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  • How to Identify your Strengths and Weaknesses

    Whatever job you are chasing, if it requires an interview then you are sure to be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. Of course, everyone has both and it's important that you cover the two parts of the question, or you won't be answering it fully. It is also crucial that you deal with the question in such a way that the interviewers can find the strengths in you that they are looking for during the interview process. In the same regard, there will be attributes that you may possess which could be viewed as weaknesses by the interviewer. To avoid getting into pitfalls, approach the interview intending to get the message across about what benefits you will bring to the organisation.

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  • Vacancies at a Six Year High

    In terms of the job market alone, the recession can be seen in the rear-view mirror. There are now more vacancies for UK jobs than at any other time since the autumn of 2008. With almost six hundred thousand positions available, yes, that's right, over half a million jobs that have no-one to do them, it has to be considered that the economy is moving towards an employee's market.

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  • Finding the Right Sales People

    Recruiting the right people for the right role is always a task that has so much riding on it. After all, you don't want to invest significant time and resources in getting someone that actually takes you backwards. Full time positions are meant to be long-term, so it's important to get it right.

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  • How to ask for a Pay Rise

    In the UK, we tend to be more reticent in asking for things; but we can find it particularly difficult to ask for more money e.g. a pay rise. The chances are that you will already feel that you have done enough to justify a pay rise before one is offered to you. It just tends to work like that.  Of course, the longer you continue to perceive your work to be undervalued, the longer it can have a detrimental effect on you, so it's worth knowing how and when to approach this difficult and sensitive matter.

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  • Getting that perfect candidate into your talent pool

    Getting that perfect candidate into your talent pool. Getting that star performer into your business is rarely straightforward. Of course, everyone wants the best people and in a world of demand and supply, the best typically cost more, not just in terms of salary, but in the lengths you'll need to go to in order to secure their services. The battle for the best talent becoming ever fiercer in a competitive marketplace, it is only natural that questions and concerns over the future of recruitment processes come to the fore.

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  • Blogging for Recruitment Success

    In a recent article we discussed the growing importance that social media is having on the recruitment cycle, from posting vacancies to networking and screening using social media profiles; blogging is just another growing facet of the social media revolution.

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  • Negotiating your way to better job satisfaction

    Well done! That's excellent news... You've beaten 85 other candidates and gone through the challenging recruitment and interview process, and come out on top. No mean feat in today's tough job market. The job is yours.

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  • Seasonal recruitment - the right process can uncover hidden gems!

    Despite recurring reports of increased growth in the commercial sector and job creation and employment opportunities on the rise, with talk of the recent 'double dip' recession a thing of the past, it is safe to say that few companies are actively recruiting in anything like the numbers the economy would like to see. So here we are in December, a key month for temporary and part-time recruitment as the Christmas frenzy engulfs us all, with the retail industry as ever lighting the recruitment path at this time of year.

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  • More than just the money?

    Every employer knows the importance of having the right staff, not just in terms of delivering the task but in representing their company, service and brand; the right people are a strong USP. In these challenging times, the battle for the best staff may be seen to be being won by the big names; those organisations that can clearly offer competitive salaries and carry the weight of reputation and kudos. But when it comes to hiring, it is increasingly not the case that only money matters! The media and online news are frequently awash with employment statistics and satisfaction surveys; with career progression and scope of responsibilities high on the employee hit-list. Perhaps more surprisingly is the lack of importance or significance that salary alone has in the overall job satisfaction for many. While salary is clearly important in meeting needs and paying the bills, and ultimately important to some for the status of a decent salary, for the majority, it is not the primary consideration. Equally, it is frequently employees who work within the SME marketplace who report the most job satisfaction, which in turn translates to better loyalty to their employer.

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  • The Personal Touch

    In recent years, as the use of technology has evolved and social media has become an increasingly widespread tool in business, our industry has, like many others, embraced its many advantages. The use of social media in promoting vacancies and researching talent has become the accepted norm; while it is a fantastic tool for broadening the market and exposure, is recruitment perhaps becoming less personal as a result?

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