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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Should recruiters keep in touch with employed candidates?

When lots of candidates apply for jobs through a recruitment consultancy, sometimes it can feel like a never-ending production line. You grill a load of them during the interview process, put them forward to your client if you deem them suitable, and if they fail to make it through the interview process – and let’s face it, these days candidates have plenty.
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Why are young jobseekers struggling to get part-time jobs?

Most people’s first taste of work experience (and probably yours too), often starts in part-time jobs. Whether it’s something to do on the weekends, to top up weekly pocket money or helping to fund further studies, part-time work has always been popular amongst young people in particular. Not just a way to earn some extra cash independently, it also gives.
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Social recruiting: mistakes that’ll make you cringe

Whether you’re a recruiter or a jobseeker, you’ll be aware of the positive potential of social media to help you find jobs or candidates. But as with most shiny new fads, we’ve still got a lot to learn. And while most of us realise it’s not advisable to post ‘that’ picture of the tequila tasting party alongside our LinkedIn profile,.
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