Top 10 Recruitment Articles For February

Each month the JobsTheWord team picks its favourite need-to-know, interesting recruitment articles from around the web. This month includes, big data myths busted, surges in the job market, employment rates and more.

1: 5 big data recruitment myths busted…

We were delighted to see an interview featuring our Brand and Communication Manager, Sally-Anne Rogers, in Recruitment Grapevine online magazine, talking about the recruitment myths surrounding Big Data. Big Data  is a term that can’t be escaped these days. Yet it remains a term shrouded in confusion with many in the recruitment sector secretly skeptical as to what Big Data can help them achieve. Our very own Sally-Anne busts these myths.

2: Taking the pain out of recruitment in 2015…

The final part of our series highlighting some of the recruitment pain our clients experienced throughout 2014, covers the issues they have using LinkedIn Recruiter. This is how our very own Account Director Steve Bebbington helped to address them to successfully fill their roles. We are looking forward to a repeat performance throughout 2015!

3: Patricia Arquette, Oscars wage equality acceptance speech…

Patricia Arquette, Oscar winner for best supporting actress for her role in Boyhood declared ‘It’s our time to have wage equality’ at the end of her acceptance speech. After paying tribute to her cast members and family, she concluded her speech: “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

4: Barclays launch over 50s apprenticeship scheme…

Barclays launches a new apprenticeship scheme for over 50s, offering older workers the chance to start a new career in banking. The entry level positions are expected to be filled by those with transferable skills such as former maths teachers and accountants, who will be expected to work their way from the bottom up. The announcement of the scheme ties in with new findings from Business in the Community which found that that people over the age of 50 have a higher chance of becoming permanently jobless compared to younger people.

5: UK jobs market surges by 29 per cent…

According to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), professional recruitment firms now have 29 per cent more vacancies on their books than this time last year. Official figures revealed that the UK was the G7’s strongest growing economy last year with GDP rising by 2.6 per cent. Permanent vacancies across finance & accounting and IT, for example, up year-on-year by the healthy figures of 17% and 31% respectively.

6: UK employment continues to fall…

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) UK unemployment has continued to fall, while the average wage increased at the fastest pace since mid-2013. The unemployment rate now stands at 5.7 per cent of the working population. Unemployment rates in the UK fell by 97,000 to 1.86 million in the three months to December 2014. David Cameron has hailed news that Britain’s employment rate is at the joint highest level since records began in 1971 as evidence that the economy is strengthening. Cameron said: “I’m not saying we have solved all our problems in the British economy in the last four and a half years, but we are on our way.”

7: First ever twitter jobs fair proves tweet success…

The first ever European Twitter Job Fair has taken place, with over 75 employers in the UK participating and more than 70,000 tweets shared throughout the day. During the event, employers from across the UK posted vacancies and advice on how to secure jobs with a number of them participating in Q&A’s, sharing top tips and advice for job hunters seeking new ways to secure a job in the ever-competitive marketplace. Apprentice winner Ricky Martin was enlisted by Twitter UK to take part in an online Q&A session, giving advice to candidates on the best way to write a CV and how to land your dream job, how to keep calm during interviews and the best way to find out about flexible working policies.

8: Recruiter awards 2015 shortlist announced…

The shortlist for the 2015 Recruiter Awards for Excellence was revealed. The categories span the breadth of the recruitment industry and profession, from leading individuals to agency and in-house recruiters, recruitment process outsourcing organisations, creative campaigns, job boards and technology innovations. Winners of the 2015 Awards, in association with Anderson Group, will be announced on 6 May at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane. The awards are supported by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

9: Bentley recruitment day to form talent pipeline…

Bentley’s recruitment day, which was organised to help fill 300 new roles, is also playing an important role in creating a talent pipeline. The 300 additional professional and technical roles were created as part of a £40m investment into a new research and development centre at the Crewe headquarters. vThe company holds a similar yearly event for apprentices. It will be held on 14 March this year with about 700 people expected to vie for the 40 positions on offer.

10: Why resumes are worthless…

This week on Fast Company I stumbled across a great piece by Stephanie Vozza. The article explains why resumes (CVs) are now worthless. Information about a person’s habits and character isn’t found on a resume, it’s readily available elsewhere. A study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that a person’s Facebook profile reveals more about the kind of employee they’ll be than an IQ test. I agree with many of the points and wrote a similar article right here on JobsTheWord, I was intrigued to see another take on the idea. Stephanie looks at Tim Stevens book Fairness Is Overrated: And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace, where he says: “A person’s skill set and personality—the things behind the resume—are much more important”.

 

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