Blog Tag Archives: HR Help & Advice

Open to opportunities? Here comes “Open Candidates”

        Ever tried to job hunt on the quiet? It’s not easy. These days, everyone is connected on LinkedIn – and if you so much as tweak the “Hobbies” section of your profile, everyone you’ve ever met suddenly knows about it. People may be actively searching your profile, or statuses about your […]

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The 90-Second Interview – Part 2

Non-verbal mistakes may well hold pole position when it comes to interview blunders. In any case, nobody wants to hire an unsmiling, closed-off, shifty-looking candidate. However, you can sit there with perfect posture all you like – but if you can’t talk the talk, your interview is terminal from the start.

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The 90-Second Interview – Part 1

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Well, according to a survey done by UndercoverRecruiter, you barely get a first chance to make a first impression when it comes to an interview. As far as the 2,000 hiring managers surveyed are concerned, if you haven’t convinced them in 90 […]

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Dealing with rogue recruiters – are your recruiters legal or lethal?

Recruiters are often subject to fair amount of bad press. Whilst I’d love to say that these negative typecasts are often unfounded, it would seem that in some cases, they’re rather more accurate than we would like to admit. I’m talking again about the worrying trend of certain recruiters sending candidate CVs to companies without […]

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Dealing with rogue recruiters – do you know where your CV’s heading?

            Let’s be clear from the outset – when a recruiter sends your CV to their client without your permission, they are breaking the law. Not a just a professional code or a contract, but the law.

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Life isn’t fair – but it should be

I have a brother. Growing up, he and I were rarely treated equally. Before you think otherwise, this is a good thing. I realise now how difficult it would have been to have treated us “equally” – not only are we opposing genders, but I am three years older. He likes watching The Ultimate Fighter […]

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So, you want this job. But first – what did you have for breakfast?

Wherever you are, whatever you do, I imagine you’ve probably endured at least one interview in your life. Interviews can be a fairly staid and repetitive part of the job seeking process. The vast majority consist of a set of prescribed questions, followed by rehearsed answers, and an anxious wait before a verdict is settled […]

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Does your PSL really work?

Recruitment can be somewhat competitive – to put it lightly! Recruiters continue to battle for coveted spots on employers’ Preferred Supplier Lists, clamouring for exclusivity, and trying to think of ever-more creative ways of making their services unique and indispensable. Make it onto the PSL, and you’re made – or so popular opinion would suggest.

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The Deadly Counter Offer

So you’ve decided to hand your notice in. The grass is looking oh-so-much greener on the other side, and in the envelope you’ve just handed to your manager, you have the power to cut ties and run towards it. Freedom – hallelujah!

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Hired or fired? Your social media profile decides!

We are the social media generation. If we aren’t tweeting, we’re tagging. If we aren’t blogging, we’re browsing. These days, it’s pretty unusual for anyone with a smartphone (or a pulse) not to be on some form of social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn… the list goes on.

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