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At this time of year, and for the last 12 years, I am usually immersed in a sea of recruitment websites.  This is a lot less fun than you’d imagine, but far more fascinating too, and often involves very late nights squinting my eyes at spreadsheets and job boards.  Whose stupid idea was it to...
This is an article I’ve had published in the March 2012 edition of Recruiter Magazine.   What does every recruitment firm have in common with social media platforms like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Google+?  We all maintain a large, and growing, database of individuals.  Doing so confers a list of responsibilities which we share, and...
Forgive me for taking the next few paragraphs to state the bleeding obvious. In every job board, there are three interested parties; those who run the board itself, the job advertisers (employers and recruitment agencies) and candidates.  Candidates may feel that it is they who are looking for jobs, but the truth is that they...
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...
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 &...
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...
Ever since Jeff Taylor launched Monster, and Robbie Cowling founded Jobserve, it has been generally accepted that job boards are merely replicating the print media model of advertising vacancies.  Enabling employers and recruitment agencies to broadcast their available jobs to candidates, who were actively looking for a career move was very civilised, but meant that...
Throw open the shutters, open the windows, and take the sandbags from the doors. The storm of recession has past, and we can all get back to normal. Perhaps not quite.According to the Office of National Statistics, the UK economy experienced growth of 0.1% in the last quarter, and unemployment unexpectedly fell by 7,000 in...