When you advertise your vacancy, you ideally want a choice of candidates. But let’s be honest, you’re not looking for just ANY candidates. What you really want are career-conscious job seekers. Those who are not merely role-hopping but are looking for a long-term career path. Because you want to employ someone who will stay, who will grow, and who will develop.

These candidates are helpful for team morale, healthier for the bottom line, and better for keeping overheads down. …


Here’s a rather startling statistic. Before the pandemic, a Gallup survey revealed that 67% of the global workforce was either not engaged or actively disengaged at work. 67%! Not engaged means they are turning up for work, doing the bare minimum, and going home. Actively disengaged means they are actually blocking progress.

Even more concerning is that since Covid hit, research by HowNow shows that two-thirds of UK employees now feel even less connected than before, with only a fifth of workers having spoken to their line manager in the last ten days.

Why is this so worrying?

According to Achievers.com research, disengaged employees have…


What are your objectives when you conduct an interview? I’d suggest they might include taking a view on whether the candidate has the skills, knowledge, and abilities to do the job, to assess what they can bring to the role and the team, then to delve into their personality, their attitude, and values.

An interview is a relatively short space of time to really understand a candidate. And all candidates, to some degree or other, are wearing a mask. …


Despite the impact of a year-long battle with coronavirus and the dramatic impact on employment that this has brought, there is still a shortage of many key skills in the UK.

According to the 2021 UK Skills Shortage & Demand By Region conducted by smallbusinessprices.co.uk, there are over 32 million people in the UK currently employed, but many industries face problems securing the right staff. The pandemic has changed the employment landscape, with companies strengthening their customer service and support roles, according to LinkedIn. …


It’s an elusive thing, company culture. That mixture of intangibles, like shared values and attitudes, with more quantifiable aspects such as goals, behaviours and practices thrown in. All these things come together to form the way people feel about the company they work for, the job they do, and the co-workers they share their daily lives with.

Whilst it might not always be measurable, it becomes visible to people very quickly, whether, for example, there is a culture of trust that empowers employees to make decisions.

I guess the culture of a company can be summed up as the template…


It’s an elusive thing, company culture. That mixture of intangibles, like shared values and attitudes, with more quantifiable aspects such as goals, behaviours and practices thrown in. All these things come together to form the way people feel about the company they work for, the job they do, and the co-workers they share their daily lives with.

Whilst it might not always be measurable, it becomes visible to people very quickly, whether, for example, there is a culture of trust that empowers employees to make decisions.

I guess the culture of a company can be summed up as the template…


Zoom and Teams have become our new BFFs over the last 12 months. It’s hard to know how businesses could have continued to operate without them during the pandemic.

For recruiters, they have been a real blessing, meaning that interviews could take place, and candidates could continue to be hired.

However, once the job has been filled, the next step is the onboarding process. And doing that remotely is an entirely different challenge. …


We all experience situations where we make decisions based on our instincts or gut feel, and often, this intuitive approach works well for us. The feeling that something is not quite right about a deal. Or that niggle that tells us not to trust what someone is telling us.

Introducing social intelligence

The man who brought us emotional intelligence, Daniel Goleman, also wrote about social intelligence. It’s not about learning to avoid Facebook when you’ve had a glass of wine, but rather it looks at how physiology can influence our feelings, along with the role that other people play in determining our emotional…


Tech must surely be one of the most exciting industries to work in — and to recruit for — at the moment. Once the domain of the ‘nerds’, today’s tech roles are cutting edge, challenging, future changing, and, dare we say it, sexy. New trends, emerging technologies, fast-moving developments — these are all considerations that a modern technology recruiter must be on top of.

Whenever technology-related surveys are published, one thing comes through loud and clear. Respondents want to work in future-facing sectors. From blockchain to artificial intelligence, the internet of things to robotics, drones to virtual reality, these are…


A positive employee experience is what we’d all like from our employer. Perhaps once thought of as a ‘nice to have’, it’s now been shown to be absolutely essential for the success of any business.

The employee experience starts long before the first day in the office. It encompasses someone’s passage from interested applicant, key candidate, hired team member, and past employee.

As to why it’s so important to ensure that journey is a positive one, companies that do so have been found to have four times higher average profits and two times higher average revenues than those who don’t.

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