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Perhaps you’re back from holiday after a well-deserved break. You’ve had precious time to take stock of your job situation and something’s not right. It’s been dawning on you for a while now that x months (or y years!) without a pay rise is quite a stretch, and you now feel compelled, inspired, motivated and/or brave enough to do something about it. But what to do and where to start? ...

With each new leadership role I’ve had in my career I have faced different challenges, each one bringing new people, processes and opportunities to make an impact. I recently moved into a new leadership position as UK&I Managing Director here at Hays, and so I know well how critical those first 100 days in a new role are. Unfortunately many employees don’t have such a positive...

In our present skill-short employment market, getting the right candidates for your organisation into the interview seat in front of you is no easy task. It’s crucial, therefore, that once they’re there, you do your utmost to engage them. Our latest research shows that employers are actively deterring some of the best candidates out there during interview by not putting enough thought...

In our present skill-short employment market, getting the right candidates for your organisation into the interview seat in front of you is no easy task. It’s crucial, therefore, that once they’re there, you do your utmost to engage them. Our latest research shows that employers are actively deterring some of the best candidates out there during interview by not putting enough thought...

Education professionals are more likely to apply for a role if the application process is easy and provides personalised functionality and communication. Read on to find out what employees look for when applying for roles, as well as potential road blocks commonly found during the application process that would prevent your organisation from attracting the best education talent. We...

Once you’ve been in your current position for a year, you may feel like you are ready to take on more responsibility. But is it too soon to ask for a promotion? The answer to this isn’t black and white, because there isn’t a set time frame before you can ask for a promotion. After all, promotions should link to your performance, not length of tenure, and every new starter will perform...

Ultimately, every procurement manager’s success relies on having a great team behind them. Therefore, it is vital you take the time to regularly assess the skillsets your team currently possess and identify any skills gaps. This will put you in a good position to plan your next move to overcome any gaps. Identify the skills most important for your team to possess When assessing the...

Asking for a pay rise can be unsettling. It can be frustrating and disheartening if the answer is no and you may worry how it could affect your relationship with your manager. However, the more research and preparation you do, the more likely the outcome will be a positive one. Making sure you’ve prepared properly for your meeting is crucial to your success. This includes choosing an...

Even if you feel you’re doing well at your new job after six months, the only way you can really know is after your performance review with your new manager. So how should you prepare for this important meeting? Be prepared Every company will run their performance reviews differently, so make sure you are fully in the know ahead of your first one so that you aren’t caught off guard....

Whilst interview nerves are usually reserved for the person sitting in the candidate hot seat, in such a fiercely competitive market for talent it is often the interviewer who really needs to work on their rusty interview techniques. Our latest research highlights that employers are actively deterring some of the very best candidates by not putting enough focus and preparation on the...

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