Posts Categorized: Employment/Careers

The Recruitment Process Is Just Like The X Factor…

Guilty! – I’ve been watching The X Factor this year and I’m hooked. As I’ve watched the auditions progress to live shows it’s got me thinking how each of the rounds the contestants go through reflect the different stages of the recruitment process. Ultimately, The X Factor is one big interview for the ‘dream job’!.

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Reasons Why You Should Work for a Marketing Agency

Having recruited for many marketing agencies over the last five years, a common response when speaking to candidates is that working hours and pressures paint an unattractive picture of agency life where demanding deadlines from clients, long hours and short lunch breaks have become the norm. Having spoken to many candidates both agency-side and in-house.

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3 Steps to Presentation Heaven

Presentations – I’m not sure about you but I used to hear the word and automatically freeze in fear! Numerous questions running through my mind: how many people am I presenting to? Do I have enough to talk about? Should I be comical or serious? Over my years of working in recruitment, I have found.

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Has contingency ruined the recruitment industry?

Firstly, you might have no idea what “contingency” is, so to cover this off first, it’s the most common form of recruitment for jobs ranging from entry level through to middle management. It involves an agreement where the client (recruiter) does not have to pay any fee to the recruiter (agency) until they find them.

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10 things you should know when getting a job in digital marketing

So you want a job in digital marketing? I’m not surprised. Marketing has long been a sought after career for creative types and extroverts, looking to leave their mark with the next big creative campaign. The opportunities digital marketing brings are endless, offering a new expansive toolkit for marketers to broaden their horizons and extend.

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Should Pokémon ‘Go’ away in the workplace?

So, (in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week) Pokémon Go is a newly released, free-to-play, augmented reality game for Android and iPhone. The game has been somewhat of a global phenomenon, and has got us all out Pokémon hunting with our smartphones in the real world.   Currently the top.

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Your marketing team is more like Harry Potter than you think…

So, for my first ever blog, I thought I would combine something I do on a daily basis (other than talk about Harry Potter!) with my all-time favourite book/movie franchise. It got me thinking that most marketing ‘characters’ within the team have the exact traits of JK Rowling’s famous individuals. Take a look and see.

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Your Career Strategy Post Brexit – What’s The Plan Stan?

  So we’ve had the Brexit smash up and it’s still unfolding. And to rub salt into the wound, we can now enjoy the hangover of this toxic party and it’s not pretty. Everyone is on edge. I have spoken to a number of candidates following this fiasco and the question on nearly everyone’s lips.

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5 skills you need for a successful career in PR

“Public Relations is the discipline which looks after reputation, with the aim of earning understanding and support and influencing opinion and behaviour. It is the planned and sustained effort to establish and maintain goodwill and mutual understanding between an organisation and its publics.” Chartered Institute of Public Relations   The competition for jobs in Public.

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5 CV mistakes that make me sigh loudly & place my head firmly in my hands

  I’m sure a lot of you read the title of this blog, sighed out loud, placed your head firmly in your hands and said “Not another blog about CV tips”. But I’m sorry, I’m a recruiter, and this is something that I had to get out of the way now so I can focus.

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Psychometric Tests – Love or Hate? The Results…

    I recently posted a blog on psychometric testing to find out what readers’ opinions were on them, particularly when they are used as part of the recruitment process. There were a number of different points raised by the post so I thought I’d share the results in a follow up piece. The feedback.

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What’s in a name? | Recruitment discrimination

Recruitment discrimination A couple of weeks ago a close client of mine got in touch to say that as of immediate effect they would be changing their shortlisting process when selecting candidates for interview. They now request that I remove all personal details including name, gender, address and DOB; basically any details that could be used.

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B2B Marketing Vs Puppies

Everyone loves puppies…or at least I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t have a bit of a ‘soft spot’ for them. Soft and cuddly, they bring a smile to the face of almost everyone. Even when having a bad day, a puppy picture here or a puppy video there will sort you out!   B2C.

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4 things marketers are thinking in their current job

Our Marketing Recruitment Review & Salary Survey has just been released! And it’s better than ever – even if we do say so ourselves… Here are four interesting findings that feature in our Marketing Recruitment Review & Salary Survey 2016 – hopefully they’ll give you an idea as to what your fellow marketers, or your employees, are.

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Five reasons to get CIM qualified

As marketing recruitment specialists, candidates often ask us for advice on qualifications and ways to improve their CV and skills. Alongside trying to gain as much marketing work experience as possible, the qualifications that we always recommend are those provided by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). When briefing us for a job requirement, employers.

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Psychometric Tests – Love or Hate?

  Working at a specialist recruitment agency I am privy to many companies’ internal recruitment processes. Recently I’ve noticed that a number employers are using different variations and combinations of the available psychometric assessments to assist them in the recruitment process. And our recruiters are seeing an increasing number of requests to arrange these types.

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Bad Recruitment = Bad PR

A Layman’s Guide to Being a Nice Company to Interview With   Having worked in recruitment for almost eight years it still amazes me that so many companies spend millions of pounds each year on PR, social media, crisis communications, brand management etc. to keep their image and reputation intact, but pay no attention to the bad.

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Show me the money… Should digital marketers demand more?

  So…I’m just going to say it. Digital professionals are always banging on about why they should be paid more for their services and skills. When I first heard this I used to ask myself why, yet having been around digital marketing people for the last few years I completely support what is now, quite.

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The 3 reasons your best marketers are thinking of leaving you…

As part of our Marketing Salary Survey which took place towards the end of 2015, we asked marketing professionals across the region a series of questions regarding their career. One of the questions asked as part of our survey was:  'Are you considering a career move in the next 12 months?'. The results of this question revealed that a.
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CV tips – first or third person?

Three reasons you shouldn’t write your CV in the third person… What does Brand think about writing a CV in the third person? If you asked Brand this question, Brand may reply that Brand finds it a little off-putting to read someone’s name so many times on their own CV… Even typing that sentence was.

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Not your typical recruitment job…

This article is actually something a bit different to my usual posts. At Brand, we’re hiring within our Cambridge office and I am using this article to do a bit of promotion. Sorry if you’re looking for marketing insight, which is my usual bag…you may not find it reading this post! But if you –.

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Marketers – to contract, or not to contract?

There is often a point in many marketing careers when someone seriously considers the idea of becoming a contractor.   It might be that you have an excellent track record of successes behind you and want a new challenge, or that you feel that you can’t progress any further in your permanent role. It might.

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