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Preparing for Aptitude Tests

On May 16, 2017, Posted by , In Resources for Candidates, With No Comments

Practice is the best preparation when it comes to preparing for aptitude tests so work through as many practise tests as possible. It will familiarise you with the type of questions you are likely to be asked and will give you a feel for how to solve them. Bear in…

Cutting The Cost of Open Vacancies

On January 11, 2017, Posted by , In Resources for Employers, With No Comments

It’s the start of a new year and we’ve been digesting the stats for our performance last year and we’ll be writing about relevance of some of the metrics. This week its “time to fill”. “Time to fill” is commonly held to be the number of days between the publication…

The High Performance Contradiction

On October 7, 2015, Posted by , In Blog,Recommended Reading,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

It’s a strange facet of human nature that often the better someone appears to do, the easier they make it look and the less their efforts are valued. Perhaps it’s because it is harder to quantify skill, knowledge and background preparation or that we to value the hours put in…

Restrictive Covenants

On September 11, 2015, Posted by , In Blog, By , With No Comments

Frequently we see employment contracts with long restrictive covenants that are very general about not working for “competitors” or approaching clients with either no geographic region or specifying the whole country. Typically courts view this kind of generalisation as a restricting the individual’s ability to earn a living, a “restriction…

Appreciating the true cost of your vacancy

Appreciating the true cost of your vacancy Many of the costs of recruitment are easy to quantify, e.g. advertising or agency / consultancy fees, although the focus on these tends to blind many people to the very significant internal, often unaccounted for, costs.  We’ll address these in a separate article…

Training in the Print Industry

On January 15, 2015, Posted by , In Resources for Candidates,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

If you asked me “is a formal training plan an important factor in attracting the best talent?” I’d have to say no.  Despite its historical link with apprenticeships, the modern print industry is not known for training and it is clear that it just isn’t at the top of the…

Recruitment Infographic

On December 23, 2014, Posted by , In Blog,News, By , With No Comments

Mercury search take great pride in finding the perfect job for the perfect candidate. We are leading print  & packaging recruitment specialists in the UK and we have been running since 2000. Being one of the leading UK recruitment companies, in recent years we have expanded our coverage internationally. Whilst…

How to design a more effective job advert

Designing an Effective Job Advert Information provided by recruitment specialists, Mercury Search & Selection Think of it from the candidate’s viewpoint Advertising is by its nature a passive way of attracting candidates. You rely on attracting a candidate’s attention so it is essential that you think about your ad from…

Surviving the recession with your career intact

On May 15, 2014, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Candidates, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Whilst we are yet to meet the technical requirements of a recession (2 consecutive quarters of negative growth) there is no doubt that the economic, and therefore career, outlook is bleak. There have been redundancies across most sectors of the packaging industry and these look set to continue.  Employees at…

7 Top Telephone Interview Tips

Telephone interviews can help get the ball rolling if the are limitations on timescales or location and can be used to whittle down candidates for face to face interview. Whilst they can get help get things moving, clearly it’s difficult to build rapport and create a good impression as you…