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What does your social media profile say about you?

Andy Bristow of Bristow Holland discusses how our social media profile can impact our employment prospects.

There have been a number of news stories over the last couple of months concerning people in the public eye who have lost their jobs or missed out on pending employment opportunities because of something they have posted on social media in the past.   The media has been full of stores this year about high profile individuals making many a faux pas on social media.  From Donald Trump’s plethora of ill thought out, aggressive tweets and Prue Leith mistakenly announcing the winner of Bake Off 2017 before the final episode was aired, to Jack Maynard being pulled out of the jungle and axed from this year’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! because of his past racist and homophobic tweets.  Whenever I hear of these stories, it astounds me that people in the public eye don’t think more before they put these things out into the public domain.  These people, whose business is their public persona, seem not to give a second thought to how they are representing themselves publicly through the opinions and images they share online.  I am sure that their management teams and PR people have advised them accordingly about protecting their reputation on social media yet, many still seem to post without considering the impact it will have on how they are perceived in the future.

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Is there such a thing as a ‘slow’ period in business anymore?

Andy Bristow of Bristow Holland discusses how seasonal business trends seem to be changing…

It’s rare that we blow our own trumpet, but in this instance, we’d like to make an exception because the nature of the subject has prompted a discussion point we’d like to share.  This September has been our best on record since our inception in 2013.  Historically for us, September figures are not as high as other months because of the quieter summer months that precede it.  But in recent years, the summer months have become busier and busier for us, with this summer not really having slowed down at all.  Many of our clients and suppliers have also shared that they’ve been busier than usual during their so-called quieter months.  This has prompted the question:  is there such a thing as a seasonal slow period in business anymore?

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What makes a brilliant recruiter?

In reality there is no one simple answer to the question “What makes a brilliant recruiter?” because there are many different factors that contribute to being successful in the recruitment world, as Andy Bristow of Bristow Holland explains:

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Get ready to hire or be hired - a recruitment checklist

It is important that you adequately plan your recruitment process, whether you are looking to employ someone or be employed yourself, follow our checklist to make sure you are in a good position to let things run smoothly and minimise issues

 

Get yourself ready to hire or be hired...

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Is it time to go contracting?

The market for IT contractors has improved significantly  and we are currently running more contractors than ever before, demand has increased to the point where it almost outstrips supply and when that happens rates rise and new entrants are drawn to the market.  Contracting is an exciting and dynamic way to work giving you exposure to many times more people and projects than you would in a permanent role however, before you decide if contracting is for you there are a number of things you need to consider...

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A bird in the hand or two in the bush? How to manage multiple applications

This morning I made a job offer to a candidate after a single interview, a good offer that matched the expectations of the candidate.  However, as I’m writing this I don’t know if the candidate is going to take it, my clients decisiveness has put the candidate in a position where he needs to commit, but what about the other interviews he's got lined up? 

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Is it time to hand in your notice? 5 questions to help you decide

In my previous blog (Your skills are your greatest asset – are you looking after them?) I suggested that to the best way to manage your skills and therefore career is to move jobs regularly.  I have an obvious interest in encouraging this line of thought, but I also happen to believe that regular moves keep your CV fresh and your skills up to date, increasing your chances of remaining in employment as the ever changing world of IT continues to advance and that is one of the reasons I am still in this business after so many years.

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Your skills are your greatest asset – are you looking after them?

Most of us are quite risk averse and we like to protect what we have.  We insure our homes and property, we service our cars and we put cases on our mobile phones, (even though it makes them look awful).  We do this because we understand that we fail to maintain or insure our possessions at our own risk.  We see these possessions as assets and it’s logical to protect them - but how many people think of their skill set as an asset? 

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Hidden Objections - the real reason you didn't get that job

A friend asked me recently about an obstacle they were coming up against in their search for a new role, the same thing was cropping up time and again and they were at a loss as how to handle it as it wasn’t something they could particularly do anything about – their location.  When I started out in IT recruitment back in 2002 it was common for people to commute around the region for work, thinking little of the travel between Ipswich, Colchester, Cambridge and Norwich (by road or rail)

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Interview pitfalls - disclosing your salary

“So, how much are you paid...?” This is the question, dropped casually by your interviewers as they cover off a few “basics”, that has the potential to be a real banana skin in the recruitment process for both sides, how would you handle it? Put on the spot without preparation and you’ve got two choices – blurt out the answer or refuse to disclose. Neither is particularly desirable - volunteer the information too readily and any following offer could be whatever you said plus a few percent, or risk being perceived as evasive and confrontational.

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Research takes more than a Google search

In the not so distant past I attended an important client briefing, fully armed with performance stats, service levels and a confident knowledge of our supply capabilities.  I was so preoccupied with preparation that when the question came "what do you know about us?" I froze, babbled for a few moments desperately trying to dredge some research I had done three months previously before giving up and shutting up before I could do any more damage.  Happily on that occasion, my track record earned me the benefit of the doubt and I retreated with nothing more than a red face and a timely reminder to always cover off the basics. 

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