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The recent shift to remote working will affect the way interviews are undertaken, so don’t be surprised if your prospective employer suggests a virtual meet-up ahead of a face-to-face interview. Instead, use these steps to prepare for your brilliant (virtual) first impression. 1. Set the scene First and foremost, think about where you are going to have your interview – your home...

  IR35 reforms in the private sector are now knocking at the door – and with them, a wealth of uncertainty. The upcoming changes have the potential for far-reaching impacts on the way organisations engage with non-permanent workers. However, organisations will still require talented contractors to support projects, so to help attract these contractors...

  We’re all human. We have different hopes and dreams, and different fears and flaws. We’re all unique in our own unique way. It’s our uniqueness that makes each one of us 7.8 billion human beings on this planet, human. But what is it that sets us apart from all the other species? For a race as complex as ours, this is a difficult question to answer,...

  Have you recently graduated? Are you grieving the loss of your old student life? Are you wondering what it will be like to be a fully-fledged member of the working world? Yes, and yes? I hate to break it to you, and as patronising as it might sound, you really are about to enter the ‘real world’ – one that will bring a whole load of new lessons. So,...

    ‘Lost time is never found again’ is a mantra that we increasingly live by in today’s modern world. Our lives move fast, and we are constantly looking for the most convenient way to get somewhere, or the quickest way to complete a task. For public sector employers, finding the best candidates to join your organisation can be a challenge at the...

  These days, most organisations understand why they should support diversity and inclusion, and they have a coherent agenda that works towards this. However, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take our own personal responsibility for making our workplaces more inclusive. After all, our individual behaviours, attitudes and mindsets have an impact on...

Given that post-Brexit we might finally have a reprieve after years of uncertainty, it is interesting to look at what job trends we can expect to see and the 2020 employment trends. Many of the employers we speak to are struggling to find the people they need, so it is particularly important to look at what’s happening across employment and reflect on some of the key trends. What are the top...

  So, if you have realised that the time is right for you to make a change and find a new job, then the following tips will help you achieve your goals. 1.Think about which skills you will need to achieve your goals Upon reflecting on your current skill set, you need to start filling the gaps as to where you have weaknesses. The start of a new year is a...

    I recently read that 67% of 6-9-year olds say that saving the planet will be the ‘central mission of their careers’ in the future. That stat struck me as fascinating, but not all together surprising. I think we’d all agree, that for all of us, regardless of our age, the reasons behind the career choices we make are becoming more...

  Modern workplaces are currently being shaken up by a brand-new crop of talent – the digitally native Generation Z. Savvy and connected, these professionals are highly attuned to shifts in the zeitgeist and, even more so than their millennial predecessors, have never known a world without technology. Formulating strategies for attracting and engaging...

  Although not traditionally known for innovation, with restricted funding and long-established IT systems perceived as hampering digital change, the public sector is now well into its stride in terms of implementing digital transformation projects in a bid to drive efficiency and improve service. Indeed, according to the research findings of our Hays...

  The role of the PA and EA is evolving. Employers today want candidates who are not only able to perform basic administrative tasks, but who can also offer more strategic support to executives – whose own evolving roles as leaders necessitate that their assistants operate as true business managers. The increased emphasis on the more strategic value...

    If 2019 was anything to go by, the world of work is going to evolve and change even faster in 2020. A lot of this change is driven by HR departments, and we’ve seen organisations invest in employee engagement tools as well as introducing artificial intelligence to speed up HR processes. I’m confident that technology will continue to transform...

  We all have our up and down days at work, but if you feel the Monday blues consistently during the week, this could be a sign that your current job is not working for you. If it’s not, it’s time to consider just when and how you want to make your next move. How to know your job’s not for you: 1. You’re uninspired at work Is your job boring you to...

  ‘It’s just a job’, is something we often say to ourselves after a bad day in the office. But is it? We spend so many of our waking hours at work that to settle for less than a job that is fulfilling, challenging and creatively and intellectually stimulating is to do yourself a disservice. Recognising when it’s time to move on career-wise is tricky. Do...

  It can happen to any of us, whether you’ve just started a new job or have been in a role for years – something about your job just doesn’t feel right. We all have good and bad days at work, but if the bad outweighs the good, then it’s important to unearth the source of your dissatisfaction.  We have outlined some common reasons why you may be...

  ‘I work in tech’. Admit it, those four words are synonymous to most of us with an interesting career and – crucially – a lucrative one. Tech is, after all, where the money is. The ‘Big 5’ tech companies (Apple, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft) are worth more than $3 trillion combined. That’s more than most countries. It’s also where...

  If you’re a senior professional, the road ahead holds many exciting possibilities. The wealth of your skills and experience means that many new options are open to you. The trickiest part is deciding which path to take. Your final decision should be dependent on several factors, including your personal skillset, long-term goals and overall job...

  Hear us out, it may seem a bit unorthodox to keep in contact with your recruitment consultant even after you’ve started in a new role, but there are advantages to building a rapport with them, even if you have no intention of imminently searching for a new job. 1.Career coaching It’s your consultant’s job to make sure you’re in the right role, so...

  You put in the work, did the research and sailed through the interviews – before you knew it, you landed that job which, on paper, perfectly matched your skills, aspirations the type of company you wanted to work for. Except the role you’re working now is unrecognisable from the one you interviewed for. Perhaps you’re not getting the training you were...

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