All posts by Michael Cheary

Poll: How important is a candidates cover letter?

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Poll: Do you value a covering letter when receiving an application from a candidate? Whatever your profession or industry, the importance of a cover letter is a point of some contention. Whilst some recruiters see it as a key way to gain insight into a jobseeker’s experience and interests beyond their CV, others question how much value a cover letter really adds. One issue may be that many jobseeker’s simply don’t know how to write a proper cover letter. Where the format of a CV is familiar to most, what a cover letter should include is often overlooked or underrated. Many may be guilty of reusing the same letter for every application, or even neglect to include one altogether. But what do you think? How much does a covering letter really tell you about a candidate? And would it harm a jobseeker’s chances if their cover letter was poorly written…

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Return of the Jedi? What we really think about uptitling…

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What do you do for a living? It’s a simple question most of us will hear many times throughout our adult lives. But, throw in a fancy job title, and you could find yourself with some explaining to do. We all know what a Teacher does, for example. But how many of us could admit to understanding the duties of a Transaction Banking Systems Migration Specialist? If you can, you’re probably in the minority.   What is ‘Uptitling’? The practice of ‘uptitling’, in other words, conferring grandiose or somewhat contrived titles on employees with otherwise comparatively simple jobs, has become commonplace within organisations around the UK. And as a result, the obligatory small talk about the jobs we do has become a whole lot more complex. And it doesn’t seem to matter what industry you’re positioned in. Roles as varied as Receptionists (Directors of First Impressions), Sales Assistants (Customer Facilitation…

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Are you paying enough? Five tips to help you set the right salary

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You know the position. You know the requirements of the role. The next thing you need to know: are you paying enough? Gauging the correct salary when advertising a job is never easy. The market can fluctuate according to industry, location and a whole host of other market forces. To help you keep focused on the factors that matter most, here are five ways to help you feel confident you’re offering the right salary.   1.      Check the competition If you really want to attract the best talent, it’s important you know exactly what and who you’re up against. Failing to keep up with the competition may mean you miss out on the highest quality candidates. You’ll also run less effective recruitment campaigns, and spend more time recruiting, both of which could cost your business. Run regular searches for similar job titles to make sure you have an up-to-date benchmark…

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