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February 2011

Reasons to be cheerful 1,2,3!

Remember that old Ian Dury and the Blockheads song? Yes I know most of you are younger than me – so don’t pretend you never heard of the band! For those that really don’t know; they had a hit called “Reasons to be cheerful 1,2,3!”

I’ve pinched it for this weeks blog because things do seem to be picking up in our market.

Yesterday someone told me that the new build office market is due to grow by 34% this year – that’s good news for those of you that sell into that particular vertical market!

Bullseye, or inner ring?

My eldest son recently bought a dart board, and we’ve been playing (rather badly) for a week or so now. It got me thinking about recruitment and the bull’s eye conundrum. (Corny link to the subject of this week’s blog I know!)

When I take a brief from a client I have a form I go through with questions designed to bring out the key elements of their vacancy, the company and the type of person they are looking for.

When I started out 10 years ago I’d gleefully write down everything they said, and would end up with a brief.

To “role” – or not to “roll”?

I read a lot of CV’s, today it seems like hundreds but it’s probably only around 100!

There are all standards of CV from really quite impressive to really quite awful.

One thing that I am picky about is presentation, grammar and spelling. You could argue that a Salesperson (as an example) has more important aspects to their application / suitability than speelling (just my little joke!) ability. You may say that their dynamic personality, track record, professional demeanour and so on are more relevant.

Post Hello world! It’s a brave new blog (sort of!)

This is a new blog medium for me, previously I’ve used Google. This one can get posted on LinkedIn – which is why I’m changing supplier!

Here is one of the previous posts from earlier in January 2011 to get things going:

It’s been a few weeks since the last post. Here we go in 2011!

The good thing about a blog is that it is an informal medium. I choose to write about the latest thoughts or events that have arisen during the course of the crazy world of recruitment.