Are unpaid work placements ripping jobseekers off?

The Queen’s Jubilee took up a lot of space in the papers, and not just because everyone was celebrating their four-day weekend in style (complete with colourful bunting). Within days of the celebration ending, two stewards came forward, alleging they’d worked for 14 hours, slept under London Bridge, had no access to toilets and were forced to change into their.
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Graduate jobs: it’s getting tougher for jobseekers

Interested in how the graduate jobs market is moving at the moment? Our latest infographic, based on extensive research, demonstrates that things aren’t getting any easier for graduate jobseekers. .
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How to give the right candidate experience

When I was an in-house recruiter, getting the candidate experience right was the holy grail. For me, this tells a candidate everything they need to know about the business they are applying to, how it operates and what its values are. From the first acknowledgment email, to the interview process and then to the offer, the experience a candidate has.
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Interview tips: what not to say

When I was asked to write a blog about interviews – and what can sometimes go wrong with them – one part of me wanted to do a piece that offered interview tips knowing that there are record numbers of unemployed people out there desperate for any insight that might help them secure a job. Another part of me (the loudest.
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Why are men being trapped in part-time jobs?

While unemployment figures may have taken a welcome turn for the better, scratching the surface reveals more and more people being forced into part-time jobs as full-time employment is just not there. But what does this mean for the wider economy and is it a trend that’s going to be with us for some time to come? The fall in unemployment may,.
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Aim for the best candidates

Recruiters: stop sending the first few candidates who say “yes” to your live jobs and start looking for the best candidates instead. That does not mean it should be a drawn out protracted process, but the first few candidates who say “yes” – are you certain they’re the best for your client? I have been in the recruitment industry for the.
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Totaljobs Barometer report: Q2 2012

People predicting a double-dip recession will point to the news from our latest Barometer report that the number of jobs has fallen by 5.5% in the last quarter. Compared to the same period last year, however, jobs posted has grown by 6.2%, indicating that things are still improving long-term. The recruitment industry’s traditional New Year surge may well hold a clue.
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The perils of social recruiting

It seems that everywhere you look these days, people are talking about “social recruiting”. Well, they are everywhere I look. It’s almost as if “social media” is some new magical treasure trove of otherwise unattainable candidates – which of course it isn’t. All that’s happened is the group of people you used to attract via job postings and traditional adverts are.
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NHS cuts: how many nurse jobs have really been lost?

The coalition’s £20 billion NHS economy drive is decimating the nursing profession or having little effect, depending on who you listen to. Whichever figures are correct, the reality looks like more nurses are needed rather than fewer… Of all the job sectors across the UK, nursing has been the one in the spotlight over the past few months, due to growing.
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Lee McQueen: why recruiters should look at new talent

With unemployment at an all-time high, recruiters are inundated with candidates to choose from, so sometimes it’s easy to be fussy about your candidates and only pick the most experienced. We know it can seem daunting sending a new school leaver or someone with different industry experience to a client. You panic they may cost more to train, or they’ll change.
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