When there’s nothing more I can do……

I’ve placed so many candidates in 25yrs of recruiting. So many. And I take pride in believing I take the time & the effort to prep my candidates brilliantly. I know my clients so I can, to a degree, anticipate the kind of interview they’ll get & I know they aren’t walking into nightmare scenarios […]

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The Cover Letter. Worth the bother or not?

This week I received the best cover letter to a CV I’ve ever had. And as I’ve recruited for years, I feel pretty qualified to say that. And it made me think. Of all the CV’s I get, how many do cover letters (when I say cover letters I mean emailed docs that come with […]

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Keep Calm. Its only your new job!

Be kind to yourself. Everyone has new job nerves! I’ve placed 100’s of candidates over the years (possibly 1000’s dare I say) & one of my most frequent conversations, especially with younger candidates, is that they MUST give themselves the time & the space in their new job role time to settle in, to adapt […]

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Just how hard is it to break out of making a bad job decision?

I placed a candidate this month who’d had a steady general office admin job for 8 years. Very poorly paid (on minimum wage for all that time & only moved up as she’d hit 21) & had taken what she felt was the right move, into a completely different working arena. Her thought process was […]

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Does your application & CV pass the ‘Yeah & So What’ test?

If you’ve ever been in sales or customer services you might know this test. Tell your prospective customer a fact & if it’s totally irrelevant, it won’t pass the ‘yeah & so what test’. So try & sell a car to a Mum or Dad with 4 kids & keep telling them about the top […]

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First rule of job applications: perfect spelling, English & grammar

We recruit for all sorts of jobs: in the main admin / accounts & office support but we also love the odd quirky job & do a fantastic job with Motorbikes & Biomass engineers. The whole process isn’t really very different as long as you take the time to understand the clients & the differing […]

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Had a January setback? Try & see it as a positive

This last month it’s fair to say there’s been an unfortunate run of Temp bookings that have come in (as always with Temp work) on ‘the last minute’ & interested parties have been rang, references gone for & candidates pleased they’ve secured something, got all ready for day one…..& then the temp job has been […]

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Not all Recruiters are the same!

Lately I’ve seen a little upturn in the trend for ‘Recruiter / Agency bashing’ online & I just wanted to stick up a little for us here. Recruiting is a strangely hard job. I admit it’s not coalmining nor building houses in Siberia; but it’s so hard to please all parties & demands a delicate […]

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Second choice? Could it ever be as good as first?

So the jobs market is now starting to really move. We’re seeing good candidates get snapped up & some very quickly.  They flag up they’re ‘on market’ they fulfill a rarer skillset (payroll is one skill just like that). They get an interview quickly, get the job & in the ensuing flurry, this can sometimes […]

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Self belief & an open mind. Crucial for the employer & employee

Last month we placed a really unusual candidate from a very unusual background in an unusual job. (Hopefully it won’t be the first time we place in this unusual job! As we placed successfully we’ll be expecting more business) but the circumstances of how & why we filled the job…& who with, is the reason […]

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