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small leaper Finding the Right Job Finding the Right Job

This article provides a process for determining the right job and career. It applies equally to people just starting out or people who would like to explore the possibility of a change of direction or just to take stock and plan the next phase

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small leaper Finding Talent in a Competitive World Finding Talent in a Competitive World

Finding the best talent for your organisation is a priority for every good business, but, with more and more organisations recognising the need for talent, the market is becoming much more competitive. So how can you set your businesses apart and find the talent that you need to help grow your business?

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small leaper Level B Full - is it worth it? Level B Full - is it worth it?

The British Psychological Society's Level B Full qualification was launched in 1999. This article is based on a survey of the people who have sought and achieved this qualification.

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small leaper To test or not to test? To test or not to test?

This article talks about the challenges involved in effective and ethical use of psychometric testing as part of interview and selection.

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For Candidates

small leaper Preparing for Questions Asked at InterviewPreparing for Questions Asked at Interview

Interviews can be a strenuous exercise at the best of times, and while it is important that you do not appear rehearsed or wooden when being interview it is essential that you sound fluent and authoritative. Thinking about the type of questions that you might be asked and doing some interview practice goes a long way towards this goal.

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small leaper Dress For Interview SuccessDress For Interview Success

'What should I wear?' is a question we often ask ourselves and those around us. And it is never more important than at an interview.

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small leaper Finding a Job - Managing StressFinding a Job - Managing Stress

Despite being unhappy in their jobs, many people are reluctant to actively make changes and pursue a new job. The reason is often because the process of the job search itself can often seem more stressful than staying as they are. This article gives a useful 'top 10' for stress free job search.

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small leaper Sample Interview QuestionsSample Interview Questions

Essential pre-interview 'warm up' routines include thinking about what might be asked at the interview and thinking about how you might want to present your experiences, achievements, preferences and unique offering. This list of questions aims to give you some thoughts to get you warmed up and ready to race ...

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small leaper Choosing Childcare - some checklistsChoosing Childcare - some checklists

Choosing childcare is a personal matter as each set of circumstances is unique. There is not right or wrong answer and what is right for one may not be for another. Taking time to plan and choose the most appropriate childcare will minimuse the worry often felt by parents who return to work.

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small leaper Starting Your Job SearchStarting Your Job Search

A structured, action oriented guide to starting your job search

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small leaper Marketing YourselfMarketing Yourself

This article looks are job hunting from a marketing perspective - marketing yourself ... after all, persuading an employer to trade their money for your skills is a simple business transaction like any other.

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small leaper Making a success of your first management jobMaking a success of your first management job

There is nothing quite like your first management job. The changes are that you will have been promoted based on your performance in your previous job which will have been totally different.

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small leaper Working In BirminghamWorking In Birmingham

As the United Kingdom's second city and the regional capital of the West Midlands, Birmingham is full of new and exciting opportunities for people seeking jobs and employment.

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small leaper Finding A Job In NorwichFinding A Job In Norwich

Norwich is the county city of Norfolk in the east of England and is often overlooked as a destination for relocation but Norwich has a lot to offer in terms of employment and lifestyle.

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small leaper Employment In Milton KeynesEmployment In Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is known nationally as a modern city built for new industry and as such offers plenty of opportunity for people seeking jobs in this area.

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small leaper Recruitment In BristolRecruitment In Bristol

Bristol is one of the top destinations for people relocating in order to find good jobs and a better quality of life. You can also read about Bristol recruiters and recruitment agencies.

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small leaper Job Hunting In NottinghamJob Hunting In Nottingham

Nottingham is probably better known for its history and beautiful surrounding countryside and forests then for its industries; however, Nottingham is a major hub for UK and International corporations and as such offers excellent and varied opportunities for people looking for jobs.

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small leaper Careers In SheffieldCareers In Sheffield

Sheffield is one of the biggest cities in the North of England offering many different Jobs and opportunities for people looking for employment.

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small leaper Job Search In BelfastJob Search In Belfast

Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and holds the devolved government and legislative assembly in Northern Ireland. As the capital, the city of Belfast alone has a population of 267,000 and as such has many different jobs available to workers.

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small leaper Recruitment and Job Hunting In CardiffRecruitment and Job Hunting In Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital city and cultural centre of Wales and is also home to the Welsh assembly. The city's employment needs far outstrips the city's availability with 40% of workers commuting from elsewhere in South Wales into Cardiff on a daily basis.

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small leaper Careers and Job Search In GlasgowCareers and Job Search In Glasgow

Although Glasgow is not the capital of Scotland, it is the largest city in Scotland and the third most populated in the UK and, as such, is brimming with career choices from various different sectors.

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small leaper Employment And Recruitment In ManchesterEmployment And Recruitment In Manchester

Manchester offers a vast number of career prospects in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the UK.

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small leaper Why Become A Contractor?Why Become A Contractor?

There has been a growth of 14% in freelance staff since 1998, putting the current number in the UK at 1.4 million. For some this is a change driven by the economy and the loss of a 'permanent job' but for an increasing number this is about making a choice to join this sector of the employment market.

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small leaper Job Search And Recruitment In Exeter Job Search And Recruitment In Exeter

Exeter is the capital city of Devon with an established and ever flourishing tourist industry, especially now towards the end of the credit crunch when many of us have chosen to holiday in the UK.

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small leaper Employment And Working In CanterburyEmployment And Working In Canterbury

Canterbury is one of England's most delightful cities, and you'll find it situated in the beautiful Kent countryside often referred to as the garden of England.

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small leaper Job Hunting And Careers In LeedsJob Hunting And Careers In Leeds

Leeds is officially the fastest growing city in the whole of the UK. Since it's past, when, during the industrial revolution, it was the acclaimed centre for the woollen trade, it is now the busiest city outside of London for many economic activities.

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small leaper Finding A Job And Working In CambridgeFinding A Job And Working In Cambridge

The city of Cambridge, nestling amongst the fens of East Anglia, is more than just a university town. Yes, it is home to one of the most famous universities in the world, and, as you would expect, education plays a very large part in the job market sector in Cambridge.

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small leaper Job Search And Recruitment In DurhamJob Search And Recruitment In Durham

The university city of Durham is in the North East of England just thirteen miles outside of Sunderland. Traditionally known as an industrial region, the Northeast was famous for heavy engineering including ship building. Durham city was known in particular for steel and coal mining.

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small leaper Job Hunting And Recruitment In LeicesterJob Hunting And Recruitment In Leicester

Leicester is the most populated city in the East Midlands with over 285,000 inhabitants in the city proper, and over 441,000 in the greater Leicester Urban area. Today there is a large ethnic minority percentage. It is one of the oldest cities in the UK, tracing its roots back for over 2000 years.

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small leaper Careers And Employment In OxfordCareers And Employment In Oxford

When anyone thinks of Oxford, (the city of dreaming spires), the association that comes to mind is of the University, one of the best known seats of learning in the entire world. Because of this, the other aspects of this cosmopolitan city often get overlooked.

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small leaper Careers And Working In BathCareers And Working In Bath

The beautiful University City of Bath is steeped in culture and history and provides a great backdrop as a place to both live and work.

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small leaper Working And Employment In Newcastle Upon TyneWorking And Employment In Newcastle Upon Tyne

The city of Newcastle has had a chequered past, and of necessity is now one of the most successfully reinvented cities in the whole of the UK.

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small leaper Finding A Job And Working In YorkFinding A Job And Working In York

The city of York is a superb place to live and work. Situated in the county of North Yorkshire on the rivers Ouse and Foss, York is a fabulous example of a walled city (much of which is still intact) and is steeped in political history and rich in heritage.

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small leaper Employment In AberdeenEmployment In Aberdeen

Most of us have to work to live, but it makes it a much nicer thing to do if you live in a beautiful area with plentiful and varying work around you as well as being in a vibrant employment marketplace.

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small leaper Recruitment And Employment In DundeeRecruitment And Employment In Dundee

We all have to go to work to earn a crust (well most of us do anyway), but it makes life so much easier, and more pleasant too, to be in nice surroundings and with plenty of employment variety to choose from.

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small leaper Careers And Job Hunting In NewportCareers And Job Hunting In Newport

If you are a resident of South Wales, near Cardiff, Newport in Gwent will be your largest local employment market. The city of Newport stands on the banks of the river Usk. Once an important Roman settlement, Newport has a historic and cultural history of which it can be justly proud.

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small leaper Recruitment And Job Search In EdinburghRecruitment And Job Search In Edinburgh

Some of us love our work and for those that do Edinburgh is a great place to be. Some of us tolerate our work but then Edinburgh is still a great place to be because working in a pleasant environment always makes the task more bearable and Edinburgh is surely a superb environment to be in.

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small leaper Employment And Working In SwanseaEmployment And Working In Swansea

The city of Swansea in the Welsh county of the same name is the second largest city in Wales and a major centre of business and industry responsible for employing over 105,000 workers in the various sectors of its economy.

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small leaper Finding A Job In CoventryFinding A Job In Coventry

Despite its well recorded unattractiveness you may be surprise to find that Coventry has a steeped and varied medieval history and popular industries involved in its past are the motor industry, the watch making industry and the cloth trade involving silk ribbon weaving, tailoring and its wool industry.

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small leaper Job Hunting In InvernessJob Hunting In Inverness

Inverness is a well known city central to the Scottish Highlands and being the capital there is a distinct buzz and vibrancy around this modern city. From Inverness you can easily discover the surrounding area's by day (or weekend!) such as Loch Ness and the Highland lochs.

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small leaper Recruitment And Finding A Job In LiverpoolRecruitment And Finding A Job In Liverpool

Liverpool, the most recognised place in Merseyside, has already seen growth in employment in industries such as hospitality, retail, sales, finance and construction with the creation of much more employment than has been seen in its history.

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small leaper Working In SunderlandWorking In Sunderland

Once famed for its sea port, coal mining, its ship building industry, and the heavy industry that grew to support it - has now reinvented itself following the steady decline of the heavy industry sector and is now home to other industries.

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small leaper Employment And Recruitment In PlymouthEmployment And Recruitment In Plymouth

The city of Plymouth is both a great place to live as well as being a great place to work. Situated between the estuaries of the rivers Plym and Tamar, Plymouth is also the gateway into Cornwall, and is a city rich in historic heritage and culture.

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small leaper Recruitment In WarwickshireRecruitment In Warwickshire

Warwickshire, William Shakespeare's county, is a beautiful place, and Stafford on Avon, with its river, historical buildings and the Shakespearian theatre plus the rich cultural heritage are the major tourist attractions.

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small leaper Careers In StaffordshireCareers In Staffordshire

Staffordshire is one of the most beautiful and interesting counties in the UK. If you are lucky enough to live in this region of the country you are blessed with inhabiting an area of outstanding natural beauty that also has some great employment opportunities.

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small leaper Job Searching In CumbriaJob Searching In Cumbria

Think of Cumbria and you will almost inevitably conjure up visions of a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, the Lake District, and a tourist's dream destination. You would be absolutely right of course; but perhaps it might shock you to know that Cumbria is also an area of excellent employment opportunity.

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small leaper Recruitment And Careers In ShropshireRecruitment And Careers In Shropshire

England is a beautiful country, full of wonderful counties each with their own special flavour, but none offer more beauty and historical site potential seeing than the lovely county of Shropshire.

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small leaper Job Hunting And Employment In CheshireJob Hunting And Employment In Cheshire

Cheshire is not only one of England's loveliest counties, it is also an excellent place to live and work from an employment point of view. The unemployment rate is consistently beneath the average for the rest of the country, and the average wage is consistently higher than the national average.

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small leaper Finding A Job And Recruitment In LancashireFinding A Job And Recruitment In Lancashire

Lancashire is one of the great historic counties of England, famous amongst other things for the War of Roses, when the Red Rose of Lancashire battled the White Rose of Yorkshire for supremacy. Today, Lancashire is a bustling county full of both history and modern industry.

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small leaper Job Hunting In Brighton And HoveJob Hunting In Brighton And Hove

The city of Brighton & Hove is more than just a tourist destination on the south coast. It is a vibrant and lively community where approximately one quarter of a million people live and work.

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small leaper Employment And Job Hunting In MedwayEmployment And Job Hunting In Medway

The borough that we know today as Medway lies within the county of Kent, The Garden of England, and was officially formed in 1998 when the former city of Rochester Upon Medway joined forces with Gillingham Borough Council.

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small leaper Working And Finding A Job On The Isle Of WightWorking And Finding A Job On The Isle Of Wight

The Isle of Wight is probably thought of by many of us, as that quaint little island retreat that we holidayed in with our parents when we were children. However, the Isle of Wight is a lively community in its own right, offering a great place to both live and work for those lucky enough to inhabit the island.

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small leaper Job Search And Employment In BerkshireJob Search And Employment In Berkshire

The county of Berkshire, often referred to as Royal Berkshire is one of the so called Home Counties surrounding London, owing its tag of Royal to the location of Windsor Palace within its boundaries.

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small leaper Employment In BuckinghamshireEmployment In Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is one of the most beautiful of England's counties and is home to the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The county town of Buckinghamshire is Aylesbury, with Milton Keynes and High Wycombe fulfilling the roles of the largest towns in the county.

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small leaper Recruitment In Greater LondonRecruitment In Greater London

London is one of the great capital cities of the world; steeped in history and with a rich heritage, it contains some of the most significant historic sites of the world including The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and The Houses of Parliament.

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small leaper Career Opportunities In The East Of EnglandCareer Opportunities In The East Of England

The East of England is wonderfully diverse region of the country, full of natural beauty with areas such as the Norfolk Broads, and wonderfully historic with cities such as Cambridge and Colchester, steeped in heritage and home to some stunning historic architecture.

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small leaper Job Searching In The East MidlandsJob Searching In The East Midlands

The East Midlands is an area of both outstanding natural beauty and also great diversity, offering its inhabitants not only a great place to live, but a great place to work too.

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small leaper Finding A Job In The City Of London Finding A Job In The City Of London

The City of London is actually a very small place, not to be confused with London as a whole, or what we know today as Greater London. The city itself is the inner sanctum which traces its roots back to Roman times, and it is the heart of one of the world's premier financial institutions.

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small leaper Looking For Work In The North East Looking For Work In The North East

Job seekers living in the North East can count themselves very fortunate to dwell in an area of stunning natural beauty, but that is also emerging as one of the UK's top, innovative regions.

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small leaper Jobs And Careers In The South East Jobs And Careers In The South East

The South East of England is the second richest region (per capita) of the UK, behind London. Encompassing Kent, East Sussex, Surrey, parts of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire, the rolling hills provide a beautifully stunning backdrop to the region.

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small leaper Employment And Work In The South West Employment And Work In The South West

The South West is the most sought after place to live in the UK, according to a recent poll in the Financial Times. Devon and Cornwall are renowned for holiday making, and they have some of the most dramatic and beautiful coastlines anywhere in the UK, and even the world.

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small leaper Jobs In The North West Jobs In The North West

The North West of England is not only a region of unsurpassed natural beauty, but it is also one of the UK's most important economic sectors, and boasts an economy that is larger than that of 15 EU countries.

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small leaper Careers In Yorkshire Careers In Yorkshire

The stunning county of Yorkshire is the largest of England's counties and one of the most diverse, and naturally beautiful. From the magnificent dinosaur coastline, with its white chalk cliffs, Yorkshire has a wealth of gorgeous scenery, and is deeply steeped in history and heritage.

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small leaper Job Hunting In WalesJob Hunting In Wales

The principality of Wales holds a unique position in the UK. It is a region of outstanding natural beauty, but one that also combines a great heritage, from its Celtic roots to its industrial pedigree and history of coal mining, and steel making.

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small leaper Working In ScotlandWorking In Scotland

Scotland the brave; bonnie Scotland; the Highlands, and the Lochs. Whenever we think of Scotland it conjures up all of these name tags in a rich tapestry of imagery and it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions of the UK.

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small leaper Recruitment In Northern IrelandRecruitment In Northern Ireland

The province of Northern Ireland is place full of surprises for the uninitiated. A region of green rolling hills and a coastline of dramatic splendour, with magnificent sandy beaches.

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small leaper Job Search In DublinJob Search In Dublin

This part of Ireland was not populated until much later than other parts of Europe when the Celts arrived in Northern Ireland around 500BC. The Celts worked extremely hard once they had settled, and formed roads that were far better when compared to Roman standards.

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small leaper Employment In CornwallEmployment In Cornwall

When visiting Cornwall, it is evident still from its stunning scenery that the area in the South West has a very rich and long history built mainly from its traditional mining past.

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small leaper Careers In DevonCareers In Devon

Devon and the South West is steeped in working history, and even today the West Country bases lots of its tourism and attractions on its agricultural past, with plenty of B&B's set on traditional style farmland and working farms.

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small leaper Work And Careers In LondonderryWork And Careers In Londonderry

Londonderry or Derry is placed in Northern Ireland. Being the fourth largest city in the whole of Ireland, it's a largely populated walled city that sits on the Western bank of the River Foyle and borders County Donegal.

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small leaper Recruitment And Employment In WakefieldRecruitment And Employment In Wakefield

Just a short distance from surrounding well known areas of Leeds, Sheffield and Barnsley there is lots of history surrounding the area of Wakefield in West Yorkshire built from Vikings, Anglo Saxons, and Romans.

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small leaper Job Search And Recruitment In SwindonJob Search And Recruitment In Swindon

With a population of around 130,000 people, Swindon is the largest town with an industrial employment sector set within the county of Wiltshire. Not a typical tourist area, the main reason people may visit Swindon are for the festivals that take place throughout the year.

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small leaper Jobs In ReadingJobs In Reading

Reading is set in a beautiful location in Berkshire. It is blessed with being a large buzzing town that is also set around countryside, and it well placed for London and Oxford.

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For Recruiters

small leaper Setting up your own recruitment businessSetting up your own recruitment business

This article explores some of the key steps involved in setting up your own recruitment business

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small leaper Top Tips For Writing A Press ReleaseTop Tips For Writing A Press Release

Want to boost your profile in the media then you need a press release. This article passes on some of HireScores.com's top-secret tips for writing a press release.

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small leaper Mental Toughness Mental Toughness

The following article looks at how preference rather than demands make us flexible and adaptable - key qualities that underpin mental toughness

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small leaper In-House Training - Getting to 99 Percent AttendanceIn-House Training - Getting to 99 Percent Attendance

Drop out rates and overall attendance rates is the bane of the in-house trainer. It is a constant theme amongst HR professionals. Yet it can be done - indeed I have done it.

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small leaper Social Networking And RecruitmentSocial Networking And Recruitment

There is much debate these days about the validity and ethics of using social networking sites as part of your recruitment process. The fact that there is debate is interesting in itself.

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For Employers

small leaper Interview StructureInterview Structure

As an interviewer your job is to find out everything you can about the candidate. Your best chance of doing this in an effective, efficient, and legally compliant way is to adopt a structured approach to interview structure.

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small leaper Interviewing using Behavioural Questioning TechniquesInterviewing using Behavioural Questioning Techniques

Interviewing is the most time consuming aspect of recruitment. Yet, worryingly, it also can be one the least effective ways to judge suitability and performance. This article gives insights on how to benefit from interviewing best practice through the use of behavioural questioning techniques.

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small leaper Interview and Selection Wash UpsInterview and Selection Wash Ups

Undertaking a professional interview is only the first step in the selection and attraction of talent. A critical next step is the ability to evaluate the information collected during interview and the other elements of the selection process and make the best decision based on this data.

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small leaper Evaluating your recruitment processEvaluating your recruitment process

Recruiting the right staff is both challenging and costly - you therefore need to get the most from your efforts

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small leaper Finding the people you need to be successfulFinding the people you need to be successful

How to find people with the skills your need at a price you can afford is one of the main challenges of a small company. This article provides some answers.

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small leaper Exit interviewsExit interviews

The primary purpose to the employer of an exit interview is to understand the reasons for the individual having resigned and also to learn from them

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