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16

Feb

2018

While diversity has rightly become a focus for employers, there are groups of potential candidates whose specific needs might get disregarded with the broad brush strokes taken by recruiters to eradicate discrimination and minimise adverse impact in recruitment processes. One such group at particular risk are candidates with autistic spectrum conditions (ASCs). Note the terminology here and the avoidance of the term 'autism' – a term that that has become worryingly stereotyped and to an exte...

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15

Feb

2018

TMP Worldwide’s latest research with HR departments and jobseekers focuses on managing the employer brand through the entire recruitment process. Employer brand thinking is at the start of the journey that is well trodden by consumer brand marketing and there is lots we can learn. Consumer brand marketing is now about the full customer journey where the brand experience is assessed at each and every touch point with the customer.

 

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Category: Whitepapers

07

Feb

2018

If I had a recruiting-magic lamp I’d only need one wish, and that would be for organisations to have better workforce planning.  Regardless of whether you are an in house, agency or RPO recruiter this is the one thing that would set us up to succeed in our roles. I’m sure the majority of my fellow HR/recruitment professionals will agree with the above, yet we still face huge challenge when it comes to large numbers of vacancies being passed ‘over the fence’ last minute or even brand new niche...

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19

Jan

2018

For a number of years I found myself highly sceptical of anything to do with assessing candidates. Numerical, verbal, abstract reasoning, OPQ, Wave, all of the different processes. My scepticism came from not understanding how to use them and, what I had thought, the ease at which you can manipulate the outcome.

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05

Jan

2018

There’s some pretty compelling evidence from multiple studies and sources which support the theory that a diverse and inclusive workforce is more productive and innovative. In other words if your company is more diverse and more inclusive it is likely to outperform your competitors!

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14

Dec

2017

I just received a copy of the 2017 UK Candidate Attraction Report from Eploy. I have to say an interesting read and unsurprisingly it lists professional networks as the second most effective channel for quality behind employee referral.

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01

Dec

2017

Yocto's market is a multi-faceted wonder world of technology. So there should be a union of those two things that provides me with both the impetus and the content for this blog. But actually the opposite was true, I spent hours trying to decide on a topic that would announce my arrival on the Yocto blog board with a flourish and a jaunty wink.

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Category: Blog

16

Nov

2017

Seeing things from different angles....

In the second part of this blog on evolution of psychometric assessments we will be deep diving into personality assessments, uncovering what they measure, why they are used and questioning whether they have evolved at the same pace as ability tests.

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Category: Blog

10

Nov

2017

Moving with the times...

If you applied for a job 10 years ago, the process you went through is likely to be quite different to what you would experience today...

But what journey has psychometrics gone on and more importantly, why?

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Category: Blog

08

Nov

2017

I recently had the pleasure of attending “The Forum EPFL", the biggest career fair in Switzerland with an attendance of over 150 companies; 70 start-ups and 20 universities.  EPFL’s primary goal is to help students in starting their professional careers, by giving them the opportunity of establishing quality contact with potential employers, from regional start-ups through to the greatest business’s & universities in Switzerland and abroad.

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02

Nov

2017

“Big Data” is a term which really sprang to the fore in late 2015 and seems to have almost pervaded every aspect of business ever since. And rightly so. Even now, almost two years on, it’s still one of the hottest topics and trends across global business with its implications and application becoming wider and wider in scope.

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Category: Blog

26

Oct

2017

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first . If you take care of the employees, they will take care of the clients” – Richard Branson.

So, it’s an old quote, much shared on social media, with many posts and blogs written discussing the subject.  But as RPO organisations, it resonates.  We have to ask, do we practice what we preach (and if not why not?!)

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19

Oct

2017

It’s a classic recruitment tale, you design a digitally enabled all-singing, all-dancing candidate friendly recruitment process that showcases your impressive recruitment brand. But then it all goes wrong. You can’t seem to get your written offer out quick enough and if you do it’s got the wrong salary on it. Rather than give your candidates access to an online ‘green room’ for new recruits that’s in line with the recruitment messaging and branding that you have worked so hard to develop, they fall into the no-man’s land between offer and start date

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12

Oct

2017

I’m sure you think this is a strange topic for me to write about. After all I work in the industry and my company is a successful RPO provider. It’s almost a taboo subject for the industry. No one talks about it. All the articles by various providers, bloggers, industry bodies and experts talk about the benefits and advantages of RPO.  I’m sure my Managing Director and Financial Director don’t want me talking about it. It is the proverbial elephant in the room.

 

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05

Oct

2017

Innovation within the recruitment industry encourages us to explore new means of finding candidates for our hiring community in ways that make it faster and cheaper. For example:

  • Using predictive analytics and big data to anticipate pipeline planning and job-response optimisation
  • Programmatic advertising to purchase advertising space
  • Introducing chat bots to interact with candidates about a specific live vacancy

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28

Sep

2017

The apprenticeship levy is out of the blocks, underway and already the media are highlighting the shining stars. From Diggers to Digital, we have JCB with an excess of 100 apprentice hires (double their graduate hiring numbers) and Sky who have tipped the 200 mark, once again more than double the amount of graduates hired into their business. 

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22

Sep

2017

A topic which always provokes much discussion: the ability to work remotely, but at the same time, manage multiple internal and external stakeholder relationships and a team of direct reports.

Did you know that in the UK, more than 4 million people work solely from home? In a recent survey,   77% of employees say that a flexible working policy would make a role more attractive to them.

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15

Sep

2017

Internet bots in their broadest terms have existed for quite some time, for instance the most well known and largest use of bots has been in web spidering. Web spiders or ‘crawlers’ are bots that automatically fetch, analyse and file information from web servers at many times the speed of a human. Traditionally web crawlers have seen the majority of their use in search engines; though they have played a part in the recruitment industry too, particularly in job boards.

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Category: Blog

08

Sep

2017

I’ve worked in the Emerging Talent market for a number of years and the question of how to compete to ensure a graduate accepts your job over a competitor’s offer is a perennial one.  However, a recent survey report from Milkround revealed some surprising – and concerning – statistics about how current graduates handle job offers and how we might need to pay more attention to our offer process.

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Author: Caroline Beaton

Category: Blog

25

Aug

2017

I’m seeing AI being discussed more and more frequently – with headlines such as “AI is to be the most disruptive technology developed”, with businesses being able to use data to adapt to new situations as well as solve problems.

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17

Aug

2017

Around 14.2m people in the UK volunteer at least once per month, which is roughly 22% of the population. So why do charities and voluntary organisations struggle to find the right people?  Where are all the volunteers hiding?

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10

Aug

2017

Buy or Build?

I’m hearing this term more and more and it’s now a regular discussion we are having with our clients.

But what does it really mean?

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