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189 weeks ago, by Mitch
Filling jobs is really difficult work
I've decided that this is either because I'm trying to do it properly, or I'm rubbish at it.
189 weeks ago, by James
You want to try finding people the perfect house to live in. That's really hard.
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200 weeks ago, by Mitch
Learning about business leadership from Nelson Mandela
You can't learn anything about leadership from Nelson Mandela, because he was driven my more loftier goals. You know, really important things like racial integration, forgiveness and social harmony. Things that are miles removed from selling stuff.

And anyway, as soon as your principles were tested, you'd fold, either for the money or to keep your job.

Please don't write anymore articles about what business people can learn from Nelson Mandela?

Thank you.
200 weeks ago, by James
The main reason why Ronald Reagan is consistently voted best ever Pres by the American people is that he previously had an acting career. Even if things were really bad Ron new how to put across that everything was fine.

So maybe businesses, particularly the banks, need to find someone who can act like Mandela to convince everyone that they're not a bunch of lawless pirates.

I mean act like Mandela rather than the actual man.
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207 weeks ago, by Mitch
What is "Talent"?
Apparently, 61% of companies have a Talent Management or Talent Acquisition department, but only 21% of these have a definition of what talent actually is.

I suspect the other 79% do have a definition of what talent really is, but are too embarrassed to reveal it.

I think that if you canvassed the opinions of hiring managers, most would define talent as someone doing the same job for someone else.

See the rise in number of niche recruitment specialists and R2R agencies for clarification.
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207 weeks ago, by James
The obsession with talent has comes from TV shows like Britain's Got Talent which, in reality, is showing us how mediocre and basically deluded people are.

There's still some talent in sport thankfully. There's even some on programmes like Countryfile, but that's not as trendy.

Do you think anyone would watch a TV programme called Britain's Got Craftsmanship? Incidentally craftsmanship would be my definition of talent.
207 weeks ago, by Martin
Countryfile?!? I'll check with my dad!

You got me thinking about "Talent". Isn't it about the ability to get things done?

And just to prove I've had a bad week, I don't agree with you about Britain's Got Talent either. It's not as good as you say.

Have a good weekend!
207 weeks ago, by Martin
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208 weeks ago, by Mitch
The Candidate Experience
This has been a growing recruitment theme over the past couple of years - instigated by the more earnest of my colleagues in the corporate inhouse sector.

Essentially it's a call to arms to make the job application process for candidates less arduous and more transparent. This, all the while the same sector keeps looking for more automation tools and lower-salaried recruiters.

Which basically, is like giving Tom & Jerry some drums to play with and asking them to keep the noise down.
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211 weeks ago, by Mitch
Something to remember when taking a job spec
"If the opposite of what is being asked for is ridiculous, then what's being asked for is meaningless."

Quote courtesy of Hannah Moffat (@MissDePlume)
208 weeks ago, by James
I think that's a good general rule. Company mission statements come to mind.
149 weeks ago, by John
A badly organised results disoriented self-stopper who can't work in teams and lacks communication skills...?
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211 weeks ago, by Mitch
The Perfect Dream
It's amazing how many recruitment services still try to sell themselves on the premise that they can deliver "the perfect candidate", or in the case of Career Coaches and CV Writers, "your dream job".

Do people still believe this kind of euphoric rubbish?

I don't think they do.

What do you think?
211 weeks ago, by James
Two nights ago I had a dream that I was in an abandoned building being chased by something that I couldn't see. Maybe that's the sort of dream they're talking about.

It was so upsetting that I took drugs last night to get a good night's sleep.
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215 weeks ago, by Mitch
Are Recruiters Hated?
Interesting piece of self-imagery here: http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/why-does-everyone-hate

I don’t think recruiters are generally hated. I think ‘not respected’ would be closer to what most people feel.

There are many reasons recruiters are not respected and most of them are related to the fact that the majority only deliver what their clients want, 20% of the time.

What I dislike most about a lot of recruiters is that many of them think cold-calling is selling.
215 weeks ago, by James
It's like banding all chefs together, from McDonalds Burger flippers to Jamie Oliver and judging them as one. I don't that that would be fair on the McDonalds guys at all.

Maybe it's just that 98% of recruiters give the others a bad name.
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