Good article in the Wall Street Journal - one of my biggest frustrations is not getting, or being able to give, appropriate and useful feedback to unsuccessful candidates. This helps to explain why.



No matter what all the advice books and articles say, and no matter how well prepared you are, sometimes in the moment you blurt something out and you immediately know that you were not supposed to say that. But even so, you still got the offer.

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Ladies and gentleman looking for employment, I know: it is a tough market out there.

I know the feeling on the other side of the hiring desk: desperation, lack of confidence, wondering if you’ll ever “get out of here” and do something better.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but being OVER…


Another re-blogged post whilst I try and close down half a dozen highly demanding assignments before writing something more meaningful myself…a lot of people think recruitment is easy, and we are all charlatans. This article counters that a little…


This is a good, straightforward post - some interesting comments as well


A different use of my time…


For the past week, I’ve been posting examples of advice I’ve given candidates who I can’t actually help get work. 

I thought I was going to post a new article each day - but I’m not sure I will - the simple reason is that the comments will often be pretty much the same.  We’ll see. Maybe I’ll just post when something new comes up.

Today’s candidate was very similar to one I’d spoken to previously - one bit of advice did differ - it related to his personal statement. And this was that your personal statement needs to have relevant keywords in it that reflect what recruiters will be searching for - recruiters won’t search for 'a highlly effective worker happy at working in a team or on their own initiative', or other such bollocks.

Whilst you don’t want to fill the statement with gobbledegook, (as this will be picked up by search engines), think about what people are searching by - job titles, technology skills, specific qualifications, trade bodies (as an example I’m recruiting for an HR manager, so will search for ‘CIPD). and see what comes up, and specific achievements that relate to your industry sector, and to your role and experience.

Put yourself in the position of a recruiter who is going to trawl through hundreds, thousands of CVs - what do you think they are going to look for in order to narrow down the numbers to someting manageable - and then make sure your covering summary includes some of this stuff (assuming you aren’t making it up of course!)


Things are getting desperate…


Is it bad that I am seriously considering emulating one of these fine folks? #7 in particular is what every cover letter of mine is trying to say.

I actually got one of these CVs last week…have a great weekend!



When is the right time to update your resume and ask for recommendations?


Don’t wait until you’re on the hunt for a new job to make updates to your resume, do it now. Why?

Updating your resume takes time, and if you’re in an unfortunate situation to be laid off, or otherwise out of…

Good advice - definitely make a list of your achievements as you go along - you can then add or remove them to your CV to show specific accomplishments that relate to the vacancy you are applying to…


One of the frustrations of recruitment…

…is not being able to give enough candidates appropriate advice

I simply don’t have time. I wish I was able to live by the ideals of this morning’s quote, and support everyone who applies for my vacancies, giving them appropriate information to help with their future job search, and let them become the people they have the potential to be…

Unfortunately, and significantly I suspect as a result of restrictions on UK  jobseekers allowance for those who can’t demonstrate they have applied to at least 5 jobs a day (or whatever the criteria is), then this situation is not going to change.

Wastes everybody’s time of course. But hey, if it ticks a few boxes that’s all that really matters isn’t it!


Sorry, there is no reply….

Phoning a candidate without a voicemail option being available…

Hopefully (for your sake), I won’t find another stronger candidate before I eventually get through to you, and hopefully I will get round to phoning you back before I get inundated with other stuff, candidates and other vacancies

Small mistakes can make a big difference - check your phone settings are correct and working properly!