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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Do we need to see jobseekers’ hobbies on CVs?

Hobbies and interestsOne of the most common debates I have with candidates both as a recruiter and while wearing my career-coaching hat when reviewing or writing a client’s CV is the level of personal information that should be included. It’s remarkable how much debate I have had around this point, as some clients are adamant that their hobbies should stay on their CV.
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How to treat candidates well

How you treat a candidate during the recruitment process is usually a pretty good indicator of what sort of employer you are and how you look after your clients and customers.  And every sensible employer knows that attracting and recruiting talent is paramount to the ongoing success of an organisation. Despite this common knowledge, some jobseekers are still being treated with.
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Is the CV dead?

Among the many hats I wear when helping candidates is that of a CV writer, and having had a chance to think about this question I’ve come down firmly in the ‘no’ camp, which is not just in the spirit of self-preservation, honest! Here are my five reasons why I think the CV will be around for a while yet. 1.
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