Recruitment Trends 2017

Employers and job-seekers alike need to be aware of the most recent recruitment trends. Employers need this information in order to stay relevant and focused on the best hiring practices; job-seekers find this information valuable in order to remain tuned in to wha t they can expect when applying for a job. Therefore, this month’s article discusses a few of the most interesting recruitment trends that have been steadily becoming more and more popular from the beginning of this year. Anonymous Applications:  Better known as ‘blind interviewing’, this trend is a direct result of business operations that encourage diversity. Firms like Google are experimenting with various methods of blind interviewing. It is thought that the traditional application process allows for the hiring staff to be swayed by unconsc ious biases. For example, visual and voice biases can occur during a face-to-face interview. Someone could be perfect for the job but have a terribly annoying squeaky voice. Replacing face to face interviews with telephone or written questionnaire ones can reduce the unconscious biases that most normal humans have. It’s a bit ridiculous, but there it is. Digital Applications: Applying for jobs online has been a popular way of trying to get a job for years, but…

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Top 3 Reasons You’re Not Getting the Job

1. You’re over/under-qualifiedThis is the number one factor that determines whether you get to interview stage or not. It’s no surprise that if you’re under-qualified you don’t have a chance. If the job listing asks for five years experience in an office and you have three, don’t bother applying. It’s tempting to say ‘but I have three years experience, surely this is enough’. Granted, asking for this much experience for a relatively low-skilled office job is a bit much. I see ads like this all the time where the requirements are truly out of reach for the average job-seeker. I find it baffling, especially when the job involves tasks that are easy to learn. However, it’s better to move on to the next listing than pine over the job you don’t meet the criteria for. Being under-qualified or under-experienced is one thing, but it’s much more frustrating when you are over-qualified. This has been the defining trait of my personal job-hunting experience. It takes a l ot of perseverance to remain pro-active and motivated when you fill in applications for jobs that you are well equipped to do and never hear anything back simply because your application looks out of place. Employers will seldom hire anyone who is…

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Starting Your Own Online Business

Hi folks! Well, this month’s blog is fashionably late as I was busy getting married to a wonderful man. Hence, January’s blog post is actually being posted on the first day of February! Our wedding was on the 24th of January and I have been in slumber-honeymoon mode ever since. Back to normality now, however. Posts will be on the 25th of each month as it was before Christmas, so you can expect the February installment on the 25th. It is actually part of the process of getting married that inspired this particular blog. I made my own wedding bouquet and a boutonnière (fancy word for a pin) for my now-husband Mark. I have since decided to have a bash at starting a business in this area and have already ordered the materials to make three more bouquets. As a result, I have been interested in how to be present online; how to advertise your product in a way that people will actually see it. I’m multi-tasking here: writing my blog and conducting research for a potential business idea! Here are a few ideas about how to successively promote yourself on-line: Keyword Research: This is something that you could spend a lot of time researching.…

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What is the Most Fulfilling Job?

Sometimes it’s essential to step back from the pressures of having to find work and consider the possibility that you might actually get to do a job you love. Sources all vary, but there are a number of jobs that continuously crop up on the lists of most satisfying jobs. It is interesting to note also that a lot of these jobs aren’t anywhere near the top pay bracket. Forbes has articles about the best jobs which are well-paid but I’m more interested in finding out the job which promises the most fulfilment even on an average pay scale. And here it is: The Number One Most Fulfilling Job…apparently. TEACHER. Hmmmm, this one is very surprising, considering the fact that there are always teacher strikes going on! I have always had a bit of an issue with teachers going on strike as I was a teacher myself for a while and found the pay very fair. I think we generally live in a world where people have an innate sense of entitlement but hey, that’s the beginnings of another post right there (‘Why are we such divas about work in the developed world?’ would be a nice working title haha). Anyway, despite the constant flurry…

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The Changing Face of Employment

Post-recession employment has changed drastically. Entry level positions have higher expectations, starting salaries can be very low, and the general requirements posted in standard job advertisements have become much more thorough and complicated. If we think of job candidates in terms of supply and demand, the recession created an upheaval in the balance. Pre-recession, candidate supply was roughly equal to candidate demand. Post-recession, however, candidate supply far outweighs candidate demand. As a result, employers became spoiled for choice. Pre-recession, you could expect between ten to twenty applicants for one position; lower for a specialised role. Post-recession, it isn’t uncommon to have over fifty applicants going for one job. Hence, the competition increases, and employers modify their skill requirements in order to try to filter out the weaker applicants. The experience required for entry level positions has also become problematic for graduates looking to find their first salary-paying job. Pre-recession, an entry level position was supposed to be the job that didn’t require experience. However, post-recession, companies are less enthusiastic about devoting time and resources to training new employees. As a result, many ‘entry level’ positions aren’t entry level at all, often requiring up to five years (!) previous experience. These impossible requirements impact both the potential employee and employer.…

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The Benefits of Using Recruitment Agencies

Last month’s post listed the benefits of approaching employers directly when applying for a job. The findings were clear: the second point in the post asserted that targeting employers is quite simply the best way to find a job. This is true if we consider the high percentage of unadvertised jobs. Recruitment agencies can generally only access jobs which are advertised on the open market. Therefore, using their services means that the job applicant is only applying for at most 40% of the actual jobs available. This seems to be a dreary forecast for this post. However, it must be taken into account that many of the unadvertised positions are kept quiet for a reason; usually because the company with the opening already has someone in mind for the job and is keen to hire internally. Employers like to know who they’re dealing with and they would rather promote a member of staff who has already shown dedication than hire someone new. Ultimately, then, these unadvertised posts aren’t really tailored to suit the average job-hunter. As a result, this post examines the benefits of using recruitment agencies for advertised positions, as these are the ones that are relatively unbiased and focus predominantly on…

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Part-Time or Full-Time Employment?

This post examines the pros and cons of deciding whether to work part-time or full-time. The job market and other factors quite often make the decision for us; factors such as family responsibilities, household income or extenuating circumstances. However, most people will have to make the decision between part-time and full-time work at some point. This article doesn’t discuss the advantages for employers hiring part-time or full-time workers; this will be discussed in a later post. The pros and cons of part-time employment will be outlined first, then the pros of full-time employment. To conclude, I will provide some sound advice that will target specific living situations. Part-time Employment: Pros: Flexibility: If you’re not working eight hours a day then you have more time to do other things. If you are married and both of you work, the one who works part-time could be the one to run necessary errands such as banking and grocery shopping so that by the time the weekend comes both individuals can relax. Extra income: A part-time worker as a secondary earner in a household can use their income for extras like savings and holidays while also contributing more to the actual running of the household than the main breadwinner. It is sometimes necessary for both individuals to…

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Number One Interview Tip

Congratulations, you’ve landed an interview! Well done on getting this far. Landing an interview is a confidence-booster for any job applicant. It says that you have the right credentials to complete the tasks outlined in the job description. Now for the final hurdle: convincing the interviewer/interview panel that you will be pleasant to work with, have some initiative and passion, and will fit in comfortably with the team that already exists. Many recruitment bloggers will try to give a top five or top ten list of the best tips for conducting a successful interview. However, some of the points that crop up all the time are usually common sense. For example, it’s not appropriate to turn up looking dishevelled with jeans and an old, ripped t-shirt on. So many articles around the web talk too much about personal appearance; it regularly makes the top five interview tips list. I, however,  like to give job applicants some credit; they know that going to an interview usually involves wearing a suit, or at least some sort of dressy-casual outfit. It’s up to the interviewee to root through their wardrobe and find something that looks clean, tidy and professional. I assume applicants possess this initiative and so, it…

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Top Five Reasons You’re Still Unemployed

I hate to be the bearer of bad news; the teller of hard truths, but sometimes being cruel can be the kindest thing. This post aims to help people who have been unemployed for a substantial period of time by highlighting some very significant reasons why your job-search isn’t going well. You’ve sent out a thick pile of CVs, trudged up the town handing them out, spent the last of your Jobseeker’s Allowance on a new suit and alas; still no call to interview. Or, if you got the interview, you didn’t get the job. The tips laid below hope to provide enlightenment and help you understand how to overcome the issues that are keeping you unemployed. The more self-aware you become, the more productive your search for a job will be. 1. You Don’t Stand out from Other Candidates This can happen at various stages of your application process. Either your CV, covering letter, or interview just don’t make the employer particularly enthusiastic about hiring you. It’s difficult to assess your own CV or covering letter. My advice here is: ask someone you know who knows how to write well and highlight the best bits of your career/education to date. Even if…

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Unconventional Job-hunting Tips

The internet is filled with job-hunting tips. You’ve probably read some that say obvious things like ‘be assertive’, ‘promote yourself’ or ‘network’. Wisdom like this is all very nice, but it’s difficult to see how it actually helps and can actually lead to more discouragement. What does it actually mean to be assertive? How do you promote yourself? Who in the world actually networks? Networking is for cheesy lounge-lizards in a shiny suit. Real people don’t network, they live life and encounter people accidentally. Trying to navigate who you meet accidentally is a bit obsessive for my taste. It’s not particularly sound advice, either. I have never seen anyone get a job or opportunity by going to a wine-and-cheese party and pulling out a little black book. Advice like this is for life inside a Hollywood film, and doesn’t translate well in ‘real life’. Too often, online advice-givers wax lyrical about vague methods of pursuing the job-hunting process. The irony isn’t lost; this too is a blog which is designed to help job-seekers. The difference, however, is that the advice on this site is honest and sometimes hard to hear. As a result, the advice which follows is intended to be practical and bring you closer to securing…

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