Archive for the ‘Employment’ Category

How you can improve your management skills to get the best from your team!

How you can improve your management skills to get the best from your team!

Sometimes managers are promoted so quickly they forget what it was like when they first started out.

There are a lot of management competencies that have been developed through research over the years. They provide a good solid foundation for developing management skills and improving performance. However, they sometimes feel intangible, so when I’m working with managers I sometimes use a very simple exercise to help clarify to the managers which are the most important skills and behaviours they need in their organisations. It goes something like this:

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Video recruitment increases graduate placements even when they have little work experience

Video recruitment increases graduate placements even when they have little work experience

According to a new report out this month, The Graduate Market in 2011 produced by High Fliers Research, it revealed the analysis of graduate vacancies and starting salaries at Britain’s 100 leading employers, and the report suggested that lack of work experience is affecting graduates and their successful job placements.

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“Interviewers not up to the job” says Niki Chesworth in the Evening Standard

“Interviewers not up to the job” says Niki Chesworth in the Evening Standard

Niki’s piece on interviewers not being up for the job of recruiting well caught my eye, as it would, being a professional in the recruitment industry, living and working in the Capital, an avid reader of the Evening Standard and an expert talent hunter on a mission to ensure the best candidates are placed right first time.

In her piece, in the paper last week, Niki quoted some of the strangest interview questions; here are some she used, below:

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We’ve caught the attention of a TV Dragon (proud to say it’s James Caan!)

Passionate and Proud of what we do at David Alan (and we even have the attention of a TV Dragon!)

When I came to London from South Africa during the recession in 1990, I was a recruitment consultant’s dream candidate for temporary work! I was proactive and eager to be placed. I was super keen to work in London – it had been a dream for a long time. I’d also dreamed of being an entrepreneur which came to fruition with the launch of David Alan Consultancy back in 1999. I knew we would need to differentiate ourselves from the masses and as the business owner, I believe I am the principle visionary.  We have differentiated ourselves with our video interviewing technique.

I am a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Business Academy with James Caan and Bev James and recently, at a weekend business retreat, James expressed real interest in wanting to know more about our video interviewing service! This is of course totally awesome given his pedigree background as a pioneer in the recruitment business! Needless to say, I organised what was necessary for James to see our service in action and feel proud to have been asked to do this by him! A stellar moment in my business AND career for sure!

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Are you a Finance sector ‘Recruiter in the City?’

Rosanne Shochot: Director of David Alan Consultants, specialist talent finders in the finance sector placing people who last in the City, West End and Docklands!

I’m Rosanne Shochot: Director of David Alan Consultants, specialist talent finders in the finance sector, placing people who last in the City, West End and Docklands!

I hope you have had a successful month within your businesses.

I am delighted to tell you about the David Alan Consultants pre Spring offer for Recruiters and HR Directors in the City, Central London & Canary Wharf.

For the whole of March 2011, our special recruitment rate finder’s fee is just a flat 15 % on the first job vacancy we secure for you within these catchment areas.

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An interview must be a two-way conversation

Interview Tips

As a consultant I like to be tested by interviewees and I recently came across similar themes in a blog from James Caan that was published via the Entrepreneurs’ Business Academy blog, an organisation of which I am a member.

I thought that the points he made were so on message and relevant and it is my pleasure to share them with you here:

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The right people in the right roles – we make it easy for you

How to take on Quality Staff that last in 2011

When recruiting new staff, it is important that the roles and objectives are clear, together with strong guidelines and clarity in the role.

The importance of managing staff is essential in order to get the best out of individuals; and by regular monitoring, good staff can become excellent! This process includes having clear guidelines, goals and regular updates on the role, as well as opportunities for the person to develop in his or her position to keep motivated, interested and challenged.

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How our candidates view David Alan Consultants

How our candidates view David Alan Consultants

We receive many testimonials from our clients and it is my pleasure to share this one in our blog.

“I am a freelance artist and like most artists, in order to meet the cost of living, I must work a ‘real job’. I’ve a lot to thank the temping world for; it’s paid my bills, kept a roof over my head and put food on my table. In the five years that I have been temping, I have worked for a number of agencies – one of them once referred to me as a ‘career temp’ (a hard term – hard to swallow but true). So when David Alan asked me to tell them about my experience from the ‘other side’ I felt more than qualified!

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People BUY People

Show me the Personality

I’ve just returned from a trip to South Africa and while the holiday was great, I have to admit, I’happy to be back at work.  Yes, I’m one of those ‘love your job types’ and I count myself lucky to be like this.

I really like the people side of my industry.  From meeting new clients to reconnecting with past candidates, I enjoy finding out what makes people tick.

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Announcing our new Video Interviewing facility!

David Alan's Video Interviewing

I’m really thrilled to announce the arrival of the new David Alan Consultants Video Interviewing!

This new facility for us sees one of my goals for our business come true!

Video Interviewing is all about convenience and saving time – for employers and employees.  These qualities are at the heart of what we do. Everyday.

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