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After a job interview, your friends, family and even recruiter will undoubtedly ask you how your interview went. Hopefully your answer is that it went well, and if it did you might have to consider if you would take the job should they offer it to you. Being offered as job is exciting, but to stop yourself from making a snap decision, take some time to reflect and consider the below: ...

When I started my career as a recruiter we placed job advertisements in newspapers and waited for applications to arrive in the post. It’s hard to imagine this in today’s fast-paced world! The industry has changed enormously over the course of my career, with new technology and ways of working presenting new opportunities and challenges on a regular basis. When we speak with our...

If becoming a people manager is on your  career plan , then learning how to be adaptable should be your first priority. A good manager is flexible, and able to shift and flex in response to the changing environment around them and, crucially, the different motivations of the individuals they lead. In short, they are a chameleon who can adapt to suit the situation at hand. For...

Throughout my career as a marketing professional, I’ve always aimed to align plans and the strategic direction of my team closely with business objectives. As the Marketing Director to Hays UK and Ireland, and a board member since 2017, I’ve been able to enhance my understanding of just how integrated marketing can be with business operations, and of the benefits this can bring to the...

Congratulations – you’ve finally  handed in your notice . After looking for a new opportunity for months, going through lengthy application and interview processes, you’re finally there. You’ve signed a new contract with a new employer and can relax – or can you? If you have been unhappy for some time in your current role, knowing that there’s an end in sight will naturally put...

The implications of any digital transformation project are far-reaching for both your current and future workforce. As an IT leader and the driving force behind innovation in your business, it should be your top priority to ensure your teams have the right mix of skills across the project life-cycle, especially if you intend to maintain resources beyond the initial stages of digital...

The perfect job can sneak up on you out of the blue. Perhaps you weren’t even looking, but suddenly you found the perfect job. An opportunity that has made you questions whether you are truly happy in your current role. Maybe you’ve even updated your CV and  written a cover letter . But something is stopping you from hitting send. What is it? The prospect of changing jobs is...

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress, and around the world it is encouraging to see so many individuals, organisations and groups speaking ever more loudly and urgently about the need for progress on gender equality. This year’s campaign urges all of us to commit to a gender parity mindset, and I agree this is crucial if we are to sustain our commitment...

For many industries the reality of diversity and inclusion in all its forms remains the ‘unicorn’ that is increasingly sought after, but persistently elusive. Whilst the gender mix in the Accountancy & Finance profession tends to be more or less equally balanced at entry level positions, the fact remains that as we rise through the ranks women become increasingly under-represented,...

Technology remains a vibrant and attractive industry to work in, with opportunities aplenty for those with the right skills. Our recent  salary guide  found that salaries in technology roles rose by 2.3% last year, and professionals benefit from an abundance of new skills to learn, ever-evolving technologies to work with and exciting projects to take part in. As a result of...

As discussions of the pervasiveness of the gender pay gap in businesses remain rife and the recent centenary of the women’s vote as part of the, ‘Representation of the People Act 1918’, it’s important to examine the effect of gender in education. Over recent years the teaching profession has become increasingly dominated by women, in fact the Department of Education’s latest...

Traditionally perceived as a very female-friendly industry, it’s true that as far as stats tell us, marketing is much more gender balanced than other professions, with the Hays  DNA of a Marketing Leader  report showing that 48% of marketing leaders are female. This is an encouraging statistic, but diversity at the top of the profession remains elusive and women are still facing...

As the low uptake of shared parental leave makes headlines, it strikes me that many don’t see what this means for the wider condition of gender equality in the workplace. Shared parental leave isn’t just a means of sharing childcare responsibilities, it’s a gateway to achieving gender balance across the entire world of work. By encouraging sharing of parental leave, women and men...

2018 is well underway and it’s a perfect time to take that next step to landing that new job. The absolute first step is getting your CV up to scratch with a refresh – I promise it can be quick and easy and very worth the effort. Here are some quick pointers and things to think about: Know your audience Your current CV was probably tailored to the last role you went for. Adding...

We continue to see procurement rise to be more valued within organisations. While this is creating more opportunities for procurement professionals, employers are having to face an environment where demand for talented professionals outstrips supply. In our latest salary and recruiting trends survey, over three-quarters say they have experienced  skills shortages  in the last...

I started my career out of university in 1982 and since then I’ve had a number of interesting roles across several diverse sectors. I’ve not had a great many jobs, each one lasting five years plus, and last year marked my tenth year in my current role at Hays. However, along the way I’ve learned my own lessons and developed my own beliefs about managing that journey and over the holidays...

The Homelessness Reduction Act, which comes into effect in April is driving significant changes in the social housing recruitment market. Most notably, housing options officers are in high demand as local authorities and arm’s-length management organisations (ALMOs) continue to prepare for the increased workload the Act will bring. Whilst some organisations are seeking to merge housing...

As I speak to business leaders and hiring managers about the competitiveness of the current talent stream, I often find that in a lot of instances, people feel powerless against the flow, that their challenge to  find the right talent  is a matter of chance. Not so. There’s a lot you can do to use the competitiveness of the market to your favour, by ensuring that the...

What’s your salary strategy? However the world of work changes around us, one thing remains common – most of us want to be paid more than we are. In fact, according to  our Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018  report, almost 60% of us were unhappy with our salaries last year, a figure largely unchanged over the years we have carried out this research. Although the...

In the run up to an interview for a job you really want it’s easy to be overwhelmed by nerves. Interviews can be very stressful events and it is not uncommon for images to flash through your mind that fill you with anxiety. These might be memories of previous unsuccessful interviews, an aggressive interviewer who puts you under extreme pressure or a visual of yourself stumbling over your...

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