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I have often spoken in previous blogs about the ongoing transition of procurement from a tactical to a more strategic function taking place in many organisations over recent years. A key part of achieving this is through changing perceptions of the profession away from merely being a cost-saving function. It is therefore encouraging to see in our latest  CIPS/Hays...

Increasingly, organisations are turning to younger members of the workforce to mentor their older and more senior colleagues. Implementing these schemes, however, can be a challenge, particularly in some geographies. How can businesses make this relationship work? In the last decade or so, the traditional image of the mentor has been radically turned on its head. In the corporate...

Finding marketing professionals to join your organisation is a challenge at the best of times, competition for skills is fierce, and the top talent highly coveted. In order to attract and engage the best candidates, your candidate journey needs to be considered at every stage of the recruitment process. Recently we discussed the factors  in your job adverts  that could be...

An organisation’s success depends on strong teams of talented professionals, and these in turn rely on effective HR professionals to manage and expand the workforce. Having a clear and well thought out application process should be vital for the attraction of HR professionals who, by definition, have a better understanding of how a good candidate journey should work. Recently we...

People have strong opinions and if you’re trying to get advice about  your job search , other people’s advice can drown your own inner voice. Understandably you want advice if you are looking for a new job. You might not be sure what industry is right for you, and if you should accept a certain job offer. This is why it is important to consider who you go to for advice during this...

If you have an interview coming up for a job you really want, it can be difficult to showcase how much you want it, without coming across as desperate. If you’re eager to show the interviewer that you want this job it’s smart to have a strategy in place. So, you know you really want the job, the question is, how do you show the interviewer this? Here are five foolproof practices to...

Competition for the best talent is intense, but our latest research in the  Hays What Workers Want 2018  report shows that many employers are missing out on talent as a result of avoidable roadblocks in their application journey. 63% of candidates tell us they have at some time been deterred from completing job applications as a result of a negative experience with an employer’s...

We often describe  company culture  as the company’s personality – and being around a personality that doesn’t fit yours can be exhausting. If you have just started a new job, you may have been sold on the role in the interview, but there is something that doesn’t feel quite right. You like your job and you’re good at it, however to fit in with the company culture can be just as...

Pressure on organisations to  recruit the best accountancy & finance talent continues to intensify, but our latest research in the  Hays What Workers Want 2018  report shows that many employers are missing out on talent as a result of avoidable obstacles in their job application processes. 63% of candidates tell us they have at some time been deterred from completing...

As might be expected, HR professionals’ insider knowledge makes them discerning applicants, and their expectations of a recruitment process reflect this. With competition for talent at an all-time high, it is imperative that when looking to hire HR professionals, employers fine-tune their recruitment methods in order to attract the best candidates. Despite this competitive climate, our...

The latest insights from the Hays  What Workers Want 2018  report shows that many employers are missing opportunities to attract talent as a result of avoidable roadblocks on a candidate’s application journey. In fact, 63% of candidates tell us they are being deterred from completing job applications as a direct result of a negative experience with an employer’s application...

I firmly believe that hiring well is essential to the ongoing success of any business. Having worked at a leading global recruiter for 13 years, I have seen first-hand how the right candidate for a role will hit the ground running, add continuous value and, ultimately, improve an organisation’s bottom line. On the other hand, hiring the wrong candidate for a role can have serious...

How an employer promotes itself is of crucial importance to a marketing applicant. A job advert is the perfect opportunity for an organisation to sell their culture, their values and their benefits, and it is often the touchpoint at which a relationship is established between consumer and brand, setting a precedent for their future journey and engagement experience. However, the latest...

Your career mentor is someone who can help you achieve your professional goals, and give you objective advice and support. If you’re ambitious about your career a mentor can help you succeed. So why don’t you have one? Perhaps the reason you don’t have a career mentor yet, is because it’s prone to the following myths: 1. Mentoring is reserved for the most senior and well-connected...

Tech skills shortages are rife , and competition for talent is only becoming fiercer thanks to increasing demand for niche tech skills across all industries. It is therefore imperative that tech employers fine-tune their recruitment processes in order to attract top talent. However, despite this competitive climate, our latest research in the  Hays What Workers Want 2018...

In recent years many of the professional sectors we recruit for have felt the after effects of a past failure to invest in training and development. Employers that cut back on training during the recession were faced with a chronic shortage of skilled workers available to capitalise on opportunities once the economy picked up again. Failure to invest in learning has long-lasting...

With 58.8%* of large national multi-academy trusts (MATs) anticipating a shortage of suitable applicants when recruiting over the next 12 months, and competition from other employers seen as a bigger threat than ever (20.58%), recruiting top talent is firmly in the mind-set of most MAT senior leaders and HR teams. As we edge closer to the final notice date for this academic year for...

Responsible business leadership isn’t just about ensuring your company operates effectively day-to-day – it also and always involves laying foundations for success long after you depart. Here at Hays, we’ve now officially entered the annual succession planning season. Each year, my senior management team and I step back and take stock to assess how our business will be led in the future –...

We’re constantly told to “be ourselves” in new situations, whether it’s when making new friends or starting university. But how does this translate into a job interviews? It’s normal to create an “interview persona” of sorts when you’re interviewing, a different version of yourself which would be unrecognisable to the people who know you best. For example, you might have used clichéd...

Having a long lasting and good relationship with your recruiter is important for you long term career. Not only can a recruiter help you with the job search itself, but they will also help you understanding what roles are right for you, speak to companies and hiring managers on your behalf and give you the  advice you need . However, for your recruiter to be the best possible help...

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