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Know this. Each of the major job boards in this country firmly believes they will ultimately be the last one standing. Or at least they would, if job boards were sentient beings.  Their management teams not only believe it too, but also have the declared intent of making it so.  This is not such a...
I wouldn’t really class myself as a brave person, or a risk taker. What I am though is headstrong, obdurate, stubborn, and compulsive.  I usually like to call it decisive. This normally manifests itself in committing to a course of action, rather than regret making no decision at all for years to come.  I know...
This weekend, I had occasion to buy son No2 his first suit.  He has an interview for Uni and the sixth year school prom soon, so one that could be used for both purposes would be ideal.  As he was trying on various items, and grimacing at the discomfort, I distinctly recalled buying my own...
As a recruiter, and professional nosey-parker, I always loved finding out intimate details of individuals’ working lives, which they would never reveal to other people.  One of those, of course, is the biggest taboo subject in the workplace –salary.  A spokesman for the Government Equalities Office says: “From October 2010 the Equality Act will make...
As a young-ish industry, subject to change at any time (as is the wont of many internet businesses) the online recruitment sector is subject to the threat of game changing moves, which can radically alter the premise upon which we mostly operate.  Our industry is entirely predicated upon a set of assumptions, about how we...
This is a response to the blog post by Mervyn Dinnen here. There is inevitable duplicity built into the entire recruitment process.  Would you advise a candidate to be scrupulously honest, and offer “full disclosure” in a discoverable way online? Lies being told. 1. Candidates appear at interview, pretending that they already want the job,...
Ten years ago this very month, I started a new online business, AlljobsUK.com.  It was a pretty stupid thing to do, as I had already started a new recruitment agency just one year before. Especially stupid, because this meant that I was effectively trying to ride two horses with the one backside.  And two unbroken horses...
Right, Who can I slag off next? It seems that in order to take umbrage with certain groups of people, you need to be entitled to do so, by dint of having walked a mile in their shoes.  To do otherwise, would be offensive in the extreme, as you clearly “don’t know what you’re talking...
True story with a purpose. Years ago, I was recruiting for a client in Ayrshire, who needed a Design Engineer.  As per usual I took on the job, quoted our fees, yada yada yada.  During the process of sourcing candidates I networked through to a candidate who seemed to match the requirement perfectly.  I approached...
It’s a competitive world, and never more so than now.  We all want our fair share, or at least what we think is our fair share.  Employers want to attract better employees, candidates want to get better jobs, with more pay, and websites want more traffic.  However, very few of us actually believe we are...
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