Everyone is talking about the gig economy, and everyone, it seems, has an opinion. For some, it is a curse that has caused an upheaval in a perfectly fine system of employment, for others it is a breath of fresh air bringing alternative employment options to millions of skilled workers and flexibility to employers. [Read more…] about Job by job – How the gig economy affects your workforce
The subject of flexible working has probably been the core discussion of meetings in practically every business in the UK at some point in recent years. A more flexible approach to how your team sees the working week has a lot to offer, and while, of course, there are potential issues you should not let this deter you from considering it. [Read more…] about Flexible working – Possibly a major benefit to your business
We all work hard! It is a fact of life, because, unless you are financially independent, then you need to work to pay the bills and live a reasonable lifestyle. Also, most people are at least relatively happy with their jobs. Yet, if you ask someone what they want out of life, they are very unlikely to mention work at all. [Read more…] about Productivity and loyalty – The importance of work-life balance
This could probably be the shortest blog ever posted because the answer to the question is ‘yes’. The recruitment industry will be affected by the continuing development of artificial intelligence (AI) because it is set to influence just about every sector of the working world.
We all want the best people in our business. Great teams with high-performers are the lifeblood of a successful enterprise from SMEs to huge multi-national concerns. If you have the best workforce, there is a very high chance it will bring you success. So, it is no surprise that our clients often ask us how they can encourage the best people to join them. As recruitment professionals, we suggest a few things that businesses can do internally to help things along the right path.
We sometimes interchange the words skill, ability and knowledge, but in actual fact, they are very different things. The reason we often mix them up is that they are inter-related to such an extent that they not particularly efficient as solo players. It’s rare that an employer is looking for a single aspect of them and even rarer for a career to be built on just one of them. [Read more…] about Knowledge, Ability and Skills – It is all about the balance
When you look back even just a couple of decades, you see a very different approach to the workplace. The last 20 years have probably seen one of the biggest changes in modern history, though, with the rise of the understanding of business culture. [Read more…] about Business culture and attracting talent – There is an I in team after all
At some point, we all wonder if we are on the right career path and we see many candidates who are actively seeking to change because they decided they were not. Some candidates do nothing and stay where they are, some take it a step further, and some go the whole hog and throw themselves into ‘project career change’ wholeheartedly. There is nothing wrong with any of these paths as long as you have really considered your position. [Read more…] about ‘Why’ is the most powerful question – The best way to tackle a career change
There are some tasks in the process of creating your CV that should always happen. At the risk of nagging a little bit, honestly, if you don’t do the basics right, it makes our work here a lot harder. If your CV doesn’t work well, then you are really going into the employment process on the wrong foot. This article is not about the basics, it is about refining and polishing your CV but, just to be clear, these are some of the most common mistakes. [Read more…] about Five Golden rules for creating the best CV you can
When you have a task that you complete on a regular basis, or one that seems to have a very simple method, it is easy to fall into the trap of taking them for granted. Checking references for a potential employee can very easily become one of these tasks. It is almost too easy for the reference check to become a mechanical, automatic part of the hiring process. It really shouldn’t be though because, despite how it may seem, taking up references is both important and, if done right, a very informative function.