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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...

Pressure on organisations to  recruit the best accountancy & finance talent continues to intensify, 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 obstacles in their job application processes. 63% of candidates tell us they have at some time been deterred from completing...

As might be expected, HR professionals’ insider knowledge makes them discerning applicants, and their expectations of a recruitment process reflect this. With competition for talent at an all-time high, it is imperative that when looking to hire HR professionals, employers fine-tune their recruitment methods in order to attract the best candidates. Despite this competitive climate, our...

The latest insights from the Hays  What Workers Want 2018  report shows that many employers are missing opportunities to attract talent as a result of avoidable roadblocks on a candidate’s application journey. In fact, 63% of candidates tell us they are being deterred from completing job applications as a direct result of a negative experience with an employer’s application...

I firmly believe that hiring well is essential to the ongoing success of any business. Having worked at a leading global recruiter for 13 years, I have seen first-hand how the right candidate for a role will hit the ground running, add continuous value and, ultimately, improve an organisation’s bottom line. On the other hand, hiring the wrong candidate for a role can have serious...

How an employer promotes itself is of crucial importance to a marketing applicant. A job advert is the perfect opportunity for an organisation to sell their culture, their values and their benefits, and it is often the touchpoint at which a relationship is established between consumer and brand, setting a precedent for their future journey and engagement experience. However, the latest...

Your career mentor is someone who can help you achieve your professional goals, and give you objective advice and support. If you’re ambitious about your career a mentor can help you succeed. So why don’t you have one? Perhaps the reason you don’t have a career mentor yet, is because it’s prone to the following myths: 1. Mentoring is reserved for the most senior and well-connected...

Tech skills shortages are rife , and competition for talent is only becoming fiercer thanks to increasing demand for niche tech skills across all industries. It is therefore imperative that tech employers fine-tune their recruitment processes in order to attract top talent. However, despite this competitive climate, our latest research in the  Hays What Workers Want 2018...

In recent years many of the professional sectors we recruit for have felt the after effects of a past failure to invest in training and development. Employers that cut back on training during the recession were faced with a chronic shortage of skilled workers available to capitalise on opportunities once the economy picked up again. Failure to invest in learning has long-lasting...

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