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193 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)
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131 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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194 weeks ago, by James
If you want to be a pioneer do it the old way
The Press Release reads; 'E-recruitment pioneer, Norrie Johnston, is launching a new kind of senior interim management and executive search business. Norrie Johnston Recruitment (NJR), with offices in London and Winchester, will focus on filling senior interim and permanent £70,000 to £250,000 roles, using a mix of technology plus, importantly, traditional search."

So is that what passes for innovation these days? Doing things the way they used to be done?
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194 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?
194 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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196 weeks ago, by James
Executive recruiters are too slow
Some has said on our Facebook page that 'executive recruiters are too slow'.

https://www.facebook.com/LensDigital

Can they have an immediate response to a more complex recruiting need? Is speed an issue?
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190 weeks ago, by James
The context was that contingency recruiters are only interested in selling their stock and executive recruiters are too slow, so it was a pretty sweeping statement.
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197 weeks ago, by James
Interview feedback
Should interviewers give unsuccessful candidates feedback after an interview? Is it common practice and, if so, is the feedback typically honest or are interviewers concerned about unsuccessful candidates hitting out if they disagree?
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198 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.
198 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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199 weeks ago, by James
Goldman Sachs interview question
Goldman Sachs topped the poll of weird interview questions with this one; "If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?"

How would you answer it?
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201 weeks ago, by James
Mixed news on employment
Some of the figures released today show that those claiming Jobseeker's allowance has fallen by 72,000, those in long-term employment is up 336,000 from last year, there's been a quarterly fall in unemployment of 57,000 and 915,000 Britons have been unemployed for more than a year, up 32,000.

20,000 fewer young people are unemployed but 87,000 more 16-67 year olds are 'economically inactive'.

Long term unemployment is at its highest level for two decades. That's a conclusion.
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