The ultimate nightmare candidates

Most recruiters have had the unfortunate experience of interviewing candidates who looked great on paper but in reality turned out to be anything but. However, a little less common – thank goodness – are the nightmare candidates who are just downright odd. These are the guys that might even manage to persuade you during the interview process that they’re a.
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Totaljobs roundtable: Leadership in the public sector

With pay freezes and job cuts damaging the image of the public sector, the civil service is in danger of losing appeal as a career path to new graduates and skilled professionals. At the recent Totaljobs roundtable event, the need to revamp the public sector image and its potential as an attractive career route was given priority during the debate, and.
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Is it worth testing candidates pre-interview?

Pre interview testingIf you’ve got a daunting list of likely contenders for a vacancy, then a spot of pre-testing to determine whether it’s worth inviting them to an interview is clearly efficient. Let’s face it, weeding out those who don’t have the skills and personality to do the job at an early stage will save you a lot of time later. It also.
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Twitter Party: Cover letter tips with Aimee Bateman

Careers expert Aimee Bateman of CareerCake TV will be live on Totaljobs’ Twitter feed at 2pm on Thurs 9th May. Aimee has helped thousands of people get their dream job while sourcing talent for global corporations. She recently appeared as the careers expert in careers shows for BBC Learning. There’s nothing Aimee doesn’t know about covering letters, so.
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Sector Focus: IT Part 2

In part one of the IT sector focus, we gave you a snapshot of the industry over the past quarter. So now we’ve covered the employment figures and which companies have been hiring and firing, it’s time to focus on what skills have been in demand over the past few months. While the IT job market is doing well and.
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Sector Focus: IT. Part 1

IT sector focus part 1Every month we take an in-depth look at an individual sector, and give you a snapshot on how it’s doing. From employment figures and average salaries, to the big news stories that affected the industry, we’ve got it covered. This month we take a look at the IT industry.  And unlike many other sectors, it appears to be good news on.
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Totaljobs recruiter news 01.05.13

All the jobs industry news you need to know in the UK Half of all UK employees feel threatened by their boss, research reveals Research from leadership development consultancy Head Heart Brain has found that almost half of UK employees say they feel threatened by their boss. Poor leadership skills were one of the main reasons for 47% of.
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What is the state of play for young people looking for work?

A recent report by the Education and Employment Taskforce, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, and b-live, which surveyed around 11,000 young people mainly aged 13 to 16 about their career ambitions, found a marked mismatch between young people’s ambitions and the future jobs market. The upshot is that teenagers are in danger of pursuing careers in industries that.
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Does Twitter actually help your recruitment process?

How many recruiters and candidates out there use Twitter as a job hunting tool? The answer is surprisingly few. Many Twittter users see it primarily as a tool to market themselves, rather than a way to link with a vast pool of untapped candidates. Part of this is down to the profile that Twitter has within the media and the perception.
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CVs or applications? How do they affect the selection process for recruiters?

There is no doubt that in a candidate rich market the number of CVs and applications that a recruiter has to review has gone up tenfold. With resources tighter than ever, this has led to noticeable changes in the ways applications are matched. The biggest change for the worse is the disheartening regret message: “If you have not heard from us.
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