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190 weeks ago, by James
Is the CV dead?
Have 'content rich profiles' killed them off?
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193 weeks ago, by James
'Passionate' and 'driven' telesales execs
Newcastle based 'Uniting Ambition' (that name speaks volumes) is holding two assessment days looking for 'passionate' and 'driven' people who will become telesales executives for a telecoms retailer which 'cannot be named'.

I wonder why it cannot be named? Could it be that the public hates being called during dinner by a passionate and driven teenager selling phones ... or anything?

If the company doesn't want to put its name to the recruitment process why is it doing it at all?
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198 weeks ago, by James
Happy people
Ipsos MORI and The Times have found that pnly 16% of Britons are 'very happy'. This is down from 19% in 2008. 63% are 'rather happy', 18% 'not very happy' and 2% 'not happy at all'.

Given that work is one of the main drivers of happiness is part of the cause that large numbers of people are having to take jobs that they aren't enjoying?

Something has changed since 2008.
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198 weeks ago, by James
Co-op boss 'aced psychometric tests'
According to an article in the FT's business blog http://blogs.ft.com/businessblog/2014/01/dangers-in-the-siren-call-of-psychometric-recruitment-tests/ the disgraced former Chairman of the Co-op Bank may have landed his role after he 'aced' a set of psychometric tests.

It seems astonishing that one of the top jobs in the banking industry would be awarded because of blind faith in psychometric tests. Surely there were people involved in the hiring process as well?
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201 weeks ago, by James
Today is Massive Monday
This is the day when people return to work and more than ever take to the internet to look for new careers.

The recruitment industry has, apparently, dubbed the day 'Massive Monday', which says a lot about their ability to come up with clever names for things.
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205 weeks ago, by James
Accenture to recruit influential social media players
Accenture is to take social media influence into account when they recruit candidates, according to The Wall Street Journal:

http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2013/12/11/are-you-a-social-media-star-accenture-is-looking-for-you/?mod=e2tw

If this is handled well then I think it makes sense. If people are genuinely influential in specific strategic areas that can only be useful.

The problem is that influential usually means controversial and that's not an easy thing for a corporate to encourage.
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212 weeks ago, by James
When do you drop a candidate?
What are the criteria?
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212 weeks ago, by Martin
..and what do you mean by "drop"?

Permanently never to talk to again?

Out of a search?
212 weeks ago, by James
Stop seeking placements for. I was reading this article:

http://www.contractoruk.com/agencies/recruitment_agency_tricks.html

Point 8 suggests that bad agencies drop candidates who don't pass interviews and I wonder whether that's right.
212 weeks ago, by Martin
Nope. I wouldn't put somebody on a shortlist for interview if I didn't think they might get the job. Just 'cos they failed in one doesn't mean they won't fail in another. Not sure what others do tho'.

The other 9 ideas are 'interesting'.....

....and stupid.
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214 weeks ago, by James
London 'housing crisis' to affect growth
London First, a business membership organisation, has surveyed its members in partnership with London & Quadrant housing association. It found that 68% of respondents feel that a shortage of housing and high prices are affecting their ability to recruit and retain staff.

London’s population is expected to grow to 10 million by 2030 and growth in both rents and purchase prices is continuing to outstrip national trends. 70% feel that this threatens London’s future success.

Isn't this good news?
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