Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview
Aug22

Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview

Interviews can be a daunting process for many, and new research from the UK’s leading independent job board,  CV-Library has found that a whopping 87.4% of workers think there are certain questions candidates should avoid asking in an interview if you want to get the job! The research, which quizzed 1,200 UK workers on interview preparation techniques, found that over three quarters (79.3%) of professionals will prepare questions in...

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Why is it important to retain staff?
Aug21

Why is it important to retain staff?

It’s important to retain your staff when running a business, and it doesn’t matter whether your business is large or small. Losing staff members is not only disruptive, but it’s also costly and time-consuming to find new staff and train them. Together with Nisbets, specialists in catering supplies, we assess how to retain employees within a business, and why the leave when things appear to be going wrong. Within the latest Nisbets...

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Welcome to a world where working life is one big game
Aug17

Welcome to a world where working life is one big game

Dr. Paul Barrett, Chief Research Officer at Cognadev discusses the use of gamification in recruitment. Gamification of recruitment has endured as one of the big HR news themes, thanks to a steady rise in the number of new platforms, each offering highly playable, game based psychological assessments.   Engaging millenials and Gen-Z Research has shown that these games, which typically use scenario based encounters to measure...

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What is culture, anyway?
Aug10

What is culture, anyway?

Stephen Quinn, CEO and co-founder of Jobbio discusses the issue of culture – an oft used term that means different things to different people, and which five things he believes really make a difference to employment, engagement and retention. Culture, Culture, Culture. A word that’s being bandied about by companies big and small. It has come to light in recent years, that ‘culture’ is a key element of organisational success. You...

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How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising
Aug10

How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising

Behavioural expert, Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School, explains why unconscious bias could be changing our workplaces without us even realising. In the news over the past few days there has been a story in the news about an individual employee in Google posting an anti-diversity memo and the strong reaction (both ways) that this has caused. The author of the memo is purported to be a male software engineer arguing...

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Why are we asking job candidates about children in 2017?
Aug10

Why are we asking job candidates about children in 2017?

Despite laws preventing it, many women in practice are asked questions about having children, or if they have them, what their childcare arrangements are, during the interview process. A survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission last year revealed that one in four employers think it’s reasonable to ask a woman about her pregnancy plans during a job interview. Not only is such questioning in breach of employment law, it is...

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UK Businesses still taking a ‘tickbox’ approach to recruitment screening
Aug03

UK Businesses still taking a ‘tickbox’ approach to recruitment screening

UK businesses are still failing to fully comprehend the risks posed by today’s ever changing recruitment market, despite investment in screening services continuing to rise. Companies UK-wide are still very much adopting a ‘tick box’ approach to employment screening rather than appreciating the full range of benefits on offer within the industry today, despite a trend of organisations across the board investing increasing amounts in...

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Amazon set to hire 50,000 people – tomorrow!
Aug01

Amazon set to hire 50,000 people – tomorrow!

Earlier this year, Amazon announced it’s intentions to hire an additional 5,000 people, with the aim of  letting them all work from home, which was seen as an ambitious target. However, that’s mild considering that by the end of tomorrow, the retail giant will have also hired 50,000 additional new employees to work at their 13 fulfillment centers around the United States, all in one day. It’s a massive recruitment...

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1 in 4 Professionals claim they have experienced discrimination at interview
Jul31

1 in 4 Professionals claim they have experienced discrimination at interview

The latest study from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has found that nearly one in four (22%) professionals in the UK have experienced discrimination during an interview, and for the majority (39.3%) it was because of their age. The survey of 1,200 workers, sought to reveal how many professionals in the UK have been affected by interview discrimination, and the reasons for this. The data found that over half of...

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Apprenticeships: Vacancies increase by 12% with most positions located in the North of England
Jul27

Apprenticeships: Vacancies increase by 12% with most positions located in the North of England

There has recently been a particular spotlight on apprenticeships owed largely to the promises of the election and the worry of a post-Brexit labour shortage. Education Secretary, Justine Greening urged all employers to offer apprenticeship schemes to push the “skills revolution for Brexit Britain,” with Theresa May pledging to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020. With this in mind, job metasearch engine Joblift has...

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Employees advised to re-consider their ‘social media CV’
Jul27

Employees advised to re-consider their ‘social media CV’

Whether you’re looking to take that next step up the career ladder or want to make a good impression in your current role, Richard Mavers, director of group marketing and online strategy at Envirofone, has some advice on how best to present yourself on social media without hurting your career prospects. Social media platforms allow us to broadcast our lives for everyone to see… and that includes your new, and any future, boss. In case...

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Trust, Culture and Diversity are key in ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution’
Jul17

Trust, Culture and Diversity are key in ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution’

Three key themes – trust, culture and diversity – must be the watchwords for businesses with the onset of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, according to a leading employment lawyer. Greg Chambers, associate director in the employment team at Osborne Clarke, was speaking at a seminar in Bristol entitled “The Future of Work in a Smart City.” The event was hosted by Hays Recruitment, held at the city’s Engine Shed and formed part of...

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Despite feeling guilty, UK workers reveal their worst excuses for pulling a sickie
Jul13

Despite feeling guilty, UK workers reveal their worst excuses for pulling a sickie

Over half (52.5%) of UK employees feel guilty about taking sick days, with the majority (50.6%) stating that this is because they are leaving their team in the lurch. This is according to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, which found that women feel most guilty about sick leave (60.5%). The survey received 1,300 responses from workers across the UK, finding that a further 24.1% of professionals...

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How will the new ‘Google for Jobs’ affect expanding workforces – and recruiters?
Jul06

How will the new ‘Google for Jobs’ affect expanding workforces – and recruiters?

HR Commentator Chris Thompson takes a look at how the new Google for Jobs will impact the UK recruitment market. Image courtesy of Google The mystery and intrigue surrounding Google’s foray into the recruitment market was put to bed last week when the Google for Jobs platform landed in the USA. Emerging quietly and without warning, like many of Google’s updates, Google for jobs is a hiring interface that sits conveniently on the...

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Why HR should take care when using intelligence for diversity hiring
Jul06

Why HR should take care when using intelligence for diversity hiring

Charles Hipps, CEO & Founder, WCN discusses how HR need to balance risks and opportunities in diversity hiring There’s little doubt about the benefit of hiring a diverse workforce. McKinsey found in one UK study that greater gender diversity on the senior-executive team could positively affect performance. For every 10% diversity increase, they saw profits rise by up to 3.5%. Organisations know it’s needed, but often lack the...

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