8 Ways to Demotivate Your Staff

  • 11/11/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Retention

We've collected a few examples over the years of practices we've seen in organisations which have led to some real disgruntled staff. (Please be assured - we aren't suggesting you do any of these: it's more that you have a read and hope that you aren't already putting any of these into practice...)

1.  Take away their voice. We aren't referring to surgical vocal chord removal here. We are referring to the practice of not allowing staff to have access to senior colleagues in the …

What to Include in your Job Adverts

  • 23/10/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruiters: Getting It Right

Whether you are advertising your vacancy online, or in the press, if you want a positive response to your advert (and no timewasting – on both sides), then there are some things you really should include, especially if there is no supporting documentation such as a detailed Job Description or Person Specification:

Job Title: Yes it goes without saying, but make sure it’s one people can understand! (We’ve seen some very confusing ones in the last few months!!)

Job …

Probation, trial period or fixed term contract: which is best?

  • 20/10/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment - Getting It Right

You’ve made the decision to advertise a job, but you know that a critical issue in the appointment of whoever you choose is that they deliver the goods, otherwise their appointment isn’t a good use of company cash. Whether that’s about meeting targets quickly, delivering the sales income they need to, or turning your business around, it’s all about setting, monitoring and meeting objectives.

What’s the Right Option for You?

Well, whichever the option, make …

Securing the Best Talent

  • 19/10/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Attracting Candidates

As recruiters, we all want to hire the best people possible, and we all know it’s not easy.  Many think it’s all about offering the highest amount of cash possible to entice people away from the competition, but there’s so much more than money to think about - things that can make a major difference to your recruitment. 

Here are some pointers for the things we know are truly important:

Career Development and Progression Opportunities

People in the market …

We see lots of vacancies advertised where salary detail is missing, or replaced by words like ‘Competitive’,  ‘DOE’, ‘Market Leading’ and so on. Many candidates wonder why, and some are left thinking there’s a negative reason behind this.  We thought it might be useful to explain some of the facts that influence recruiters’ thinking:

Why Publish?

You’ll find that many public sector employers like the Civil Service, Local …

Preventing Discrimination in Recruitment

  • 06/10/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Things You Shouldn't Ask Candidates At Interview

It’s very easy to slip into informal conversation mode during job interviews when things are going well, and when that happens, it’s just as easy to start asking questions that you wouldn’t have planned to on a formal basis.

Watch out!

There are some things you just can’t ask your candidates during a job interview and they are mainly in relation to ‘protected characteristics’.

As a gentle reminder, here are the protected characteristics you …

Keeping Your Candidates Happy - Even When There's Bad News....

  • 14/09/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making Sure You Give Feedback.....

Keeping your Candidates Happy – Even when there’s bad news.

Us employers have difficult decisions to make when we’re recruiting: who to shortlist and interview, and who to hire. Recruitment can be a tough process, and it’s just as tough for the candidates searching for their next career move, or their first rung on the ladder.

In my experience managing a Jobs Board, I hear from candidates who are excited about a potential new role, but are dismayed when they …

Strange Employment Facts from Around the World

  • 27/07/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Employment Legislation

If ever you thought the UK had some weird and wonderful laws in relation to employment, have a look at these oddities:


China’s job creation scheme

China’s communist government is responsible for many things, and not all of them are so bad, really! In an attempt to combat unemployment amongst those who would otherwise struggle to find work, the country has established a job creation scheme that has generated some very interesting positions. On a working trip to China …

New Clients - It's still free to advertise with us!

  • 06/07/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • We're New, And We're Delivering Results!

As (probably) the UK's newest Jobs Board, we've been running for 4 weeks now. We've posted over 200 jobs and already have some fantastic clients on board. The CPS, Cancer Research UK, Abertay University, Hunters Estate Agents, and many many more. We are starting to see some excellent results for our clients and we'll continue to grow. 

As a family-run business, we are making it our mission to cut costs in recruitment advertising. On that basis, we aren't charging new clients who want to …

How to help your candidates relax at Interview

  • 06/07/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Helping Interviewees Give Their Best.

Interviews for anyone, at any level, can be intimidating. Nerves can be shot, confidence can be faltering, their fear of the question they haven't prepared for can be preying on their mind, and they can't work out what you are thinking as they answer your questions. All are real issues for the majority of interviews, and if this is the job of their dreams, they will feel like they've got too much to lose if they get it wrong. 

Candidates will more often than not give their best …