Purple squirrels is the term coined by the recruitment industry to describe an employer’s perfect candidate: candidates with exactly the right education, qualifications and experience to do the job. Some employers’ insistence on finding a purple squirrel has resulted in some job vacancies being left open for months. And in today’s candidate driven market, holding out for the perfect candidate makes little financial sense. This is even more true in secretarial recruitment where finding the right chemistry between PA and Boss is so much more important than the qualifications on the candidate’s CV. So how do you identify the right chemistry in a candidate?
Times are changing and it seems that some recruitment selection processes used are often very outdated, which means that some of the most enthusiastic and best qualified candidates slip through the net; this is often because they cannot relate to the outdated way that the interview is conducted.
The Chinese New Year yesterday marked the beginning of the Year of the Monkey and it sparked a fun discussion at RMS Recruitment about how your sign of the zodiac affects your career and working relationships. Want to know how your Animal character traits are influencing your working day? First of all, if you don’t already know, find out your Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign using this online tool.
The market for top talent gets more and more competitive every day, which is forcing employers to do as much of the hard work as the candidate during the interview stage. You have to really sell your company and explain why they would want to work for you in order to hire and retain the best possible team and turn interviewees who are not suitable into PR agents for you.
As many of you may have seen, Monday was National Sickie Day, with The Telegraph reporting that up to an estimated 375,000 people either took the day off or missed an important job interview; not the sort of behaviour we would condone at RMS Recruitment!
The end of January to the start of February can be a low point for a lot of us and it’s no surprise that with the recent extreme weather we’ve been experiencing it’s all too tempting to roll over and pull the duvet back over our heads after the early morning alarm goes off. Having said that, the days are getting longer and Spring is not too far off (looking at the daffodils outside the office you could be forgiven for thinking it’s here already!) so here’s a list of things you can do to help fight off the Winter Blues and make sure you’re in a positive frame of mind to give yourself the best chance of landing the new job you’re after.
Companies often find the process of recruiting for secretarial jobs in London a challenge. As businesses strive to attract the best candidates in a highly competitive economy, preparing an attractive job description is not always considered a priority. However, an inaccurate, out-of-date, or boring job description will seriously hamper any recruitment campaign, driving away candidates who were initially interested.
With people becoming increasingly reliant on mobile web access for all facets of their lives, a growing number of individuals are applying for jobs using their smartphones. According to recent data, more than 50 percent of applicants used their phones to meet job application deadlines. With data suggesting that this number is set to grow, there are ways London-based businesses and candidates can use this trend to enhance the application process.
The City is changing and you need to as well
It would be difficult to have missed the headlines concerning the volatility in global markets over the last few months, and with the FTSE having recently dipped back into bear market territory the City is braced for further job losses on top of the cost cutting announced at the back end of last year. With global players such as Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Standard and Chartered and HSBC announcing cuts of anything up to 30% in their trading and support staff the prospects look pretty bleak for the City right now.
When recruiting for permanent, temporary or contractual candidates, speed of hire is often something that is overlooked. Hiring time is a vital element that has a major impact on the quality of candidates and corporate revenue. When it comes to PA recruitment in London, there is a huge amount of competition, and that means that the most sought-after candidates are frequently snapped up in less than ten days. When the hiring process exceeds this amount of time, the talent pool becomes depleted, as many of the highest-qualified candidates will have already accepted offers from other companies. Additionally, a longer hiring process impacts on productivity and revenue, particularly when the vacant position is for an important role such as PA or office support. As more organisations seek to improve their recruitment processes in order to secure the best candidates, speed hiring is set to become a key trend for 2016.
Previously, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) seemed largely confined to our social lives rather than our careers but recent research by the CIPD reveals that Career FOMO is on the rise – we look at the reasons and how to avoid slipping into the trap of assuming our friends are advancing their careers faster than ourselves.
Recruiting for PA jobs in London can be a challenging process. Companies strive to find the best candidate for the role, but in such a competitive economy, recruiters need to be savvy to succeed. Leading businesses like Google are now securing around fifty percent of their new hires via referrals. Benefits of referrals include increased speed of hire, less cost per hire and positive impact on diversity. With studies proving referral programmes commonly result in the best-quality candidates, highest volume hires and best retention rates, referrals are set to become a key trend in 2016.