UK services sector growth reaches 16-year high

mechanicThe UK services sector, which accounts for around 75% of the UK’s economy, ended its strongest quarter in more than 16 years with a solid display of growth in September. The suggestion now is that the economy is approaching the same momentum it had pre-2008. The latest batch of impressive figures came from the Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for services,.
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Candidates from hell

candidates-from-hellEvery recruiter has one. The ‘I can’t believe they said that, can’t believe they did that’ litany of candidates from hell. In retrospect, such tales are often amusing, but such incidents also happen to be time-wasting and heart-sinking. That quality resume´ seemed worth asking a candidate in for an interview but face-to-face, they let themselves – and you – down. Yet.
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When is it OK to go with your gut when recruiting?

go-with-gutGenerally speaking, it’s a good idea to leave emotions and feelings out of the recruitment process, but there are instances when trusting your gut instinct can pay off and lead to a good hire. If you’re recruiting and have three potential employees who fare very similarly – let’s say they have a similar educational background, experience and even are closely matched.
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UK Manufacturing sector grows for the sixth consecutive month

manufacturingThe UK manufacturing sector has suffered long-term decline in recent years, and currently accounts for around just 12% of national output, half of what it was 30 years ago.  However, it remains a crucially important part of the economy, employing around 2.6 million people. So, the continued growth in the sector is great news for the country as a whole.
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Do you have to be an extrovert to be a good recruiter?

do you have to be an extrovert to be a good recruiter The recruitment industry has long-since carried an image of extroversion –typically associated with a confident and forward character in the sourcing of candidates to the preparations for interviews. As technology develops and becomes increasingly ubiquitous it seems to be affecting this focus, as recruiters are no longer required to be as characteristically outgoing. Alternative methods of sourcing candidates have arisen that.
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Keep your candidates happy after placement

keeping candidates happy after placementAs all recruiters know, that glorious moment of confirming a candidate’s placement is not the end of the road. Unfortunately (and usually very frustratingly) things can go wrong after this point. You need to ensure both your client and candidate are happy, and remain so after the placement. You might imagine that as far as candidates are concerned, surely they’re just.
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How to replace unsuitable candidates

How to replace unsuitable candidatesWe’ve all been there. With the best will in the world, you place a candidate that either the client is unhappy with, or they themselves are unhappy with the placement and all you can do is replace them. Even with the best intentions, the most thorough gathering of information, the most rigorous of checks, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. But.
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Social media mistakes

social-media-mistakes Love it or loathe it; social media is a valuable recruitment tool. Used well and it will transport you into the candidate’s world and give you the opportunity to target a phenomenal number of potential employees. Used badly and you risk damaging your company’s brand or even facing legal action. So inject a bit of savvy into your social media recruitment.
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The benefits of social media recruiting

social-mediaNot that long ago, if you had said you would be fishing for potential recruitment candidates on Facebook you’d have been laughed out of town. Well, that’s all changed. Today, finding skilled, talented candidates using social media sites is as viable as using more traditional methods, such as jobs boards, advertising, networking, word-of-mouth or cold-calling. In fact, arguably, social media has helped.
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Are online career fairs worth your time?

career-fairsJobs fairs have been around for years, and have in the past offered candidates the opportunity to connect with a range of companies all in one place. However, they also come with their downsides. They often attract vast amounts of people, and from a candidate’s point of view, can involve standing in queues for ages to get a very brief.
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