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The Importance of Planning for both Recruiters and Job Seekers

The Importance of Planning for both Recruiters and Job Seekers

If you look back at your success in life, it rarely happens by chance, but rather as the result of intentional actions and good planning. Maybe mum was right when she used to tell me failing to plan is planning to fail before each of my exam blocks at school. Let’s explore why planning is

how to elevate job interview into a great connection with the applicant

The Interview Experience: Elevating a Conversation to a Connection

We’ve all been to those interviews; you know the ones that seem more like an interrogation than a conversation. As a candidate, you leave not knowing where you stand and as a Recruiter this is the last thing we want you to experience. Our aim is always to try and transform an interview into a

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Contract Work: The Benefits You Don’t Want to Miss Out On

The path of landing a full-time job with a single employer and staying with them for decades has changed. In today’s job market, contract work is increasing, and it is an opportunity people should consider with an open mind. In this blog, we’ll explore why rejecting contract work could be a mistake and why you

The Job Search Journey: Do Values Matter?

The Job Search Journey: Do Values Matter?

As we all know, looking for jobs can be a daunting and unpleasant experience for a number of reasons. Ranging from fierce competition within the talent pool, to time-consuming processes due to several stages involved. On average an individual spends around 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime, and I believe we all want to

How to stay positive when looking for a new job

Right now, it is as stressful as ever if you are looking for a new job. Unemployment is down and there are fewer jobs available. There is also the increase in interest rates making the housing market a tight squeeze. With that in mind, it can be difficult to stay positive while looking for a

Age Bias in Hiring

Age Bias in Hiring: Are you potentially discounting candidates due to their age?

I recently had to counsel a seasoned candidate who, despite boasting an incredible persona, drive and determination unfortunately lacked the required skillset required by my client. It was evident sadly; this was not his first unsuccessful experience. Whilst he was grateful for the way in which I counselled him and genuinely did my best, it

Increase your job search success in this age of AI

Increase your job search success in this age of AI

Well, we are already at the end of February and after two months back at work people are now starting to think “should I look for a new role?” You’ve been on holidays. You have come back to the office and reality is – nothing has changed. So February/March are a great time to put

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Can a candidate really recover from a bombed interview?

Many would exclaim “No way Jose” however I am here to suggest well, er… maybe every now and then it’s possible. Hear me out. Bombing an interview really hits you in the solar plexus. We know you really get ONE shot at making that indelible impression. Articulate your experience, knowledge, and achievements succinctly but with

7 Tips to help you nail your next job interview

7 Tips to help you nail your next job interview

Going for a job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with the right preparation and mindset, you can make a great impression and increase your chances of landing the job. Here are some tips on how to nail your next job interview: Research the company and the role Before your interview, take the time