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Five jobs that weren’t around fifteen years ago

The major news stories of 2002 included the nation saying goodbye to the Queen Mother, who sadly passed away at the age of 101; Rio Ferdinand becoming the most expensive British transfer when he made the switch from Leeds United to Manchester United for £30 million; the nation was introduced…

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The shortest careers in history and what we can learn from them

The Donald Trump era of America is well and truly in full swing, after he was sworn in to office on January 20th, 2017. During his election campaign, his manifesto was based around a number of things and some of them have already come to fruition in the seven or…

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Are football clubs and businesses alike in how they recruit?

The football season is almost upon us once again. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since Chris Schindler of Huddersfield Town scored the final goal of the English season on Monday 29th May at Wembley, securing their place in the Premier League. From June through to August, clubs from around…

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The Gender Pay Gap – BBC wages show interesting figures

Who can forget the moment Dirty Den was shot by some daffodils in Eastenders or when Elliot Clark rang up Going Live and asked Five Star, the UK’s wannabe Jackson 5, a crude question. Then, most recently, when Match of The Day presenter Gary Lineker hosted the show in his…

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The Willerby careers site and Octo system is here!

We are delighted to announce the launch of yet another careers microsite, this time in the form of Willerby Holiday Homes. Having been working together in partnership since early 2017, overseeing 29 campaigns during this time. Willerby Holiday Homes have been trading for over 70 years and are one of…

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Am I too old for a career change?

What age is too old for a change in career, 30, 35, 40, 45??? You must think that the longer you leave it, the greater the risk of being recruited for the desired position and becoming a success. Every recruiter will be looking at their applicant CV’s to make sure…

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How will the general election 2017 affect you in your working life?

On Tuesday 18th April 2017, Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May called a UK general election for Thursday 8th June 2017. It will be the first general election since the Brexit referendum result, when the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016. As the…

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NPA Careers Site – Launched!

We are pleased to announce the completion of yet another careers microsite, after successfully working with the National Pharmacy Association, streamlining their hiring process and candidate experience. Blue Octopus and NPA have been working in partnership since May 2016, when the National Pharmacy Association became Blue Octopus’ largest pharmaceutical client.…

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Understanding mental health at work

On Wednesday 3rd May 2017, news broke that professional footballer Aaron Lennon had been detained by police under section 136 of the Mental Health Act after an incident in Manchester on 30th April. Aaron has been capped at international level by England and currently plays with Premier League side Everton.…

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