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As mental health and wellbeing becoming an increasing priority for schools, we’ve put together our top tips on how you can promote positive mental health in your classrooms. 1. Building awareness Giving students the knowledge and awareness about mental health is the first step in forming a culture of positive mental health in school. A useful initial activity would be to have an...

Is people management part of your career plan? If so, it’s not always clear how to get there and what experience might come in useful. It’s important to demonstrate your potential to manage other people and emphasise any transferable management skills to your interviewer. Here is what you should be ready to discuss in your interview: 1. Prepare to talk about your stakeholder...

By the end of this decade there will be five generations working side-by-side in many of our nation’s workplaces as later retirement ages and longer life expectancy start to make their presence felt in the world of work. As with all aspects of diversity, an age-diverse workforce presents organisations with the opportunity to better understand customer markets, draw upon different...

Every school setting has its shining stars with talented teachers respected by both students and fellow staff members. Therefore it’s encouraging that our  What Workers Want Report  found that almost half of education professionals surveyed (45%) expect to work for fewer than five schools during their career. However, in an education system where it is becoming increasingly...

The introduction of updates to IR35 legislation in the public sector in April 2017 created challenges for many organisations when it came to their interim workforce. Driven by a lack of time to prepare for the changes, many organisations felt the full impact on costs and reduced access to skills. In the Autumn 2018 budget, it was confirmed that changes to the IR35 legislation would be...

Ever wondered what happens once your CV lands with a recruiter? You can probably imagine that this person has a fair few similar documents to get through, and on a busy day only a percentage of these will get read past the first page. Fewer still will make the shortlist of resumes that go to a client. But how does a recruiter come to this decision? In this blog, I will shed some light...

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have spent a large part of my professional career working in different countries across Europe, North America and Asia. I couldn’t recommend the experience highly enough. Time spent living away from my home country was life changing for me, both professionally and personally. Over those years, I felt welcomed into local societies, encountered a...

To celebrate National Payroll Week, here are a list of top tips on how to promote your skills, experience and expertise on your CV. Whether you’re new to payroll or looking for your next opportunity, by following our advice, your CV will be sure to stand out from the competition. Detail, detail, detail! When writing about your experiences within the payroll industry it’s important to...

In short, no. Despite negative perceptions of the impact of flexible working on careers, our recent research has found that improved work-life balance can improve a professional’s productivity and make it easier to pursue their next career step. According to the findings of the Hays Gender Diversity Report 2017, 75% of women working in accountancy and finance careers think that opting...

The experience gained by shifting industries can be incredibly beneficial for your career. By transferring your skills across to a different kind of role, you might well throw some light onto a passion you didn’t know about. It’s also a great way to build a diverse network! Here are some thoughts to bear in mind when making that big switch: 1. Combine your passions with roles that are...

Technological change is sweeping pretty much every organisation on the planet. And whilst the impact of this change on our legacy systems and the mammoth task of introducing new technologies and processes is, and should be, a huge consideration for CIOs, it shouldn’t be the only thing keeping us up at night. People play a massive part too, and it’s hugely important that IT leaders take...

“Tell me about yourself” ostensibly seems like quite an easy interview question. In actual fact, quite a lot can go wrong at this stage. This is often the first question an interviewer will ask you, and your answer will inform the entire basis of their first impression. Also if you slip up here, you risk feeling nervous and derailing your confidence and flow for the rest of the meeting....

Diversity is well established as a moral requirement in today’s world of work, but many businesses are still failing to recognise the commercial benefits of a diversity-driven culture. Profits, engagement and productivity can all benefit from  inclusivity within the workplace , if it is applied correctly. Diversity is important, but it should not be seen as an end goal. Leveraging...

Disparities in gender pay is in the spotlight with the first instance of mandatory gender pay gap reporting coming into force in April 2018. Although salary discrepancies have narrowed at almost every level of seniority within the procurement profession, our research conducted in conjunction with CIPS found that there are still large pay gaps in more senior roles. Significant pay gaps...

In the world of technology it’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing pace of development. That’s why as employers, it’s important to recruit top developers with advanced technical skills and can continuously make a positive impact within your organisation. However, due to specific technologies being valuable for different sectors, hiring managers now need to be kept abreast of...

We often find it hard to take a positive stance after failing as it’s so often a negative word that raises our anxiety levels. However, the most respected leaders around the world often talk about how failures teach you more than successes, and it’s a healthy move to try and apply this thinking to your  job search . Failure is an unavoidable part of working life, and even the...

Nearly half (48%) of the UK workforce is currently looking for a new job in an attempt to improve their job satisfaction. As somebody who has worked in recruitment for my entire career, this doesn’t necessarily surprise me, but I do hope that employers will take notice because in today’s competitive environment nobody can rest on their laurels and job satisfaction is high on the list both...

Interviews can be stressful situations, and you can’t beat yourself up about the odd slip up here and there. However, as part of your  interview preparation , it is important to understand that a lot of the mistakes people make are both very common, and easily avoided. Put simply, the more prepared you are, the less likely you’ll be to make them. Here are some of the most regular...

Facilities management is a much more resilient industry than most. In spite of political changes and uncertainty following the Brexit vote, buildings will always need to be maintained and operated to certain standards, so organisations are continually willing to invest into this area. However, there is an atmosphere of trepidation in response to new tax legislation and the challenge of...

20 years ago, when I started my career in accountancy and finance recruitment the use of temporary or interim accountancy and finance professionals would typically peak towards the end of the financial year – both in terms of tax year-end and also the company’s financial year-end. However, due to increasing automation the reasons for using finance temps and interims have changed, albeit...

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