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Struggling to find new Staff?

  • 19/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Growing Your Own Talent

Are you struggling to find new, specialist staff?

There are many organisations who, despite their best efforts, are struggling to find the right new recruits.  They can advertise on every job board, in the press, social media and elsewhere in the hope they’ll find those people with the right experience to come in and hit the ground running.

Some employers have to accept – despite their best efforts, they will continue to find it a struggle.

Growing your own Talent

Recruitment Processes: Are you using the right one?

  • 06/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • CVs, Application Forms Or Online Applications?

We all want a good selection of candidates to apply for the jobs we advertise, and more importantly, we want high quality applications.   If you’re not getting the results you need, have you ever wondered if your application process is the right one for you?

There are 3 main processes recruiters tend to use nowadays (not including the use of recruitment agencies), these being:

  1. Submission of a CV and cover letter

This is probably the easiest and most common …

Preparing to Interview for new Staff - 7 Easy Steps

  • 06/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • How To Prepare For Interviewing Your New Recruits

 

Decisions to make, questions to ask, and the fear of getting it wrong can make interviewing a daunting process to be involved in. After all, the costs involved in recruitment can be substantial; hiring the wrong person can be very expensive, especially if you don’t realise until the new hire has started work with you.

We’ve set out 7 steps for you to follow next time you’re faced with the prospect of hiring new staff, in the hope that your interviews go well, and …

Using your Website to Attract new Staff

  • 04/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment

If, like most companies, you have a website to showcase your product(s), have you thought about its role in showcasing you as an employer?  Bearing in mind one of the first places a potential candidate will look for information about you is online, it's key to ensure that you use your site in the best way possible to help the recruitment process. Of course, you'll be focused on ensuring your site attracts customers, but attracting candidates can be just as important. 

We thought …

Developing a Successful Apprenticeship Scheme

  • 30/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment - Getting It Right

Finding and keeping the right apprentices for your company can be difficult. Challenges can come with attracting apprentices, and in working out how to run an apprenticeship scheme effectively.

As you’re probably well aware, apprenticeship schemes can be a great way of employing people. They can produce well trained employees that are likely to stay with your company for years to come, if managed correctly. Such schemes give apprentices a great opportunity to land on two feet and start …

Keeping Discrimination out of Job Adverts

  • 30/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment - Getting It Right

With the level of legislation in place to prevent discrimination in the workplace, it can be difficult to understand what is expected of you as an employer and very easy to word something that might be interpreted as discriminatory in a job advert. Hopefully by the time you have read through this article, you will better understand the main do’s and don’ts.

Direct and Indirect Discrimination

All forms of discrimination can be sorted into two different categories, direct and …

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Job Advert

  • 24/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Increasing Your Chances Of Success

Are you looking for employees to help expand your business? Make sure you avoid falling foul of getting anything less than the best job ad out there, and improve your chances of getting the best candidates! 

  1. Careless Grammar – There’s no excuse for careless grammar. When putting out a job ad you are presenting your business to anyone who sees the ad, whether they are looking for it or not. Poor grammar = poor results. 
  2. Focus – In the advert focus …

When a Candidate Doesn't turn up for Interview

  • 22/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making The Right Selection Decisions

The first things you think when a candidate doesn’t show for an interview are either “they forgot” or ‘they’ve changed their mind and didn’t bother to tell us!”. 

Most employers won’t even follow this up.  If they can’t or don’t turn up, then they are not really who you are looking for. However, there could be another reason that they didn’t make it or couldn’t get in touch to let you know they couldn’t …

Attracting Candidates for a Small Business

  • 22/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances In Recruitment

The small empire you started growing has done well; now it’s time to expand it even further as your team just isn’t big enough to get it all done.  So, it’s time to get an employee or two, someone you can trust enough to be able to share some of the responsibilities with, as well as someone who will help you grow your business.

Write an appealing job descriptions.

For you to share out some of the responsibilities you’ve been dealing with, you need to be 100% …

13 Handy Interview Questions

  • 22/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances In Recruitment

Ever struggle with what to ask in an interview? Have a look at these 13 questions for some ideas:

  1. Describe yourself to me in one sentence
  2. What is it about you which you believe makes you suitable for this role?
  3. Tell me about your biggest achievement at work. How did you achieve it?
  4. What are your strengths and how do you use them to benefit your work?
  5. What would your current employer say the best thing about you is when it comes to work?
  6. What would your current employer say …