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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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04

Aug

2017

I am sure you have heard the saying “If we don’t take care of our customers someone else will!”  Research shows that the majority (c.70%) leave their supplier because they are unhappy with the service they receive and actually it is less than 10% who proactively decide to go out and source the same service from a competitor.  With that in mind therefore surely it is sensible to take a more strategic approach to client retention.

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27

Jul

2017

So in the same week that girl-power triumphed as the thirteenth Dr Who was finally revealed as a woman, the BBC have announced the salaries of the highest earners on their payroll (those in the fortunate position to be earning in excess of £150,000 per year).  

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30

Jun

2017

I'm a Rugby Fan.

Currently this is one of the most exciting times for British Rugby Fan. The British and Irish Lions are touring New Zealand in what most experts and ex pros are describing as the toughest tour ever.

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30

May

2017

I often reflect on my own academic journey and wonder if it actually prepared me at all for the world of work (perhaps more a reflection on my approach to learning than the venerable establishments attended)

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24

Nov

2016

At a recent networking event hosted in the opulent surroundings of a global bank’s private dining room the conversation meandered to the importance of RPO. Perhaps emboldened by the effects of a rather pleasant Sauternes the question was asked “why don’t RPO providers get access to the C-Suite”? At the time it felt perfectly reasonable. If the Talent agenda is so important to CEOs then why weren’t we invited into their inner sanctum? In the words of Richard Branson “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients”. So then, why the exclusion?

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21

Oct

2016

It was recently reported that the number of vacancies post Brexit dropped by 50%. If this did really happen it was clearly very short lived as the recent data coming out from the ONS show that there are more live vacancies than there was this time last year. Another report referenced that in many towns and Cities, particularly in the South, there are less than 0.5 candidates per vacancy. In some major towns and Cities it was as low as 0.1. Has there ever been more choice for candidates? It is very likely that when we find the right candidate and make the offer, they will have another offer on the table or a counter offer coming from their existing employer.

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11

Oct

2016

We collaborated with HR Magazine to produce a short series of articles around talent acquisition. Starting with sourcing the right talent in the digital world; why you should treat candidates as customers and finally utilising the latest assessment techniques to level the playing field and engage with a more diverse talent pool. Recruitment is constantly evolving, and Yocto are always looking for innovative ways to support you to find and deliver better talent.

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