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Onrec Awards 2019: Blue Octopus takes the trophy – twice!

As we storm into the weekend, it’s celebrations all round at Blue Octopus. We’re delighted to announce that we were victorious in not one but two categories at the Onrec Awards 2019 last night. The event, which was held at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London, celebrates the very…

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How to choose the right applicant tracking system (ATS) for you

The right applicant tracking system (ATS) could change your life. Well, your working life at the very least. It sounds like a bold claim, but the tools and features a modern ATS can offer you are wide-ranging, extremely useful and can truly revolutionise your recruitment processes and beyond. But how…

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10 benefits of using one-way video interviews to recruit

One-way video interview software is becoming a popular part of the recruitment process. Why? Because the benefits – to employers and candidates alike – are plentiful. It’s a simple idea, but a nifty one too. Hiring managers set questions (customising thinking time, answering time and the number of opportunities to…

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Blue Octopus is now ISO 27001:2013 certified

It’s been a while since we’ve given you a Blue Octopus biz update – but today we’ve got something great to shout about! We’re pleased to be able to announce that we’ve recently achieved ISO 27001: 2013 certification, which is recognised worldwide as the standard for information security management. The…

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Pretty Muddy: We’re raising money in the fight against cancer

On Saturday 2 June, eleven of our wonderful Service team will be getting just a little bit muddy to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Under the name ‘We Run This Mother’, the team will be doing battle with the Leeds Pretty Muddy 5k Race for Life. It's unlike any other…

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All onboard: How technology can improve your onboarding process

What do a 57-storey skyscraper and the average manual onboarding process have in common? They both take 19 days to complete – 19 days! And that’s not including weekends and Bank Holidays, people. Yep, that’s right. In the same time it takes to onboard just one new employee, China built…

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Making waves: Blue Octopus is shortlisted for three Onrec awards

For the sixth year running, we’re raising our tentacles in celebration after being shortlisted at the Onrec awards. The Onrec award ceremony, which takes place on Thursday 1 March, celebrates success, growth, innovation, talent and achievements within the online recruitment industry. We’re absolutely chuffed to confirm that Blue Octopus Recruitment is…

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Excuses, excuses: The top 10 worst reasons for calling in sick last year

Naturally, you nor I have ever pulled a sickie. If we did, however, we’d probably come up with a reasonably believable excuse: I have food poisoning, I’ve come down with the flu, little Jimmy put cereal up his nose this morning and now we have to go to A&E… You know,…

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Jobspotting: New year, new job search

Join a gym. Give up alcohol. Start a budget. Quit smoking. Be polite. Learn something new. Stop procrastinating. Be confident. Write a blog. Travel. Choose your future. Choose your career. Choose a better job search. Choose success. Maybe you were on the hunt pre-Christmas, maybe you’ve been spurred on by the promise of…

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