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I hate time-wasting recruiters

Why do some recruiters call you up to tell you about a fantastic opportunity, when really all they want is your details to spam the shit out of your inbox at a later date? What’s the point? I don’t see the point, do you? I’m a recruiter, if I have a job for you, I’ll get in touch, if I don’t, I’d rather be honest with you and let you know what I do and don’t have, and if I can’t help you, I’ll forward you to someone who might be able to instead.

It really gets my goat, when cowboy recruiters feel the need to get in touch and give their sales pitch about that awesome job down in who-gives-a-crap-place, paying up to £40k, that is soooo perfect for you, but really it’s a con, there is nothing, apart from, ‘you must come in and register with us with your passport, your driving license, your goldfish’s date of birth and sign these documents that make you our property for ever *cue evil laugh*.’ No.

Don’t waste my time. I hate it. Waste my time, you go into the blocked calls zone on my phone. And don’t ask me to connect on LinkedIn, only to want to gain access to my connections.

I don’t want to time waste my candidates either. I don’t see the point. I’m new setting up by myself, so although I have roles across the industry, I don’t have as many as a recruitment agency might do. I’m slowly building up my network of candidates and clients, but it’s just me, so although I work 14 hours a day, am available all the time on the phone, or email or Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn, it is just me, no resourcer [yet], so if I don’t have something, I’ll tell you. I’m an upfront, straight to the top, a chatty, fun recruiter who builds on good relationships with my candidates and clients.

If you disagree and think I’ve been crap, feel free to comment.

 

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What to wear to an interview? First impressions count.. [infographic]

You’ve bagged the interview, you’re up there with 5 other potentials and now it’s your time to shine. Your time to show that employer why the other 5 potentials have got nothing on you and why you really can succeed in this position because you’re the best in your field. Now to complete the puzzle you need to figure what outfit you’re going to wear to your interview. You have spent an absurd amount of time preparing for that big interview, and you finally landed it! Now the next big thing to worry about is what to wear. First impressions have lasting effect on employers, therefore, you don’t want to go into your big interview looking like a TOWIE extra or a hobo. It’s important to get the dress, hit right on the head.

As much as your inner style guru may like the way the oompah loompah, boob-in-your-face, tight dress, short-barely-covering-your-backside TOWIE look, don’t think about going there for any interview.

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Dressing appropriately and sensibly is a must for any interview from working in the oil industry to working in fashion. Your office attire may very well be shorts and trainers on a day to day basis but the interview is the one place you need to get 150% right. Every tiny detail of your wardrobe that day can determine the impression you leave on an employer. Unless an employer says come dressed as Mickey Mouse, don’t go dressed down. Some employers expect candidates to wear a suit, others are more easy going and prefer smart casual. This means leave the Reeboks at home and opt for smart shoes or boots.

This great infographic gives you all you need to know about what to wear and what not to wear to that all important interview:

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Do you lie on your CV? You won’t believe the amount of people who do… [Infographic]

Last year 25,000 people were asked to participate in a survey about finding a job and employment. Of those 25k people, 20% admitted they would lie on their CV if it meant they could impress a future boss.

Tony Wilmot, founder of Staffbay, which conducted the survey, said:

Obviously, these figures are shocking, but with as many as 80 people chasing the same job it’s hardly surprising that some jobseekers are prepared to bend the rules a little to enter the world of work. 

It’s pleasing to see that 80% of the jobseekers we surveyed are honest, but what is very apparent from these results is the need for those seeking work to differentiate themselves.

Simple paper CVs just don’t make you stand out from the crowd these days; what employers want to do is find out more about job applicants before they call them in for an interview, and they simply can’t do this by flicking through a paper CV.

People lie on their CV for a number of reasons but mostly it’s to impress their new employer, but wouldn’t you want to do well within your new position or would falling flat on your face seem far more appropriate? Making simple mistakes and being oblivious to your industry’s jargon are telltale signs of a deceptive resume. With the job market how it is though, more and more people are taking extreme measures to ensure employment. Lying about degrees, past positions and inflating previous salaries are prime examples.

Fortunately LinkedIn adds hope of crossing off those who like to tell fibs on their CV. Due to your connections online, the world and it’s nan can see your CV displayed to the world from your work experience, your skills and your recommendations. All of these real recommendations and endorsements are there for future employers to see and if they needed to be contacted, any lying boo boo’s you’ve done on your CV can catch you out quicker than Jerry outsmarts Tom. It’s worldly known recruiters and employers should use LinkedIn in their candidate search and this great infographic shows that honestly really is the best medicine..

 

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Are you an expert in social media? Want to work with some great brands for leading agency?…

I have a great role for a leading media agency to work in their social media department working across 3 leading brands.

One of the world’s largest and most successful brands is looking for a Social Media Director to set the strategy and create cutting ecommerce social media engagement that drives sales where relevant & engagement. If you are a Social Media expert that is evangelical about the medium.
If Social Media is your natural habitat and engagement through social media your conversational starter of choice – then our client which is a global tour-de-force digital is looking for a professional Social Media Specialist who will shape the brand’s interaction with key consumers…. if this sounds like an interest to you, please contact me via my email with your salary expectations and a brief intro about yourself to danielle.moon@majorplayers.co.uk

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Social Media Director-awesome brands-London £40-£50k basic

One of the world’s largest and most successful brands is looking for a Social Media Director to set the strategy and create cutting ecommerce social media engagement that drives sales where relevant  & engagement.

If you are a Social Media expert that is evangelical about the medium, If Social Media is your natural habitat and engagement through social media your conversational starter of choice – then our client which is a global tour-de-force digital is looking for a professional Social Media Specialist who will shape the brand’s interaction with key consumers.
Your strategy will be demographic, lifestyle, attitudinal, on-brand and driven by the insight. A demonstrable thorough working knowledge of the industry, metrics, planning & buying and social media is a requirement.This role would suit a candidate that can demonstrate relevant Digital, Social & Competitive analysis ideally agency-side.
Based in Central London,  my client is looking to fill this role immediately. If you have what it takes and have a great knowledge in social media and digital please don’t hesitate to contact me.