-stress and potentially life changing event. Interviewer feedback is therefore very important. Sometimes it’s excellent, but many candidates say that it is frequently either non-existent or unhelpful. Unhelpful feedback falls into several categories:   1. Bland Often a variant on “we met other people who fit the job better”. This may be untrue,.
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Five top tips when recruiting for SMEs

More than a quarter of small companies are planning to increase their headcount by more than 5% throughout the rest of 2013, according to the biannual business confidence report from global workplace provider Regus. This is good news for recruiters as SMEs tend not to have enough HR resources, so often look for your expertise. Remember, however, that cost-wise they can.
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