Top Recruitment Articles This Week

Each week the JobsTheWord team picks its favourite need-to-know, interesting recruitment articles from around the web. This week includes, reasons why resumes are worthless, frustration with obscure recruitment processes, skills shortages and more.

1: 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”.

2: Jobseekers are frustrated by obscure recruitment processes…

According to a recent report from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), young jobseekers are frustrated by the obscure recruitment process, making them less likely to land a job. There is a clear mismatch between employers and young jobseekers. This includes employers; requirements for experience and a lack of feedback after applying for a role. On the other hand, recruiters are often overwhelmed by large volumes of applications from young jobseekers who haven’t carried out the appropriate research to tailor their applications to the specific role.

3: NHS agency nurses spending ‘soars’…

NHS spending on agency nurses has soared in the past two years, says the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The union estimates the overall bill could soon reach £980m a year, if it goes on rising at a similar rate. It found half of the trusts who responded were spending double on agency nurses last summer than they were two years earlier. A Department of Health spokesperson said: “The over-reliance on agency staff is not just wasteful of NHS finances, but it can also damage staff morale and result in poorer patient care.”

4: Companies set to launch older worker apprenticeships in 2015…

Two more companies alongside Barclays have launched older workers apprenticeships in 2015. This is  a great scheme which will prove to extremely beneficial to potential people who want or need to embark in a new career path. According to older workers’ champion Ros Altman: “There are two more in the pipeline for later in the year where big companies will be rolling out apprenticeship schemes specifically for over 50s.”

5: Skills shortages in construction drives up salaries…

Skills shortages within the construction and property industry means that candidates are seeing a 25 per cent increase in salaries. Companies are finding it incredibly difficult to find candidates in such a sparse marketplace. In the Midlands, for example, there are skill shortages across the board. From trades to six figure professional directors. The most in demand applicants are the ‘lost graduates’. In terms of recruitment, the next few years are looking positive for candidates within the industry. With worrying skill shortages and increasing salaries, this rapidly recovering market could prove a great place to be a candidate. To access the full report, click here.

Steve Bebbington
Client Partner
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