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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In-house recruitment Vs agency recruitment

I’ve previously worked with some leading brands where I was in charge of running in-house teams, but since moving to the dark side there is one question I get asked at every networking event I go to: “Why won’t the in-house recruitment team answer the phone when I know I have candidates to fill their vacancies, especially as in-house recruitment.
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Budget 2013: What does it mean for the jobs market?

For a Budget report that many expected to reflect the stagnant condition of our economy, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s 2013 statement was packed full of headline grabbers. While the economy is tipped for a meagre 0.6% growth this year with national debt expected to reach 85% of gross domestic product by 2017, Osborne’s budget mirrors the intentions of.
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News analysis: jobs market – March 2013

The number-crunchers have just come up with another depressing statistic. According to the Jobs Economist consultancy, a numbing 3.5 million people have been made redundant in the UK since this recession started. But, before we hit the communal Prozac, it is worth looking at those figures in context. For a start, there’s the general consensus among economists that this downturn has.
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