Too good to be true?

Writing a CV is becoming an art form today and people are investing increasing amounts of time making theirs just right. But sometimes the sales aspect can go a  little too far and at other times not far enough. So how can you make sure you’re neither having the wool pulled over your eyes or binning the perfect candidate? Whether you’re.
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Planning changes: will they boost the construction industry?

The Government’s bid to kick-start the economy by proposing a year-long free-for-all in house and business extensions might not be such a panacea for the jobs market. The controversial proposals double the area that homeowners and businesses can extend outside conservation areas. That means detached homeowners will be able to build a single storey up to eight metres into their gardens.
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When headhunting goes wrong

The very nature of search and selection means when mistakes are made they tend to be pretty big ones, often with major consequences. Here are five real examples of what happens… when headhunting goes wrong! Please note, names have been changed to protect the innocent… 1. Hung up by a phone provider Self-employed Derek White wasn’t even looking for a permanent job when.
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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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Totaljobs Barometer report: Q3 2012

The UK jobs market continued to buck expected trends by showing decent growth in the third quarter of 2012, with improvements of 5% from the same period last year and 4% compared to the previous quarter. Is this down to the much-publicised ‘Olympic effect’? Well, this quarter showed the biggest July and August we’ve seen yet on the Barometer, with.
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Is the jobs market cashing in on the feel-good factor?

While the summer of sport obviously brought money and tourism into the UK, what has been the real effects on the jobs market? According to recent figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the recent sporting events has unquestionably delivered a boost to Britain’s jobs market as unemployment dropped and Britain’s part-time workforce soared. But the question still remains.
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Passive candidates – exploding the myths

As a blade-sharp recruitment consultant with hundreds of active jobseekers on your books, do you really need to direct resources into targeting so-called ‘passive candidates’? Well, in this fast-paced world of anticipating the solution before you’ve heard of the problem, the answer is a resounding yes. Let’s face it, it’s so yesterday to wait for a vacancy to come up and.
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Unusual interview questions that will save you from boring interviews

You’ve had to ask the same bogstandard questions a million times – what are your strengths, where do you see yourself in five years, why do you want to work here? So far, so average. But what about asking some more unusual interview questions to change it around a bit? You can use some of these slightly off-the-wall questions to gauge.
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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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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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