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Staff Retention

How to Measure Employee Engagement

We all know that employee engagement is essential to the success of a business.

But do you know how to measure and analyse it properly? Find out.

Sep 18, 2017
Candidate Tips

12 Ways to Really Impress Your Boss

Want to impress your boss, without looking like a brown-nose? It’s not as hard as you might think.

Check out this blog post to find out more.

Aug 29, 2017
Candidate Tips

9 Important Job Search Tips

Need some job search tips, but don’t want to trawl through the million and one resources across the internet?

Check out this blog post.

Jul 18, 2017
Friday Funnies

9 Brilliant “Meet the Team” Pages

Your “Meet the Team” page is dead important; it allows you to show off your company’s spirit and boost your company brand.

Here are some brilliant examples!

Jun 22, 2017
Candidate Tips

5 Ways to Master Small Talk

As an introvert, awkward silences can be awful and they’re even worse when you don’t know how to break them.

That’s when small talk can save the day!

Jun 20, 2017
Attracting Staff

3 Mistakes I Made as a Recruiter

We make mistakes so we can learn from them and, let’s just say, when I first became a recruiter, I learned an awful lot.

Here are the best bits.

Jan 16, 2017
Friday Funnies

21 Songs That Sum Up the Working Week

Do you suffer from Manic Mondays? Or do you always try to look on the bright side of life?

Wish there were two Saturdays per week?

These songs might just speak to you.

Jan 12, 2017
Candidate Tips

5 Steps to Jump Start Your Job Hunt

Are you feeling the “New Year, new me” vibe?

Reckon it’s high time you found a new job?

Not sure exactly where to start? This blog’s for you.

Jan 4, 2017
Staff Retention

40 Festive Ways to Thank Your Employees For Their Hard Work This Year

‘Tis the season to be jolly…

And what better way to be jolly than to celebrate and say a big festive “thank you” to your employees for their hard work this year?

Whether you LOVE Christmas or prefer to keep things low-key, we’ve got some inspiration for you.

Nov 28, 2016
Friday Funnies

10 Infuriating People Who Should Be Banned From All Meetings

Think back to the most annoying meetings you’ve ever had…

Did they have anything in common? A certain co-worker or boss, perhaps?

This week we’re naming and shaming some of the most irritating people we think should be banned from meetings, for good.

Sep 29, 2016
Staff Retention

How to Create a Strong Internal Communication Strategy

“Internal communication” is not as simple as it sounds.

Get it right and you could inspire, motivate & engage employees.

But get it wrong & you could create company-wide distrust, resentment & fear!

Sep 26, 2016
Assessing Applicants

5 Pointless Interview Questions, We Should All Stop Asking Candidates

Interviews are tough; with such a limited amount of time to find and assess the ‘perfect hire’ the pressure really is on.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure every single question counts; that each one reveals interesting, valuable information and impresses your candidates in the process.

The five interview questions in this blog WON’T do that…

Aug 22, 2016
Candidate Tips

5 Reasons You Really Should Take That Sick Day

Are you one of those people who refuse to take a sick day unless you physically can’t move?

You could be doing your career more harm than good!

Find out more in this week’s blog!

Aug 10, 2016
Staff Retention

10 Reasons You Should Give Your Employee a Pay Rise!

How do you decide whether someone deserves a pay rise?

Hard work? Indispensable skills? Adding something “more valuable” to the role?

Not sure? Check out this blog post to find out our thoughts on the matter!

Aug 1, 2016
Staff Retention

10 Tips for Conducting a Productive Performance Review

Performance reviews give you a chance to thank your staff, outline your expectations for them and make sure they’re feeling happy at your business.

However, if not handled well, they can also waste time, resources and have a negative impact on team morale.

Check out this blog post to find out more.

Jul 18, 2016
Friday Funnies

70 Recruitment Clichés That (Really) Should Be Banished

“A real people-person…”

“With a good sense of humour…”

“Capable of working in a fast-paced environment…”

These are just three of the most awful clichés used by cheesy recruiters and candidates. Are you one of them?

Jul 14, 2016
Candidate Tips

7 Things You Should Never Tell a Recruiter

Honesty is not always the best policy, when you’re looking for a new job!

And no matter how well you get on with your recruitment consultant, there are a few things they definitely don’t want to hear.

We’re revealing the seven most common ones, this week.

Jun 14, 2016
Friday Funnies

10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Euro 2016 at Your Workplace

Hooray!!! Euro 2016 has arrived. (Whether you like it or not, I’m afraid…)

So what are you and your employees doing to celebrate?

If you’ve not got anything planned, it’s definitely worth checking out this blog.

Jun 10, 2016
Candidate Tips

10 Simple Ways to Give Yourself a Positivity Boost

Are you a bit of a negative Nelly? (Or Norman)?

Do you often find yourself looking on the dark side of life?

Stop! You could be sabotaging your career, your lifestyle and your very own happiness. Read this blog to find out more…

May 18, 2016
Friday Funnies

50 Hilarious LinkedIn Headlines

“You should be creative with your LinkedIn headline” – they said. “It’ll make you more memorable” – they said.

And it’s all true; the 50 LinkedIn users on our list are certainly unforgettable.

Just not necessarily for the right reasons!

May 12, 2016
Candidate Tips

The Most Important Piece of Interview Advice You’ll Ever Hear

As recruitment consultants, one of our main jobs is to thoroughly prep candidates before every interview.

And there’s one little (but dead important) piece of advice that we offer every, single time – to every, single candidate.

Check out this blog to find out what it is…

Apr 20, 2016
Friday Funnies

50 Strange Hobbies That People Have Listed On Their CV!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Go to the gym? Socialise with friends? Collect handcuffs..?

We’ve seen some weird and wonderful hobbies listed on CVs over the years – here are some of our favourites!

Apr 7, 2016
Candidate Tips

5 Questions You Should Never Ask Your Interviewer

In 99% of interviews, you’ll get asked “have you got any questions for me?”

And contrary to popular belief, sometimes the best answer you can give is ‘no’ – ‘we’ve covered everything, thanks.’

Especially if you find yourself about to say any of these 5 things…

Mar 23, 2016
Candidate Tips

10 Tips for Nailing Your Next Video Interview

Video interviews can be pretty daunting…

(The thought of being judged, on-screen, makes me shudder.)

But as long as you stick to these 10 top tips, I’m sure you’ll absolutely nail it!

Feb 23, 2016
Friday Funnies

20 Embarrassing Workplace Confessions.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done at work?

Does it STILL make you cringe? (Or is it still fresh?)

Cheer up; at least you’re not one of the 20 poor sods on this list (hopefully).

Feb 18, 2016
Friday Funnies

10 (Pretty Odd) Productivity Tips

Puppies in the office? Naked Fridays? Workplace nap-times?

Check out this list of 10 amazing ways to boost your productivity.

Good luck convincing your boss (and everybody else for that matter)…

Feb 10, 2016
Candidate Tips

10 Ways To Be Happier At Work

Feeling unhappy at work?

But don’t want to look for a new job?

Check out these 10 proactive ways to make your working life happier!

Jan 19, 2016
Attracting Staff

10 Tips For Successfully Recruiting Passive Candidates

If you manage to hire yourself a “passive” candidate, they will be 120% more determined to make a positive impact on your business (than an active one).

But how do you recruit someone that doesn’t want to be recruited?

Find out in this blog!

Jan 11, 2016
Friday Funnies

The 50 Best New Year’s Resolutions

Come up with some great New Year’s Resolutions this year?

Or do you think the whole “new year, new me” tradition is just a bit silly?

At the very least, this post will give you a giggle. At best; some soul-searching inspiration for 2016!

Jan 7, 2016
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 3

A Light-bulb Moment! Answer 3:  First and foremost, for your own reference, name the switches “a, b and c.” Then… Turn on switches a and b. Wait 10 minutes. Turn switch b off. Enter the room. Whichever light bulb is now on, is controlled by switch a (the only one, still on). Feel the other 2 […]

Dec 13, 2015
Assessing Applicants

13 Warning Signs That a Job Candidate is Wasting Your Time.

It’s a hard life being a recruiter…

It becomes even harder when your entire recruitment process is riddled with time-wasters – i.e. candidates who aren’t serious about the opportunity.

That’s where our 13 warning signs can help!

Nov 16, 2015
Friday Funnies

99 of the Funniest Things We’ve Seen On CVs

What’s worse?

A CV filed wit speeling erros ad tyops…

Or one littered with crass statements like “I’m sick of working with w@nkers?”

We’ll let you decide…

Oct 15, 2015
Assessing Applicants

The 10 Most Common Lies That Job Candidates Will Tell You

Would you want a liar, working on your team? Probably not.

As a recruiter, it’s important that you can tell the difference between a white lie told to impress you and a severe and calculating lie that could genuinely affect someone’s ability to do the job.

The problem is… job candidates lie a lot.

Sep 25, 2015
Friday Funnies

Post-Holiday Blues: The 10 Worst Things About Returning to Work

Isn’t it exciting?

When you leave work knowing that you’ll soon be somewhere exotic, sipping on a cocktail and catching some rays, without a worry in the world for a while?

But then, as quick as a flash!!! It’s all over… your alarm clock is ringing angrily in your ear and you’re acutely aware that your first day back at work has arrived.

Cue, the post-holiday blues!

Sep 9, 2015
Candidate Tips

8 Things You MUST Learn About the Company, Before a Job Interview

“What do you know about the company?”

If the answer is nothing, then you really are setting yourself up for an (embarrassing) fall.

Uncover the 8 key company facts on our list, however, and you’re guaranteed to position yourself as a cut above the rest.

Sep 2, 2015
Staff Retention

14 Tell-Tale Signs That You’re A Bad Boss.

We have ALL had a bad boss at some point in our career.

(The sexist, the bully, the idiot…)

But have you ever wondered what your employees say about YOU?

If you recognise any of the traits in this week’s blog, you may be a horrible boss!

Sep 1, 2015
Candidate Tips

12 Rookie Mistakes You’re Making on LinkedIn (Probably)

93% of recruiters will stalk you on LinkedIn, before contacting you about a job vacancy.

In fact, it’s pretty much the first thing we do after receiving a promising CV or application form.

That means that your profile is one of the earliest chances you’ll get to make a great impression…

Don’t waste it!

Aug 4, 2015
Friday Funnies

The 10 Most Difficult Interview Brainteasers Ever Asked – Can You Answer Them?

We love to hate brainteasers.

They can be so frustrating, yet so satisfying (if you can actually get the right answer).

This week, we’re challenging you to answer 10 of the most difficult (and frankly ridiculous) interview brainteasers ever asked of poor, unsuspecting candidates.

We definitely don’t recommend swiping these for your interviews!

Jul 15, 2015
Candidate Tips

16 Ways to Make A Great Impression On Your First Day of Work

Unfortunately, you WILL be scrutinised on your first day at a new workplace.

Think about it – can you honestly say that you don’t judge your new colleagues?

The way you behave, both on a personal and professional level will really form an important part of how colleagues will see you in the future.

So how do YOU want to be seen at your new workplace?

Jul 1, 2015
Assessing Applicants

20 Body Language Warning Signs to Watch Out For When Interviewing Candidates!

Let’s be honest, most interviewees will tell a white lie from time to time to exaggerate their strengths and play down their weaknesses; we all do it.

But what’s much more difficult is for them to fake their body language.

This week we’ve put together a list of the top 5 most revealing body language indicators, as well as 20 warning signs that you should look out for.

Discover what your candidates really don’t want you to know!

May 18, 2015
Candidate Tips

11 Things You Need to Know Before Accepting a Job Offer

Accepting a job offer is a life changing decision.

Don’t get caught up in the pride of the moment; give your decision the time, effort and thought it deserves.

Have you explored the 11 considerations on our list?

May 13, 2015
Candidate Tips

The 10 Simple Rules of Appropriate Interview Etiquette

Will you fit in well with the team? Have you got the appropriate skills? Are you genuinely serious about the position?

Your interviewer has a very difficult decision to make, based on (roughly) just one hour of your time, so chances are, they’ll be scrutinising your every move.

Don’t let a simple matter of etiquette hold you back!

May 6, 2015
Friday Funnies

15 of the most hilarious employee fails ever…

We all have bad days at work.

But next time you’re feeling that workplace woe, spare a thought for the poor souls who committed the 15 most hilarious (and embarrassing) employee fails of the decade – and remember, you’re not alone!

Apr 17, 2015
Assessing Applicants

5 Problems With Your Interview Process

It’s very easy to get your interview process wrong. Here we look at 5 potential problems with your interview process and how to put them right.

Mar 31, 2015
Friday Funnies

The Microsoft and Tomatoes Story…

We all spend endless hours ‘researching’ on the web and anybody who works in recruitment will inevitably have come across the story about the man who was turned down for a maintenance role at Microsoft thanks to his lack of an email address. In a true rag to riches story he then goes on to […]

Mar 19, 2015
Attracting Staff

5 Different Types Of Interview You Need To Try

There are lots of ways you could interview potential new hires for your business. We’ve identified 5 approaches which should help develop key insights as to who would be good and bad for your organisation.

Mar 3, 2015
Candidate Tips

10 Soundbites that could ruin your CV

With so little space to play with on your CV, why waste it with meaningless cliches and soundbites? Here’s ten of the worst and how can get around them.

Feb 11, 2015
Attracting Staff

4 Major Errors People Make When Writing a Job Advert

Your job advert is the gateway to finding that magical person who could truly make a substantial difference to your business.

However, it may not surprise you just how easy it is to get it wrong. Here we present the 4 biggest mistakes people make when creating their ads and how you can avoid them.

Jan 15, 2015
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 10

You Might Recognise This One..? Answer 10: A fish! OK – so I nicked this one from the Hobbit! But it’s good isn’t it?  

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 9

The Lie Detector Test. Answer 9: Tom is the thief! Here is the question again: “During lunch, 5 of Mr. Bryant’s students visit the supermarket. One of the 5, stole an apple. When questioned… Jim said: it was Hank or Tom. Hank said: neither Eddie or I did it. Tom Said: you’re both lying. Don said: no one of them is lying, the […]

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 8

Word-Play. Answer 8: Place the first letter at the end of the word instead and it’ll spell the same word backwards! Let’s recap on those words: revive, banana, grammar, voodoo, assess, potato, dresser, uneven. B-anana -> anana-B Perhaps I’m just a bit of a word geek, but I absolutely LOVE this one.

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 7

Cabin Fever. Answer 7: The ‘cabin’ is actually a plane cabin and the two men died in a plane crash! A bit grim, I must admit, but anyway…it’s all about the dual meaning of words again. When you hear the words “forest,” “cabin,” “wood” etc. together, it (should) immediately conjure up images of a wooden cabin in […]

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 6

A Tick Question. Answer 6: 7.5 Degrees. Did you think the answer was 0? You are not alone! Most people rush into answering the question and forget that the hour hand moves too; at 3.15, it will actually be a quarter of the way between 3 and 4 (because a quarter of an hour has gone by). To calculate the answer… […]

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 5

Are You Seeing Things? Answer 5: The word “single” actually refers to marital status, not the number of people on board. So, the boat is full, but everyone on board is married! This is a cheeky little trick question, playing on the dual meanings of the word ‘single’. Did you notice?

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 4

Is this a yolk? Answer 4: Just One Box! First, it’s important to note that ALL of the boxes are marked incorrectly…a lot of people miss that fact and thus get the wrong answer. Let’s take a look… You open the box marked BIG and it’s filled of the small eggs. You know that the other two […]

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 3

A Light-bulb Moment! Answer 3:  First and foremost, for your own reference, name the switches “a, b and c.” Then… Turn on switches a and b. Wait 10 minutes. Turn switch b off. Enter the room. Whichever light bulb is now on, is controlled by switch a (the only one, still on). Feel the other 2 […]

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 2

Make McClane Proud… There are two acceptable answers to this question…did you get either of them? Answer 2(a): Fill up the 3-litre jug with water and then tip it all into the 5-litre jug. Then, again fill up the 3-litre jug and tip it into the 5-litre jug until it becomes full. This means there will be 1 […]

Dec 16, 2014
Staff Retention

Brainteaser Answer 1

A Petri Hard Puzzle Answer 1: 12.59 pm This little cheeky brainteaser depends on a tendency to over-think the question. You really don’t need to consider the ins and outs of bacteria, half-life and decay; you just need to work backwards and use a little bit of common sense! At 1 pm the dish is full. If bacteria doubles every […]

Dec 16, 2014
Friday Funnies

The Oddest Christmas Jobs

Ever worked in a Christmas job? You know, wake up in the morning, walk the reindeer, decorate other people’s Christmas trees, and finish off the day holding strangers’ hands on the ice rink.

Have a laugh with these Christmas jobs!

Dec 15, 2014
Friday Funnies

The 50 Weirdest Job Titles

At Coburg Banks we’ve seen some really odd job titles on people’s CVs over the years. Here is a breakdown of our favourite 50 that we have genuinely seen on resumes.

If you have one of these on yours, make sure you change it quickly!

Nov 30, 2014
Candidate Tips

20 Questions you should never ask in an interview

The interview has gone well, you’ve answered all the questions and even made the interview panel laugh. Now comes the question most people dread: “Do you have any questions for us?” You would think that this fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how much candidates know about the company, the industry, work ethic and just how interested […]

Sep 10, 2014
Candidate Tips

10 Reasons Why A Job Interview Could Go Wrong

There are loads of reasons why an interview can go badly wrong. They mainly revolve around preparation. Here are 10 of our best tips to ensure that your interview goes as well as can be expected.

Mar 16, 2014

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