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220 weeks ago, by James
Industry awards
Whenever I read about industry awards the winners seem to be the large companies like Reed and Robert Half. These award ceremonies are organised by publishers, for example Haymarket. It's actually big business for them, with tickets to the black tie dinner and ceremony often costing a couple of hundred pounds.

Given that these large companies spend large budgets with Haymarket isn't it a bit of a conflict of interests? Industry awards are business rather than an indicator of credibility.
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221 weeks ago, by James
BBC pays out £25m redundancy to 150 managers
A deputy director general received £949k and a head of department got £348k.

It's a completely different world to the one that most of us have to live in.

The BBC's director general Tony Hall said: "These payments were from another era and we are putting a stop to them."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23125494
221 weeks ago, by James
One executive decided to hand back £376k, apparently before the story broke.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23125496
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222 weeks ago, by James
Recruitment is just a function
RecruitingLens and MarketingLens launched at around the same time and I have to say I'm finding it harder to get traction in the recruitment industry.

It's just been explained to me that recruitment is a business function whereas there's more knowledge and theory in marketing, so more for people to discover.

So is that true? Is recruitment essentially an artless practice?
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222 weeks ago, by Mitch
There's plenty of knowledge and theory in recruitment - just not that many people who've studied it enough to have any coherent thoughts or insight.

A big part of the problem is that recruiting new employees is difficult and most people hate doing it - a lot of that is down to having to assess people and take decisions that affect their careers.

The difference between recruitment and marketing is a bit like the difference between refuse collection and flower arranging.
222 weeks ago, by James
Which is which?
220 weeks ago, by Mitch
Marketing is the flower arranging.
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222 weeks ago, by James
Should large companies recruit locally?
The Department of Employment and Learning announced that more than 200 new jobs would be created when a new Tesco opened in Newry on 6th June 2013. However, the Newry Times has been inundated by calls and e-mails claiming that Tesco's method of recruitment was unfair and inadequate.

Various statements were made by locals claiming that they and various other people they knew had been rejected without reaching the interview stage.

Should local economies be supported by local recruitment?
222 weeks ago, by John
I would tend to favour the free market approach, let the employer recruit the best available.

However, In the case of supermarkets and particularly Tesco, they tend to have an awful lot of lobbying power over local & national politics, they have a record of bullying local councils, they receive subsidies from development agencies (local, central govt & European), and destroy local competition - so perhaps, in the case of Tesco at least, they should be forced to recruit locally.
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224 weeks ago, by James
Recruitment & Social Media Profiles
Should recruiters be able to take the contents of a candidate's social media profiles into account when they apply for a job?

Where are the lines?
224 weeks ago, by Jane
No. Their profiles can give information away that could lead to unconscious bias. For example, if a candidate is a member of a number of disability groups, or gay groups, that might trigger an unconscious bias effect in the recruiter.
223 weeks ago, by Roger
Yes. One can often get a better insight into the candidate. As an example one candidate who attended an interview said afterwards on a social media site "if I get the job I won't stay any longer than it takes to get their database" Another who was off sick posted how he was taking his "sick allowance days" for holidays.
220 weeks ago, by Mitch
Yes, if people are dumb enough to post incriminating content then they deserve everything they get. Equally, they post good content and their candidature is enhanced.
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225 weeks ago, by James
Nannies Recruited On Social Media
Nannytax, a UK payroll service for paying nannies, surveyed 1,145 families and found that one in five would look at unregulated sites such as Gumtree when looking for a nanny. This is an increase of 8% since 2011.

Recruiting a nanny is probably one of the most important things that a family can consider so this really is an indicator that people are growing more accepting and trusting of what they find on social media.

Does this surprise you?
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226 weeks ago, by James
Small Business Cannot Save The Economy Alone
I'm seeing article after article in the news suggesting that the UK's small business can save the economy through sales and increased recruitment. It has all the characteristics of yet another 'bubble'. Where is the demand going to come from in a market with zero of at best very low growth.

It's true that new businesses are being created in significant numbers but they won't all succeed. An increase in hopeful entrepreneurs is not a viable business plan.
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