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There is a continually repeating “circle of life” in the UK recruitment industry, where its own progeny leave established firms to set up in competition. I know, as I’ve been part of it. The incidence of this is most evident amongst the small and medium recruitment firms up and down the land. As an industry,...
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This phrase is famously quoted in the seminal (in my opinion) movie, Wayne’s World, and attributed to either “Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten”.  It’s not always easy to control how we are defined by others, but we all make attempts to do so.  Often random events or idiosyncrasies become how other people relate to you,...
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As a recruiter of some 30 years now, I have become wearily familiar with my chosen profession being traduced and derided, along with other careers and jobs, such as estate agents, lawyers, and traffic wardens.  30 years ago I got married.  I was only 21, and immediately afterwards (the next week) joined HMS Recruitment in...
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A ship at sea relies upon 3 things: propulsion, steering and navigation. Without any one of these it will never reach its destination, cannot avoid immediate obstacles or can only go where the currents dictate, and eventually run aground. These three components are also vital to any individual’s career. Propulsion, or power.  Even the very...
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How well do you know recruiters? Good? Great? Better than anyone? Well, no matter how well you know recruiters, here are 11 facts about the hiring professionals that might surprise you –  1. They are happier with their jobs than the average person Seventy-eight percent of recruiters are happy with their jobs, which is 6...
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These are typical of the kind of questions I like to ask candidates in interview.  What are your favourite questions? 1. Which sensation do you enjoy the most? For example the sensation of winning, achieving, relief, being ahead of schedule, independence, being part of a team etc. 2. Of your siblings and peers, who is the...
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With spring we leave behind the dark mornings and dark evenings. You’re feeling the pressure though: it’s been too long since you made your last placement and tensions are running high in the office. The star candidate you had lined up for interview this morning bailed out at the last minute. You’re working long, hard days...
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This is a very simplistic theory, but I think it bears exploring.  In my experience there are two distinct types of recruiters; those who naturally thrive in the recruitment of Permanent Staff, and those who excel running a Temp Desk. Perms recruiters typically handle 10 to 15 concurrently running recruitment projects, which can each take...
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Tis’ the season to be thankful, and of course for general warmth and fuzziness. So rather than try and infiltrate the food coma/eggnog induced brains of our readership over the festive season, here’s a somewhat silly (but warm and fuzzy) blog to remind you of all the small things no-one but a recruiter could be...
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