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Alasdair Murray commented on Greg Savage's blog post 'Why ‘agency recruitment’ is totally screwed'
"Thanks for the explanation Paul. Appreciated."
Mar 21
Alasdair Murray commented on Greg Savage's blog post 'Why ‘agency recruitment’ is totally screwed'
"I have recruited directly in the past as an employer, but never used recruiters to find me work. I've always managed to do that myself. Clearly different recruiters have different ideas about how important the candidate is. Possibly why…"
Mar 21
Alasdair Murray commented on Greg Savage's blog post 'Why ‘agency recruitment’ is totally screwed'
"I know, amazing isn't it? Makes me angry as clearly many recruiters view the candidates as secondary in importance whereas in fact they are the lifeblood, the pipeline to fees, of every recruiter."
Mar 21
Alasdair Murray commented on Greg Savage's blog post 'Why ‘agency recruitment’ is totally screwed'
"If you had no decent candidates, you'd have no fees, thus candidates indirectly pay your fees. And surely you're working for them too, no?"
Mar 21
Alasdair Murray commented on Greg Savage's blog post 'Why ‘agency recruitment’ is totally screwed'
"I actually like the idea of someone representing me in my career. Indeed, I know a recruiter, a long term friend and former client of mine who has made a very successful business out of doing just that in the IT business in the City. However, my…"
Mar 20
Alasdair Murray commented on Greg Savage's blog post 'Why ‘agency recruitment’ is totally screwed'
"Dare I ask the question, does the panel think that the longer candidates feel they are getting ignored when applying for jobs, the greater the chance that more and more will simply go direct in the future? I only say that as someone who has never…"
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Alasdair Murray commented on Will Thomson's blog post 'The Death of Blogging'
"I agree. I have always been a great advocate of only writing a blog when you feel passionately about a subject, have something important to say or maybe even occasionally try and inject a bit of humour into a world that often takes itself too…"
Sep 16, 2013
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Do employers need to to adapt to meet the needs of Gen Y? (Or should Gen Y adapt to meets the needs of the employer?)

When I was growing up as something of a surly youth way back when, I had my own idea of what I wanted and what the world owed me. But, I soon found out that in order to get on in life, and in work, you need a degree of flexibility rather than a set of immovable expectations around which employers need to lightly tread. The difference is of course, back then we didn't as a generation have a voice as such. There was no…See More
Sep 16, 2013
Alasdair Murray commented on Alasdair Murray's blog post 'Do you go into a grocery store to buy a car?'
"I'm still after success stories!"
Mar 21, 2013
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Who or what really, really winds you up at work?

A survey of 2,500 office workers carried out at the end of 2012 revealed that the most annoying trait amongst their colleagues was noisy eating.  Not surprisingly, general messiness, smelly food and irritating habits were also high up on the list of general gripes. But it got me thinking, other than the above examples, what is it that winds YOU up at work? Here are five of my own personal favourites.At number five, what I like to call ‘the sarcastic welcomer’ i.e. the person who pipes up with…See More
Feb 19, 2013
Alasdair Murray posted a blog post

Who or what really, really winds you up at work?

A survey of 2,500 office workers carried out at the end of 2012 revealed that the most annoying trait amongst their colleagues was noisy eating.  Not surprisingly, general messiness, smelly food and irritating habits were also high up on the list of general gripes. But it got me thinking, other than the above examples, what is it that winds YOU up at work? Here are five of my own personal favourites.At number five, what I like to call ‘the sarcastic welcomer’ i.e. the person who pipes up with…See More
Feb 18, 2013
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Lauren Smith commented on Alasdair Murray's blog post 'What IS a talent community anyway?'
"Hey Alasdair - Great question. The #1 reason why a candidate should join a talent community, is because it's SO MUCH easier than spending the 45-minutes to apply via the complicated ATS. Just join the community in a few clicks, and…"
Jan 23, 2013
Alasdair Murray commented on Kelly Blokdijk's blog post 'Why you should think before thoughtlessly following thought-leaders'
"Thought leader is a hideous term. Those who call themselves that should get out more often! An anagram of 'A thought leader' is coincidentally 'Altogether now.....duh!. Also, social media guru, another self-assigned name to detest…"
Dec 21, 2012

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freelance copywriter & ex recruitment advertising agency account director
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freelance recruitment communications copywriter
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More than 15 years
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way back when
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Do employers need to to adapt to meet the needs of Gen Y? (Or should Gen Y adapt to meets the needs of the employer?)

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 6:00am 0 Comments

When I was growing up as something of a surly youth way back when, I had my own idea of what I wanted and what the world owed me. But, I soon found out that in order to get on in life, and in work, you need a degree of flexibility rather than a set of immovable expectations around which employers need to lightly tread. The difference is of course, back then we…

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Who or what really, really winds you up at work?

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments

A survey of 2,500 office workers carried out at the end of 2012 revealed that the most annoying trait amongst their colleagues was noisy eating.  Not surprisingly, general messiness, smelly food and irritating habits were also high up on the list of general gripes. But it got me thinking, other than the above examples, what is it that winds YOU up at work? Here are five of my own personal favourites.

At number five, what I like to call ‘the sarcastic welcomer’ i.e. the person who…

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There's not a lack of talent, there's a lack of creativity and forethought!

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 6:00am 1 Comment

The following is an elongated version of a comment I made recently about an article which posed the question "Does talent grow on trees" and debated whether there is a talent shortage in the current marketplace.

As someone who has worked in recruitment marketing for over 20 years, I would say there has been a definite dumbing down in the messages that some people, recruiters and employers alike, put out there these days under the guise of being a…

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Ever wondered what the clever phrases in those job ads actually mean?

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Conduct an online job search these days and you’re soon confronted with lots of ads, many suggesting, without actually saying it of course, that each day spent working with them will be just like dying and going to heaven, only better. But should they be taken at face value?  Is your workplace heaven? Or is it more like hell, despite what that ever so enticing advertisement that lured you there in the first place suggested? Here I take a lighthearted look at what job ads say and what they…

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At 9:16am on June 8, 2012, james nathan said…

Still. Would you like me to repost with full credit to you and a link back to your site? I feel like I should do something

At 9:09am on June 8, 2012, james nathan said…

Hi Alisdair, I hope you saw my comment on your comments before removing the post. I genuinely used an anonymous list given to me a few years ago as my basis for that blog and am really very embarrassed. 

At 12:02pm on January 4, 2012, Roseanne Stockton said…

Thanks Alasdair - my other title was going to be 'New Year New Job' Tell your Agency to change staff if thats the best they can do...I moderated it! 

 
 
 

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