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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...

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...

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...

Once you’ve been in your current position for a year, 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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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