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DESIGN THE PERFECT JOB BOARD

Every job board is born with original sin. The very first task of any new job board is to justify its existence, and the fact that its very presence further fragments the market, which in turn makes things more difficult for jobseekers.  You could of course say the same thing of any retailer in a...

What I want from 2012 – No Predictions

As is traditional in December, there are all sorts of blogs and articles reviewing the last year, and predicting the next. I’ve fallen for that before, and won’t do so again.  I’m not saying they are useless (they are), but you do need to take them with a giant pinch of salt. Instead, let me...

Employment Crisis of Confidence

If unemployment rates are at a 17 year high, and youth unemployment (16-24 year olds) especially has risen to 991,000 or 21.3%, then how can it be that businesses are struggling to find talent?  Perhaps businesses are being too fussy, or maybe even a higher proportion of the young demographic are unemployable.  Surely not, you...

Where is recruitment going?

The occurrence of recruitment, used to be a little blip in the timeline of someone’s career; an obstacle to be navigated, before resuming the daily task of doing one’s job. Changes to employment patterns have now meant that changing jobs is an integral part of pursuing your career, and has to be dealt with accordingly....

IF YOU DEFINE ME, YOU NEGATE ME

This phrase is famously quoted in the seminal (in my opinion) movie, Wayne’s World, and attributed to either “Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten”.  It’s not always easy to control how we are defined by others, but we all make attempts to do so.  Often random events or idiosyncrasies become how other people relate to you,...

What would Jesus Tweet?

I’ve changed my mind about something this week.  The germ of an idea had been growing in my mind about religion and recruitment.  In many countries there are constitutional laws enacted to keep religion and state separate, for many reasons, but largely to ensure that the governance of a country is neither swayed, nor (more...

Online Recruitment – Code of Practice

Below is the document, currently under review, for the establishment of a BSI Code of practice for Online Recruitment – BS 8877. The original, and user comments, can be viewed by registering at http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/695 ————————————— BSI DRAFT REVIEW Draft title:                           Online recruitment – Code of practice Number:                              BS 8877 Sector:                                  Manufacturing &...

How employers exploit your networks

This is not always a bad thing, and is implicit in the employment deal struck between many individuals and their employers.  Many, but not all, jobs are very dependent upon your ability to interact with other people outwith your own company; clients, suppliers, candidates, government bodies etc etc. Before the advent of social media, companies...

#TRULondon Imagineering

This is only one of the many reviews you can read of the #TRULondon Unconference, which took place near Brick Lane, in London’s East End, from the 16th to 18th February.  Slap bang in the middle was the first UKRecruiter Networking event of the year, at the same well-appointed venue. I’ll leave it to others...

The Other Side of Counter-Offers

As a recruiter, I’m well aware of the pitfalls of considering and accepting a counteroffer from an existing or other employer.  However, there is very little available advice for employers who want to avoid the dreaded “No Start”. Don’t believe anyone who says that recruiting is easy right now, and that any employer can pick...
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