The Trouble with Recruitment

  • 05/05/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Candidate Feedback

The Trouble with Recruitment…..

In April we canvassed a number of candidates about their job application experience, so that a) we can act on feedback about our site’s performance and b) we can share with recruiters any feedback in relation to their part of the job advertising and application processes. 

We asked candidates for their views on the recruitment process in general, as well as for feedback on how our site worked for them, and gained a useful further insight into …

Recruiters - What do your Applicants want from you?

  • 20/04/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruiter News, Tips And Advice

For all recruiters, the focus is usually on filling the job with a quality candidate, keep the hiring manager happy, and making sure they want to use your services again (whether you're an agency or an internal recruiter). 

But what about the Candidates? 

Running a job board, we are happy to hear personally from candidates for any reason at all. We love to talk, but we also love to listen, and respond to the issues candidates raise with us. Here's what we regularly hear, and …

A Post-Easter Poem from Our Bob

  • 19/04/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Putting Some Fun Into Recruitment!

Easter's just been and gone, so what better time to write a ditty about chocolate and job hunting! (Yes we know, not a really strong link there!). But anyhow, here goes (courtesy of Dave Rigby): 


Easter is over, the chocolate's all but gone

You've been back at your desk this week

And wished this job had gone

You're hoping for a challenge, a new career ahead

But you've been back to the same old place...

and wished you'd stayed in bed

You need to make a move, to find a …

We've Rebranded!

  • 09/03/2017
  • Dave Rigby

Preston-based Jobs Firm in Rebrand Launch

My People People, the go-to site for jobs, has recently undergone a significant rebrand. Having delivered quality results for both recruiters and job-seekers alike for the past 18 months, My People People has now been transformed into Our Bob.

Director, Dave Rigby, spoke about the launch: 

“The move to our rebranded site at reflects the hard work and commitment of our team, our IT partners, UCLan and many others …

Challenging your candidates: 5 top interview questions

  • 20/10/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making Your Candidate Think!

Interviews: the element of the recruitment process you rely on most to make your final selection decision.  You'll be able to test a candidate's technical knowledge and competence, as well as getting to know them to an extent. For some candidates, the usual interview questions are a doddle - technically they could be fantastic, and could be well-versed in giving the 'right' response to those competency related questions. 

Have you thought, therefore, that throwing in a few …

Making Recruitment work for Candidates with Disabilities

  • 23/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Recruitment Practices


Recruitment processes can be complex or difficult at the best of times, with employers always trying to make sure they find the right ways of attracting quality applications from the best candidates.  Have you ever wondered though if your processes are stopping some great people from applying, simply because they have a disability?

UK and European Laws place a duty on organisations to ensure their recruitment practices allow for all suitable candidates to apply, regardless of …

Recruiting for Project Work?

  • 16/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Contractor Vs Employee Recruitment

Ever wondered whether you need to bring in a new employee or a self-employed contractor to work on your exciting new project? It’s a big question for any business, and there are pros and cons associated with both, but the best solution depends on many factors.  

To make things simpler we’re going to break it all down here.

Speed of Hire

It is highly likely that hiring a contractor will bring a quicker start date than a long term employee, meaning work could start …

Leading search engine Adzuna has recently published another Job Market Data Report showing that wages are starting to slide in the post-Brexit period, as inflation eats into pay and employers hold off from hiring more expensive staff. Interestingly, they report that advertised salaries are down 2.4% compared to July 2015 figures, and this marks the fourth consecutive month of decline, although the UK job market continues to perform well, with advertised job postings increasing by 2.4% …

The Apprenticeship Levy - Will you be contributing?

  • 09/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Apprenticeships

You might be aware that April 2017 will see the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy scheme. 

The aim of the scheme seems simple: to encourage organisations to help meet the government’s target of creating three million apprenticeships in the five years to 2020. Employers with a £3 million pay bill or more are required to make specified contributions in support of the scheme, which have been set at 0.5% of an organisation’s pay bill.

Those companies …

Recruiting from Your Local Community

  • 06/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Organisation

Local businesses can have a large and very positive impact in their local community. Get your reputation right, both as an employer, a provider of services / goods, and as a key member of the local community, and you will find you are never stuck for potential new staff.

Firstly, let’s address why you’d want people from the local community working for you:

  • A workforce that doesn’t have to travel long distances to get to you will generally be happier and more …