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"Passionate"? - Don't make me laugh!

OK. I admit it. I used to think "passionate" was a good CV or resume word. It conveys more than "hard-working" or "diligent" and adds "caring" and emotion. If you're passionate about something, you're fully absorbed, engaged and enthusiastic. I…

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Added by Martin Ellis on December 19, 2013 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

WARNING: LinkedIn Candidate Fatigue Approaching...

Let's be honest with ourselves. All recruiters are using LinkedIn - whether they admit it or not. They won't be using it as the only search tool - or at least I hope they're not!…

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Added by Martin Ellis on November 5, 2013 at 10:11am — 26 Comments

Who, EXACTLY, is in charge around here?...

My previous post about the right number of interviews received a lot comments - some from people saying I should add an extra interview to…

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Added by Martin Ellis on October 28, 2013 at 6:50am — 6 Comments

How many interviews is enough?...

I’ve been stimulated by something I read earlier: – “Up to a few years ago, Google would have employees go through a 12 – 14 meeting process. This would result in dreadfully long staffing cycles, loss of top talent to competing internet…

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Added by Martin Ellis on October 21, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Worst Recruitment Decision - EVER

I have just read on the BBC that Cardiff City (a Welsh soccer club just promoted to the English Premier League) have just appointed a 23 year old Kazakh as head of…

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Added by Martin Ellis on October 10, 2013 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Hiring? - Time to fish in new gene pools...

Encouraged by a world that often doesn't look much beyond tomorrow, we often make decisions in isolation that seem a good idea at the time - only to regret them later. I understand the Danish perspective is that "at least when I wet myself it's…

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Added by Martin Ellis on October 1, 2013 at 5:07am — No Comments

Your LinkedIn Profile May Say More About You Than You'd Intended...

Despite the fact that the world and their dog now has a LinkedIn profile, too many members are careless about what they write - and what they don't write!

I covered much…

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Added by Martin Ellis on September 23, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Job Interviewers - How to avoid looking stupid

You interview lots of people every day. The candidates are keen to get the job you have within your gift. They get nervous, and you're just doing your day job. It's dead easy to get cocky and think you know it all. You start to get a little too clever.…

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Added by Martin Ellis on September 6, 2013 at 9:53am — 26 Comments

That's it! If candidates can't be bothered with their LinkedIn profile, than neither can I

I've had enough!

How can you possibly not know it's important? You ring me or write to me to tell me you want my help, but you can't be bothered to fill in a simple…

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Added by Martin Ellis on August 21, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Will Recruiting Look 10 Years from Now...?

LinkedIn celebrated its tenth birthday in May, and to celebrate the occasion it asked some industry experts how recruitment might look in 2023. Two…

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Added by Martin Ellis on July 30, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

First Rule of Resume Writing - Think of Annie...

This morning Annie wrote to me pleading for simple and clear resumes/CV's. Annie is a UK-based recruiter. Annie, and thousands like her, spend a good deal of their day matching people to jobs, and to do that Annie reads resumes...... lot's of…

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Added by Martin Ellis on July 22, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Glass Half-Full? - Blame Mum...

The volume of twaddle spouted about optimism and pessimism by half-baked amateurs (like me) is hardly helpful to those looking for an understanding so they're able to make better recruitment and people decisions for themselves and those around them. Much of it is either vacuous - or clever and impenetrable. Hardly useful…

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Added by Martin Ellis on July 11, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

Smart-arsed interview questions were never, ever, big and clever

I sometimes wonder if it's me....?

I've heard about all these really clever questions to ask at a job interview that will really sort the wheat from the chaff, but…

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Added by Martin Ellis on July 4, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

You can lead your boss to broadband, but you can't make him click...

stubborn donkey 4 The Internet is for so much more than email (which the young already regard as old-fashioned) and social networking. I recently wrote about UK government and public bodies (but I suspect these people are the same the world over) who continue to see the solution to address our economic sloth in …

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Added by Martin Ellis on June 15, 2013 at 3:28am — No Comments

How to Recruit - The least you should do....

Employing people was never easy. Perversely, it's more difficult now because there are more candidates than jobs, but there are simple steps any employer can take to reduce the risk of appointing the wrong person...

Oops Having said that, there's a lot of…

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Added by Martin Ellis on May 20, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

Job Seekers - Don't take rejection personally

Rejection is part of the job hunting process.

Think about it: If I involve 60 candidates in a headhunt, eventually 59 are going to be rejected. It's a mathematical…

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Added by Martin Ellis on May 13, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Smart Interview Questions for Candidates

You've covered all the bases so far... your CV has got you an interview... you've done your research and rehearsed what you'll say to the obvious questions you're likely to be asked... You got to the interview on time, and you're performing like a star (You may already have read Top Ten "DUMB" Interview Tips) then the…

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Added by Martin Ellis on May 2, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

Get a "Marmite" CV/Resume - or you'll be toast...

I have long held the view that people need to be a little braver with their CV's and resumes. Far too many people write their CV/resume so it offends nobody. Trouble is, it attracts nobody either.

marmite Just last week I had a candidate who sent me their CV.…

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Added by Martin Ellis on April 22, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

How to Choose a Headhunter - Honour Among Headhunters

In my last article about headhunter fees, I wondered how you could trust to get a headhunter to keep the promises…

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Added by Martin Ellis on April 18, 2013 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

How to Choose a Headhunter - What's the Right Fee?

This is part of a series of articles called "How to Choose a Headhunter" that's been running since 2008 - But the market is changing so quickly, at least here in the UK, that much of that has been left behind in the sands of time.....…

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Added by Martin Ellis on April 15, 2013 at 2:05pm — No Comments

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