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Let’s Trash the Bashing and focus on what we do well. You in?

Let’s Trash the Bashing and focus on what we do well. You in?

Jessica Wood
14 March 2016

Fundamentally, recruitment is a ‘people-business’ and we don’t forget that it’s people that make a business. So, when I see the amount of vitriol aimed at recruiters on sites like LinkedIn it does sadden me. I don’t know of many other industries where so much ‘hate’...

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Getting the best results from your recruitment process

Getting the best results from your recruitment process

Jessica Wood
11 February 2016

I interviewed Emma Hanney, the HR Manager of FE, about what firms can do to help themselves attract the right candidates for their roles and to get the best results from their recruitment process. Emma has been with FE for just short of five years and plays a key role in...

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5 key staffing considerations for IFA’s to focus on when looking to buy or sell their business

5 key staffing considerations for IFA’s to focus on when looking to buy or sell their business

Jessica Wood
29 January 2016

I interviewed Dawn Pearce-Herzberg on the 5 key considerations IFA’s looking to buy or sell their business should be focused on when it comes to their staff. Since RDR came into force, in December 2012, there has been a lot of changes within the financial planning sector....

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Dispelling the Myth: The CV introduction game

Dispelling the Myth: The CV introduction game

Jessica Wood
26 August 2015

Dispelling the Myth: The CV introduction game, an insightful inside story for both hiring companies and job seekers alike This might be a controversial piece, however bear with me. I’m going to address this from both a hiring company and job seeker point of view. As...

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I feel the need, the need for speed

I feel the need, the need for speed

Jessica Wood
4 August 2015

A recent article in Glassdoor.com shows the UK as being the third slowest when it comes to the time taken in the hiring process (28.6 days). Growing hiring times The article shows a number of reasons for this including additional vetting touch points that all add to...

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It's not all about the money, money, money!

It's not all about the money, money, money!

Jessica Wood
1 July 2015

Earlier in 2015 we produced a Research Paper that highlighted what employers think candidates want and what candidates actually want.   We asked candidates: What attracted them to their current role? What keeps them in their current role?...

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If you change nothing, nothing will change

If you change nothing, nothing will change

Jessica Wood
18 June 2015

The financial advice world has undergone significant change in recent years, not least in how it charges for its services, moving away from the commission driven sales to a fee based services approach. Within my industry, recruitment, it’s still by and large a commission...

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Research shows it is not all about the money for financial services candidates

Research shows it is not all about the money for financial services candidates

Jessica Wood
29 April 2015

We’ve released the results of our ‘Candidates vs Employers Research 2015’; detailing the views of 51 financial services professionals and the reasons behind their career decisions. The results highlight that, although salary is still a key motivator for many people – it is...

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How your PSLs are damaging your recruitment and you don't even know it

How your PSLs are damaging your recruitment and you don't even know it

Jessica Wood
15 April 2015

You’ve decided to sell your house and need an estate agent. In making your selection do you consider who’s offering the most competitive price, or, do you go with who has the best reputation and will do you the best job of selling your home? Whatever your criteria you...

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Discrimination is dead! Long live discrimination!

Discrimination is dead! Long live discrimination!

Jessica Wood
2 April 2015

I’m sure many people feel this way in terms of age discrimination during the hiring process. We all know people are both living and therefore working longer – 50 is the new 30 right? I was a child of the 70’s with grandparents in their late-forties at the time and back...

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Having a bad day at work? Tempted to have a rant on Twitter or Facebook? Don't do it! Here's the reason why...

Having a bad day at work? Tempted to have a rant on Twitter or Facebook? Don't do it! Here's the reason why...

Jessica Wood
16 March 2015

Did you know your potential new employer no longer has access to a really detailed reference or two from your previous or current employer? This is mainly due to HR taking responsibility for producing references and your immediate Line Manager no longer being able to complete...

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The importance of taking control of your online career profile

The importance of taking control of your online career profile

Jessica Wood
3 March 2015

Long gone are the days when your Line Manager would write you a glowing reference for you to hand over to potential new employers. These days all referencing is carried out by HR and at best a reference will just tell a future employer what dates you worked at a company and...

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How to avoid the Ambulance chasing recruiter and the false promise of an interview you will never get

How to avoid the Ambulance chasing recruiter and the false promise of an interview you will never get

Jessica Wood
18 February 2015

Having recently been appointed, on a referred & exclusive basis, to assist a financial planning company with the hiring of a new management professional imagine our shock when a candidate known to both us and the company was approached by a recruitment company purporting to...

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6 Tell-tale signs you're using the wrong Recruitment Firm and how to fix it

6 Tell-tale signs you're using the wrong Recruitment Firm and how to fix it

Jessica Wood
28 January 2015

Imagine the scenario: You’re starting out in your financial career and decide, like many, to approach a recruitment firm to help you find your first position. All goes to plan and you do well in this role. As time goes by you realise that you’re outgrowing the firm...

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Is the key to attracting quality support staff down to more flexibility?

Is the key to attracting quality support staff down to more flexibility?

Jessica Wood
25 November 2014

Latest figures show unemployment has fallen again; this is good news for Britain’s overall economy, however, it means it’s even harder to find the right qualified people for various industries including the financial services profession BBC News There are lots of...

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How do you put together a package to tempt the right adviser to your firm?

How do you put together a package to tempt the right adviser to your firm?

Jessica Wood
17 November 2014

Chris Budd’s article has clearly got people interested, with over 1100 views and sitting at 13 comments. Chris has raised some interesting points, and I wanted to share our thoughts on his conclusions: To recap these were:  Some of those firms are using...

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The modern recruiter

The modern recruiter

Jessica Wood
3 September 2014

5 Ways financial services firms can get the best from their recruitment company #modernrecruitment I saw a recent article on LinkedIn and that got me thinking. Basically the article was referring to what it means to be a ‘modern recruiter’ and what some...

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Decisions, decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Jessica Wood
22 July 2013

Moving jobs is a big decision – and it is hugely important to do what is right for you. You need to feel comfortable that any change is made for the right reasons, and any move fits with your real motivators. The last thing you want is to find that, having accepted a new...

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Time to remove our recruitment blinkers

Time to remove our recruitment blinkers

Jessica Wood
28 May 2012

It is no surprise that the current climate has made for a more difficult jobs market in the retail financial services industry (indeed, in most industries). However, what I find particularly interesting is the impact this has had on the attitudes of many employers looking to...

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Fluffing anyone?

Fluffing anyone?

1 December 2011

When I was a little girl did I dream of becoming an adult movie ‘fluffer’???!! The answer to that is clearly ‘no’!! It may also seem like a slightly strange opening sentence for a recruitment blog. However, the life of a recruiter these days can sometimes feel just like that;...

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Hands up anyone who hates recruiters...

Hands up anyone who hates recruiters...

25 November 2011

Having worked in recruitment for nearly 12 years, for the most part I’ve enjoyed what I do. However, sometimes when I’ve been in certain social gatherings and been asked what I do for a living, I’ve felt a sense of dread in telling people what I do. ‘Why is that?’ you may...

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CV 'spam': necessary evil... or outdated and annoying?

CV 'spam': necessary evil... or outdated and annoying?

8 November 2011

How many times have you been told ‘I’ve got the ‘ideal’ candidate for your business’? Going one step further, how many times have you been told this from someone you’ve never even spoken to?! I would guess ‘pretty often’, in the regular speculative emails you no doubt receive...

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