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What do employers want?

We have worked with clients ranging from SME’s to Partnerships, Global Corporations, Charities and the Public Sector. We’ve spent time with recruiting managers, HR directors, CEO’s and business owners. We’ve recruited for short term temporary contracts, part time...

Let your best people know you appreciate them

Which members of your team do you spend most of your time with? For many managers, the natural thing to do is to delegate tasks to the best people and let them get on with the job.  The perceived wisdom is that this frees up time to spend more time with the poorer...

Why good candidates turn down your job offer

The UK’s unemployment rate edged lower to 3.9% in first quarter of 2019. The employment rate hit a record high – and it is creating issues for employers seeking to recruit good people. We have experienced some great companies having their job offers turned down by...

First Base continues to support the Red Box initiative

The Government will launch its scheme enabling schools to order free period product for students in January 2020. Until then (and for as long as it takes for the Gov't to get it right) we will continue to support the Red Box initiative and there will be a Red Box at...

Charity Partnership with National Star

We are really proud to announce our charity partnership with National Star. With two events under our belt we are looking forward to helping raise more funds for it's work enabling young people with disabilities to realise their potential through education and...

Writing a personal profile for your CV

A candidate recently asked whether she should write an introductory paragraph or personal profile at the beginning of her CV. Great question we thought, so here’s our view. Whilst a cover letter tailored to the specific job you are applying for will do a lot of the...

Six tips to help you motivate temporary staff

The best employers we work with are really good at motivating and engaging their temporary staff. They also tend to be the employers that temporary staff are attracted to and want to work with again. How well temporary staff are treated has a real impact on an...

Straight Talking Sales Seminar at The Growth Hub

We’ve teamed up with The Growth Hub to bring you one of our ever popular Straight Talking Seminars! In this highly practical, interactive and inspirational workshop David Tovey, author of ‘Principled Selling’ and Tricia Hay, MD of First Base Employment will show you...

Wellbeing – it’s not just about free fruit!

Wellbeing at work isn’t a new concept but it is certainly on the agenda of many employers we speak to about their recruitment requirements. It’s increasingly important to the candidates who approach us well - many ask us to seek out those employers with a reputation...

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

One of the most frequent questions candidates tell us they have difficulty answering is “Where do you see yourself in five years?” No interviewer really expects candidates to be able to describe EXACTLY what they will be doing 260 weeks from...

Has the annual review had its day?

A waste of time, stressful, outdated are just some of the descriptions we hear when we speak to clients and candidates about annual reviews. It seems many employers and employees don’t find the topic of the annual review very engaging. Yet, as we discussed in a recent...

Ten interviewing tips for employers

Poor interview technique cost one technology company a lot of bad press recently when the CEO was accused of bullying a candidate. Beyond what appeared in the public domain, we are not privy to what actually happened. But sadly we do get to hear first-hand some pretty...

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