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How can your smartphone help you recruit?

In the ever-changing and sometimes complicated world of online recruitment, you need the proper tools to help you stay ahead of the competition. One of the most powerful pieces of kit you could need is literally at your fingertips for most of the day – your mobile phone. With such…

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Why choose web development as a career?

More and more people are realising the benefits of a career in web development, design and programming. There's never been a better time to get into this industry which, while competitive at the lower end, comes with all kinds of benefits and great opportunities for progression. Read on to find…

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Beyond salary: what to consider before accepting a job

It can often be extremely difficult to work out whether a job on offer is actually a good deal or not: sometimes it's downright impossible. There are so many factors that determine whether a job is a good fit that it's not unheard of for a person to take months…

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Yorkshire created more jobs than all of France

Among the news delivered in last Wednesday's Budget, George Osborne made a fantastic announcement: that employment in Yorkshire has increased more than in an entire European country. The chancellor said, "And which county has created more jobs than the whole of France? The great county of Yorkshire." We were thrilled,…

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How are candidates finding your vacancies?

As an employer looking to recruit the very best people, you'll want to get your vacancy posts out to as many viable candidates as you can...but does that mean you should post to more job boards? Does it mean you should pick the most popular ones? Or maybe you should…

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How to improve communication with your colleagues

Communication in the workplace is one of the most important factors in success. Despite this, it is often overlooked. Many of the internal problems in an organisation can be attributed to a breakdown in communication, whether it's misjudged expectations, grudges, poor quality work or staff absences. The quality and degree…

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Where is recruitment going in 2015?

We may be only a few weeks into 2015, but already some trends for the year are becoming clear. If you can recognise what the near future holds in the online recruitment industry, you can refine your hiring strategy to meet it. To help our clients stay ahead, we've asked…

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Why you should list salary on your job ads

Job seekers always find it helpful to know how much a job pays before they apply. So why do employers and recruiters so often neglect to mention a figure in the advert? There are all kinds of reasons an employer might want to withhold that information; perhaps they want to…

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Why do over 80% of our clients renew?

Now that we've been in the business for over five years, we can safely say we've attained some success. The Yorkshire online recruitment company Blue Octopus has placed thousands of people in work, registered half a million candidates and consistently smashed its own sales targets. We think one of the best…

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