Streamlining your Time to Hire when recruiting

Streamlining your Time to Hire when recruiting

In today’s competitive job market, where skilled talent is scarce and the demand for top-notch candidates is high, businesses face significant challenges in hiring the right people in a timely manner. The national average time to hire when recruiting is 6.2...
What is an Outplacement or Career Transition Service?

What is an Outplacement or Career Transition Service?

What is an Outplacement or Career Transition Service?  Outplacement is also known as Career Transition, and it’s a service to support employees leaving an organisation often through a restructure or redundancy process. A good outplacement service will help your...
Should you quit your job before finding a new one?

Should you quit your job before finding a new one?

You’ve made the tough decision to start looking for a new career. The big question is should you quit your job before finding a new one? When it comes to your next career move, most people will wait until they have secured a new job before handing their notice...
Candidate’s top priorities for 2024

Candidate’s top priorities for 2024

As we look ahead to what 2024 has to offer, the priorities and expectations of candidates and job seekers have evolved significantly. Rapid technological advancements, a changing work culture, and a heightened focus on well-being have shaped the new era of employment....
Do you have the January Blues?

Do you have the January Blues?

How to make yourself more employable this year! January is quite often the month when a lot of people decide that their current jobs are not for them anymore and decide to start thinking about finding something more interesting or exciting. Over 50% of people will...
How effective is Networking and does it work?

How effective is Networking and does it work?

How effective is Networking and does it work? There are so many different types it is hard to know what works and what doesn’t. Whether you are seeking a new job, looking to create job security within your company, or you are interested in building new client...
Are your employees leaving? What should you do?

Are your employees leaving? What should you do?

Your employees are jumping ship and you’re questioning everything from salary to dress down Friday. Was it something you did or said? It is common place for a certain percentage of staff to leave, however if this number is over and above what is classed as normal then...
How to ask for a pay rise or a promotion

How to ask for a pay rise or a promotion

If you are thinking about looking for a new job as you dont think your salary is high enough, I would first suggest that you speak to your manager to see if the business can increase your wage or offer you a promotion. It can be daunting thinking about asking for a...
Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Diversity and inclusion have become key buzzwords in today’s modern workplace, and for good reason. Embracing diversity in the workforce is not just a matter of social responsibility; it’s also a strategic advantage. In the UK at the moment, many...
How to Build a Strong Personal Brand when looking for a job

How to Build a Strong Personal Brand when looking for a job

In today’s competitive job market, having a strong personal brand is essential for standing out from the crowd and landing your dream job. Your personal brand is essentially your professional identity, the image you project to potential employers and colleagues....
How to switch off and take a break from work

How to switch off and take a break from work

In a world full of technology, being able to switch off and take a break from work is becoming harder as we are always connected through our phones, tablets, social media, and laptops. If you are like me, then you will no doubt find it hard to relax out of work and...
How to support your employees going through the menopause

How to support your employees going through the menopause

For some women, the menopause can be a difficult and challenging time, impacting their personal and professional lives at work. It is something that affects 100% of women, but most business leaders do nothing to support their staff who are going through such a...
Should you recruit employees based on culture fit?

Should you recruit employees based on culture fit?

In recent years, the concept of “culture fit” has gained significant attention in the realm of recruitment. The idea behind it is to hire individuals who align with your organisations values, beliefs, and working style. However, the notion of “culture fit”...
How do you avoid burnout at work?

How do you avoid burnout at work?

Work burnout is a common issue in today’s fast-paced and demanding workplace. It can result from chronic stress, long working hours, insufficient breaks, lack of work-life balance, and a host of other factors within your job. Burnout can leave you feeling exhausted,...
How to create a strong ED&I culture

How to create a strong ED&I culture

Creating a strong Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) culture is essential for any organisation that wants to attract and retain top talent, increase innovation, and foster a positive work environment. It involves promoting a workplace culture that embraces...
Returning to work after Maternity leave

Returning to work after Maternity leave

It can often be a daunting prospect going back to work after months of sleepless nights, baby talk, days out in the park and living in your PJ’s. Did you know that 65% of women do not go back to their employer due to the companies inability to be flexible and 44% of...
What does Neurodiversity mean when recruiting?

What does Neurodiversity mean when recruiting?

What does Neurodiversity mean? Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that people naturally think about things differently. We have different interests and motivations and are naturally better at some...
Should you accept a counteroffer?

Should you accept a counteroffer?

You have been successful in being offered a new job and you need to hand your notice in with your current employer. In the current climate I would assume that you will receive a counteroffer as they fight to keep hold of you. Deciding whether or not to accept a...
Do you know how to write a strong cover letter?

Do you know how to write a strong cover letter?

When you are applying for a new job, it is vitally important to not only make sure that your CV is tailored and up to date, but you should also be sending a really strong cover letter to show your potential new employer why you want the job and why they should...
Did you make a New Years Resolution?

Did you make a New Years Resolution?

As Ive read through my social media pages over the last couple of days, I’ve seen so many people post about their New Years Resolutions, and it got me thinking about why so many people do this. New Years Resolutions have various religious origins …….. People made...
Do you know how to interview potential employees?

Do you know how to interview potential employees?

The majority of employers say that the interview is the most important part of the hiring process. During the current climate, your time is so precious and for each job that you advertised, you may not have an abundance of applications, which means that when it comes...
How effective is your Onboarding?

How effective is your Onboarding?

What is Onboarding? Onboarding is the process in which new employees get acquainted with their new job, their team, culture and values as well as the company. Effective onboarding practices can help new employees feel engaged and that they have become part of the...
What questions should you be asking at an interview?

What questions should you be asking at an interview?

Attending any interview can be a daunting prospect but how prepared are you to ask the interviewer questions? Did you know that the interview is a two-way process? Not only are the hiring managers asking you questions to see if you are the right person for their job;...
What phrases to avoid on your CV

What phrases to avoid on your CV

It is important that the language you use isn’t too clichéd. If it is, you may run the risk of diluting or downplaying your unique skills and experience. Certain phrases will naturally spring to mind when you are trying to portray your skills and experience on paper....
Tips on how to return to work after having a baby

Tips on how to return to work after having a baby

I have had to return to work after 2 pregnancies and neither of them was particularly easy. My first child was still very young as Maternity leave was only 6 months long back in 2005, and I felt that he was too young for me to put into nursery and return to work full...
7 ways to improve your Company Culture

7 ways to improve your Company Culture

Your company culture is the character and personality of your business. It refers to how your people interact, collaborate and get along within the workplace. A POSITIVE culture is really important at the moment as it will help you to attract talent to your job...
How to survive your first week in a new job

How to survive your first week in a new job

The first week of a new job can be daunting, but how do you get through the mine field of people and information whilst also making the best first impression? Be yourself from when you walk in on your first day and remember to be confident. You want to make the best...
How to stay productive when working from home.

How to stay productive when working from home.

Working from home either full or part time is now the new “norm” for a lot of people. If you were used to getting up and going to work but you now find yourself based at home then there are a few things you can do to keep you productive. The proposition of working...
Is the workplace dress code changing?

Is the workplace dress code changing?

We have seen a big shift in what is now accepted as business attire / workplace dress code. Many organisations had a more formal dress code for employees who worked within their offices, however, as a result of the pandemic and everyone working from home, we all got...
Have you adapted to the new job market?

Have you adapted to the new job market?

In the wake of the pandemic, we have seen that the traditional job market has changed. Most of the candidates we are speaking to are rethinking their career goals and what is important to them. With an abundance of job vacancies at the moment, it’s a buyers’ market...
Should you recruit employees based on culture fit?

The top 5 difficult questions to answer at an interview

When preparing for your next interview, you may want to consider thinking about how you will answer these 5 questions as they are the most common ones we come across that many people get stumped on. What are your weaknesses? Tell me about yourself? Why do you want the...
How to stop feeling nervous when your starting a new job

How to stop feeling nervous when your starting a new job

You have been offered a new job and that initial excitement has started to be replaced with nerves and anxiety. Don not worry, you are not alone, after 14 years of working in recruitment, every person I speak to who is starting a new job feel nervous and worries about...
How can you be smart and successful in the job market?

How can you be smart and successful in the job market?

If you are always predictable in your career choices and career path, then you won’t necessarily get to where you want to be. However, where your career is concerned, sometimes taking risks can seem stupid. After all, you’ve spent years building your career and you...
How to recruit and retain a remote workforce

How to recruit and retain a remote workforce

The pandemic forced organisations to shift to a work-from-home model. If ever there was a question as to whether or not businesses and their employees could stay productive with a majority or all of their staffers working remotely, the pandemic put that theory to the...
How do you answer the simplest interview question?

How do you answer the simplest interview question?

You can pretty much guarantee that at some point in the interview process recruiting managers will ask you the traditional question that interviewers have asked job-seekers since the beginning of time. “Talk me through your CV…….” When you are asked this questions,...
How to avoid burning out when you start a new job!

How to avoid burning out when you start a new job!

When you start your new job, there is a lot to take in from inductions and training, to learning all about your new colleagues and the business you are now working for. Don’t push yourself too hard, make sure you get that all important “work / life” balance just...
Are your employees leaving? What should you do?

Do you know what unconscious bias is?

Over my whole recruitment career I have seen diversity and inclusion become more and more important when organisations are looking to hire and retain their workforce. However, despite mine and so many organisations best efforts, unconscious bias is still present...
Should you recruit employees based on culture fit?

What recruitment methods work for you?

Most businesses have had to alter their way of recruiting and interviewing over the last 12 months because of the pandemic and it has made everyone look at how they prefer to interview and what they will do in the future when we are all working in our ‘NEW...
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Wow what a week it has been! With the pandemic, lockdown and government restrictions still at the forefront of everyone’s minds, no one knew if we would be able to do anything for International Women’s Day in 2021. This time last year, myself and the other...
How do you retain high performers in your business?

How do you retain high performers in your business?

A business is only as good as the people that work for it. Without good employees, your company will never succeed over the long term. What’s even more important to your company’s long-term success are your high performing employees. Its long been proven that high...
What is Employee Engagement and why is it important?

What is Employee Engagement and why is it important?

Employee Engagement is term that is banded about all the time now, but what does it mean? One common definition, describes employee engagement as “the capture of discretionary effort.” (Discretionary effort refers to employees going above and beyond. This is in...
5 top tips for making your employees work lives better

5 top tips for making your employees work lives better

When the pandemic hit, we quickly shifted from working in office building to our homes and have been adjusting ever since. 90% of employees believe that flexible working arrangements will increase morale, and 67% would consider leaving their jobs if their work...
How do you remotely onboard your new hire?

How do you remotely onboard your new hire?

Remote onboarding should follow the same process as office-based onboarding, except your new starters will be learning about your business, connecting with new colleagues and performing their role remotely. Onboarding is essentially about giving a new starter all of...
2020 What a year!

2020 What a year!

“We may not all be in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm.” As we near the end of this turbulent year, I wanted to reflect on everything that has happened within the economy, the jobs market and our amazing community all over North and East...
How can you be smart and successful in the job market?

How do you account for a Gap on your CV like Covid?

With unemployment rates rising because of the pandemic, lots of people are going to have gaps on their CV’s as they are now looking for a new job. Many recruiting managers used to see gaps in your CV as a red flag unless you had a solid reason for a period of...
How important is your Employer Brand?

How important is your Employer Brand?

During this pandemic your employer brand is critical to staff motivation and customers’ perceptions of your company’s ethics. We have all seen the ‘bad’ media around how the likes of Wetherspoons have treated their staff during lockdown and the negative effect this is...
How valuable is your time when recruiting?

How valuable is your time when recruiting?

Do you know how long it takes you to recruit and fill a vacancy within your business? Pre Covid – 70% of companies were taking anywhere between 1 – 4 months to process a new hire. This will now increase as more candidates are looking for new opportunities....
There is growth happening within our local economy.

There is growth happening within our local economy.

Like many business owners, I came into 2020 with a plan of how the year was going to pan out, we had just recruited our third member of the team, Cathy Wood, who would be working with our clients across East Yorkshire. We were working with some fantastic businesses on...
How is your team doing and how are you helping them to cope?

How is your team doing and how are you helping them to cope?

In these unprecedented days, very few Leaders and Managers have experience of handling such a large crisis.. Not only is there day to day decisions having to be made, and fast, without much time for thinking or planning, there’s also other people to consider, staff,...
How to prepare for a video interview

How to prepare for a video interview

During these unprecedented  times of isolation, we are all adapting to new ways of working and one of the things that has changed significantly, is how companies are interviewing for jobs. The raise of the video interview has begun, weather it is via Skype, Facetime,...
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Many of you will have seen that we took part in Scarborough’s event for International Women’s Day on Friday 6th March which saw over 400 people come and visit three inspirational venues; Woodend Creative, Scarborough Art Gallery and Kagyu Samye Dzong the...

Could a four-day week work for your business?

Its been all over the media over the past week and I wanted to discuss how implementing a four-day working week could impact businesses from a recruitment perspective. There are a large amount of job vacancies out there at the moment that are advertised as full time,...
A fantastic first Employment Law seminar with Harrowells!

A fantastic first Employment Law seminar with Harrowells!

We organised our first Employment Law Breakfast Seminar in partnership with Harrowells Solicitors on Tuesday this week and what a huge success it was! There was a great turnout of delegates from a number of businesses based in the Scarborough and Ryedale area who all...
How to manage the immigration of a workforce of EU Citizens as we leave the EU in December?

Brexit – Where do we stand and what should we be doing

“At last we are finally approaching the end of the first stage of the preliminary phase of the opening chapter of part one of Brexit…..” Frankie Boyle So the 31 March came and went and we are no closer to leaving the EU, however, Kelly attended a seminar last week...

Important Employment Law Changes for April!

April may signal the start of the new tax year but it’s also when a series of new laws will kick in and we wanted to give you a brief overview. This month a number of announcements that the Chancellor put forward in last year’s budget will take effect,...

What are the benefits of Remote working?

It is now commonplace for a lot of experienced employees to work remotely from home. It not only enables you to hire exceptional staff from all over the UK, Europe or even the rest of the World, but also enables your business to evolve with your staff and their...