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The Gender Pay Gap is Bunkum

This is an accompanying blog to go along with my recent online Recruiter Zone show.   If you have been absorbing the headlines from the mainstream media in the past 2 weeks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is commonplace for employers of all types (not just the BBC)...
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SALARY DISCLOSURE

KNOWING THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING, AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING Debate has raged online this week amongst recruiters about the efficacy (and moral right) of employers demanding to know a candidate’s salary history as part of the hiring process. Not only do they want the question...
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We know who you are, and where you are.

Imagine a world where advertising is a delight, spam email was a treat, and unsolicited approaches via social media were always welcome. Believe it or not, that’s precisely what the people and companies marketing to you are hoping to achieve. Not that you are an undiscerning...
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Janey Godley – Glaswegian to the Core

For most of the last 2 hours I have laughed so hard, I had tears rolling down my cheeks. Interspersed with that, I had more tears, or at least the threat of them, that I manfully tried to blink off. As you may well know, I love stand-up comedy. Just in the last week I’ve been to...
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DEATH IN SERVICE

Only very occasionally do we experience what it’s like for a work colleague to die unexpectedly. And yet, even when it does happen more than a few times, it always feels new and raw, and even quite bizarre (as well as all the usual emotions, of course). Early in my recruitment...
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LOW SALES RESISTANCE

A certain stand-up comedian (I can’t recall who) does a routine, where he explains why many straight men are wary of being in the company of gay men. “Low sales resistance” he says.  He reckons that in the right circumstances, and particularly after a couple of drinks, most men...
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Where are all the Scottish MP’s?

It occurs to me that there is something lacking from the current campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum. Where are those Scottish members of the Westminster Parliament, who surely would be amongst the most central characters in this historic vote? Scotland is...
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The Crazy-to-Hire Matrix

Firstly I should point out that this is a bit of fun, and need not be taken too seriously. However, as with all good jokes, it works better if it’s true enough to be plausible. We were prompted to come up with the Crazy-to-Hire Matrix after viewing this politically...
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From Barber’s Chair to Job Application

You know that point when you’re sitting in the barber or hairdresser’s chair? You are maybe half way through your haircut, can see exactly what’s happening in the mirror, and you’re thinking “I’m not sure I like where this is going”.  It would be pretty tricky (or impossible for...
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Counteroffers – how employers handle rejection

They say that only when someone is tested by rejection, do they reveal themselves. I have found that when a candidate goes through a full recruitment process, but ultimately rejects the offer, how the employer handles it can speak volumes. Equally, when in receipt of a...
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Pray for Recruits

I had a client that manufactured mobile phone antennae for Motorola in Scotland. Their headquarters was in Israel, where they manufactured radios fixed to one Christian radio station. When I asked the HR Manager how they normally recruited, he told me that the senior managers...
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PC Evaluate Partners with PeopleClues for UK Launch

PCEvaluate Brings America’s Leading Online Candidate Assessment and Profiling Tools to the UK PCEvaluate, founded by Stephen O’Donnell, one of the UK’s best known online recruitment experts, launched today to bring the ‘PeopleClues’ suite of online psychometric assessment and...
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Missing Chrome App Icons

Seemingly out of the blue, I’ve lost all my frequently used extension icons, which typically appear to the right of the address bar. Where I used to see icons for things like HootSuite, LastPass, and Screen Capture, now there’s just a little double-arrow I have to...
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Imitation and Flattery

Did you know that it was Duracell themselves who invented the Energizer Bunny? Coppertopped battery manufacturer Duracell began using a pink bunny in their adverts in 1972. Famously one of those adverts featured a lineup of similar pink bunnies, with the logos of other rival...
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Guardian Article on Universal JobMatch

DWP plans to ditch ridiculed jobs website Universal Jobmatch set to be jettisoned after it was found to be carrying a series of fake, repeat or fraudulent jobs ads The government has drawn up plans to scrap its official jobs website, Universal Jobmatch, after recognising it is...
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Independence – Ach, what the hell!

Freedom’s just another word for “nothing left to lose”. The word Freedom is bandied around a lot these days, and not just by Mel Gibson in historically inaccurate movies, or politicians invoking it ironically, whilst invading other countries. Consider the song...
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10 ways to Convert a Passive to an Active Candidate

Or – NO, I WAS INTERVIEWING YOU! With the inexorable rise of social media and the relentless pursuit of so-called passive candidates, recruiters now, more than ever, find themselves being grilled by candidates. In this role reversal, potential jobseekers who have been...
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Firefish Recruitment Software – Review

In recruitment, we have become used to technology that performs at least some of the tasks we need, and then trying to match that solution with other technology we might use, to fill the gaps. In an industry which once relied entirely on paper based systems, we have always been...
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Nae Luck! Unfinished short story

I knocked up the beginnings of this short story in afternoon during the Christmas holidays. It was just a bit of a distraction, and will probably remain incomplete, as so many things do. Anyway, here goes....
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Before you commit to a new ATS

Does your heart sink whenever the topic of Recruitment ATS systems is brought up? I know mine does. It’s almost as if all the logistical problems surrounding the ongoing management of data within a recruitment firm have been deliberately made all the more complex on purpose, just...
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My Recruiting Predictions for 2014

T’is the season to be … well, predicting what could happen in our industry in the next 12 months. There will be a slew of these, and perhaps where our predictions overlap, there may be some agreement. Anyhoo, here’s my take. It will become clearer that Greater London and the rest...
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Extra Cool Recruitment Tools

It seems that every week throws up more online tools being used by recruiters to research, identify and communicate with great candidates.  Here is a summary of new tools, including those developed by Recruitment Geek (Ben Carter) himself. Recruitment Geek’s Tools Before I give...
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GADGET GIFT GUIDE – CHRISTMAS 2013

If you have friends or relatives who are anything like me, and love a gadget, you’ll know that that they can be really difficult to buy a present for. To help you out (and order in time) here is a list of 13 perfect gifts, which won’t break the bank, and should...
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yu:talent Recruitment CRM Review

Who ever heard of a Recruitment CRM system which was Open Source? Seriously, one of the biggest problems recruitment companies have with their Recruitment CRM is that they find it extremely difficult (and expensive) to develop further than the product they originally purchased. ...
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The danger of MPs as salary martyrs

IPSA was setup to ensure that MPs couldn’t vote on their own salaries. Yet If MPs then decide not to accept the raise in salary awarded to their jobs, wouldn’t that be them yet again voting on their salaries? Wouldn’t this also be viewed as blatant...
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Recruitment CRM and Me

Recruiters take it for granted that the technology to manage the three-way relationship between clients, candidates and themselves should be simple and intuitive; and so they should. Despite the complex web of communications between these three parties growing exponentially, we...
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SOCIAL MEDIA WILL EAT ITSELF

The Holy Trinity of social media, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (FLT) must die, change, go away, evolve, transform and/or mutate. These gods of communication have only been around and used heavily for the past 5-7 years.  In that time, they have set the barriers to entry into...
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My Favourite Interview Questions

These are typical of the kind of questions I like to ask candidates in interview.  What are your favourite questions?   1. Which sensation do you enjoy the most? For example the sensation of winning, achieving, relief, being ahead of schedule, independence, being part of a team...
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JobCentre Plus and the £15m Website Flop

Below are extracts from the much longer transcript of evidence being given by Kevin Green, CEO of the REC, Monster Government Solutions, and the CBI to the Work and Pensions Commitee. I’ll try to highlight the relevant parts, where it is made clear that the website,...
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10 Essential SEO Steps for Recruitment Websites

I don’t believe in SEO, at least not in the way I’m supposed to. The very best Search Engine Optimisation is website activity, not the black arts of keyword stuffing second guessing Google’s algorithms. The central premise of SEO is not specifically to optimise your website for...
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Remove Windows Icon Shortcut Arrow

Windows: Shortcuts on your desktop (or anywhere else) are usually indicated by that little arrow in the bottom-left corner of the icon. It looks terrible, especially if you are using small icons. This tool called Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor lets you remove it, change it to the...
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Innovation in Recruitment Summit 2013 – Review

Last week I was  acting as Roving Reporter for UKRecruiter, at the Innovation in Recruitment Summit 2013 at Canary Wharf, London.  Here is his my event review.. Thirteen years ago I wrote a business plan, which included my predictions of how the recruitment industry would evolve,...
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Employers Are Doing It for Themselves

No-one with even half an eye on the employment marketplace over the past five years will have failed to notice a material shift in the balance of power and influence between employers and recruitment agencies. This is as a result of a multitude of factors, but mainly the...
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New Chrome “New Tab” Page

Google Chrome has just updated. As some people are having difficulty using the omni-search / address bar, they have added a humongous Google search box in the middle of the page. If, like me, you don’t like it, here is the ‘fix’ to revert the behavior: 1. Go to...
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WP Mobile Detect Shortcodes

WP Mobile Detect is a plugin which can ensure your WordPress website visitors view content on your pages which is specifically target to they device they are using to view. Here’s how the shortcodes, available with this plugin, can adapt to devices. [phone]Put content here...
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MY 3 LINKEDIN TIPS FOR RECRUITERS

SPEEDY SHORTCUT TO LINKEDIN INVITES You probably know already that it only takes 5 “I don’t know” replies to Linkedin invites to get your account restricted. Rather than inviting multiple people to connect, how about giving all your new contacts the easiest possible way to INVITE...
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#TalentNetLive and #TRULondon8 Review

As promised, I’m going to follow up my blog last week with a thorough review of #TalentNetLive and#TRULondon8, which were held on Thursday and Friday respectively last week. However, such was the depth of knowledge gleaned in only 2 days, it’ll be impossible to do so in a single...
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Embed Social in Everyday Recruitment

All too often I hear recruiters say how enthusiastic that they are about using social media channels, but still find it difficult to maintain, whilst keeping up standards and essential activities of their long established recruitment methods. They just don’t feel confident enough...
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Top 10 List…

…OF PEOPLE WHO MOAN ABOUT TOP 10 LISTS First of all, I’d like to make it clear that this list is an entire fabrication. I made it up just for fun. It’s not true. This list has been compiled entirely at random, and those listed have no idea I’ve listed...
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recruitment fair

Who said recruitment had to be fair?

How would jobseekers feel if employers were compelled to only recruit the quantifiably, measurably and definitively very best candidate for each job?  How would employers feel if a substantial amount of choice and discretion was taken from them, and they had to justify every...
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IT’S NOT A COMPETITION – (yes it is)

I hold these truths to be self-evident.  Confidentiality between a recruiter and client, and between recruiter and candidate is sacrosanct. A good recruiter must represent the client employer with the utmost professionalism, and must act on behalf of each candidate with absolute...
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WordPress 3.6

As with smartphone operating systems, we have all become used to the free software upgrade, and may even take them for granted.  Usually most of the improvements are under the hood, and address bugs, glitches and security holes.  This is mostly the case with the world’s...
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A New Chapter

This is a response to a very interesting article published here, which discusses the ways in which job boards need to evolve to stay relevant, and avoid becoming the old-school media dinosaurs that they previously usurped.   We live in very interesting times. Differentiation is...
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15 Pillows

Has there ever been anything as ridiculous than having to remove 15 pillows and cushions just to get into bed? Seriously, why decorate your floor with them through the night, only to put them back on the bed in the morning?
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The Naked Interview

Nekkid as a jay bird This was no ordinary interview. I was given last minute instructions; “Enter the room, acknowledge the recruitment panel of 8 elderly men in uniform, hang up my robe on the hook provided, and stand, facing the panel, on the footprints marked on the...
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Do Women Ever Do This?

You know the stance; either standing or sitting, often recumbent with feet up on the desk, arms raised and hands clasped behind the head.  I personally do this often, whether in the company or others or alone. It has the effect of stretching the shoulders and opening the airways....
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