Bad grammar and a limp handshake: your biggest recruitment turn-offs revealed
Whatever your area of expertise, when it comes to job applications and interviews, it seems some ‘pet peeves’ are universal.
Whether it’s a stock CV phrase or an interview bugbear, most hiring managers know exactly what they like and what they don’t like.
We recently asked over 300 recruiters to tell us about their biggest recruitment turn-offs and exactly what they’re looking out for when considering a candidate.
Is poor spelling and grammar and a weak handshake really the recipe for candidate rejection?
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26 February 2014
Rise in job opportunities adds to pressure on employers to increase pay
A consistent rise in new vacancies, increased confidence amongst workers, skills shortages in key sectors and a rising cost of living will put pressure on employers to increase pay.
- One in five of the workforce looked for a new job in January
- January record for new job opportunities, rising 29 percent year-on-year
- Skills shortages put further pressure on pay rates
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05 February 2014
Nowadays, with the aim of making a CV stand out, people can be tempted to give their previous employment a more professional job title. However, in some cases up-titling can become a little… ridiculous.
Can you guess some of the more overzealous job titles!
1. Five-a-day Collection Operative
2. Media Distribution Officer
3. Highway environmental hygienist
4. Transparency enhancement facilitator
5. Talent delivery specialist
6. Brand Champion
7. Sanitation Engineer
8. Education Centre Nourishment Consultant
9. Public Waste Technician
10. Mobile Sustenance Facilitator
ɹǝʞɹoʍ uɐʌ ɹǝƃɹnq ˙01 ɹǝuɐǝlɔ ʇǝlıoʇ ˙9 ʎpɐl ɹǝuuıp ˙8 uɐɯ uıq ˙7 ʇuɐʇsıssɐ sǝlɐs ˙6 ʇuǝƃɐ ʇuǝɯʇınɹɔǝɹ˙5 ɹǝuɐǝlɔ ʍopuıʍ ˙4 ɹǝdǝǝʍs pɐoɹ ˙3 ʎoqɹǝdɐd ˙2 ɹǝʞɔıd ʇınɹɟ ˙1
ONS Figures show jobs market is on road to recovery!
Commenting on today’s employment figures from the Office for National Statistics, director of policy of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation Tom Hadley says:
“The jobs market continues to be on the road to recovery and there are signs that this recovery is accelerating. We’ve seen job vacancies rising to a six year high last month.
“Looking ahead the huge challenge we face is ensuring that there are enough workers with the right skills to meet this demand. More efforts should be focused on addressing this skills gap rather than picking holes in flexible working arrangements.”
He added: “We still need to do more to help young people break into the world of work and ensure that workers can continue to progress within the jobs market.
http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2398 11 September 2013
Permanent Employment on the rise
The majority of employers (56 percent) continue to report that they will hire more permanent employees in the next quarter, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook survey. The survey also reveals an increase in the percentage of bosses who foresee headcounts will “stay the same”, especially in relation to agency staff.
July’s JobsOutlook survey of employers reports that:
• More than half (56 percent) plan to increase their permanent workforce over the next three months with 39 percent predicting no change and only five percent expecting to reduce headcounts.
• Almost half (49 percent) plan to increase their permanent headcount over the next four to12 months with another 49 percent predicting no change and only two percent predicting a reduction.
• Over a third (37 percent) plan to increase the use of agency workers in the next three months with over half (55 percent) suggesting staffing levels will remain unchanged and just eight percent expect to reduce their use of temps.
• One in three (34 percent) plan to increase the use of agency workers in the next four to 12 months with the majority (60 percent) predicting no change in their use of temps and only six percent reporting they plan to make a reduction.
http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2376 25th July 2013
Behind the numbers of the UK economy
Twenty six million pounds is the difference between a “double-dip” recession and a normal one.
If you’re confused by the various figures that are being thrown around, you’re not the only one. And once you throw in revisions to data, it’s hard to even know whether we were in a double-dip recession. What is clear is that the overall picture is that of a stagnant economy where even a small change can make all the difference.
So, this is what happened. A recession as defined by economists is two consecutive quarters of negative growth. A “double-dip” recession is when there is a second set of two consecutive quarters of negative growth before the economy recovers to where it was before the recession.
The Office for National Statistics revised up the GDP estimate for the first quarter of 2012 to “flat” from negative, so they say that there were now not two consecutive negative quarters of GDP. So, no double-dip recession.
Well, that’s not entirely the case if you really want to split hairs. Output fell by £26m in the first quarter of 2012 from the end of 2011. So, GDP for that quarter was £376.436bn, a fall of £26m from £376.462bn. Technically, it’s a fall of -0.0069%. But, if you round it to one decimal place, which is normal practice for this type of official statistic, then output is flat.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23080151 27 June 2013
May 2013 figures: UK jobs market blooms in record spring
Figures released for May 2013 show that there were 8% more opportunities on offer in May than in April. Annually, the growth in new positions stands at over 17% with the Reed Job Index achieving 165 points in May, the highest yet.
Overall demand for staff grew in over 90% of the UK’s employment sectors in May, with a thirteen point rise across the UK compared to April, with one in four sectors making over 10% more job opportunities available. The index now stands at 165, 17% higher than May 2012 and 21% higher than the 2012 average.
Among the sectors enjoying the most notable growth were the education and health and medicine professions, both experiencing annual growth of around 60%. The training sector proved the biggest monthly riser, up by 26% compared with April.
Overall, the Reed Salary Index now stands at 98, compared with 99 last month, meaning remuneration is at the same level it was this time last year.
On average, there are 8% more positions on offer in every UK region compared with last month, with the number of new opportunities available in the capital up 14% year on year.
http://www.reed.co.uk/jobindex June 2013