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Author: Chloe Pearson | Date: 8/8/16 | Category: Advice
how to take charge of your career

It is obvious that people are hired based on their experience and skills, but the difference in being hired or fired all depends on the individual’s attitude and behaviours to their role and the company as a whole. Your skills and experience can make a big impression in your new role, however it is usually down to your attitude and approach to your work which makes you stand out from the crowd. The first 3 months of any job are the most important in making a good impression on your employer, and in these first crucial months it is a great idea to go out of your way to be positive and demonstrate drive, ambition and flexibility to the role. Demonstrating these personality traits...

Author: Rick Deller | Date: 4/2/16 | Category: Advice
relocation for a new job

Moving to a different city or country can bring out different emotions; exciting and challenging, or scary and stressful, potentially all four. Having to settle down and adapt to the new place, job and people is difficult and a few things should be taken into consideration in order to make the process smoother. We have prepared a quick overview of the most important things you should take a look into before you start with your new challenge, complete with handy links to help you along the way. So you're thinking about moving for a new job? Why do people relocate? The benefits to moving can seem obvious, whilst the hurdles along the way not so. There are often multiple reasons for a job...

Author: Vicky Bodhani | Date: 11/12/15 | Category: Advice
Survive the office christmas party

The festive season is full of fun but when mixing work and pleasure it can be easy to say and do things that can affect how you are perceived by your colleagues. In the world of recruitment we often have clients that intentionally push for a new employee to start in time for the Christmas party because it can be a great way to get to know the team. We are always very clear with our advice to our candidates, have fun, be yourself but keep it professional. It is never good to be the person everyone is talking about the next day, but when you are on probation it can have even more serious consequences. So to ensure you career survives the Christmas party season we have got 5 top tips...

Author: Rick Deller | Date: 10/11/15 | Category: Advice, Technology
employer brand attracting developers company branding

You’re a great company, really, you are. You should be attracting some excellent talent; sure, there’s a shortage of developers, particularly Perl, Ruby, Java etc., but that’s all the more reason why the talent that there is should be working for you. So you’re not quite Google, or Facebook, or [insert one of any other well-known tech brand's here], maybe you are: it’s still possible. Read any advice on attracting talent and, you’ll be told the first step is to look at your employer brand, and it is, as long as you understand that this is more than your logo, a foosball table in the office, or even free fruit on Fridays. Looking at your employer brand requires you to step...

Author: Tom Townsend | Date: 14/9/15 | Category: Advice, Technology
how to get hired

Have you ever wondered what the key stages that take place during a hiring process are, what companies are looking for in a candidate, and ultimately how to get hired? Last week, Eligo were fortunate to host the internal recruiter from one of Europe’s leading technology groups to answer each of these questions and provide further insight into what goes on inside a major company during the hiring process. Emphasising key points made in our previous blogs on effective hiring processes to reduce staff turnover and increase the quality of hire as well as how to attract the best candidates , the move into 21st century recruitment was clear throughout. This broadly covers 3 areas of...

Author: Vicky Bodhani | Date: 1/9/15 | Category: Advice
mobile job hunting eligo website

Rewind about 20 years (if you’re old enough!). Do you remember the old days when you’d be sitting at your desk looking through the post at the CVs you’d received that day having a little laugh about that chap who applied for EVERY single one you’d advertised in the local paper? ‘God, how annoying’ you’d moan as you wrote ‘no’ or ‘reject’ on his (many) covering letters. Now move forward a little to the early days of job boards. Do you remember getting utterly swamped in applications from candidates all over the world who had no relevant skills and certainly no visa to work in the UK? That really was annoying. Having to ineptly at first, trawl through hundreds of...

Author: Jacob Sanders | Date: 19/8/15 | Category: Advice
interview horror stories

A man was travelling on the London Underground to his job interview one morning when another commuter blocked his way. The man reacted with a push and shove and a little explicit outburst. Upon arriving at his interview, the interviewer - a little shocked - hinted that they had previously met, before it finally clicked to the man that it had been the interviewer he had sworn at on the tube that same morning. Understandably travelling to job interviews having to conquer the rush hour tube isn’t always the most stress-free activity. However when interviewing it always pays to be prepared before, during, and after the interview, even when you’re not on the premises, to ensure  that...

Author: Anne Rooke | Date: 2/7/15 | Category: Advice, Technology
Mac Support Job CV

You’ve found your perfect Mac Support Job, or maybe you’re looking to move positions? What next? The time has come to write a mac support job winning CV. Here’s my specialist mac support recruitment advice on how. DOWNLOAD YOUR MAC SUPPORT JOB CV TEMPLATE  HERE It’s the first thing a future employer or recruiter will use to decide whether you’re a candidate they want, and you’ll only have about 20 seconds (if that) to enable them to do so. So when writing your Mac support job CV, it’s worth taking the time to really get it right! The Apple OSX and Mac Support Job market is an especially niche one therefore it is important to consider this and tailor your CV throughout....

Author: John Guest | Date: 26/6/15 | Category: Advice, Events, Fire and Security, Medical, Technology
recruitment costs graph

Do you know how much your company loses from the departure of an employee? Do you know the recruitment costs to hire a replacement? How about the recruitment cost of hiring the wrong replacement? Calculating these costs isn’t simple; you have to look at a number of factors including reduced productivity, angry customers, and lost investment. Of course these aren’t specifically monetary values either. Regardless, these headaches can eventually prove costly both in time and expense. This is especially true in the hiring of a wrong candidate in the market I specialise in – Fire & Security Recruitment – where there is currently a large skills shortage.  Wrong decisions can...

Author: Vicky Bodhani | Date: 19/6/15 | Category: Advice, Fire and Security, Technology
How to answer STAR interview question

The STAR interview format is often used by employers who hold structured competency based interviews but understanding STAR can help you be the STAR in any interview.  So first things first . . . what is STAR? Situation Task Action Result This format is a universally recognised technique for assessing responses in an interview setting.  Some interviewers use STAR to score you based on how well you communicate your answer across each element of STAR. They do not always disclose that they are using this technique, in which case you could be losing ‘points’ without knowing. More forgiving interviewers give you advance warning of a competency based interview, in which...

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