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Upcoming Recruitment Awards

recruitment awards Well I think we can all agree that winter is definitely on its way, given how dark it is getting up in the morning these days! But as well as Halloween, Bonfire Night and (dare we mention it) Christmas, it's also coming up to awards season in the recruitment industry. Here's a quick run down of some of the major awards coming up...

The NORAs - National Online Recruitment Awards

The NORAs have been celebrating excellence in the online world of recruiting for 14 years this year, and recently announced their Finalists. We're thrilled that not one, but two of our sister sites, Aviation Jobsearch and Simply Sales Jobs, have been shortlisted in the Best Specialist Job Board category! The NORAs are all about the candidate's experience, so the judging criteria includes elements such as the number of vacancies available, ease of use, and available facilities such as mobile apps or social media integration. The awards are judged by a panel of recruitment experts, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony held at Sway in Covent Garden on 12th November.  The ceremony is open to all to attend, and tickets are a bargain at just £25 each. Going? We'll see you there!

The FIRM Awards

In only their second year, the FIRM awards are still a relatively new addition to the recruitment awards calendar. Hosted by the Forum for In-house Recruitment Managers at the Tower Hotel in London on 4th December, it's a must for any in-house recruiter. There are sixteen categories of awards, including Recruitment Team of the Year, Innovation of the Year and Most Effective Use of Social Media, which gives you an idea of the diversity of skills celebrated by the awards. It's also the only awards ceremony exclusively highlighting the skills and achievements of in-house recruiters. We're attending this event for the first time this year and can't wait, especially for the photo booth, which looks a great laugh!

The IRP Awards

Hosted by REC, the Institute of Recruitment Professionals awards are now in their 6th year. Recognising the achievements of individuals and recruitment companies, these awards honour all levels and disciplines, making them a more generalist ceremony than the previous two we have mentioned. With 10 categories for individual performance, a further 7 for companies and 2 Judges Choice awards it's sure to be a busy night. The ceremony is on 5th December this year, at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in London, and hosted by Reverend Richard Coles - who is not your average vicar! Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted for these awards (and any other awards we've not mentioned!) and we wish you the best of luck. Time to dust off the dinner jackets!

The Rise and Rise of Social Recruiting

Adecco recently published a social recruiting study, and while the idea that social media is growing in importance may come as no surprise, it's certainly a more powerful message when backed up by some numbers. We've had a read through the report and picked out some of the highlights... social media

73% use at least one social network for recruiting purposes

Unsurprisingly, LinkedIn is the most used platform, with second-place Facebook is almost 30% behind them. What is interesting though, is that almost an equal amount of businesses have a company page on LinkedIn as they do on Facebook - in fact Facebook is marginally ahead. What this indicates then, is that Facebook is the preferred choice for business in general - brand awareness, social marketing and so on, but it is not as helpful for recruiting activities.

Recruiting Activities On Social Media

  1. advertising jobs
  2. sourcing passive candidates
  3. checking the accuracy of a CV
Above are the top 3 activities recruiters are doing on social media. We were most interested by number 3 - as it proves again to jobseekers how important it is both to be honest in your job applications, and to be sensible in their personal social media use. It's never a good idea to lie on an application - you will be found out eventually. But in today's world it is so much easier to find out the truth from your Facebook profile, you're likely to be caught out far earlier in the recruitment process!

In The Future

Adecco also asked recruiters which digital tools they expected to grow in importance in the next year. A rise in the use of mobile apps was high on the list, but not as high as social media, which was the top answer with over 60% of the vote. However, it seems social activity is not yet high on managers' priority lists, as the statement "my company supports the use of social media" met with only a 0.19 index (where 0 is neutral, 1 is maximum agreement) Perhaps the expected rise in social activity in the next year will be the result of an increased managerial approval? Let us know your thoughts in the comments - do your companies encourage social media use? Fancy joining the Adecco team? View all their vacancies here.

Top 3 Construction Consultancy Jobs

recruitment consultantrecruitment consultantWhen it comes to structural issues, no other profession on the job can troubleshoot like a construction consultant. Experts in the field, they provide sound support and advice throughout each stage of the construction process.
From the initial design stage, to budgeting and onsite guidance when the job is underway, they are a key member of the team and ensure the job goes without a hitch.
We have some incredible opportunities in construction recruitment, and here’s a handpicked few!
Construction Recruitment Consultant- Sommerman Skinner Associates (London)
An established and forward-thinking recruitment company are looking for an experienced consultant to enter their construction sector.
Based in Marylebone Station, the successful candidate would be required to expand the exposure of their branch, whilst bringing their expert nohow to the role. Working closely with the directors, it is an opportunity to take control of the management side of the construction sector, which has the potential to expand into an upper-management role.
A whole host of company perks are available, with a negotiable salary and a handsome commission scheme.
Perfect for the role? Apply here
Senior Recruitment Consultant- Recruiter Republic (London)
A specialist build environment agency are looking for a highly talented senior recruitment consultant to play a pivotal role in the white collar sector of their company.
The new candidate will be expected to capitalise on the client list the company already has, whilst using their dynamism and experience to create new ones. Some of the sectors that the new recruit would control would include Estimator, Quantity surveyor, Planner and Site Manager.
The opportunity to head a huge aspect of the company would be an excellent chance for an experienced recruitment consultant to develop the extensive skills they already have, whilst benefiting the company with their expertise.
Sounds like the job for you? Click here.
Graduate/Trainee Consultant- Ruella James (London)
Are you a graduate with a passion for construction? Want to experience the hustle and bustle that heartland London has to offer? This role could be perfect for you?
The role requires the trainee to expand the company’s already vast client list, whilst developing the skills ‘on-the-job’ which will hopefully lead to improving the overall status of the firm. Screen, advert and interview writing, whilst maintaining contact with clients.
A young, dynamic individual with credibility, a high work ethic and excellent communication skills would be ideal for the role, which would extensive training that would not only help the company, but help the candidate in their future career endeavours.
You can apply here for this exciting role.
Well that’s just three of the latest positions we have available at Careers in Recruitment, the only place for the very best recruitment jobs.
When it comes to structural issues, no other profession on the job can troubleshoot like a construction consultant. Experts in the field, they provide sound support and advice throughout each stage of the construction process. From the initial design stage, to budgeting and onsite guidance when the job is underway, they are a key member of the team and ensure the job goes without a hitch. We have some incredible opportunities in construction recruitment, and here’s a handpicked few!

Construction Recruitment Consultant- Sommerman Skinner Associates (London)

An established and forward-thinking recruitment company are looking for an experienced consultant to enter their construction sector. Based in Marylebone Station, the successful candidate would be required to expand the exposure of their branch, whilst bringing their expert nohow to the role. Working closely with the directors, it is an opportunity to take control of the management side of the construction sector, which has the potential to expand into an upper-management role. A whole host of company perks are available, with a negotiable salary and a handsome commission scheme. Perfect for the role? Apply here

Senior Recruitment Consultant- Recruiter Republic (London)

A specialist build environment agency are looking for a highly talented senior recruitment consultant to play a pivotal role in the white collar sector of their company. The new candidate will be expected to capitalise on the client list the company already has, whilst using their dynamism and experience to create new ones. Some of the sectors that the new recruit would control would include Estimator, Quantity surveyor, Planner and Site Manager. The opportunity to head a huge aspect of the company would be an excellent chance for an experienced recruitment consultant to develop the extensive skills they already have, whilst benefiting the company with their expertise. Sounds like the job for you? Click here.

Graduate/Trainee Consultant- Ruella James (London)

Are you a graduate with a passion for construction? Want to experience the hustle and bustle that heartland London has to offer? This role could be perfect for you? The role requires the trainee to expand the company’s already vast client list, whilst developing the skills ‘on-the-job’ which will hopefully lead to improving the overall status of the firm. Screen, advert and interview writing, whilst maintaining contact with clients. A young, dynamic individual with credibility, a high work ethic and excellent communication skills would be ideal for the role, which would extensive training that would not only help the company, but help the candidate in their future career endeavours. You can apply here for this exciting role. Well that’s just three of the latest positions we have available at Careers in Recruitment, the only place for the very best recruitment jobs.

Hays hit by banking sector job cuts

hays feels pinchRecruitment giant Hays is feeling the pinch as job cuts in the financial sector see a decline in profits in the recruitment industry.

Paul Venables, Finance Director for Hays, told The Independent: “It's a musical chairs business – we need someone to leave before we can replace them, and in many cases they are not.

"Fees are down mainly thanks to a weakening in the City. It's a weakening confidence, and clients making a clear decision to reduce the number of permanent staff.

"Until confidence improves, we'll see subdued demand."

Venables said this explains the seven percent decline in UK business during the last quarter of 2011.

Despite the decline in the UK, other markets have been making steady increases.

Strong growth in the Australian mining industry as well as an increase in Germany and France has seen earnings rise by 28 percent and 20 percent respectively.

This growth helped Hays post a nine percent jump in net fees towards the backend of 2011.

But even Asia saw growth slow dramatically, down from 34 per cent in the third quarter to 16 per cent in October, November and December.

Venables said: "Three months ago, banks in Asia were looking to increase their headcount aggressively but now – even there – they are being very selective about hiring.”

Photo by Images of Money

Recruiters and jobhunters must act now and adopt a refuse-to-lose attitude

Recruiters should push to place as many candidates as they can now, to beat a predicted slow down in recruitment next quarter, according to a new report.

Recruitment firm Manpower surveyed 2,100 employers and found that only one in five of them had plans to hire more workers in the next three months.

This means jobseekers and recruiters need to move quickly to stay ahead of employers’ dampened expectations.

However there are still hundreds of thousands of jobs out there with sectors such as utilities continuing to hire.

According to the report, an East-West divide has also emerged, with employers in the East of England being the most positive about employment prospects and those in the West, Wales and Northern Ireland the most pessimistic.

Manpower’s managing director, Mark Cahill, said: “Employers have now adopted a wait-and-see approach to hiring; they are cautious about the economy and the fear of a Euro-wide contagion is weighing heavily on their minds.

“Of the sectors that are creating jobs, however, utilities is the most positive, with employers in the water, gas and electricity industries reporting hiring intentions of +13%, a rise of 2 per centage points on the previous quarter. This sector has proved particularly resilient, as the only sector demonstrating a positive outlook in every quarter throughout the downturn.

“The manufacturing sector also shows signs of optimism with employers reporting a cautiously optimistic outlook of +5%.”

“We should not lose sight of the fact that there are still hundreds of thousands of vacancies out there. Employers continue to look for skilled and motivated candidates who show a real desire and determination to work. People who are willing to learn new skills are the ones who will succeed in this challenging environment. Those with a refuse-to-lose attitude will find work.”

Photo by Alex France

What UK workers wear to work in 2012?

According to Dan Erwin, dress down days could look set to become a thing of the past as the majority of UK workers want to dress to impress in a bid to save their jobs and win new business because of the current economic climate, according to a survey of 13,000 employees.

Dressing to create the right impression with clients, prospects and colleagues is one area where individuals can influence the outcome of the economy, according to 94% of respondents UK work wear provider Alexandra.

For more information go to Dan Erwin's website.

Photo: Nelson Pavlosky

Recruitment consultant on £200k a year forced to resign after sending foul mouthed email to 4,000 people

According to the Daily Mail, a top recruitment executive has been forced to quit his job after he mistakenly sent an expletive-filled rejection email to 4,000 people.

The email was sent by Gary Chaplin as a reply to a mass-mailed enquiry from Manos Katsampoukas, who was looking for a job.

Mr Chaplin, who was earning £200,000 per year at Manchester firm Stark Brooks, accidentally replied to the 4,000 employment leads that Katsampoukas had contacted as opposed to just him.

The incident begun when Katsampoukas sent an email to thousands of job recruitment firms looking for a job in the banking or marketing sector. His email is said to have been polite and formal, however in his reply, Chaplin criticised him for not taking the time to send an individual email to each recipient.

Chaplin then wrote a scathing email in response to Katsampoukas which was packed with expletives and offensive words and insulted the intelligence of its recipient. However when Chaplin hit reply he inadvertently selected the ‘reply to all’ function and his message was sent to thousands of people in the recruitment sector.

His reply told Mr Katsampoukas: 'I think I speak for all 4000 people you have emailed when I say, "Thanks for your CV" – it's nice to know you are taking this seriously.'

Mr Chaplin has had to resign over the matter and told the Daily Mail: 'I am mortified by what I did … It was a moment of idiocy.'

'I am now looking for a job just a few days before Christmas. If I could turn back the clock I would. I will regret this forever.'

Photo by ideagirlmedia

Nine to five jobs – are they bad for productivity?

Airline Receptionist2e2, the ICT services company, released figures today which show the need for UK business to alter traditional working practices in order to boost employee productivity.

A survey conducted on nearly 2000 office workers showed that 63 percent said they feel restrained by the traditional nine to five working day and felt they would be more productive if there was more flexibility around the hours they worked.

Also, 55 percent admitted to being more productive when working from home as opposed to being in the office environment, while 73 percent said that technology was no longer a barrier to working from home.

2e2 Director, Mike Hockey, said: “Employers often don’t realise the impact of working culture on productivity. Different people have different working patterns and the traditional 9 to 5 way of working doesn’t suit everyone.

“It’s clear that often employees would be more productive if they had flexible hours or could work from home.

“However, an organisation’s culture can often mean that this isn’t possible or, if people do work in this way, they are seen as slackers. Bosses need to change this: they need to make it clear that working from home isn’t a perk and that it’s productivity and effectiveness that they care about, not hours behind a desk.”

Research also revealed however, that nearly one in two workers felt modern working practices, including the increased use of technology and remote working, has led to the loss of valuable human interaction with work colleagues.

Agency Workers Regulations coming into effect

recruitmentThe Agency Workers Regulations come into effect on 1 October 2011, effectively giving equal rights to agency workers and full time staff after 12 weeks in a role.

Recruitment agencies need to take note of the changes to the law, because they carry a lot of responsibility when it comes to compliance, however the responsibility is shared by the employer hiring temp workers through agencies.

The hiring company needs to give the agency the correct information about the conditions of the role in order for the two to work together in ensuring the regulations are followed.

Agency workers will have some rights straight off the bat, such as the right to accessing shared facilities and amenities accessed by full time workers in comparable roles and access to job vacancies. Other rights, such as basic pay, annual leave, rest breaks and performance bonuses must kick in after 12 weeks.

If an agency worker changes roles for a hiring employer after the 12 week period, the worker will retain the rights they gained at week 12, unless the roles are substantially different.

It is clearly very important to get to grips with the changes brought about by the new regulations, and with only a few days left until the regulations come into effect, it is imperative that action is taken now.

To learn more about the Agency Workers Regulations, click here.

Social Media and Recruitment

A while ago LinkedIn launched a plug in allowing candidates to apply for jobs through LinkedIn. If you were to believe the hype behind this move you’d probably think any recruitment process outside of LinkedIn was doomed to die a miserable death.

However, social network sites are still falling short of the mark in supplying sufficient quality candidates for employers to consider for their vacancies. They are a great additional tool for job seekers and employers alike, but they need to be used as a supplementary tool, not necessarily as the primary tool.

For one thing, as far as advertising vacancies in recruitment is concerned, the price of posting a job on LinkedIn needs to be compared to posting a vacancy on a reputable job board in the recruitment industry. Careers in Recruitment only charges £95 for a starting level job post (at the time of writing this blog post).

Our recruitment site has great vacancies from the top employers in the field, and we complement our job board with a lively LinkedIn group where candidates and currently employed recruitment consultants can chat about industry news, events and opportunities. Advertising a vacancy on Careers in Recruitment will therefore get you exposure to an active LinkedIn group for the industry and a large volume of traffic through search engines.

LinkedIn is a great career tool, but it needs to be used in conjunction with specialist recruiters who have the tried and tested skills and expertise needed for effective recruitment.