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Building your job search resilience  

Building your job search resilience  

Let’s face it, we are in challenging times right now.  How is it though, when faced with a challenge or adversity, that some people seem to get stuck and unable to move on whilst others seem to bounce back from difficult events much more quickly than others?...

UK unemployment remains low – flexibility needed

The UK’s unemployment rate has remained at 3.8% – its joint lowest level since early 1975, according to official figures.  New figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, reveal UK unemployment fell by 16,000 to 1.29m in the three months to December and...

New UK points-based immigration scheme

Any business that has depended on recruiting from overseas should make sure that they familiarise themselves with the governments new immigration points-based system. The Home Secretary has announced that a new scheme will take effect from January 2021 that will...

Optimism : How to maintain the drive to succeed and flourish

I’ve asked over 600 groups of managers from all around the world about their personal experience of good management.  In these groups activities I always made it clear I wasn't looking for ‘text book’ responses about leadership and that I wanted real personal...

What is Integrity?

A recent national news item outlined the story of a senior manager who received a suspended jail sentence because he lied on his CV.  He falsely claimed to have a University Degree (which as it happened was not even required for the post) and the Judge in summing up...

Employing staff for the first time – your checklist

You've come to the conclusion that you can’t manage the growth of your business without some help. You’ve been putting off the question of how to hire your first employee and have been trying to juggle all the demands of a small business on your own for too long....

Management Guide to Employee Experience

Do we have another HR buzzword? Is Employee Experience just another phrase for Employee Engagement? If not, what exactly is it? Employee Engagement has been on the agenda of forward looking organisations for a number of years. Managers across all sectors and sizes of...

The Power of Diversity and Inclusion

It hadn’t occurred to me that Diversity and Inclusion could be a sensitive subject until I read a recent report suggesting that many organisations still haven’t got their heads around the obvious benefits. Although we may not have called it D&I 20 years ago,...

Dealing with a bad manager

It is often said that people don’t leave their jobs; they leave bad managers.  That is certainly our experience based on feedback from many job seekers. Depending on which piece of research you read, between 50% and 75% of employees quit their jobs not because of the...

How to avoid working for a bad boss

Having a difficult boss is quite often the reason we are given for why some people are looking for a new job.  A manager with poor people skills can easily make a workplace unbearable.  Some bosses do it without realising it, while others openly manipulate their...

First Base – Giving Something Back

“Giving something back” might seem a trite phrase in the hard headed world of business, but at First Base we believe it’s our social duty as well as making sound business sense. Since founding First Base in 1997, MD Tricia Hay, has supported the aims of ‘Business In...

22 Tips To Help Attract The Best Talent For Your Company

After placing 14,000 people with 350 top organisations, we have learned a thing or two about how employers attract the best people - and why some companies struggle to recruit and retain good people. These days we find that the best candidates have a clear idea about...

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