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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NHS cuts: how many nurse jobs have really been lost?

The coalition’s £20 billion NHS economy drive is decimating the nursing profession or having little effect, depending on who you listen to. Whichever figures are correct, the reality looks like more nurses are needed rather than fewer… Of all the job sectors across the UK, nursing has been the one in the spotlight over the past few months, due to growing.
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Lee McQueen: why recruiters should look at new talent

With unemployment at an all-time high, recruiters are inundated with candidates to choose from, so sometimes it’s easy to be fussy about your candidates and only pick the most experienced. We know it can seem daunting sending a new school leaver or someone with different industry experience to a client. You panic they may cost more to train, or they’ll change.
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10 recruiting annoyances that jobseekers hate – and how you can avoid them

It can be easy to forget that a job advert and job interview needs to sell the company to a prospective employee as well as the other way around. While you have a vacancy to fill, you’re asking someone to put their career and potential happiness in your hands, so it’s important to make sure that you do a good job.
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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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What do you do when the ideal candidate slips through the net?

With so many CVs to sift through and so many candidates to interview on a daily basis, it’s all too easy to let the ideal applicant slip through the net. Most recruiters, despite their best intentions, will probably have overlooked a top performer at some point, only to lose them to a competitor. Losing them online Peter Burgess, managing director at Retail.
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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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Overqualified or just poor recruiting?

In the current economic climate many jobseekers are looking to change careers or take a step down to stay in employment, but they are often told that they have too much experience or are overqualified for the role. So what is preventing some recruiters from taking that small leap of imagination? Has being overqualified become an easy get-out clause for.
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Apprenticeships: are they making a difference?

Two key things happened in the jobs market towards the end of last year. In November, youth unemployment topped the landmark figure of 1 million; and around the same time, the Government announced it would boost spending on apprenticeships by £250m as part of a wider £1bn youth unemployment package. During 2011, the Government spent a total of £1.4bn to create.
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Should UK firms prioritise UK workers?

There was a rather lame joke doing the rounds recently after it emerged that Britain could soon be invaded by tropical mosquitoes, potentially spreading deadly diseases. “All those foreign mosquitoes, taking our mosquitoes’ jobs, stealing our women,” went the refrain. But the underlying sentiment has not been far from the headlines lately. Earlier this month, employment minister Chris Grayling urged British.
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