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

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 assume that any system should stand up to regular and flagrant abuse, and yet still...

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 the cool gang very high indeed. Google has...

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 etc. 2. Of your siblings and peers, who is...

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, Universal JobMatch, was specified by civil servants to a...

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 search engines. Rather, it is to put in place a...

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 old XP style, or customize it with your...

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, accompanied with the appropriate graphics to make it clear. However I...

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 following in particular. Let’s take them one...

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 chrome://flags2. Find:Enable Instant Extended API Mac,...
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