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2 weeks ago, by James
Are degrees worth it?
A survey of 2,000 graduates by online course provider The Knowledge Tree has discovered that 64% of them felt that their degree was not relevant to their job. The more worrying statistic is that 51% were either unsure whether their degree helped them to get their job or sure that it had not.

The average graduate leaves university with £13,292 worth of student debt.
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6 weeks ago, by James
'Name blind' recruitment
The CBI, a business lobby group, has suggested that names should be removed from job applications to combat unconscious bias in the recruitment process.

Is it is simple as someone's name? What about other clues, unconscious or otherwise, that will be a part of someone's CV ranging from where they went to school to what their interests are. If it was as simple as a name then there would be no issues to be biased about, surely?
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29 weeks ago, by James
BYOT - Bring Your Own Team
Stripe, a US based mobile payments provider, is asking for existing teams of 2-5 people to apply for positions. They're effectively hiring teams instead of individuals. They say it's an innovative new approach, although headhunters have been doing this on the QT for decades.

Stripe are going public with the strategy. They say they want established teams, but it could also do a lot of damage to competitors if it's successful.

More here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36219003
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42 weeks ago, by James
'No phone calls please'
AKA: 'We've already filled this position internally and this advert is just a legal formality'.
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43 weeks ago, by James
Watch that spelling
According to recruitment firm BeHiring one spelling or grammar mistake will result in your CV being thrown in the bin. In the same survey the first CV arrives 200 seconds after a job is posted and 250 are received for each job posted.

On the social side 76% of CVs are ignored if an email address is unprofessional and, if you get past all of that, 68% of potential employers will check you out on Facebook.
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45 weeks ago, by James
Job satisfaction tops motivation factors
A survey by the ILM has confirmed the recurring idea that workers rate factors other than than financial reward more highly when considering their job satisfaction. 13% of those surveyed said that they were motivated by bonuses while 42% were motivated by how well they got on with colleagues and 22% how ell they were treated by managers.
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56 weeks ago, by James
Recruiting articles get views
I'm running Lenses in marketing, training and recruitment at the moment and it seems that recruitment is the most interesting subject, with articles getting three times the views that other subjects do.
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63 weeks ago, by James
Will you be replaced by a robot?
This question is doing the rounds again, with particular focus on recent advances in AI. It's been a popular theme since the 70s, when we were promised that technological advances would mean that we would be working half days thanks to computers and we would spend the rest of the time at leisure. It never happened?

How is it any different now?
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