LinkedIn VP reveals why recruiters are REALLY missing out on talent

A LinkedIn VP has claimed that recruiters, and their clients, are missing out on top hires because they’re not advertising their values, mission and purpose clearly enough.

Last summer, the professional networking site found that almost 65% of professionals would turn down a job if they were unsure of a potential employer’s philosophy or purpose.

Out of those surveyed by LinkedIn, more than half (52%) said when they look for work it’s at a company with values that match their own.

However, Wade Burgess, VP of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn, believes that companies and recruiters could do more to show off their company culture to candidates.

Writing in Business Insider, Burgess explained: “Only a small number of hiring professionals reported that the company’s mission and values make it into their job ads or can be found on their website. Furthermore, more than half of recruiters (55.3%) don’t even mention values and mission during interviews.”

With the internet and various company review sites making it easier for jobseekers to compile information on any potential employer, the VP of Talent understands it to be imperative to highlight the company focus aligns with that of employees.

Burgess adds: “Purpose-driven employees outperform their peers, including how long they stay, how well they lead, how they advocate for themselves and how they work with senior leadership.”

Candidates reveal frustrating aspects of job-hunting

Searching for a new job can be a tedious process for candidates; they often don’t get told why they didn’t make the cut or they struggle to find a role that suits.

That’s according to research from CV-Library, who found that nearly two-thirds (62.7%) of UK workers dislike looking for a new job, with this figure rising to 69.9% amongst 18-24 year olds.

The study asked the opinions of 1,200 British candidates about their biggest frustrations when it comes to looking for work. They found that the top bugbear for 56.9% of respondents was a lack of response from recruiters.

3 of the most frustrating aspects of job-hunting, according to UK jobseekers:

1.       Lack of response from recruiters (56.9%)

2.       Long application processes (48.8%)

3.       Tailoring their CV and cover letter for different roles (30.2%)

3 job interview sins your candidates MUST avoid

There are many details candidates need to consider when it comes to the job interview. What should they wear? How can they differentiate themselves from the competition? What examples best showcase their skills?Whilst these decisions are a product of careful thought and planning, their blueprint may get side-lined once the nerves kick in.

However, there are a few easily avoidable mistakes – despite their regular occurrence – that recruiters can brief their candidates on before they go.

1. Arriving late

Tardiness does not bode well with any employer, and it messes up the hiring managers schedule. Goudreau suggests two things happen when candidates are late. Either their first interview is cut short, or they disrupt the schedules of several interviewers.

2. Arriving too early

Whilst being eager for the job is often a good sign for a recruiter, it can be just as frustrating – as it could disrupt their schedule. She says that it’s a mistake for candidates to arrive any earlier than 15 minutes before their scheduled interview time.

3. Not being polished

Goudreau says that when a candidate looks smart, it shows that they care about the interview. “However, all too often people show up to interviews appearing rumpled, wrinkled, stained and wearing clothes that don’t quite fit,” she says.

#SayNoToRecruitmentAgencies – inside the ‘controversial’ campaign

A recent campaign launched by the Founder of Tendo Jobs has caused controversial waves in the recruitment industry – due, in some part, to its name.

#SayNoToRecruitmentAgencies is the brain child of Michael Cropper, who spoke to us about what the scheme entails and why he thinks it’s had a backlash from recruiters.

“Tendo Jobs was designed, and built, on the back of extensive research from both job hunters and employers. [It was] based on things they felt didn’t work when it came to recruitment,” he explains.

Many job hunters we have spoken to have been completely unaware of how much the employer is charged when they are successful in finding work through a recruitment agency, particularly when the fee, in many cases, is a percentage of the job hunters salary.”

From here, he claims that he created #SayNoToRecruitmentAgencies to raise awareness amongst candidates.

“When employers save significant expenses throughout their business, this allows this money in the bank to be attributed towards other areas to generate business growth such as offering higher salaries to attract higher qualified candidates,” theorises Cropper, “paying employee bonuses, buying new machinery or having a trendy office – all this money has to comes from the same company bank account to pay for these things.”

‘Just marry the boss’: The SHOCKING career advice offered to candidates

Advising candidates to make the right choice, when it comes to employment, is an aspect of everyday life for a good recruiter. Putting aside targets and commissions, helping an applicant get their dream role can be payment in itself.

However, according to a recent survey, there is some disturbing and worrying advice being offered to young applicants.

The report from Bright Network, the careers network for graduates and recruiters, found that some careers advisors are putting off candidates from entering certain fields of work. The survey, of 2,500 of the UK’s brightest students, asked them about the worst careers advice they had been given, and found they are being dissuaded from going into certain sectors due to their ethnicity or gender.

How much does happiness pay? Candidates’ top 10 dream jobs revealed…

Candidates often dream of their ideal role, of securing that perfect, dream job whereby they actually get paid for doing something they love.

And whilst that’s just not possible for every jobseeker, recruiters should bear in mind that losing a client because they’ve found their dream job is a victory in itself – even if it means, monetarily, you lose out.

A recent survey, from Indeed, highlighted the most commonly cited dream jobs for candidates, and revealed what the roles pay. The careers that often draw applications from excitable candidates offer a healthy work-life balance, the ability to work flexibly, working outdoors and interacting with people on a daily basis.

Bill Richards, UK Managing Director at Indeed, commented: “Jobs that make us happy tend to be those that give us a sense of purpose and fit who we are. Employees who are engaged at work and passionate about their careers are more productive, more innovative and inspire those around them to do their best.

“The jobs on our list are popular hobbies and passions turned into careers. Finding the harmony between the demands of a role and the responsibilities of daily life is hard, but it becomes easier when we do what we love for a living.

Where is work-life balance BEST for recruiters?

With spiralling commuter costs and industrial action impacting rail services, a Sussex-based recruiter claims that London may no-longer be the recruitment El Dorado it once was.

In fact, Jack Emmingham, Principal Consultant at technology recruiter MRL Group, argues that, having made the move South, he now has more disposable income and less commuter stress.

Emmingham claims this has improved his work-life balance.

He said: “There’s a common misconception that, in order to have a career and earn significant money, you need to be in the Capital.  That’s simply not the case – particularly when you add the astronomical cost of commuting into London. It just doesn’t add up.”

David Stone, CEO at MRL Group, explained that for recruiters who want to enjoy a positive work-life balance, London may not be the place to work out from.

Are you affected by IR35?

UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

The UK government is gearing up for a massive tax clampdown on private sector contractors, in an extension of its IR35 regime to hundreds of thousands of freelancers outside the public sector.

This according to multiple contractor recruitment heads, with one claiming those plans have already started and will be introduced next year.

“[We’ve] found out a contractor working at HMRC is working on a project to bring these new stricter IR35 regs to the private sector in 12 months,” Harrison said.

However, the government denied it has any “current plans,” in a noncommittal parliamentary response earlier this month on when the plans would be extended to the private sector.

By extending the rules to the private sector, not only would the government raise some much-needed cash, but it could also stem the exodus of contractors to the private sector. In the medium-to-long term, at least.

3 things your candidates should NEVER do in a job interview

1. Call their parents

55% of young candidates admit that they have had their parents help them with a job application, according to a new report. The study, from CV-Library, found that 57% of jobseekers between 18- and 34-years-old have had their parents help them craft a CV. 45.7% of under-18s have had their parents help them with a job application, with 6.5% admitting that they have taken their parents to a job interview with them.

2. Bad mouth former employers

A peeve of recruiters, Andrew Wainwright, Business Director at Hays Liverpool, told the Liverpool Echo that badmouthing old bosses was one of the worst things applicants can do.

“No one wants to employ someone who’s negative straight off the bat,” he said.

3. Not asking questions

Candidates who ask questions during the interview process look as if they are genuinely interested in the role on offer – rather than thinking about running for the exit.

Tougher penalties begin for drivers using mobile phones

From 1st March 2017, all drivers, including HGV drivers, will be subject to a £200 fine and six points on their licence if caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel, up from the previous three points and £100 fine. Drivers of goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500 and could be suspended from driving if caught breaking the law.

Drivers caught using their handheld device twice, or who have accrued 12 points on their licence, will be called to a hearing at a magistrates’ court and could face a fine of up to £1,000 or disqualification. Drivers caught using their mobile phone within two years of passing their test could have their licence revoked.

Professional drivers may also have to attend a conduct hearing before a Traffic Commissioner who will review their suitability to continue to hold a vocational licence.

After an HGV driver commits their first endorsable offence, the DVLA will send them a warning letter informing them that they could be required to attend a hearing before a Traffic Commissioner (TC) to consider their fitness to hold a vocational licence.

Drivers committing a second or third offence will be automatically referred to the TC for a driver conduct hearing where they may have their vocational licence suspended or be disqualified from driving HGVs. Operators could also be called in front of the TC should their driver commit a mobile phone offence.

Police forces across the UK took part in a week’s enforcement from 1 to 7 March to raise awareness of the change in law. A coordinated national enforcement week in January saw about 3,600 drivers handed penalties.

National UK living wage to rise to £7.50 in April

The National Living Wage is to rise to £7.50 an hour from April this year, in line with Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement and Spring Budget announcement.

The minimum wage for 25-year-olds will rise 4% from £7.20 to £7.50 an hour, in new plans set to go live on 6 April that will leave earners up to £500 better off.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said he hopes to give a big boost to the so-called ‘National Living Wage’, launched under his predecessor George Osborne’s vision, in a bid to get it to £9 by 2020.