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So where do you see yourself in five years? Why recruiters ask clichéd questions

Posted by on 1st December 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

So where do you see yourself in five years? Why recruiters ask clichéd questions

There is a moment in every interview situation that all interviewees dread, and it’s what feels like the inevitable cliché question. However, while they may seem to be standard rollout questions, they serve a very important purpose. One of the things about clichés is they sometimes have a basis in a particular need and in the case of the interview questions they have come about because, well in honesty they are less cliché and more important information gathering. Some common questions are: “If I asked someone who knows you from work what you...

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Why having a diverse workforce policy could pay dividends for your team

Posted by on 27th November 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Why having a diverse workforce policy could pay dividends for your team

Let’s start by clarifying something. Diversity is not the same thing as equality. Equal opportunities are enshrined in law, and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) have very clear guidelines that all employers should follow. As the name suggests, and to paraphrase a very complicated subject, the equal opportunities law is there to enforce equal treatment for all, regardless of any pre-conceived views or prejudices. One way to consider it is to say it is about making sure that the right person gets the job, without bias. Where the EOC is...

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Giving prospective talent the right impression – Why your screening and checks matter

Posted by on 16th November 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Giving prospective talent the right impression – why your screening and checks matter

There is a point in the employment process where you need to do the nitty gritty of applicant processing. As an applicant you know that this will happen, and as a potential employer it is vital that you do what is needed in terms of background checks and applicant information. However, there are two ways of looking at the way applicants are screened and checked. One is to see it as a necessary evil and the other is to actively use it as a way to show the applicant that they are valued and that they will be welcomed into the team. Cost of a...

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Actively promoting the upside – Why a positive workplace culture is vital

Posted by on 7th November 2017 in candidate advice, employer tips | 0 comments

Actively promoting the upside – Why a positive workplace culture is vital

Anyone who has ever worked in an environment where the attitude towards work is sliding into the toxic will tell you how unpleasant it is. By contrast, if you have experienced the opposite you will know just how productive it can be. Toxic workplaces don’t happen overnight. They are a slow burn process where the little niggles and moans that we all have start to become the dominant part of the culture. Once started, the toxic culture can spread, and it can very quickly become a lack of investment in the work ethic, a general dissatisfaction...

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Never forgotten on the internet – How to avoid social media hurting your career opportunities

Posted by on 18th October 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Never forgotten on the internet – How to avoid social media hurting your career opportunities

It is a matter of weeks since Facebook announced they had passed the 2 billion user milestone. Let’s stop and consider how many that is for a moment. Written as a number that is 2,000,000,000 people. The whole population of the world is roughly 7.5 billion, so it means more than 1 in 4 use Facebook worldwide. Just because you are probably curious now, the nearest competitor to that number is YouTube with 1.5 billion. Let’s remember that figure also includes huge numbers of people who don’t have access to the internet so in the UK, for...

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Returning to work after a career break – Five questions about getting back in the game

Posted by on 1st October 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Returning to work after a career break – Five questions about getting back in the game

Firstly, let’s dispel a myth. There is a common misconception that a career break is frowned upon by employers. We can promise you that this is not the case. Whatever the reason for your career break, your individual circumstances are not the issue for a potential employer. When you decide it is time to return to work, the employer will be looking for a valuable member of the team – not a valuable member of the team who must never have been in circumstances where they had to take some time out of their career. Maybe it is something to...

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Ping pong endings – How to avoid the trap of offer and counter offer

Posted by on 16th September 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Ping pong endings - how to avoid the trap of offer and counter offer

Not very long ago, when you left one role to move to another that tended to be it. You resigned, you worked your notice (or if you were in a sensitive position and lucky enough) you got garden leave to finish up your contract and then you started your new role. At the moment though we are seeing a very low unemployment rate and a skills shortage, and the result of that is when you resign from a position you are much more likely to find yourself with a counter offer on the table. While it can feel good to be wanted, the counter offer can bring...

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Data Security and the GDPR – What could it mean for employers

Posted by on 8th September 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Data Security and the GDPR – What could it mean for employers

Cyber security is right at the top of the todo list for many organisations at the moment. With the recent attacks on the NHS and with every reason to expect more attacks in the near future, it is no wonder it is such a hot topic. The need to secure data has never been more important. As a result, cybersecurity is the topic of conversation for many people in everything from the main news feeds to the watercooler chatter. However, while we need to certainly keep pressing ahead to stay one step in front of the dangers, there is a big change...

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Hire in haste, repent at leisure – How bad employment practice can damage your business

Posted by on 18th August 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Hire in haste, repent at leisure – How bad employment practice can damage your business

When you decide to hire a new team member, you are actually making a decision that could have some quite major repercussions. A new employee means a cost that is not just the investment in salary and resources; it will also have an influence on the time and operational procedures of the business. What you want to happen, of course, is that the new team member will have a positive impact in terms of the service and job function. This return will usually be high enough that the material cost of employment is soon overtaken by the return from...

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Experience talks, wisdom listens – Developing good leadership skills

Posted by on 10th August 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Experience talks, wisdom listens – Developing good leadership skills

Leadership is an elusive quality but, for me at least, it isn’t a magical one. Certainly, there are some people who seem to have a natural ‘something’ that makes people more likely to follow them, charisma I suppose we would call it. However, a charismatic personality doesn’t make you a good leader. Leadership is not just about being popular (although in fairness it is difficult to lead and be unpopular) it is a matrix of different skills. So, ignore anyone who tells you that leaders are born and not made because if leadership is based on...

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