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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 assume that any system should stand up to regular and flagrant abuse, and yet still...
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 the cool gang very high indeed. Google has...
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, Universal JobMatch, was specified by civil servants to a...
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 search engines. Rather, it is to put in place a...
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, accompanied with the appropriate graphics to make it clear. However I...
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 following in particular. Let’s take them one...
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