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Red Flag Interview Question.

I was in two minds whether to discuss this topic as it's was quite a recent scenario.  However, I do think it's interesting and I've had to challenge my own thinking!  I am most definitely not someone who sets out to be divisive or to bait a response but on this subject I've always …

How long to stay in a job?

The evolution of time in recruitment and the world of employment has brought about many changes.  The obvious ones like technology and the ability to work remotely but also there are changes in behaviour of employees that adapt with each generation.  Back in the day, a job was often considered to b…

The Art of Communicating

The Art of Communication is today’s subject choice.  This covers both the importance of communicating and also the optimal channels for communication.  As ever, my subject matter is usually related to the day to day activity that I experience and in the past couple of weeks I’ve had a few comms bas…

Wobbles in a new job

Whenever I place someone in a new role, I phone them a couple of days before they start to say Good luck and stay in touch.  I always add that if for whatever reason, the role isn't what they hoped it would be that they should give me a ring.  Superstitiously I think that if I say that, then it…

CVs. What's the point?

To be honest, after over 15 years of writing a monthly blog, I've covered most topics more than once.  There isn't so much new material in the world of recruitment unless of course I get into automation - tracking systems and using AI etc.  Regular readers will remember that I'm not fon…

January! A New Year.

Well, I guess it's an entirely predictable Blog for a recruiter in January.  New Year, New Career and all that.   Today is Tuesday 2nd January 2024 and it's the first day back after the Christmas break.  I genuinely love the Christmas break - it's the only time of year when I genuinely …

The right degree. Money & happiness

Will a university degree make you earn more?  Probably but it depends on the university and the course.Will it make you more attractive to employers?  Quite likely: It shows you persisted for 3 years and met a standard, however irrelevant to their business.
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Fighting Imposter Syndrome at Interviews

I'm sure I've done this one before.  But after 20 years in recruitment, there aren't many topics that I haven't covered.   This week I've been working with a candidate who is very nervous about a second stage interview.    As with most second stage interviews, there is a require…

The role of luck in your career.

I do try to do a blog each month.  I think it’s a habit.  I’m not kidding myself that anyone is reading them, let alone nodding along sagely at the years of industry ‘knowledge’ that I have soaked up along the way.   Each month I wrack my brains for an idea that I haven’t done to death previously o…