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In-House Vs. External Training: which is better?

No matter what industry your company operates within, there's going to come a point where, as an HR professional, you're going to have to organise some training. You know your budget, and you know what you want people to get out of it, but there's something nagging at the back of your mind - is it better to get it done in-house or find an external provider…
Published: 28/04/2016

Performance Management: why a positive phrase has negative connotations

It's 9am, you've just guzzled down your dose of caffeine for the hour and then you see the email. A one-on-one meeting with your boss, entitled 'Performance Management'. What are your first thoughts? I think I speak for most people when I say the phrase brings with it negative connotations and a fear of impending disciplinaries. But why? 'Performance…
Published: 28/04/2016

Guide to Interviewing Part 1: Essential Screening Techniques

Assessing candidates for a job is a crucial, but often misunderstood skill - and in the first of a three-part series, we explore ways that interviewers can get the most from initial screenings. Generally accomplished remotely, screening interviews are a favourite way to increase hiring efficiency - and our guide lists the questions you mustn't forget…
Published: 25/04/2016

HR Secrets of Speeding Up Your Hiring Process

27.9 days. Doing a constant speed of just 37mph, you could complete a full lap of the world in that time. You could also make four return trips to the moon. Or, if you're feeling really rock 'n' roll, you could hire a new employee. That's right, just 3 days shy of a full month, the average length of the UK's hiring process in 2016 is record high of…
Published: 19/04/2016

An introduction to mobile recruiting

Technology is perpetually changing the face of talent acquisition and mobile recruitment is the latest trend to impact the way that recruiters engage with clients and candidates alike. While traditional recruitment methods will never fully become obsolete, the advent of smartphones, tablets and wearable-tech has forced recruiters to adapt to 'mobile'…
Published: 11/04/2016

Avoiding Bad Bosses: How to Spot Poor Leadership at Interview

So you're looking to get yourself back into employment, or you're seeking out a new challenge in the working world. The first hurdle of perfecting a bespoke CV and covering letter has been completed and now you wait for the congratulatory invite to interview or the dreaded future-endeavour generic email. At long last, the former arrives and now 'all'…
Published: 05/04/2016

Exclusive: Recruiters Using Drones to Gather Intelligence on Candidates

When it comes to candidate screening, recruiters are always looking for new ways to separate the wheat from the chaff. But the latest steps recruiters are taking have caused quite a stir in recent weeks, after it was reported that some are now sending drones on CIG (Candidate Intelligence Gathering) missions. In simpler terms, they are using camera-fitted…
Published: 31/03/2016

Recruiters: How to Find the Best Candidates on LinkedIn

If you've already read our article on the benefits of social media recruitment, then you will understand just how useful a tool like LinkedIn can be to recruiters. With over 500 million users globally, LinkedIn offers a colossal online database of professionals looking to get noticed for their business acumen. The very size of such a platform can also…
Published: 29/03/2016

Flexible Working: An Employer Guide to UK Law

As working practices begin to break down the cubicle walls and transcend the 9-to-5, flexible working is having a real impact on the way that employers manage their businesses. More than just moving the minute hand though, changing a long-standing working culture poses a number of challenges to employers, both from a legal and pragmatic perspective.  So…
Published: 21/03/2016

National Apprenticeship Week 2016: Time to Find an Apprentice

This week marks the ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week. Running from 14th - 18th March, the week acts as a call to arms not only for employers to invest in these vacancies, but also for apprentices to see for themselves just how effective an apprenticeship can be for their career. Coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, National…
Published: 14/03/2016

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