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Posted Aug 08, 2014
No matter how well you prepare for an interview, you will almost always be asked something new. You want to appear confident and knowledgeable while still sounding succinct and eloquent. So what do you say? "Um."
Posted Jul 14, 2014
It is always useful to send a covering letter with your CV, to explain some obvious questions like why you are sending the CV, what particular job interests you, what attracts you to the company etc. Take the time to provide some background information as to why you are applying and it will help to put your CV into context.
Posted Jun 17, 2014
Interviews are becoming a lengthy, competitive, almost intrusive and highly detailed part of the recruitment process and this can be a stressful experience. Few interviews can be considered plain-sailing and it's never a case of someone having to just turn up.
Posted Jun 03, 2014
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 97% of employers in the UK are expecting to expand their workforce or keep things unchanged, meaning that only 3% believe they will be downsizing.' From that 97%, it is interesting that 44% plan to take on more staff.' There have rarely been such optimistic times for people seeking a change to their current situation.
Posted May 22, 2014
There may not be a great deal to choose between yourself and other suitably qualified and experienced candidates, so you could gain an edge over them by asking some very carefully selected questions to show that you understand the company and your role, and, that you have something specific to offer which meets their needs.
Posted May 01, 2014
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.
Posted Mar 28, 2014
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.
Posted Mar 13, 2014
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.
Posted Mar 04, 2014
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.
Posted Feb 10, 2014
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.