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Archive: 2013

Information about the market, inspiration and facts about careers or recruitment.
Why December is a surprisingly good month to look for a new job

Why December is a surprisingly good month to look for a new job

Believe it or not though, December is actually a great time to look for a new job and by doing so, there is a distinct possibility that you may just find your dream job that other candidates will have missed out on. Read more...

The silliest things ever said in a job interview

The silliest things ever said in a job interview

If you are still cringing about something you said to a potential employer, the stories below should cheer you up because they really are the silliest things that have ever been said in a job interview. Read more...

Three key questions you should be asking candidates in job interviews

Three key questions you should be asking candidates in job interviews

Aside from finding out strengths, weaknesses and career goals, below are three key questions that you should be asking when you interview candidates. Read more...

What you shouldn’t be posting on your social media pages when looking for a job

What you shouldn’t be posting on your social media pages when looking for a job

Below are a few things that it's safer to avoid posting on your social media pages if you're looking for a job and even if you think there's a possibility that your current employer might check their staff's online activities. Read more...

The benefits of using an external recruiter

The benefits of using an external recruiter

Whilst all methods have their benefits, from many years of experience here at Alpha, we can vouch that using an external recruiter has proven to be beneficial time and time again. Read more...

How to ensure success when looking for a job

How to ensure success when looking for a job

Learning that quality, not quantity is the key in this situation can be the difference between taking just a few weeks to find a new job as opposed to months on end. Read more...

How to get noticed with a great CV

How to get noticed with a great CV

For the vast majority of jobs that are posted, there can be dozens or even hundreds of applicants. This means that if you want to get noticed, a great CV is vital. Read more...

Could your interview technique be putting of potential employees?

Could your interview technique be putting of potential employees?

Whether your candidates are turning down the role or you just don't feel satisfied with any of your applicants, one of the biggest reasons for this could be down to the interview process. Read more...

How to get the best from a new employee from day one

How to get the best from a new employee from day one

If you want to increase the likelihood that your new employee will fit in well with their team, adapt to the role and it's responsibilities and remain loyal, it is important to make sure that you know how to get the best out of them from day one. Read more...

The benefits of employee benefits

The benefits of employee benefits

​Recent studies have revealed that salary alone isn't enough to keep employees motivated anymore. The benefits on offer are a massive contributing factor to whether or not someone accepts a job offer. Read more...

The most common mistakes companies make when recruiting

The most common mistakes companies make when recruiting

​Recruiting the right people for your company is a vital part of running any business and getting it right the first time around saves time, money and a whole lot of stress. Read more...

How to explain a gap on your CV

How to explain a gap on your CV

A gap on your CV that is the result of being unable to find a new job can be difficult to explain whilst still sounding positive... Read more...

Why flexible working can benefit businesses

Why flexible working can benefit businesses

​Thanks to advances in technology, the tradition of working in an office 9 to 5 is quickly becoming redundant. Although flexible working may not be a feasible option for every employee in every business, if it is, it can offer considerable benefits. Read more...

How to identify candidates that are the right cultural fit for your company

How to identify candidates that are the right cultural fit for your company

Part one of our blog about cultural fit explained the importance of making sure that candidates are the right match for your company. Here we help you to understand how you can identify those who may or may not be the right fit for your team. Read more...

Why it’s important to make sure candidates fit your company culture

Why it’s important to make sure candidates fit your company culture

Why exactly is cultural fit so important and what is the impact on your business if you get it wrong? Read more...

The importance of reading between the lines when interviewing candidates

The importance of reading between the lines when interviewing candidates

​The interview process is a crucial part of recruiting someone new into your company. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your candidate, find out what they have achieved and assess whether or not they are the right fit for your team. Read more...

How to encourage your team to adopt the traits of really great employees

How to encourage your team to adopt the traits of really great employees

Every once in a while, a really special employee comes along. They just really seem to understand the business, they drive the entire company forward and even boost the morale of everyone around them. Read more...

How to encourage your team to adopt the traits of really great employees

How to encourage your team to adopt the traits of really great employees

Every once in a while, a really special employee comes along. They just really seem to understand the business, they drive the entire company forward and even boost the morale of everyone around them. Read more...