Where you shouldn’t look for candidates

In today’s competitive employment market, cutting-edge employers and recruitment experts like you are looking for the sharpest, keenest and best-fitting candidates out there. To find them, you’ve no doubt been scouring your mind for ever-more imaginative ways to widen your candidate pool. Many of you will have been experimenting, for instance, with the power of technology and social media to deliver.
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Improving candidate treatment

Many recruiters and employers are going to extraordinary lengths to seduce candidates from a wider pool and attract job applications from high-performers, but they do little to woo them through the interview process. There are horror stories of people being put in the dilemma of having to fork out for travel expenses and overnight stays or forgo the interview. Ironically, then,.
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Are new industries keeping the economy alive?

This economic downturn has been unprecedentedly long and tense for jobseekers, with many of the traditional industries suffering thousands of redundancies. The good news is that there are a growing number of job opportunities in emerging industries.   Industries damaged by the recession Like the recessions of the 1980s and 1990s, blue-collar workers have fared the worst. The Working Futures study by the.
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Area Focus: East Midlands

With 1,700 people applying for just 8 jobs at Costa coffee’s latest shop in Nottingham, the statistics might suggest that the jobs market in the East Midlands is in turmoil. But in reality, the story is much the same in the East Midlands as it is for the rest of the UK, as an almost static economy renders any growth.
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Totaljobs Barometer report: Q1 2013

According to the latest figures from the Totaljobs Barometer, the jobs market has remained pretty static over the past year. With conflicting reports every day of triple-dip recessions, drops in unemployment and of a general lack of confidence in the economy, a 0.4% drop in the jobs posted in Q1 2013 compared to the same period last year seems like.
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The worst job ads ever

It’s tough, writing job ads these days. On the one hand you have to attract your ideal candidate. On the other you must offend no-one, and expect a barrage of mockery and abuse from bloggers if you make any mistakes or try a little bit too hard to be entertaining. Even worse, if you allow the slightest whiff of discrimination.
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Turning a nightmare interview into a winner

Job interviews are highly-charged slabs of social interaction; the stakes are high, emotions are engaged, everyone is stressed, and if things go wrong they can go very wrong indeed.  Failure to spot warning signs can have dire consequences – a bit like failing to notice a smouldering cigarette end in a fireworks factory. These examples show how quick action, or.
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Seven telephone interview shockers

Making a fool of yourself during a telephone interview is one of the most mortifying things you can do – especially if the “you” are the interviewer, and not the interviewee. It’s bad enough in a live face-to-face situation – but then at least you have the chance and the body language to backtrack and make a joke of it.  Much.
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Good and bad ways of sourcing candidates

This is an interesting one. I believe, as I’ve said in previous blogs, that good recruitment is all about relationships and not sales targets. Bear this in mind when sourcing candidates, as you’ll have a better chance of filling your client vacancies if you can talk passionately and confidently to your clients about the candidates you are putting in front.
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Is this the toughest jobs market ever?

With more than 200 people applying for a job in a coffee shop recently, are we experiencing the worst jobs market ever? There’s no doubt that whether you’re a barista or a barrister, now is probably not the best time to throw caution to the wind and quit because you fancy a career change. If you are a barrister, you may.
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