With ‘Black Friday’ rapidly approaching, now seems like an opportune moment to raise the issue of fighting for something worth having. As with every year, Friday will see thousands of people panicking to get hold of some bargains from their favourite retailers. Despite being very different, the moment a valuable member of staff accepts an offer to move elsewhere, similar panic is experienced within a company. They start to contemplate how they will cope in their absence, and how they will be able to replace them adequately. Individuals fighting over a cut-price item may seem bizarre and irrational, but attempting to retain an important employee is not. However, even though this is the case, there are potential drawbacks of battling to keep a staff member who has been lured by the prospects offered by another organisation. Read more
Part of the job of any employer or recruiter is to convince people about the quality of an opportunity. Without this, an organisation will struggle to attract the required level of staff. Even though this is an important part of the process, it does carry with it a danger. If a job role is exaggerated too much, it can result in short-term gain, but long-term pain. It may lead to more interest initially, and potentially more placements being made. However, once the candidate actually starts in their new role, the reality must fall in line with their expectations. If not, the likelihood is that they may not stay at the company for long. Not ideal for either employer or recruiter, in more ways than one…
Everyone has values. They may not be the same for each and every person, but they always exist. Principles on how an individual should behave does vary, depending on numerous factors. This is also the case in recruitment. One candidate may have completely different expectations on how a recruiter should conduct themselves, when compared with another. Despite this, there are certain characteristics that are expected from the majority of candidates. When analysed, these attributes are not difficult to convey. Many of them should come naturally, with success becoming much more likely when displayed. However, unfortunately, not all recruiters highlight these traits, leading to frustration for the candidate.
With mental health in the workplace under the microscope today, it seemed a fitting time to emphasise the importance of a positive company culture. Mental health is something that is being identified much more frequently these days, and the numbers of people suffering from it is a big concern. Recent findings have suggested that one in four people will fight a mental health problem this year. As a result, it should be a priority for businesses to ensure they encourage a close and supportive workforce. Even though this would clearly not solve all the problems surrounding mental health, it would certainly have a positive impact.
During my school days, I spent three years learning French, before going on to study Spanish at GCSE level. I soon discovered that attempting a different language is far from straightforward. Despite that, I performed well in almost all the assessments I undertook. A real sense of accomplishment always surrounded my successes in speaking another language, and I envy those who can speak fluently in more than just their native tongue. The reason for this is, despite being able to remember the terminology during the time of my studies, much of what I learnt has now been forgotten. There is a difference between knowing something, and really knowing something. For those who really do know more than one language, it can be of real benefit to your career.
The madness that is transfer deadline day is upon us once more. Throughout the entirety of the summer months, football clubs have been working hard at bringing in new recruits. Despite this, a significant amount of business always tends to take place on the final day. Several reasons can be used to explain this, but it all has a sense of desperation about it, as deals are rushed through at the last minute. Even though football clubs often have more money than they know what to do with, panic buying is a significant risk. However, with the money that is available to many clubs, that risk is marginalised. That is not the case for most businesses though. For the majority, recruitment can be the difference between success and failure. It is of paramount importance.
There has long been an incorrect preconception that all recruiters are only motivated by making money, and have little interest in the personnel involved. Of course, the financial aspect of recruitment is important, as it is for people working in most industries. However, to say that this is the sole reason why recruiters come into work everyday is simply untrue. For some, it may well be, but for many others, the satisfaction of making a difference to somebody’s life provides the biggest gratification. Therefore, working alongside a recruiter to find employment can be an extremely worthwhile experience. But crucially, forming a positive relationship can be the biggest difference between success and failure in your job search. Read more
Interviewing for a position can be a long and frustrating process for a company, especially for roles that are vitally important for them. In such situations, the perfect candidate is looked for. Therefore, that often results in many rejections being handed out. A strict criteria has to be followed, and if a candidate falls short on any of the requirements, they are likely to be taken no further. That’s before personality and culture fit are even considered, highlighting the extent of the work that is needed to be successful. As a result, when they finally think they have found the perfect candidate that ticks all the boxes, it can be tempting to get them in as soon as possible. But they may have more candidates to interview first, potentially at later dates, thus delivering a dilemma. Read more
It was an historic day for tennis on Sunday as Roger Federer claimed a record eighth Wimbledon title. He became the first male since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the tournament without dropping a single set. The title making it nineteen Grand Slam victories in total. All at the age of 35. Read more
Competition is expected whenever you are interviewing for a new role. It would be extremely fortunate if you found yourself as the only candidate being interviewed for a position. Consequently, genuine consideration should be paid towards the order in which you are selected for your interview, in relation to the other candidates. Many will point to the fact that every candidate is likely to be given the same opportunity to succeed, and that the conditions of the interview are unlikely to alter significantly. Even though this should be the case, interviewers are only human, and they will be influenced in the same way as anybody else. Therefore, order bias can play a part. Read more