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Talent that’s right under your nose

26. February 2014

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It was the poet T.S. Eliot who famously said ‘The great ages didn’t contain more talent, but they wasted less‘ and you can be forgiven for thinking that sometimes the current recruitment market seems to flip that on it’s head with much talk of skill shortages and a lack of talent. We’re obsessed with finding […]

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How to determine who is the best candidate – a 10 point plan!

23. September 2013

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Nothing a company does contributes more to its long-term success than recruiting the right talent. Here’s our ten point plan for getting it spot on: 1. Planning: Convene a recruitment planning meeting to agree your key requirements list – the qualifications, experience and personality you seek in this candidate for this position. Minimally, this should […]

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Why do good employees leave?

28. August 2013

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Every company has their golden apples, but for many businesses these are the employees who are most likely to move on. If you’ve got your recruitment process right, you should have some great employees within your organisation – people who are genuinely good at their jobs, are creative, hard working, forward thinking, flexible and ambitious […]

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Building Personal resilience for our Future Leaders– a ‘stress beater’ for Talent Programmes

8. April 2013

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It’s not a secret that stress is a leading cause of ill health among office workers. In 2011 the annual CIPD Absence Management Survey1 found that stress had overtaken acute illnesses, such as cancer, as the main reason office employees took sick leave. Stress is not new. We all feel stressed from time to time, […]

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Lord Sugar Vs Stella English: The Importance of Finding the Right Candidate

5. April 2013

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  Few people in the business world can have missed the recent furore over the Stella English VS Lord Sugar unfair dismissal case. Whilst the particulars of that tribunal may have become sensationalised for media consumption, the case has certainly highlighted one of the fundamentals in business recruitment: the ability to find the right candidate […]

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Failing to spot an employee’s strengths can prove to be a leader’s biggest weakness

9. October 2012

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Are strong leaders born or trained? I am always being asked this question and personally, I believe it’s a combination of both.  Some of the great leaders were born with the skills in their blood, but I think others have developed their own leadership ability through life’s experiences. But, what about when it comes to […]

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The Real Success of the Olympics? A Talent Management Strategy.

15. August 2012

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Like most of us, I watched amazed and overjoyed at the success of Team GB, but what really threw me was the reality that this was no accident, to “good old Britain” doing well. This success had been a clearly planned and well executed Talent Management Strategy and I thought back to the Monster Buzz […]

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Recruiter’s Tips – Countering Counter Offers

2. August 2012

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 I recently wrote a blog about candidate control. This is a follow up around the subject of counter offers; every recruiters nightmare.  Firstly quoting the dubious “within 18 months, 93% of those accepting a counter offer leave” stat is NOT a counter offer strategy! Combating a counter offer starts right back at the very first […]

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Referrals are Great…. BUT….

26. July 2012

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 Over 30 years in recruitment and yes I’m a big fan of referral programmes and below are some links to some of my “best of” recruitment referral blogs and articles. Today, new social media referral programmes are being built that utilize the power of an individual’s network. The rise and potential of referral programmes knows […]

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Talent Contagion, Disengagement, and Cathedrals of Hope

4. July 2012

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Talent Contagion Talent, like money, is no longer flowing freely from one organization to another. In Europe today, we are seeing huge difficulties in persuading people of talent to move to new jobs. The reason is the same as it is in the finance sector, namely a lack of confidence. Banks won’t lend money to […]

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