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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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All change as usual – The problems facing IT recruitment companies

Posted by on 2nd August 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

All change as usual – The problems facing IT recruitment companies

I suppose if you asked any recruitment company in any sector they would tell of the problems that are specific to their industry. It’s probably true that each area does have a very individual set of problems, but this is doubly true in the IT sector because it has always been, and let me pick my word carefully here, challenging. Change and development Underpinning the many generic issues that most recruitment companies face is an additional problem specific to the IT world. It is an industry that is built on change and development. In fact,...

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Permanent or Contract – Which is best for you?

Posted by on 9th June 2017 in candidate advice, contractors | 0 comments

Permanent or Contract – Which is best for you?

We speak to contractors who always have been, and always will be, contractors, driven by the higher hourly wages and the diversity of work offered by contracting, and permanent employees who would never ‘risk’ life in the contract market. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons to consider, and the bottom line is that while you could put up a valid case for the permanent employment status, you can put up an equally valid one for contract work. Ask yourself these questions It really does come down to a handful of questions, I...

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Money isn’t everything – attracting the best candidates to your workforce

Posted by on 26th May 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Money isn’t everything – attracting the best candidates and to your workforce

It’s an old saying but it’s true, money isn’t everything. In fact, in terms of recruiting the right IT team, not only is it not everything but it’s quite a long way down the list of things that will sway a wavering candidate, or even attract them in the first place. This is true for people actively seeking work, and even more so for those who are passively considering options. It is a mistake to see salary as the biggest part of any offer. Of course, it is an important part, and it needs to be considered and assessed in relation to the...

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How the student becomes the master – Is raw talent a match for experience?

Posted by on 28th April 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

How the student becomes the master – Is raw talent a match for experience?

In ‘the old days’ many market towns around the country would have an annual day called a ‘mop fair’ or ‘hiring fair’. Usually, the days would involve a visit from a travelling funfair and a market, and they played a vital role in the history of recruitment. Apprentices, labourers, skilled and semi-skilled workers would gather on a particular day and employers would meet them and choose their staff for the coming year. Master craftsmen would choose the people who would go on to learn their trade. Of course, they were looking for people to be...

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