How to Spot a Head-Hunter (And Get Spotted in Return)

Jack Kershaw | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Jack Kershaw

What is a "head-hunter"? Just another word for a recruitment consultant? No! Recruitment agents or consultants use either their own database of...

How Committed Are Your Staff?

James Caan | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
James Caan

A good leader will know exactly how to get each member of staff motivated. Remember we all have different drivers so the one-size-fits-all approach isn't a good one to take. Take the time to understand what makes each person tick and what sort of managerial approach they respond best to.

Encouraging Entrepreneurial Spirit in your Team is Key to Success

Michelle Wright | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

The entrepreneurial spirit is often difficult to define. If we take the word 'entrepreneur' in its literal context, its French roots could be defined as "between jobs" - and the 'in-between-ness' of the word's original meaning is interesting.

The Increasing Importance of Social Media in HR

Mark Braund | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

In a recent article I discussed how with 75% of companies either using or planning to use social media sites for recruiting, sites like Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are becoming increasingly important in job searching.

Recruiters, Do You Commit These Seven Deadly Sins?

Jack Kershaw | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Jack Kershaw

This week I had a meeting a senior manager who has recently joined his organisation. I asked him what his niggles had been whilst he was searching for a new role. His response was eye opening for me as a recruitment consultancy director.

Hiring Your First Employee

James Caan | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK
James Caan

There are many important decisions SME owners have to take in the early stages of their business, and one of the most important is making that first hire. Depending on the individual company, this could be done immediately, within a few months, or even a year after starting up. There is no singular approach, but it must be the right decision at the right time. The key question to ask yourself is whether you can justify making a new hire, in terms of cost and workload. I experienced this when I started my first recruitment business - it was four months before I had enough money in the bank to be able to take someone on.

How to Make Your Job Search a Success

Jack Kershaw | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK
Jack Kershaw

The economy is now picking up, it’s official.  So why is it that work is still grim?  You are shouldering the burden of the last redundancy ...

Making Sure Your Business Evolves and Adapts

James Caan | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
James Caan

The best businesses are the ones which really stay in tune with their customers' needs. These days there are so many tools to analyse results, and so many ways to interact with the people who buy your products or services, that there really is no excuse for failing to grasp what they are thinking. The needs and behaviour patterns of your customers can constantly change - and your business should adapt accordingly.

LinkedIn's Figures and the Shift Towards Mobile Recruitment

Mark Braund | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

Last week LinkedIn released a fascinating statistic, highlighting the fact that mobile usage of the professional networking site was now approaching a majority - with 41% of unique users visiting the site now doing so via mobile device.

International Women's Day - No More Flowers, Please: Time for the UK to Put its Own House in Order

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

International Women's Day is an official holiday in Azerbaijan, amongst 27 countries. Unfortunately, it is also an unofficial one for many women in the UK, those who would prefer to be working but cannot afford to do so, largely because of child care issues.

Google Glass and the Innovative Nature of the Job Interview

Mark Braund | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

Perhaps like many others I'm not yet convinced the on role Google Glass will play in the interview and hiring process, however the fact that someone out there is trying, irrespective of its long term success or otherwise, should be applauded - I am certainly watching with interest and will be keen to see the result.

Why the Personal Touch Counts for Everything in Business

James Caan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
James Caan

Nowadays I invest primarily in people who want to do what I did - become their own boss. I'm a firm believer that if you are prepared to put the effort in, there is no reason why you can't successfully run your own business... Technology has since come on leaps and bounds, which means you can access data and generate leads like never before. And the advent of social media means that building a brand and marketing yourself has become that little bit easier.

Digital Fraud Continues to Dominate Discussion in 2014

Mark Braund | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

For many in the technology sector, one of the most discussed topics in recent months has been digital fraud and online security. This is an area in which I have a great deal of interest, as it continues to play a significant role in the demand for specialist skills in the Financial Services & Banking Sectors.

New Year, New Job Hunt

Penny de Valk | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Penny de Valk

The retention of talent could be a problem for companies as their workers start looking for new pastures, managers will have to start thinking about how best to retain talent in 2014 as competitors look to grow their workforce and good people begin to look elsewhere.

Why Graduates Shouldn't be Afraid of Recruitment Agencies but nor Should They Expect too Much

James Howell | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Howell

There is no denying that amongst the recruitment agencies, from your large international firms to your small high street based firms, there are some CV hungry, cut and shut agencies that are uninterested in the candidates they have on their books. However, nowadays these are in the minority and don't tend to last very long.

Career Zombies Awake! How to Rejuvenate Your Career Now That the Economic Upturn Is Here

Corinne Mills | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Corinne Mills

Hurrah! Good news at last. A year ago everyone was worrying about the triple dip recession and whether the HR department's slash and burn policy would be heading in their direction.

The Skills Gap Is an Obvious Issue, So What Is Being Done About It?

Keith Lewis | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Keith Lewis

We've learnt recently that although growth in job vacancies hit the fastest rate in 15 years in November this year (the strongest demand being for engineers) and the UK unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2009, the availability of candidates to fill permanent and temporary posts fell in November; a continuation of the recent trend.

Can You Succeed in Law Without Going to University?

Jon Gregson | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jon Gregson

Law has traditionally been seen as a career path only accessible via the conventional University route, but that is changing. In 2013 one of the most exciting and dynamic changes for our business wasn't just a merger or new senior management but a new approach to recruitment with the appointment of the first Level 4 Legal Apprentice in the UK.

A Brief History of Recruitment

Jeremy Lamri | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Jeremy Lamri

Before the industrial revolution, large organisations were those specialised in trading and mining. But recruitment was widely focused on local workers, the management positions being generally reserved for noble or distinguished men...

Weird and Wonderful Headlines Highlight the Diversity of a Consumer-Driven Sector

Mark Braund | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Mark Braund

Working within a technology focused area; it is vital to keep up to speed on the latest news and developments in global technology. This can cover a very broad spectrum of information sources and inevitably each week there are tech stories that literally defy belief.

10 Reasons Why a Social Media Strategy Is the New CV

Maite Baron | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

When we're all so committed to being online, it seems surprising that many professionals and managers, along with those giving careers advice still haven't realised that a professional social media strategy is now a must.

2014 and Beyond: Gartner's Business IT Predictions

Mark Braund | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

Last week Gartner gave their predictions for 2014 and beyond, with their report offering plenty to think about for CIO's, IT Leaders and Senior Business Executives. Some of their headlines were...

Stop Unpaid Internships, and Graduate - Be More Proactive

Alex Sullivan | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Sullivan

It's a familiar situation to many of us. You've just graduated from University and it's time to find a job. However, these days it's not so simple as ...

Award-winning Apprenticeships Happen at Smaller Businesses Too

Jessica Kirby | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Kirby

Having been an apprentice, I am now very aware that there are a considerable amount of people out there with a negative view of Apprenticeships - whether that is through a bad experience or through just hearing the ever-changing Chinese whispers that get thrown around regarding Apprenticeships. Trust me, the Apprenticeship experience is simply only a positive one.

Open All Hours - How Technology Has Led Us to 24-hour Recruitment

Adrian Thirkill | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Thirkill

The importance of your digital profile can't be overlooked. It can propel you into the stratosphere of cyberfame within minutes, as the two chaps above know well. More realistically, a complete, professional, grammatically-correct digital profile can give you a huge advantage when it comes to recruitment.