Dan Oldfield At The Recruitment Lab

A Moment With…Dan Oldfield (Brighton Branch Manager)

What’s your favourite office snack? I try and keep breakfast and lunch as healthy as possible in the office considering it’s not as active a job as, say, playing right wing for Manchester United. But, having said that, I’m particularly partial to a bit of an overlooked snack: Snyder’s of Hanover’s Jalapeno Pretzel Pieces. Something…

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Zoom Interviews – A How To Guide

The New World   With first acknowledgement that the last few months have been an extremely difficult time for employees and employers and The Recruitment Lab sends best wishes to everyone out there. If this time is going to have any sort of productive legacy though it could well be in the profligacy of the…

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Your P45 and why it matters

Your P45 and Why It Matters

There’s lots of things at play when you leave your job and it’s understandable that your P45 is probably not top of your list. That scrap of paper filled with reams of numbers and codes is often destined for the ‘drawer of paperwork’ if not the recycling but is hugely important. Don’t throw it away!…

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How To Select a Recruitment Agency

How to Select Your Recruitment Agency

There are nearly 40,000 recruitment agencies in the UK.  They all offer a range of services and specialisms.  They all have some subtle personality and aesthetic differences.  But – they all aim to find an employer the very best candidates they possibly can for a given job vacancy.   So, there are a lot of…

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Recruitment In Brighton

Recruitment In Brighton

Following our blog exploring recruitment in Guildford, we switch our attention to Brighton, another of the cities The Recruitment Lab operates in. We take a dip into the sea and the job landscape in the area to see what employers and jobseekers face.   The Area So, we know Brighton. Or at least, we think…

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Recruitment in Guildford

Recruitment In Guildford

In our latest blog, we examine Guildford, one of the local towns The Recruitment Lab operates in. We ascertain what makes the local employment market tick and determine what recruitment challenges employers and job seekers typically face.   Background   At first glance, there really isn’t much to dislike about Guildford.  It is a picturesque…

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Recruitment After a Public Health Scare

Recruitment After a Public Health Scare

Financially and economically, many of us will feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  Business leaders will be wanting progress and yet an air of ambiguity will surround plans for the future.  Many UK organisations are probably hoping for a period of normality without flooding, Brexit or pandemics.   I doubt the future will be…

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Find a Job During Lockdown

How Do You Find a Job During Lockdown?

Last week I actually had quite a few candidates contact The Recruitment Lab seeking jobs.  That is not actually a huge surprise – I am a recruitment agency after all!  But as I write this, we have been in lockdown for a number of weeks now.  We still seem to have an eternity to go…

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Don’t Do This When Working from Home

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the world, many of us are not using this precious time to indulge in a hedonistic blowout, nope…..instead record numbers of us are keeping things low key and pretending to work from home.   For the unprepared, the uninitiated, and the plain workshy – working from home can be a…

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How to Get a Job After Being Fired – FAST

As a recruitment consultant I meet lots of candidates who are in the job market because they have been fired and need a job fast.  In fact, one of the things that surprised most when I first joined the industry is how many people are actually being fired at anyone time!  Trust me – it…

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How to Succeed In Group Interviews

Group interviews are widely used in recruitment and yet they remain a marmite experience for many of us.  Some of us thrive in these high pressure, team building/problem-solving environments where the spotlight wanders around the room allowing us to contribute when ready.  For others though a group interview can feel an intimidating experience.  That sinking…

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The Questions You Should Ask an Interviewer

Twenty years ago, it was pretty unusual for a candidate to ask an interviewer many questions during their interview.  Recruitment though has changed!  Now, not only are you invited to ask questions, you will be assessed on the intelligence and wisdom of those questions.  So, what should you be asking and what should you be…

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Ten Reasons to Keep Recruiting In December

December can be seen as a terrible month to conduct recruitment activities.  Everyone is winding down for the Christmas vacation, no one is job searching and employers are waiting for January before things become busy again. I have never been one to just follow the crowd, but as I see it December can be a…

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Recruiting for a Start-Up

Hiring Top Talent For a Start-Up

Hiring Top Talent For a Start-Up I’m not going to shock you by suggesting that finding, recruiting and retaining great talent is the bedrock from which awesome companies grow.  It is one of those statements along with “people are our greatest asset” that no one is going to question.   For a start-up, bringing in…

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How Do You Stop New Employees Ghosting You?

“…I was ghosted this morning…”   Admittedly, not the words I expected when I met with a friend for a beer and asked how he was doing.  He works for a recruitment agency and at that moment he was licking his wounds and in need of liquid therapy.  I may not have been expecting what…

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How To Prepare For An Interview

How To Prepare For An Interview   So, like a relentless Duracell Bunny you have been sending your CV to every corner of the job market.  No job advert, no HR Manager and no organisation has failed to receive your CV – and because you have turbo charged your job search with our earlier blog…

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Why Can’t I Find A Job?

Why Can’t I Find A Job?   Looking for a job is rarely an ego boosting experience.  No matter what stage you are in your career.  No matter how much experienced or how much boundless enthusiasm you possess.  Finding a job can be a challenge.  Job seekers face knockbacks and rejection in an unforgiving job…

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Will Minimum Wage Increases Lead to Automation and Job Loss?

With current political noise it was easy to miss that the national minimum wage celebrated its 20th birthday last week.  Let’s be frank though – the celebrations were hardly raucous!   Despite a rise of over 4% (depending upon the workers age) the media latched onto the increased cost of living and as such any…

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The Perils of The Office Christmas Party

The Office Christmas Party   ‘Tis the season to be jolly and for many this means joining the annual tradition known as; The Office Christmas Party.  Love it or hate it – there is an etiquette that one should always observe to successful navigates this minefield.  To begin with though, lets follow an example of…

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Time To Wake-Up To The Reality of Glassdoor

It’s hard to believe, but it will be ten years this year since the ratings site Glassdoor was launched.   The website allowing anonymous users to go online and write anything they like about your organisation seemed to be a relatively recent phenomenon to me – but clearly not. I guess the reason I and many clients are…

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Stamping Out Unpaid Internships

In recent months internships have been under the spotlight like never before. A simple scheme designed to give young go-getters some vital work experience in the industry of their choosing and in return provide organisations with a boost to productivity and a chance to nurture future talent is being challenged and it needs to ensure its…

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Long Term Loyalty with Short-Term Temporary Staff

Between now and Christmas I expect the demand for temporary staff to increase significantly in the workplace.   Business demands, seasonal fluctuations and in some cases the arrival of swathes of University students looking for ways to earn extra cash adds fuel to the fire. In addition, many organisations do not want to make long term…

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Generation Snowflake? Not what I see!

‘Generation snowflake’ is to my mind a hugely offensive and widely inaccurate term that has been adopted to describe the latest generation of young people now active in the job market.   Now – I really do not like labels and to my mind this new generation of workers is as diverse as any that…

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