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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...

With 58.8%* of large national multi-academy trusts (MATs) anticipating a shortage of suitable applicants when recruiting over the next 12 months, and competition from other employers seen as a bigger threat than ever (20.58%), recruiting top talent is firmly in the mind-set of most MAT senior leaders and HR teams. As we edge closer to the final notice date for this academic year for...

Responsible business leadership isn’t just about ensuring your company operates effectively day-to-day – it also and always involves laying foundations for success long after you depart. Here at Hays, we’ve now officially entered the annual succession planning season. Each year, my senior management team and I step back and take stock to assess how our business will be led in the future –...

We’re constantly told to “be ourselves” in new situations, whether it’s when making new friends or starting university. But how does this translate into a job interviews? It’s normal to create an “interview persona” of sorts when you’re interviewing, a different version of yourself which would be unrecognisable to the people who know you best. For example, you might have used clichéd...

Having a long lasting and good relationship with your recruiter is important for you long term career. Not only can a recruiter help you with the job search itself, but they will also help you understanding what roles are right for you, speak to companies and hiring managers on your behalf and give you the  advice you need . However, for your recruiter to be the best possible help...

After a job interview, your friends, family and even recruiter will undoubtedly ask you how your interview went. Hopefully your answer is that it went well, and if it did you might have to consider if you would take the job should they offer it to you. Being offered as job is exciting, but to stop yourself from making a snap decision, take some time to reflect and consider the below: ...

When I started my career as a recruiter we placed job advertisements in newspapers and waited for applications to arrive in the post. It’s hard to imagine this in today’s fast-paced world! The industry has changed enormously over the course of my career, with new technology and ways of working presenting new opportunities and challenges on a regular basis. When we speak with our...

If becoming a people manager is on your  career plan , then learning how to be adaptable should be your first priority. A good manager is flexible, and able to shift and flex in response to the changing environment around them and, crucially, the different motivations of the individuals they lead. In short, they are a chameleon who can adapt to suit the situation at hand. For...

Throughout my career as a marketing professional, I’ve always aimed to align plans and the strategic direction of my team closely with business objectives. As the Marketing Director to Hays UK and Ireland, and a board member since 2017, I’ve been able to enhance my understanding of just how integrated marketing can be with business operations, and of the benefits this can bring to the...

Congratulations – you’ve finally  handed in your notice . After looking for a new opportunity for months, going through lengthy application and interview processes, you’re finally there. You’ve signed a new contract with a new employer and can relax – or can you? If you have been unhappy for some time in your current role, knowing that there’s an end in sight will naturally put...

The implications of any digital transformation project are far-reaching for both your current and future workforce. As an IT leader and the driving force behind innovation in your business, it should be your top priority to ensure your teams have the right mix of skills across the project life-cycle, especially if you intend to maintain resources beyond the initial stages of digital...

The perfect job can sneak up on you out of the blue. Perhaps you weren’t even looking, but suddenly you found the perfect job. An opportunity that has made you questions whether you are truly happy in your current role. Maybe you’ve even updated your CV and  written a cover letter . But something is stopping you from hitting send. What is it? The prospect of changing jobs is...

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress, and around the world it is encouraging to see so many individuals, organisations and groups speaking ever more loudly and urgently about the need for progress on gender equality. This year’s campaign urges all of us to commit to a gender parity mindset, and I agree this is crucial if we are to sustain our commitment...

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