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“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so that they can tell us what to do.”  Steve Jobs, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc “I surround myself with people who have knowledge and talents in areas where I might not be so well versed.”  Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group “I will only hire someone...

The role of executive assistant (EA) is changing, evolving to make better use of technology and offer more strategic input into business operations. To keep up with the rapid pace of change, both aspiring and experienced PAs and EAs need to take steps to operate more as business managers than traditional assistants. To find out how best to do this, we spoke to Lisa Neath, an...

It is undeniable that many organisations today are navigating an often-uncertain market, from political uncertainty and economic pressures through to the digital transformation of the workplace. Procurement teams must therefore be more adaptable than ever before to be able to continue delivering optimal solutions for their organisation. The result of the changes taking place all around...

According to the renowned American psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman, there is a simple formula which can be used to boost happiness and wellbeing: the ‘PERMA’ model. This formula is made up of five elements, which includes positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement. To help explain more about how we can apply this in the workplace, we spoke with Gordon...

Are you a data scientist and budding writer who wants to set up your own magazine? Perhaps you’re a busy managerial accountant who dreams of one day running photography workshops at the weekends? Or maybe you’re a teacher who wants to generate additional income by selling your metalwork sculptures? These are all real stories of real people that have successfully set up their own ‘side...

Have you recently finished education and are now about to take your first step into the world of professional work? If so, then creating your first graduate  CV may feel like a difficult task, given that you don’t have much professional experience to your name yet, and the advice your careers counsellor gave you at school is now outdated or forgotten. Understandably, you may be...

Approximately 1 in 6 people of working age will be affected by a mental health condition in any given week, according to the mental health charity Mind. As an issue that affects millions of us, it should be considered part of an employer’s ethical responsibility to cultivate a workplace environment that is supportive of anyone experiencing a mental health condition. With that in mind,...

It is clear that teacher wellbeing needs to be enhanced for the sake of the teachers, their colleagues and, ultimately, the children. Funding is a major challenge, so what simple low-cost actions can your school take to enhance mental wellbeing? We’ve put together our top tips on how you can promote positive mental health to your teachers. 1. Encourage staff to share their stories...

Technology is evolving at an exponential rate. Computer processing speeds double every 18 months. This means that the capacity of technology is not just increasing – it is accelerating. Consider this: the first personal computers only arrived 40 years ago, and it was not commonplace to own one. Today, we live by the glow of our smartphones – portable computers, each millions of times...

If you’re considering, or have ever considered becoming a recruiter, there has never been a better time to get on board. Hays Construction & Property has continued to grow over our 50-year history. We now operate in  60 UK & Ireland offices , and have the largest office network and geographical coverage of any recruiter in the sector. So, we think we’ve got a fairly good idea...

Standing out from the crowd is often challenging in the job application process, especially when you are up against hundreds of other applicants. You may be wondering; how do I grab the attention of the recruiter or hiring manager. The answer is simple – it is the ability to answer these 3 vital questions: 1. What interests you about this job, company, and industry? 2. What...

Launched in 2014, Starling Bank is one of the fastest growing challenger banks. In this Hays Journal, founder and CEO Anne Boden tells us why she believes the finance industry still has a long way to go when it comes to diversity. Anne Boden is not somebody who is afraid of change. Having studied Computer Science and Chemistry at Swansea University, she switched her focus to join a...

Many studies indicate that wellbeing programmes can improve productivity and retention. But is making such programmes compulsory a help or hindrance to organisations and their workforces? In the latest  Hays Journal , we explore the potential benefits and pitfalls of enforcing participation. You would be hard pushed to find anybody who is willing to argue the case against wellness...

Who are you? What have you achieved? Why are you the right person for the job? These are all questions a strong CV should instantly answer for the reader. Think of this document as your own living, breathing personal marketing pitch, a marketing pitch that should constantly evolve as you grow and develop as a professional. It was none other than Leonardo da Vinci, over 500 years ago,...

For some, people management just isn’t their cup of tea. From training and development to managing employee relations, managing others isn’t the career path they want to take. Maybe you would rather spend your time developing an area of knowledge that you are truly passionate about. Whatever the reason, your career progression options are not limited. There are non-people management...

When actively job hunting, tech professionals often have an idea of the type of organisation they want to work for. But is that necessarily where you are placed to utilise your talents to the full? Are you best matched to an IT leadership role at a corporate organisation, or more suited to the innovative world of tech start-ups? The ‘benefits’ of working at either a start-up, corporate...

Engaging candidates with the right skills and experience remains an ongoing priority for social housing employers, according to our latest  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019 report . Demand for social housing is rising. The introduction of legislation such as the Homelessness Reduction Act and Housing & Planning Act has increased pressure on services, meaning that...

As businesses expand their workforces to every corner of the globe, there has been a large increase in demand for multilingual candidates. The main benefits of hiring a multilingual candidate are clear; not only will the candidate be able to communicate with your foreign-speaking markets, therefore allowing you to further expand your customer base, but they will also bring with them an...

Recently Education Secretary Damian Hinds challenged the tech industry to launch an education revolution for schools, colleges and universities. Once thought of as the disruptive influence in the classroom, technology is now innovating teaching and learning in a way no one would have ever predicted. Teachers are no longer lecturing from the front of the class to rows of children,...

The challenge of dating is that you can’t know for certain whether your current date is going to be the best suitor you’ll ever find. Settle down too quickly, and you might never meet Mr or Mrs Perfect, get too picky and you may end up rejecting someone who is highly suitable for you. Replace the word “suitor” with “the perfect job candidate”, and you will see that there are in fact many...

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