Giving 75% effort but expecting 100% pay?

Giving 75% effort but expecting 100% pay?

No candidate would get very far in the recruitment process if on their CV or during interview they suggested they would give 100% in a new role based on that old employee ‘joke’ – I give 100% at work… 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on...
Why use a recruitment agency?

Why use a recruitment agency?

With record numbers of people in work (32.54m and rising according to the Office of National Statistics in January 2019), it is not surprising that employers are increasingly turning to trusted Recruitment Agencies to find the talent they need.  How clients work with...
Customer Experience – Putting Employees First

Customer Experience – Putting Employees First

The topic of customer service and customer experience has been coming up in lots of client conversations as well as at networking meetings lately. As my colleague and First Base Director David Tovey is writing a book on the subject we put our heads together to agree...
So here’s why you didn’t get the job.

So here’s why you didn’t get the job.

We had to pass on bad news recently to a candidate well qualified for the job they had been interviewed for. It’s never a pleasant task to have tell someone they won’t be going forward to a second interview. We’d asked for feedback from our client of course and it was...
Beyond Millennials – Recruiting Generation Z

Beyond Millennials – Recruiting Generation Z

At a recent recruitment event for students, the guest speaker (a manager from a local company) publicly berated one of the students for texting on her mobile phone whilst he was presenting. “You will need to learn to pay attention if you want a good job’ the speaker...
Network to boost your career

Network to boost your career

You can be the most talented person around, but if you are not well connected through your professional network you can easily miss out on rewarding and exciting career opportunities. Invest some time in networking. Building an effective professional network should...
Hospitality sector – desperate scramble to fill vacancies

Hospitality sector – desperate scramble to fill vacancies

The recent Manpower survey of over 2000 UK businesses reflects our own local experience that whilst jobs confidence is high, some sectors are ‘desperate’ to fill vacancies as Brexit becomes a reality. The hospitality sector has been performing particularly well in...
A valuable business partner

A valuable business partner

I love working in the recruitment business. We all like positive feedback and during a recent review with the CEO of a client we have been working with since 2008, it was encouraging to be praised for providing a great service over the past 20 years. As we shared...
Why didn’t I get the job?

Why didn’t I get the job?

Being rejected when you have applied for a job can be tough. When we as recruiters act for our employer clients, it is our job to find the best candidates based on the requirements they give to us. Inevitably this will mean that some people who apply won’t be suitable...
Another brilliant result – relationships matter!

Another brilliant result – relationships matter!

I recently wrote about the importance of building a good relationship with your recruitment consultant when seeking a new role or career. Here’s another example of how well it works for candidates who are proactive and willing to learn! The candidate who wrote...
Help your recruitment consultant to help you.

Help your recruitment consultant to help you.

Understanding how your recruitment consultant works with employers can really help you to find the job opportunities you are looking for. On a day to day basis, most recruitment consultants are working to find candidates for their clients – potentially your future...
Your interview checklist!

Your interview checklist!

It still surprises me how often candidates turn up for an interview having done too little preparation. We hear time and time again from employers that a key reason one candidate has been selected over another is the amount of preparation the successful person did...