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Just who do recruiters think they’re kidding?

The Age of the Meander If asked to list the most popular websites on the planet, you would probably say Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter, The BBC, and LinkedIn. People not only visit these sites frequently, but can rack up hours in a session, moving from one interesting item to the other. What these sites all...

Psychology of Job Hunting – Book Review

Recruiting Animal, known as @Animal on Twitter, has written a book, The Psychology of Job Hunting.  As criticism is almost as good as praise, and easier to come by, he invited me, and a select few others to review the 80-page book, which is currently free to download on Amazon for Kindle. (Correction, the price has...

What do I know?

Quite a lot, as it happens. I’m about to blow my own trumpet so, as convention dictates, first I must self-deprecate. I don’t have a qualification to my name, and have never been promoted. I did of course achieve my Gold Arrow in the Cubs, was a seconder then a sixer, and in the Scouts...

Not All Discrimination Is Unfair

If you have only read modern media, you might be forgiven for thinking that discrimination, particularly in the employment arena is the very definition of a bad thing.  All recruiters should be aware of legislation covering this subject, and ensure their professional activities do not make them liable to either prosecution of even criticism. However,...

Insecure Login

Online security frustrates the hell out of me, and you too, I imagine.  Not only are login systems for incidental services often harder to penetrate than my online banking, but they are invariably illogical in the extreme. At the weekend I tried to book cinema tickets with Odeon.co.uk. After selecting the movie, cinema and show...

The Truth About Job Boards

Ordinarily I wouldn’t think this stuff needs explaining, but following my last blog about the government’s new Universal JobMatch job board, it’s clear from the responses that there are still a great number of misconceptions about our industry. If you think I am stating the bleedin’ obvious, then this blog is not aimed at you....

Blog Comment Censorship

As should always be the case, bloggers can choose to accept replies to their articles or not; and when they do, are perfectly entitled to delete those which disagree with their article.  So what can a person do, when their reply isn’t approved by said blogger?  Here is an article I read last week, and...

Misleading Female Entrepreneur Salary Stats

Look, I’d very much like these statistics, published today in the Sunday Times, to be true, but frankly, I just don’t believe them. Is this the first year these statistics have been collected, from the same demographic sample?  If so, we might properly ask if women business owners have different attitudes (on the whole) to...

Universal JobMatch – Worst Job Board Launch Ever?

Job board owners of the UK, how fantastic and spectacular a job board could you build for £17m?  You might say “that’s crazy money. You could build a world beating job board for half that.  You could even purchase any one of the technically brilliant, but commercially failing established recruitment web sites in the UK...

Would you credit it?

Have you ever wondered why there are credits at the end of movies and TV shows? Maybe it’s obvious to you, as there have always been credits, but not to me. Sure, I wouldn’t mind knowing the names of the cast and perhaps the director, but why do they insist on telling us the names...
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