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The ongoing transformation of the procurement function within many organisations, combined with a continuing shortage of skills, means demand for talented temporary procurement professionals remains high. The  CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2017  report found that nearly half (47%) of employers face a lack of candidates with the right sector skills and experience...

The competition for talent is high and many employees are dissatisfied in their current roles. Yet, companies aren’t always looking at how they can convey the right image to attract the talent they need and then, importantly, how they can cultivate a culture which will make sure they don’t leave for one of your competitors. We recently explored the topic of ‘ What Workers Want ’ in our...

Reflecting back on my career predictably brings many ‘sliding doors’ moments where I could easily have ended up on a different path. While there is inevitably serendipity in life, I believe that on the whole, your career should be about timing and opportunity. Making the time to notice – and then to seize – these opportunities will reap great rewards. It’s not uncommon, in these...

Interviews can already make you feel quite nervous, but when you’re asked to also give a presentation, you can feel even more apprehensive. Preparing to answer some tricky questions is par for the course, but presentations are a less familiar territory for most people. If you are applying for more senior roles, interview presentations will become more of a regular occurrence. It is...

It is a topic we discuss all the time, particularly with those employers who are in skills-short areas or trying to find a specific type of person from a limited pool of professionals. It is important because when looking to attract professionals, companies need to be able to differentiate themselves from the competition and when they’ve found them, they need to be aware of what will ...

It’s safe to say that as we reach the middle of 2017, despite the uncertainty following the Brexit announcement which caused a slowdown in the number of projects going ahead in the latter part of 2016, this year has seen the property and surveying sector spring back to confidence and we expect this level of positivity to continue. In fact, the REC recruitment board is reporting that we...

The ‘Internet of Things’, or IoT continues to change every single aspect of our lives. With connectivity on a worldwide scale, it provides an incredibly exciting business opportunity. Equally impressive is the IoT’s growth rate.  Gartner  predicts that by 2020, there will be more than 26 billion connected devices. This shared connectivity means we as human beings, and our...

It’s easy, and often a lot of fun, to focus on the ‘wow’ factor of teaching and how to stand out as you deliver your lessons. However, your general skills and approach in the classroom are fundamental to your success as a teacher, so it’s often worth checking in with yourself and remembering the basics. Here’s our list of the most important ‘habits’ you need to build into your classroom: ...

Do you ever look back on the early days of your career and wish you could apply what you now know? It definitely happens to me. Starting out in your career  can often feel like a never-ending learning curve. Relentless pressure to get our foot onto the next rung of the ladder (often pressure that’s only self-applied) can make it confusing to know where to even start. Here, I...

As a modern young leader, you should be immensely proud of reaching this level. You now have an influential position amongst many of your peers and are continuing to  rise up the ranks to being successful  in your career. However, naturally you will sometimes feel out of your depth and believe me, you are not alone. You might also be reluctant to ask questions due to the fear...

Are you determined that by this year you will finally find your dream job? Have you spent the last few months trying to search and apply for jobs with no avail? Well if that is you, then we can guarantee you are not alone. Long weekends and holiday breaks usually gives people time to reflect on their circumstances, which stimulates them to change things, including their careers. It’s...

It is unfortunate to say that recently trust in CEO’s and business leaders appears to be at an all-time low. Without doubt, there are those, the minority, who have given business and business leadership a bad name. However, their actions and the subsequent, legitimate, kickback from broader society is not constrained to the wrong-doers. The impact is felt right across the business...

You’ve been invited to an interview by a school and so are sitting down to do your all-important preparation. You know the basic questions which are bound to come up, but have you given a thought to those trickier questions which may arise? We’ve spoken to our teachers to put together a list of some difficult questions they’ve had and how to answer them. 1. Tell me about yourself ...

It is an exciting time to be working in the procurement profession. The importance of procurement continues to go from strength to strength, and an increasing number of organisations are making the move from a tactical to a strategic procurement function. It is therefore not surprising that ambitious employees are looking to their next career move. The  CIPS/Hays Procurement...

It can be so rewarding staging a school play where you get the chance to boost school morale, build your students’ confidence and integrate with the community. But if you’re hosting a summer play at your school it can be daunting to try and choose roles for your students. You want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate but also ensure that they all enjoy the play...

Time drags after an interview, whether it’s been two hours or two days. You are sat holding your phone, willing it to ring with some positive news. You're confident this job is a great opportunity, and hopeful that your eagerness and suitability came across on the day. Sadly, this feeling of uncertainty can prompt candidates to jump the gun, and these moves often miss their mark. Some...

When your organisation is going through tough times, your employees will be feeling the pressure. Whether due to fluctuations in the industry or the impact of a wider economic and political sphere, uncertainty can affect the motivation and productivity of your employees. So how do you keep them loyal, productive and motivated? Challenges in your business may cause hesitation around the...

For the last 2 years Jamie Richards has been one of Manchester City’s key employees. He joined the club in November 2014 as a Senior Management Accountant and continues to exert his influence in the sports industry. Here we talk to Jamie about how he coupled his passion for football with his career as part of our  #MatchYourAmbition  series. What attracted you to the role at the...

When it comes to career success, your people skills are just as important as your technical ability. With that in mind, here are five of the most important assets you need to build a productive and harmonious workplace: 1. Being genuine It’s easy to see through feigned praise (or gratitude) and either can be quickly interpreted as patronising. The most trusted colleagues in my...

As part of our  #MatchYourAmbition  series, we spoke to Mimi Coffait who we placed as Assistant to Director of Academy at Manchester City. She tells us her story about her career and offers advice for aspiring PAs. How did your career path change into becoming a PA? From leaving university I realised I wanted a job that would engage me and that I’d have to work hard for....

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