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156 weeks ago, by James
Is the CV dead?
Have 'content rich profiles' killed them off?
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159 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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164 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.
164 weeks ago, by James
You want to try finding people the perfect house to live in. That's really hard.
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164 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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165 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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168 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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171 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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175 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.
174 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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