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Stephen O'Donnell

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 title though. We are indeed most free to take any course of action, when...

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 approached are much more likely to demand good reasons to take your call,...

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 keen to use tech solutions...

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. ————————————————————— To the rest of the world, Mary McAleese gave the appearance of being unsteady on her feet. Not...

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 to drive agency owners round the twist. In...

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 of the UK are...

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 away everyone else’s freebies let me tell you about my own. I have...

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 delight the gadgeteer...

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.  If it really is true that all recruitment companies are unique in...

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 electioneering, which would inevitably result in continual undercutting each...
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