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Archive: 2015

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The reasons why you should be recruiting in 2016

The reasons why you should be recruiting in 2016

Here are some really great reasons why 2016 is the year to start increasing recruitment once again. Read more...

Recruitment agencies remain a firm favourite amongst job seekers

Recruitment agencies remain a firm favourite amongst job seekers

A survey has revealed that HR Directors are still favouring more traditional methods of recruiting through an agency over referrals and word of mouth. What exactly are the benefits of using a recruitment agency if you’re in the market for a new job? Read more...

The most common reasons why employees quit their job

The most common reasons why employees quit their job

Here are some of the most common reasons why people quit their jobs and how you can prevent this from happening. Read more...

The majority of UK companies are struggling to make quality hires

The majority of UK companies are struggling to make quality hires

91% of companies compromise on the quality of candidates so they can get someone in to fill a job. With time & market pressures it’s easy to see why businesses have adopted a culture of compromise but it’s posing problems to businesses & the economy Read more...

What candidates really want to see in a job posting

What candidates really want to see in a job posting

75% of HR Managers say they struggle to attract and recruit quality employees which is why it’s vital to take the time to consider what job seekers are actually looking for. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with your job postings. Read more...

How to get a good reference if you didn’t get on with your last boss

How to get a good reference if you didn’t get on with your last boss

What do you do if you didn’t see eye-to-eye with your previous manager? Chances are that you don’t want to risk passing on their name in case they give negative feedback but what are your options when your offer is subject to references? Read more...

Poor people management is costing UK businesses £84 billion

Poor people management is costing UK businesses £84 billion

​According to a study carried out by economic research company, TBR, poor people management is costing UK companies a whopping £84 billion every single year. Read more...

The UK recruitment industry is enjoying growing profitability

The UK recruitment industry is enjoying growing profitability

A new survey that has just been published by Deloitte and APSCo has revealed that recruitment agencies in the UK are performing significantly better than they were this time last year. Read more...

The do’s and don’ts of resigning from a job

The do’s and don’ts of resigning from a job

Whatever your feelings for your employer, it’s important to resign gracefully. You need that reference and you never know how or when your paths may cross again. Here are some top resignation do’s and don’ts to ensure you don’t burn any bridges. Read more...

Simple signs that a candidate isn’t right for a job

Simple signs that a candidate isn’t right for a job

​Every recruiter has had this issue at some point. You meet a candidate, they interview well, they have all the qualifications and all the right experience but there’s just something you’re not quite sure about. Read more...

Lessons you can learn from some of the most high profile hiring disasters

Lessons you can learn from some of the most high profile hiring disasters

Here are some of the most high profile recruitment disasters and how they could have been avoided. Read more...

How managers can prepare themselves for dealing with mental health issues in the workplace

How managers can prepare themselves for dealing with mental health issues in the workplace

​With one in four people affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, this is quickly becoming one of the biggest issues UK companies are facing. Read more...

What recruiters are really thinking when your application hits their inbox

What recruiters are really thinking when your application hits their inbox

The jobs market is competitive and in order to stand out from all the other great candidates, our CV needs to be spot on. Exactly how stiff is this competition however and what are recruiters really thinking when your application lands on their desk? Read more...

What candidates really want from a company

What candidates really want from a company

With a current skills shortage, great candidates are hard to come by. When you do spot a great hire, you can guarantee that other recruiters have found them too. How do you make sure employees take your job over the one your competition is offering? Read more...

Top tips to ensure you hire the right candidate

Top tips to ensure you hire the right candidate

With any recruitment process there will be challenges but here are some great tips to help you ensure that you hire the right person at the right time. Read more...

Five steps to take the risk out of recruitment

Five steps to take the risk out of recruitment

Although you can’t guarantee that you will never make a bad decision when it comes to hiring, there are a number of things you can do to help take the risk out of recruitment. Read more...

The questions you should be asking at job interviews

The questions you should be asking at job interviews

​When we go to a job interview we tend to spend most of our time answering questions from the employer. If you want to ensure the greatest success in your new role however, it’s important to remember that interviews should be a mutual exploration. Read more...

Three things that could be holding you back in your job search

Three things that could be holding you back in your job search

Unbeknown to many jobseekers, there are many things they could be doing which is holding them back in their job search. Here we have highlighted three of the most common barriers to job search success and how to overcome them. Read more...

Improving staff morale and retaining staff

Improving staff morale and retaining staff

Retaining staff is a big challenge that many companies face so as a follow up we would like to share some of our top tips for improving staff morale and keeping employees loyal. Read more...

The real reasons people leave their job

The real reasons people leave their job

A recent survey of 1,000 employees has revealed exactly what it is that people want in the workplace and what has the power to make them leave. This offers a valuable insight into the mind of candidates and plays a vital role in keeping staff happy. Read more...

UK unemployment continues to fall

UK unemployment continues to fall

​There has been lots of positivity surrounding the UK's job market this week after it was announced that unemployment has continued to fall once again and wage growth has outpaced inflation at its fastest rate in almost five years. Read more...

Newsletter #1 February 2015

Newsletter #1 February 2015

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Some of the worst excuses people use to pull a sickie

Some of the worst excuses people use to pull a sickie

​The 2nd of February 2015 marked 'National Sickie Day'. Although this isn't actually a national holiday, it has been dubbed this because a shocking 69% of UK workers admitted to being tempted to call in sick on this day. Read more...

The reasons you don’t hear back after applying for a job

The reasons you don’t hear back after applying for a job

When you're looking for a job and spending days on end submitting your CV to application after application but don't hear anything back, it can become soul destroying after a while. Read more...

Career resolutions for 2015 and how to stick to them

Career resolutions for 2015 and how to stick to them

We're all familiar with concept of making a fresh start in the New Year and whilst this is a great time to take up a new hobby, get fit and save money, it's also the perfect opportunity to make some career resolutions. Read more...

UK’s employment gap continues to widen between the North and the South

UK’s employment gap continues to widen between the North and the South

The new Cities Outlook report has revealed that the North-South employment divide has widened significantly in the past decade. Whilst Southern English cities are driving the economic recovery, many in the North are losing their jobs. Read more...