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Signs of the times - London calling?

Two interesting articles caught my eye this week:

1. Reported in the F.T. - there were 5,400 tower cranes registered in the UK since March 2010. Over 3000 of them are in London, and only 3 in Northern Ireland. The pre-eminence of the South East, especially London continues................!

What do candidates look for in a recruiter? Guess what came first?

We just completed a survey here at Beaumont Wood using super new software. It allowed us to ask many of our candidates what was important from them in the services provided by a recruiter. Here is what they said in order of preference:

1. Ability to video interview

2. CV template /writing service

3. Salary advice

4. Job hunting tips

Ecobuild -

Ecobuild was a good show, lively with enthusiastic exhibitors & lots of new ideas. All of the exhibitors had to meet reasonably strict environmental criteria - otherwise they could not book a stand. It would be interesting to know which companies, if any, were turned down on these grounds!

Where will it all end......??

Business productivity, love it or hate it, we all have to be finding ways to work smarter and more efficiently. Technology is the great enabler and I, like many of my clients, benefit from the productivity that a well set up BlackBerry synchronizing with my database will bring. I can work effectiuvely on the move and get more done - good stuff.

However one new product I noticed this week just seems to be taking it all just a little bit too far.

I'll huff, and I'll puff 'till I blow your house down!

The big bad wolf (Or specification salesperson) is trying to get into the 3 little pigs house (or local architectural practice). Hears how the 3 little pigs may react!

I had an interesting chat with an Architect friend this week. He is so fed up with getting bombarded by salespeople following up on Glenigan and ABI leads; that he is proposing retaliation!


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