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|You Want To Get On - Smarten Yourself Up!|
|We know these are tough and challenging times, but I can't help feeling that some of you are not doing yourself justice. So it is a bit of a rant this month, I am afraid.... more|
|Putting The Customer Second|
|There is a book doing the rounds that was published ages ago, but that people only now seem to be taking seriously. Anyone who is serious about customer care in motor manufacturers or dealer groups should read this book and challenge their own ideas.... more|
|Let's Learn Luton's Lessons|
|We are all at a real crossroads, being buffeted by forces out of our control that will change the way our country operates and change many of our own ways of life beyond recognition. And looking at the news today, the town of Luton might just be the embodiment of the challenges we all face.... more|
|Agencies Will Disappear|
|A couple of great articles that I enjoyed this month. One was by James Kaan of Dragon's Den fame (he made his money in recruitment remember) and another was in a supplement produced by the CIPD called "Turning the Tide". They both started off with the same premise - the way most agencies behave means they will disappear in a relatively short space of time. I have to agree, and wouldn't the world be a better place?... more|
|What Lies Beneath|
|A couple of cases across our desks in the last two weeks have reminded us of a problem that always seems to be more acute in a downturn – candidates whose CVs do not quite stand up to scrutiny.... more|
|Seven Golden Rules For 2011|
|Everyone agrees 2011 could be a tough year. We all know that there will be challenges and many of you could find it a tough year to advance your career, or to enhance your reputation.... more|
|Preparing To Fail Or Vice Versa?|
|"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail". Never was a truer word spoken, especially with regards to interviews.... more|
|Where Did You Get That Tick?|
|I was prompted to write this article after reading the report last month on the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital Trust. I was appalled at the stories of routine patient neglect and humiliation. The Trust seemed to ignore its day job to focus on cutting costs and hitting government targets.... more|
|Getting That CV Ready|
|I write about CVs whenever I think applications are going to pick up, when times are going to get tougher. It driven by purely selfish motives – make the recruiter’s life easier, please.... more|
|Apprentices - We Need You|
|I think that we have let a whole generation down at a time when most in our industry are crying out for real talent .... more|
|Look Around You And Shout Loudly|
With UK vehicle sales down nearly a third year on year, and by considerably more from a peak of 2.4m units just a couple of years ago, then you know that belts will be severely tightened.
|It pays to bid a fond farewell|
|Let's face it, the economy is in a fix. The AM website says that over 90% of you are considering redundancies in the coming year. I bet a number will use outplacement to soften the blow - in our opinion it is a very wise investment.... more|
|What happens now?|
|Well if the motor industry thought September was uninspiring, October does not look great either.... more|
|REDUNDANCY – getting yourself back to the market.|
|Last month I brought up the dreaded spectre of redundancy. Since there have rumours surrounding a number of groups, Pendragon has come out and told us about 500 job cuts, and a number of others are said to be considering cut backs.... more|
|An Offer They Can't Refuse|
|You may not all have noticed it, but the world of recruitment has changed. This is no longer an environment in which the employer holds all the cards. It is much more of a meeting of equals where the employee has as many choices and opportunities as he or she has ever had.... more|
|The Liddall Paradox|
Congratulations to the motor industry in 2007 – I don’t know how you all did it, but against such an inauspicious background to come up with one of the best years on record is impressive.
|All about the emotional contract|
"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on".
A great quote from the late Samuel Goldwyn, but don't pay too much attention to it if you are serious about recruiting. The market is too competitive, recruitment mistakes too expensive, staff turnover is too costly to ignore the promises made at interview as soon as someone starts work.... more
|You spend too much on recruitment.|
|Okay, so I don't actually want to discourage you from recruiting -- turkeys do not vote for Christmas -- but we have been doing some work on staff retention recently, and we were surprised. Surprised how much money you will spend on recruitment in the next 12 months, and how little on keeping those very expensive recruits.... more|
|Play fair – save money.|
|Sitting where we are, in the middle, we can tell that it is a difficult automotive market.... more|
|You are fed up with your treatment.|
Since the start of this year, we have been doing some research. Extensive research amongst candidates to find out what you think of your career, your future and how the industry serves you.
|Our Interim Solution|
|My article last week regarding interim management generated quite a response. And, it has to be said, quite a number of enquiries.... more|