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How to ensure Effective Communication!

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On a basic level communication is just the exchange of information, however to be a truly effective communicator, you need to learn how to understand the emotion behind the information. Effective communication is something you can learn and, if you put the effort in now, it will benefit both your work and home relationships.

What is effective communication?

communication skillsEffective communication actually involves more than ...

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Telephone interviews – a great shortlisting process

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When you’re looking to recruit staff it can seem like a long-winded, never-ending process. You’ve looked through all the CVs, narrowed them down and are now ready to move onto the next stage – interviewing. But do they HAVE to be ALL held face-to-face… or is there a better way of short-listing candidates?

Telephone interviews – the “half-way house”

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What to look for in a CV

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When you first receive CV’s from potential candidates, you need a fair way of narrowing them down, to make your final shortlist. Each candidate has unique qualities and skills, but now good a match are they for the position you have… and how can you narrow the selection down?

You can ascertain a lot about the candidates, before you’ve even read the words on those CV’s – after all, these pieces of paper are designed to sell the candidates… so how ...

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The Foundation Stone For Creating a High Performance Team – guest post by Julia Felton

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Getting the right people in the right job is the foundation stone for creating a high performance team. Whether you are a recruiter or a candidate it is essential that you find the right person or job role that is a match for you.  I know given the tough economic conditions we’ve been through recently that it is tempting for a candidate to apply for any job for and for recruiter who needs to find resource to accept a less and ...

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A more holistic approach to employee engagement

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Employee engagement is a term long used in the business world. It’s a workplace approach designed to ensure employees are committed to the company they work for… an emotional connection that increases the likelihood of them staying with, and having an interest in, the company they work for.

Appraisals are regularly held to measure results and to ensure employees care about their work and their company. If they care, they are engaged and will put more effort into their work to ...

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What Should I Pay For This Role?

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One of the things that can hold you back from recruiting staff is deciding what salary you want to offer… or should be offering. This usually goes one of two ways; a) you have no idea of what to pay for the position, or b) you have an idea of what you’d like to pay… but you’re not sure if it is too much or too little!

You cannot let salary worries and indecision hold you back from recruiting ...

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Ready to Recruit – Get Smart Before You Advertise!

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You’ve decided to you need extra staff and you’re now ready to recruit. You want to get your advertisement sorted and out there for the world to see, so you can hire someone as soon as possible… so your next step is to advertise, right?

Before you go rushing to announce your latest vacant position, there’s one more thing you need to do to make life easier for you and potential/future employees… you need to ensure you set SMART objectives before ...

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Why YOU Need to be Visible – Guest Post by Julie Holmwood

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Whether you’re looking for the right job… or the right person… being visible, ie being seen, is one of the cornerstones of your campaign.

Now we all know, it’s more than just that. McDonalds is well known, but you probably don’t want to work there and Rolf Harris has been in the news a lot, but you might not want to employ him. But being a little bit famous for what you do, when what you do is already good, is ...

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How a hurdle can help you with your candidate selection!

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In last week’s blog post I gave you some tips on how to start shortlisting your candidates (if you haven’t seen it, you can read it here).

I thought I’d continue with the shortlisting tips this week – by letting you in on a secret follow-up tip. This tip will really help you to shortlist those candidates you have left and it’s really easy to for you to do… just add ...

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