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206 weeks ago, by James
Linkedin Endorsements - skill spam?
I'm getting a lot of these Linkedin endorsements, often from people who barely know me let alone know what my business skills are.

There is a large highly engaged sector of the social media world who follow a 'you scratch my back' approach to this sort of engagement.

This then shows up on your profile and Linkedin is often cited as a recruitment tool.

Are potential employers in danger of being mislead by all of these dodgy endorsements?
206 weeks ago, by John
If employers discern between applicants on the basis of LinkedIn endorsements then they deserve what they get.
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206 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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207 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
207 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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209 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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206 weeks ago, by Mitch
Marketing is the flower arranging.
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209 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?
208 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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209 weeks ago, by Jane
Employers who still don't understand diversity.
I find it baffling that even now, in 2013, some employers are still asking why they would want to employ disabled people. Do they not realise that, on average, disabled people:

- Are just as productive as non-disabled people;
- Have less time off sick than non-disabled people;
- Have fewer workplace accidents than non-disabled people;
- Stay in their jobs longer than non-disabled people.

Disabled candidates are premium candidates and should be highly sought after by more enlightened employers.
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211 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?
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206 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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211 weeks ago, by Nick
Incentives don't serve the economy
Sticks and carrots don't work any more. They were designed for an economy driven by production. Western economies don't do production any more.

Drive, by Daniel Pink explores what does motivate people in the 21st century - autonomy, a sense of purpose and the opportunity to become really expert in an area.

It's an easy read, 'though you get the message pretty quickly so it has a fair bit of padding. Nonetheless it's nicely written and worth looking at.
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211 weeks ago, by Nick
Very closely I'd say. Perhaps what is new here is that we are now looking at it on a societal scale whereas Maslow was looking at individual people.
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