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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…

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…

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…

Print and Packaging Recruitment: The Recruitment Iceberg

On March 18, 2014, Posted by , In News,Resources for Employers, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Print and Packaging Recruitment: The Recruitment Iceberg

Great recruiters build deep, long term relationships with clients who use them again and again. Their clients have an understanding of and value the work that goes on behind the scenes, delivering great quality candidates. Unfortunately where employers don’t have that understanding or are more used to a cheap, quantity…

Strength in depth – More than Succession Planning

On March 16, 2014, Posted by , In Resources for Employers, With No Comments

Succession planning is a necessity, but one that is often overlooked with serious consequences.  And it’s not just the large groups that have to plan ahead; it’s the small operations that can be hit just as hard, if not harder, as its here where the loss of a key member…

Lies on CVs, Damn Lies

On March 16, 2014, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Candidates,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

The Lies on CV It seems not a year goes by without a media storm about lies on CVs and job applications. High profile cases such as those seen on TVs The Apprentice do little to help. The public is at once outraged and seemingly accepting the “everyone is at…

Packaging Industry risks sabotaging future with redundancies

When times are tough redundancies may be necessary but the packaging industry faces very specific challenges, which mean perhaps redundancy should be a last resort. The first quarter of 2011 saw recruitment reach levels not seen since 2007 and the 2nd quarter is following a similar pattern.  However there are…

Recruitment issues in packaging. – Overview

On August 16, 2013, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

Recruitment Issues The boundaries of what constitutes the packaging industry can be difficult to pin down with significant overlap with print and engineering sectors. However whichever way you look at it it’s a big sector. Some estimates place Packaging as the 9th largest manufacturing industry in the UK, turning over…