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Recruiters: The 5 types of difficult clients

  No matter how efficient, how experienced or how savvy you might be as a recruiter, the law of large numbers ensures that you will encounter a difficult client every now and again.    How you deal with these clients is arguably the greatest test you'll face on the job and will determine how successful you are. There are however some steps…
Published: 24/11/2015

Is there a skill shortage in the Construction Industry?

The UK construction sector is one of the country's leading economic drivers, however a perceived shortage of skilled professionals is becoming a challenge for a field that relies on its workforce more than most.    Employers and specialist construction recruitment agencies are experiencing first hand the lack of qualified candidates in the current…
Published: 18/11/2015

UK working hours: should they be shorter?

Why do we have a five-day working week? What are the origins of the fabled nine-to-five? A trial of a six-hour working day in another European country recently found that not only were workers happier and less-tired thanks to their newly-improved work/life balance, but also more efficient - delivering higher quality across the board. Could the same approach…
Published: 10/11/2015

Recruitment: how Guy Fawkes did it

Ladies and gentlemen I invite you all to bask in my floundering attempt at drawing a legitimate comparison between the great tale of the gunpowder plot and that of recruitment. That's right, you read it correctly. In direct relation to their roles in the plot, we look at what positions the key conspirators would have held in a modern day organisation.  Crucial…
Published: 03/11/2015

What Halloween Can Teach Employers About Recruitment

Accompanied by gloomy nights and a supernatural chill, Halloween will soon be here to darken our doors and illuminate the occasional jack o'lantern. With the 9 to 5 zombies beginning to loosen their ties, it can be tempting to hide away under the blanket until first light. Even the scariest of experiences can prove to be life lessons though and employers…
Published: 23/10/2015

Best Cities for Jobs

Before you up sticks to the capital and don your three-piece and brogues, consider this. While London is renowned nationwide (and globally) for providing exciting careers within the design and creative sectors, it might not necessarily be the best city for providing engineering or manufacturing opportunities.  If you work in the Oil & Gas industry…
Published: 20/10/2015

How to Design Effective Interview Questions

The same dreary interview questions have been popular in Britain for many years now - but things are changing. "Why do you want to work for us?" is fast becoming "how many balls do you think will be used in the Rugby World Cup", or "describe the colour yellow to someone who's blind". But what do these questions really tell us about a candidate - and…
Published: 13/10/2015

5 crazy rules that drive great employees away

Retaining top talent is a constant challenge for employers, especially when staff turnover can cost a company upwards of £30K per employee. While some departures are unavoidable, others can be attributed to overzealous management and authoritarian policies can sometimes be the reason why valued staff feel it's fit to hand in their notice.    What…
Published: 06/10/2015

SSI Teesside Plant: What Next for Workers?

After the shock announcement on Monday that the SSI steel plant in Redcar is closing down, leaving 1,700 people without a job, anxious voices from thousands of families are wondering what's next for their future. Some workers will have been at the plant since leaving school, whilst others relied on it as a local saviour of their specialist profession.…
Published: 02/10/2015

Reasons why you haven't heard back from a recruiter

Silence isn't always golden. We all have that friend who replies to your texts rather late, if at all. But a friend forgetting to reply with 'yes, let's get a takeaway' is more forgivable than a recruiter not replying to your job application. So, in an age where communication is a cinch,  why are candidates pumping hours into perfecting an application…
Published: 29/09/2015