Don’t fall at the first hurdle  

A role profile is the introduction to your company and employer brand, providing a comprehensive overview of the role being recruited.  It is important the role appeals to a wide and diverse audience and is portrayed at the right level.  It can be tempting, particularly when replacing a leaver to dig out the previously used spec however it is so important to take a step back and ensure the profile

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Structure of the team

Establishing a team structure able to flex and evolve to accommodate your future hiring strategy, company goals and vision is challenging.  Teams have to knit together to realise their full potential, the set up will impact on relationships made, how people communicate, which stakeholders they have exposure to, their ability to influence decisions made and of course employee retention rates.     Common team structures seen include   Flat (Horizontal)  Hierarchy (Pyramid)  Matrix (Grid)     Flat (Horizontal)   Flat structures are typically seen within

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Team meet & greet 

Are all stakeholders engaged and involved? Manage expectations, don’t over promise and under deliver, a mantra I live by and believe has helped me to build long term and trusted relationships.  As a recruiter we often have to help to manage / guide expectations set by the client to pre-empt and buffer any potential areas of disappointment for the candidate in the early phase of their

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Your reputation precedes you

‘’Your reputation precedes you’’ a leading statement which can be interpreted in many ways, do we assume we have a good reputation and if we don’t, what impact can this have on our ability to attract the right people to join us in our business?   On a personal level your own reputation is largely within your control, however when it comes to the scale and complexity of the reputation of an organisation there are many

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Welcome on board

We continue to discuss pertinent topics in our series associated with the candidate / employee experience.  I am sharing one of the most shocking but equally easy to rectify situations we get to hear about as recruiters, the way new employees are welcomed to their new business, or not as the case may be.  I have always found going on holiday a bit stressful because I

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Money Talks

Finding out you have been paid less than your peers or new team members, despite loyalty over the years can be a real kick in the teeth and will undoubtedly trigger negative emotions.  We all know that life can be unfair but to find out your hard work and ability has been taken for granted just because you are loyal can be hard to get over.  Money

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Pick n Mix or One Size Fits All?

Many organisations offer flexible benefits schemes to their employees as part of their reward strategy and as a result, sometimes have the edge over those that offer a ‘one size fits all’ benefits package.  These businesses can be perceived as a little old fashioned, set in their ways, and more rigid in their attitude towards their employees.  This perception can reflect on the potential culture / outlook of

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Thumbs up or down? 

Depending on personality, some people are overtly eager to tell everyone about their experiences good and bad in detail, some on the other hand are more conservative and keep themselves to themselves, bordering on secretive unless asked. Similarly, some business cultures actively promote people to voice opinions and speak openly, encouraging feedback and advocacy.  Others would rather not hear what their employees are thinking or feeling and bury their heads in

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Culture Club

How important is the culture fit when you are considering a new role?  As a recruiter, I have had the opportunity to meet with many people over the years at varying levels of their career path and have discussed their reasons for being attracted to and for leaving companies. As a result, it is clear the importance of culture fit moves higher up our wish list as we mature

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Make your best offer

I’m most likely showing my age here but as a child, I was brought up not to ask about money, it was a bit of a taboo subject, one which seems so old fashioned now as my children are very in tune with the value of money. They are interested in how much we charge

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