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Never recruit a Grinch

Why the Grinch would be a HR nightmare!

Chances are that by now, your workplace has entered fully into the Christmas spirit. It’s also around this time of year that you’ll notice if you’ve hired someone in the past twelve months who’s a bit of a grumbler. Do they do nothing but moan and complain and frown?...

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Still using a recruitment agency? Get with the times!

With recruitment having come so far in the past years, it’s definitely past time for employers to update their hiring methods. While the new ways are not always the best, there’s a clear trend in recruitment that the emerging methods manage to capture a higher number, and more importantly, a...

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5 top places to get a temporary job at Christmas

A temporary Christmas job is a great way to make a bit of extra money this season. Businesses of all kinds see an increase in demand around this time of year and for the student or jobseeker this represents a great opportunity. As we’re well on the way to...

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The benefits of a careers microsite

It’s no secret that the job seeking process is now mainly an online experience for most candidates…those newspaper adverts are as much an antique as Uncle Sam’s recruitment posters. With this evolution, online recruitment companies like Blue Octopus are able to offer clients a comprehensive services so that expensive...

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5 tips on how to survive your office Christmas party

Now that it’s December, it’s beginning to really feel like Christmas is underway. It also means it won’t be long before your work Christmas party. The party is meant to be a time when you can have fun and bond with your colleagues, but it’s also a time when...

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When do you need to hire your first employee?

As a successful one-person operation, eventually you’re likely to reach the point where you need to take on some outside help. Taking on your first employee should give you a big help with your workload, especially in the long term – however in the immediate future you actually have...

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10 ways students can impress employers

This guest post is authored by Lauren Ferguson, Career Development Adviser at the University of Stirling. Graduate employers notice students who are proactive in taking opportunities and have a range of experience. How many of these have you done? Work or study abroad Employers are impressed by candidates who have...

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3 types of online job application you’re likely to find

These days you’ll do most of your job search online – not many people apply for work through newspaper ads any more. That means that when you set out on a job hunt, you’ll probably spend a lot of your time sitting in front of a computer firing off...

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5 things you should never say to your colleagues

Most of us like to think of our places of work as a place where we can speak freely. That said however, there are certain phrases and topics that are off limits in a professional environment. Things that you might say in a social context don’t always belong at...

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The most common interview questions (and how to answer them)

When you’re looking for work, there are few things more stressful than preparing for interviews. Particularly when you have your first interview all lined up, it can be very difficult to know what we be expected of you. That said however, you can cut down on the amount of...

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