• Why You're Losing the Best Candidates
    Why You're Losing the Best Candidates

    Wednesday 15th November 2017

    Snail Pace Recruitment

    I have had another one of those unfortunate occasions this week, where I have lost a placement, and more crucially,...

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  • Working with me and my Misophonia
    Working with me and my Misophonia

    Monday 30th October 2017

    And why you are driving me mad

    Misophonia. The hatred of sounds.
    I stumbled across the word and its meaning by pure accident only a matter of...

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  • Dealing with Rejection
    Dealing with Rejection

    Tuesday 12th September 2017

    The Challenges of Job Hunting

    It's an inevitable part of the process.
    You apply for jobs, you don't hear back. You go for interviews, they...

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  • The Myth about Accountants
    The Myth about Accountants

    Tuesday 12th September 2017

    Why they are so much more than a suit

    Grey, humourless and boring. Moaned about for doing everything by the book, being unbending and 'working for HMRC and not...

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  • Attracting the Best People
    Attracting the Best People

    Tuesday 4th July 2017

    Essential for a Competitive Business

    If you've ever had to be responsible for hiring staff you'll know it's hard to even attract the right people,...

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  • Professional, Confidential & Discreet
    Professional, Confidential & Discreet

    Tuesday 27th June 2017

    Recruiting with Clarity Appointments

    I'm a born worrier. And currently, I am spending my days worrying that the wider world doesn't really understand what...

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  • Oh Wow, That's Good
    Oh Wow, That's Good

    Tuesday 20th June 2017

    Meeting Expectations

    In all honesty, I cannot remember the last time I bit into a warm, sugar-coated raspberry jam doughnut and felt...

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  • Feeling Frazzled
    Feeling Frazzled

    Tuesday 13th June 2017

    The Need for Regular Breaks

    Do you start to get frazzled this time of year or is it just me?


    After a refreshingly...

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  • It's Been an Education
    It's Been an Education

    Wednesday 7th June 2017

    Thanks to the British Library

    I have been working in the British Library today. And they will be pleased to hear that it has been...

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  • Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
    Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

    Thursday 1st June 2017

    The need to keep up

    Well, firstly, thanks for reading this. How do you even have the time in a four-day week? I don't really...

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  • Reducing the Risk of a Bad Hire
    Reducing the Risk of a Bad Hire

    Tuesday 16th May 2017

    Working with Clarity Appointments

    It's simple to get it wrong when hiring for your team. I am being very (perhaps too) open with you...

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  • Giving You Peace of Mind
    Giving You Peace of Mind

    Tuesday 9th May 2017

    Recruiting with Clarity Appointments

    Recruitment isn't easy. Don't let anyone tell you different.


    Hiring the wrong person can be complex, expensive, time-consuming...

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  • My Experience of Depression
    My Experience of Depression

    Wednesday 3rd May 2017

    Marking Mental Health Week (8-14 May)

    I recently noticed, browsing my photo albums, that there is a distinct lack of photographs beyond my trip to Australia...

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  • Recruiters Please STOP!
    Recruiters Please STOP!

    Tuesday 25th April 2017

    Recruiters Rubbishing Their Own Industry

    Every day in past weeks my LinkedIn feed has been jam packed with recruitment bashing. And I've had enough.

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  • Accurately Matching People to Your Business
    Accurately Matching People to Your Business

    Tuesday 18th April 2017

    Recruiting with Clarity Appointments

    Line Managers are busy people and in our experience rarely want reams of CV's to sort in order to short-list...

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  • Hot Cross Buns
    Hot Cross Buns

    Thursday 13th April 2017

    And Other Misunderstandings

    I was looking for an image suitable for the looming Christian festival, Easter, and typed 'hot cross buns' into an...

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  • The Rise and Rise of the 'Fake' Award
    The Rise and Rise of the 'Fake' Award

    Thursday 6th April 2017

    Didn't We Do Well?

    Most days I get emails that I decide to rescue from my 'spam' folder. The algorithm that chose them as...

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  • National Pillow Fight Awareness Day
    National Pillow Fight Awareness Day

    Tuesday 4th April 2017

    And Other Barmy National Awareness Days

    Did you know that the 2nd April was National Pillow Fight Awareness Day?
    According to the Awareness Day's website, in...

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  • Appraising & Motivating
    Appraising & Motivating

    Tuesday 28th March 2017

    Getting the Best out of Your Team

    I do not profess to be an expert when it comes to motivating a team of people but I have...

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  • Balancing Work & Home Life
    Balancing Work & Home Life

    Monday 20th March 2017

    Creating a Family Friendly Company

    I don't like the expression work/life balance because for me work is very much part of my 'life'. I assume...

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  • Is Your Job Applicant Who They Say They Are?
    Is Your Job Applicant Who They Say They Are?

    Tuesday 14th March 2017

    Reducing the Risk of a Bad Hire

    Hiring badly for your business can be devastating. Apart from the obvious costs including salary and training costs choosing the...

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  • Rewarding Your Stars
    Rewarding Your Stars

    Tuesday 7th March 2017

    How to Keep a Team Motivated

    Talent isn't easy to find in 2017. I know first hand, from hiring for my own team to finding the...

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  • The LinkedIn Police
    The LinkedIn Police

    Friday 3rd March 2017

    Helping the Decline in Popularity?

    I for one know that I am not the perfect driver. Despite many years of no insurance claims, the state...

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  • Liquid Lunches
    Liquid Lunches

    Friday 24th February 2017

    Are They Now Unacceptable?

    In light of the recent ban on Lloyd's of London employees drinking at lunchtime, are we about to see an...

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  • The Dreaded Interview
    The Dreaded Interview

    Monday 20th February 2017

    Let Us Guide You

    Right, your CV has done the job it was designed to do - it's secured you an interview for that...

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  • Love is ...
    Love is ...

    Tuesday 14th February 2017

    Modern Day 'Courting'

    ... OK, I know there is nothing modern about 'courting' - a word replaced by 'dating' long ago. But please...

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  • Sharing The Love
    Sharing The Love

    Wednesday 8th February 2017

    Celebrating Together

    I am back in the office this morning, rather tired after attending the Chartered Institute of Credit Management awards dinner...

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  • Easing the Discomfort of the Daily Commute
    Easing the Discomfort of the Daily Commute

    Friday 3rd February 2017

    Random Acts of Kindness

    I visited London for the Recruitment Expo two days this week and, as always when I visit the capital, was...

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  • How to Get Started Writing Your CV
    How to Get Started Writing Your CV

    Tuesday 31st January 2017

    Here's All the Help You Need

    Writing your CV for the first time can be a daunting experience and even those of us who help and...

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  • Employers Still Believe Sex Sells
    Employers Still Believe Sex Sells

    Wednesday 25th January 2017

    And There's a call to MP's to Protect Women Further

    When I started working for the National Westminster Bank in 1987 ladies at my branch in Cambridge were not permitted...

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  • Seeking Relief from a Day at Your Desk?
    Seeking Relief from a Day at Your Desk?

    Monday 23rd January 2017

    Here's Part of the Solution to those Aches and Pains

    You might think that you are 'safe' from aches and pains when you have a desk job, when friends and...

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  • Statutory Minimum Pay Requirements
    Statutory Minimum Pay Requirements

    Tuesday 17th January 2017

    The NMW and NLW explained

    In 2016 the new National Living Wage (NLW) was introduced, adding more confusion, for small businesses in particular, (and should...

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  • The Riddle of the Non-Existent Job
    The Riddle of the Non-Existent Job

    Tuesday 17th January 2017

    Unravelling the Reasons Why You Don't Get a Response to an Online Application

    Ever wondered why you send seemingly endless job applications online and never hear back from any of them?
    There are...

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  • Excuses by Employers for Not Paying the NMW
    Excuses by Employers for Not Paying the NMW

    Thursday 12th January 2017

    This Would be Funny if it Were Not True

    Unbelievably in the age of TV, radio and the internet there are still excuses for not complying with employer's rights...

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  • The Importance of Receiving Praise
    The Importance of Receiving Praise

    Tuesday 10th January 2017

    How a 'Thank You' Works Like a Tonic

    These beautiful flowers and a 'thank you' card arrived at the office today. And the team went into a flutter...

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  • Can I take my break now, please?
    Can I take my break now, please?

    Monday 9th January 2017

    Is an employer in breach of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (the “WTR”) if a worker doesn’t take a break, even when they haven’t asked for one?

    This was the interesting point raised in the recent case of Grange v Abellio London Limited. Although the position remains...

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  • Want the Latest Recruitment Industry News?
    Want the Latest Recruitment Industry News?

    Monday 9th January 2017

    REC Jobs Outlook Published

    A quarter (25pc) of employers believe that new funds to support regional economic growth should be top of the list...

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  • Bullying In the Workplace
    Bullying In the Workplace

    Monday 9th January 2017

    A Growing Trend?

    We appear to have an ever increasing number of people registering for work because of bullying in the workplace which...

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  • Is Work Disrupted Because of Snow?
    Is Work Disrupted Because of Snow?

    Monday 9th January 2017

    Where Do You Stand if There are Employee Absences?

    With the icy cold mornings we now face in January it’s worth understanding your rights as an employee and employer...

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  • Who Is In Charge of the Thermostat in Your Office?
    Who Is In Charge of the Thermostat in Your Office?

    Monday 9th January 2017

    Staying Comfortable as Temperatures Plummet

    It’s likely most of us at some time in our working lives have shared an office with colleagues who don’t...

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