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Pride month is drawing to a close, so there’s no better time to reflect on the events that have taken place to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, raise awareness about LGBTQ+ history, and ensure pertinent conversations are continued all year round. One personal learning that I can take away from this month is that young LGBTQ+ people are at a much higher risk of homelessness than their peers,...

About to leave active service and start looking for a role on civvy street? It might seem daunting, but fear not; there’s a lot you can do to prepare, and there are plenty of jobs out there for you. With such a wealth of varied experience, it might be hard to imagine right now which career path you’d like to go down, but that’s completely normal. We’re here to help. Services leavers looking...

It’s Pride month – which means it’s time to celebrate, hang up the rainbow flags and coat everything in glitter, right? Partly. While Pride is, of course, a time for the LGBTQ+ community and allies to rejoice in their relationships and celebrate how far we’ve come, it remains a time to raise awareness and increase education around certain topics. One such important point of discussion is...

What are the traditional definitions of leadership? Or, rather, what are the skills and characteristics associated with successful leaders? Of course, these may vary depending on the role, but many people would discuss a leader’s ability to be decisive, dictate strategy and motivate those around them. Regardless of which is deemed to be most important, one thing we can be certain of is that...

Are you considering a new job? If so, what are you hoping a new role with a different employer will offer you? A more attractive salary and benefits package? Improved career progression? Challenging and exciting work? Better work-life balance? These are all obvious and reasonable criteria of course – but have you considered the importance of working for an employer who places significant...

If you’ve found yourself in the position of being made redundant, don’t be afraid of communicating it clearly on your CV and in a job interview. When addressing your redundancy on your CV, include any relevant and appropriate background information, such as the department or organisation needing to downsize, and ensure you highlight your key achievements in the role. ...

With the world becoming increasingly aware of the current climate crisis that we are experiencing and its disastrous consequences for the whole of society, it is fitting that the theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Only One Earth’. We only have one planet, and we all have a collective responsibility to take action to help protect it. What is World Environment Day? World...

June is Pride month! Hays is a proud supporter of Pride and has been for many years, and we’re excited to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in London. But although this is a period to celebrate in LGBTQ+ inclusion and the relationships of friends, family and colleagues, it’s also important to look at the challenges the community battles day to day. We wanted to take this...

Employers in all industries will not have been surprised to see recent headlines about how the number of job vacancies in the UK has become higher than the number of unemployed people for the first time ever. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently revealed that job openings have risen to a high of 1.3 million yet, at the start of this year, the unemployment rate fell to 3.7% - the...

As we lead longer and healthier lives, the reality for many of us is that we will need to, or indeed want to, work longer than previous generations. However, despite this, ageism in the workplace continues to hold people, and businesses back. Ageism at work largely ignores the many positive attributes mature-age colleagues bring to the workforce. Knowledge, expertise, experience and loyalty...

“You try something, it doesn’t work, and maybe people even criticise you. In a fixed mindset, you say, ‘I tried this, it’s over.’ In a growth mindset, you look for what you’ve learned.” Carol Dweck, Stanford University Psychologist Why adopting a growth mindset is more important than ever before At Hays Spain, we review the performance of new colleagues after their first three and six...

Hundreds of thousands of people have found themselves suffering with loneliness due to the pandemic. It’s why the Mental Health Foundation selected ‘loneliness’ as their theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th May. So, this week, take a moment to reflect on your wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of others, and think about how we can make positive...

It’s an understatement, but the pandemic changed our working practices as we knew them. Large swathes of society went from a largely office-based, five-day working week, to a more hybrid model with flexible rules that allow staff to work remotely some – or all – of the time. With this has come an increase in employee wellbeing, a better work-life balance and an upsurge productivity, and now,...

Regardless of the stage in your career at which you find yourself, it’s useful to consider your goals and the steps you will need to take in order to reach them. Whether you are navigating change or juggling external commitments, a career map will always prove a helpful tool. Today I’m joined by Kathryn Bishop CBE, an associate fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford. She...

Across the world, offices are reopening after the pandemic forced many of us to work from home for long periods of time. The shift to a hybrid model, where employees split their time working from home and the office, is seen as the future for many of us. There are many advantages for both the employee and the employer with this new model. However, it also brings challenges that business...

The importance of sustainability isn’t a new concept, but over the past few years, it’s come closer and closer to the forefront of our consciousness. And, as our planet hurtles towards irreversible damage, it’s more vital than ever that organisations take the part they play in the impact on the environment seriously. At Hays, we're really proud to be environmentally conscious, but aside from...

When your work is about caring for others it’s vital that you take the time to look after your own personal wellbeing. The last two years has seen nurses work through some of the toughest times in healthcare due to the pandemic. Managing your own personal wellbeing should be a priority but it can be challenging. Finding a good work-life balance can help you perform at your best, but to...

Neurodiversity, meaning “individual differences in brain functioning regarded as normal variations within the human population”, is an umbrella term for individuals who live with neurological disorders such as autism, ADHD and dyslexia. How these conditions present is different for every individual, and not every person is affected by them in the same way. Until the early 2000s, individuals...

How can you tell if an employer values and is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion? Do you believe you’ll be joining a workplace that has a welcoming and open environment? Is it clear that (as well as supporting ED&I campaigns such as Black History Month and International Women’s Day) the organisation is taking noticeable action? Recent research from our Hays Equity,...

Have you recently, out of the blue, when you weren’t even looking, stumbled across an excellent job opportunity that has really sparked your interest? One that actually got your blood pumping and made you question “Am I really that fulfilled in my current job?” The more you read the job description, the more it ticked all of your boxes. So you saved the job spec. You updated your...

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