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Partnership Launched with East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

  • 01/02/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Online Recruitment Advertising

This week, a partnership arrangement is being launched between the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and My People People Ltd, giving the Chamber’s 800 members access to online job advertising, at a fraction of the price of the main competition.

Launched in June 2015, the new Jobs Board has made significant progress in its first 6 months of trading.  Having secured candidates for national employers such as G4S, the Manchester Airport Group, Allied Healthcare and Arnold …

We've changed!

  • 26/01/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting Better All The Time....

Since the launch of our Jobs Board in June 2015, we’ve been working hard to achieve results for our clients, and working even harder to take on board your feedback. As a direct result, we have:

  • Revamped our website, so it looks far more professional, for both candidate and recruiter
  • We’ve shorted the overall application process for candidates, so that whilst they still need to register, it won’t take them as long to submit their application – leading to higher …

6 Tips for Making Your Job Advert Work

  • 25/01/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment - Getting It Right

You’ve a job to fill, so you want your job advert to be noticed for the right reasons. Whether you are advertising your jobs online, or in print, here are a few tips for keeping you on the right track and get attention from the best candidates:

·      Make your job title sound interesting (as far as you can). Ok, so ‘support worker’ or ‘administrator’ aren’t glamorous job titles, but candidates could be more interested if …

Who to Select for interview - a great performer, or a rising star?

  • 25/01/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment - Getting It Right

If you’re looking for staff, and all you have to go on is a bunch of CV’s, how do you know which one(s) to select for interview?

Firstly – the basics

You need someone who can do the job – and by that we mean someone who can fulfill the basics of the job description.  That should be easy to work out from their CV at least – so long as the evidence is there….

Secondly – define whether the job description is all you want them to fulfill, …

Top Tips for New Managers

  • 24/11/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting It Right!

Yay! You've landed your dream job!

More cash, more responsibility, a team of people to look after, and a seat at the local management team table for lunch. Someone somewhere saw a potential manager when they interviewed you. How are you going to prove them right?

Being a manager isn't easy for many people. Some think it's just about checking work, others think it just gives them a chance to give the orders, rather than take them. And some just think it's an opportunity to sit back and …

Seven Signs of a Sad Workforce

  • 24/11/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Retaining Your Staff

Managers would be well advised to keep a check on the mood of their staff.  It's all well and good seeing people turn up for work and perform their tasks, but have you been able to work out how they are really feeling?

Here are seven indications we think you need to look out for.  If you spot any of them, you'll need to start thinking how to deal with them....

1.  An increase in sick absences: Demotivated staff and staff with reduced commitment to your organisation are …

Employee References - Knowing When to Stop

  • 24/11/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment Practices

We were once approached by a manager who knew their employee had been looking for other work. There had been a real unsettling period in the factory, and many staff were jumping ship.  This manager wanted to do all he could to stop a certain employee from leaving, but as expected, the employee rolled up to his office one day and handed his notice in.

In a desperate attempt to keep this employee, the manager wanted to put the new employer off and make it look like they had made a really …

The 6 Secrets to Motivating Under Performing Staff

  • 19/11/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Performance Improvement

A client of ours approached us for general advice when faced with under-performing staff.  Aside from a few current issues, they wanted to know what they should be doing longer term so that the occasions where formal action is needed are few and far between. 

Our advice? Read on...

1.  Reward Employees for a Job Well Done

First and foremost, employees need to feel that they are appreciated for what they achieve.  Rewarding for good performance will boost morale and …

Are CVs worth the paper they are written on?

  • 19/11/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment

We always want to find the right balance between making sure the application process doesn't put candidates off, whilst making sure we get the right amount of information to make good shortlisting decisions.

We've probably all encountered interviews where we are asking people about the information in their CVs, such as their role as 'Head of something' or 'such and such Manager' when it becomes apparent that actually the candidate wasn't quite at the level they have claimed to be. You then …

Going..going...gone!

  • 19/11/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Retaining Staff

Moving on to pastures new can be a great thing for most people. They've been in a job long enough, they're going stale, they've run out of challenges, or they simply feel they are not valued or taken seriously by their manager. So, off they trot to their new role.

As their manager, regardless of your personal thoughts about the situation, make sure you get to the bottom of the reason they are going, before they've gone!

Even if you think you know the reason, make sure you ask. And even …