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There are often managers or directors within your organisation that you want to be noticed by, like your boss’s boss. However, due to their seniority, they are just a little too far out of reach when it comes to building a relationship with them. Below you can read more about how to build this vital rapport, as the lessons learned from their experiences can be beneficial within your own...

In order to move forward within your career, it is necessary to be your own ‘biggest fan’ and communicate to others about your skills and successes, otherwise you may find yourself stuck in a career rut. Everyone has the right to communicate their career ambitions, and so if you’re not granted it, ask for it! This means insisting that your manager arranges routine performance...

Ongoing industry demand is keeping pressure on health and safety employers to fill vacancies with high quality professionals, but lingering uncertainty from candidates around market conditions has resulted in a cautious approach towards mobility, leaving certain areas of the profession with acute skills shortages. A job advert remains the crucial touchstone for candidates when they are...

Your salary expectation is an important piece of information that recruiters and hiring managers need to know. However this can be both a challenging and uncomfortable question to discuss. You’re not alone – many candidates find discussing their salary expectations a daunting prospect. More often than not, this is because they aren’t clear on: A. Who this conversation will be with – is it...

When you imagine the typical workplace of an executive or personal assistant, what immediately comes to mind? Generally, the image includes an office, and usually a corporate one at that. However, that’s not the case for Esther Dawson. As the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Ridgeview Wine Estate, Esther frequently spends much of her working day in wellies, walking amongst the...

With fewer people working on projects, less rigidly defined roles and colleagues all pulling-together when needed, there is often a unique sense of team-spirit that comes with working in a small-to-medium sized business (SME), resulting in a more unified workplace culture. However, this culture could very easily be disrupted if you were to hire the wrong person. Therefore it’s important that...

With each new leadership role I’ve had in my career I have faced different challenges, each one bringing new people, processes and opportunities to make an impact. I recently moved into a new leadership position as UK&I Managing Director here at Hays, and so I know well how critical those first 100 days in a new role are. Unfortunately many employees don’t have such a positive experience...

In our present skill-short employment market, getting the right candidates for your organisation into the interview seat in front of you is no easy task. It’s crucial, therefore, that once they’re there, you do your utmost to engage them. Our latest research shows that employers are actively deterring some of the best candidates out there during interview by not putting enough thought into...

In our present skill-short employment market, getting the right candidates for your organisation into the interview seat in front of you is no easy task. It’s crucial, therefore, that once they’re there, you do your utmost to engage them. Our latest research shows that employers are actively deterring some of the best candidates out there during interview by not putting enough thought into...

Education professionals are more likely to apply for a role if the application process is easy and provides personalised functionality and communication. Read on to find out what employees look for when applying for roles, as well as potential road blocks commonly found during the application process that would prevent your organisation from attracting the best education talent. We surveyed...

Even if you’re relatively new to your role, you may feel like you are ready to take on more responsibility. But is it too soon to ask for a promotion? The answer to this isn’t black and white, because there isn’t a set time frame before you can ask for a promotion. After all, promotions should link to your performance, not length of tenure, and every new starter will perform differently. ...

Ultimately, every procurement manager’s success relies on having a great team behind them. Therefore, it is vital you take the time to regularly assess the skillsets your team currently possess and identify any skills gaps. This will put you in a good position to plan your next move to overcome any gaps. Identify the skills most important for your team to possess When assessing the skills...

Asking for a pay rise can be unsettling. It can be frustrating and disheartening if the answer is no and you may worry how it could affect your relationship with your manager. However, the more research and preparation you do, the more likely the outcome will be a positive one. Making sure you’ve prepared properly for your meeting is crucial to your success. This includes choosing an...

Even if you feel you’re doing well at your new job after six months, the only way you can really know is after your performance review with your new manager. So how should you prepare for this important meeting? Be prepared Every company will run their performance reviews differently, so make sure you are fully in the know ahead of your first one so that you aren’t caught off guard....

Whilst interview nerves are usually reserved for the person sitting in the candidate hot seat, in such a fiercely competitive market for talent it is often the interviewer who really needs to work on their rusty interview techniques. Our latest research highlights that employers are actively deterring some of the very best candidates by not putting enough focus and preparation on the...

If you are in a situation where you have been offered a new job with a significant pay rise, your instincts will likely tell you to follow the money. And why wouldn’t you – if you will get paid more doing pretty much the same thing. But is it really that simple? As with most things, the answer is no. There are a lot of things you should consider once you’ve been offered a job, aside...

Blockchain technology has already had a huge impact on the world of finance. But it might not be long before its influence is felt in HR as well. In the latest Hays Journal we explored how it could change the way we work. What is blockchain? Even the most ardent technophobe would be hard pressed not to have heard of Bitcoin, given the amount of coverage the cryptocurrency has attracted in...

Jody Kohner is Senior Vice President of Employee Marketing & Engagement at customer relationship management software business Salesforce. Speaking in the latest Hays Journal, she discusses how the company combines values and metrics to create a unique and award-winning culture Step 1: Recognise the passion of your people “I started at Salesforce seven years ago in a product...

Our lives today move faster than ever before. We expect speed, convenience and efficiency in every element of our personal and work lives. Our free time is stretched between work and home, we expect web pages to load in seconds, to be served in minutes in shops and restaurants and for public transport to arrive right on time, every time. Candidates are no different, and today’s digital...

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 Procurement...

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