Challenging times for recruitment

Successfully landing the people that will make a difference to your business.

Post Covid, recruiting is harder than ever. It is widely recognised, that there is a genuine shortage of good candidates. They are also cautious about moving, in a changeable and volatile economic climate, preferring to stay in a known environment.  Conversely, there are more applications for advertised jobs, as it has never been easier to apply. Once registered on a Job Board, you can comfortably send in 20 online applications in an hour, whilst watching your favourite TV programme.  Employers find themselves deluged by unsuitable candidates. Any good candidates can be missed in the avalanche of applications. This is unproductive and demoralising for your resourcing teams.


Businesses that are successfully finding the right candidates, have revised their strategy to capture the good ones in a timely manner, before some-one else does. This requires quick and effective reviewing of applications and the ability to act decisively with the candidates you want to progress. Successful resourcing teams will take the initiative to speak to candidates (direct phone contact, not another email!) out of office hours, diligent working candidates are unlikely to want to discuss applications in their workplace.

Advertising and staff time are expensive resources that you should be optimising. Plan your recruitment campaigns to provide sufficient applicants of the right quality. Equally important is having the recruitment and interview process ready to progress good applicants through to offer stage without any delays. For this you will need your line managers to be committed to the process and to have set aside time to review the requirements of the candidates, interview them and provide timely feedback.

Join us at a Bridgwater Breakfast event October 5th 2023

Business Breakfast with Hinkley PSG

October 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

£12.00 – £15.00

Hinkley PSG, formed in 2017, is an esteemed consortium of businesses with extensive experience in advising companies involved in the Hinkley Point C project, as well as possessing transferable expertise in relevant areas. The group prides itself on collaboration, bringing valued experience to become trusted advisors to their clients.

Our guest speaker will be Bridgwater Chamber Member from Ashtree Resourcing, Mark Walton, is a board member of the Hinkley PSG. He’ll be introducing Hinkley Professional Services Group, what the group does, how it has supported the Hinkley project to date and what it plans to do in the future.

Why Attend?

Attending our business networking events enables you to expand your professional network, fostering connections that can lead to collaborations, partnerships, and opportunities, while also providing a platform to gain valuable insights and industry knowledge from experts and peers.

By attending you will –

  • Have an opportunity to meet key people shaping Bridgwater’s business future.
  • Develop strong business relationships.
  • Be able to raise your own points on the topics in discussion.
  • Chance to ask key questions

Limited spaces are available so book early!

Tea/Coffee and Sausage/Bacon Rolls will be served

8am – 8.30am                    

Arrival, refreshments & networking

8.30am – 9am   

Speaker and Q&A

9am – 9.30am                

Tea/Coffee & Networking

Local Venue – The Mercure Hotel, Bridgwater  

Why not check how you could get to the venue using public transport using the Think Travel portal here: Think Travel : Homepage

Just trying to be a better recruiter.

In the last two weeks I have been rewarded for going the “extra mile” with clients and reminded of the reasons why I enjoy doing the job I do.

Conversely, the experience of trying to sell our house has reminded why going the “extra mile” is key in a service industry and why when you do not deliver you not only lose your customer but damage future relationships and business opportunities.  Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation.

flipo-chart-presentationRecently I was finding it hard to find the right candidates for a role, despite many hours of CV searching, advertising on various forums and scouring Linkedin, still no success. Pondering this, I was reminded of the theory of Six Degrees of Separation and started to think of people I might know, who might know somebody, who might know somebody, you get the picture. Continue reading

The competency based interview.

informal-interviewIn many ways, competency based interviews are a lot easier to prepare for than a general interview.

Competency-based interviews are designed to test how well you perform in certain areas. In other words, the interviewer is trying to figure whether you’ve got the right skills and strengths to do the job.

The competencies they’ll cover depend on the job you’re going for but some common ones include oral and written communication, personal motivation, planning and organisation, and problem-solving and analysis. Continue reading

Receive A Job Counter-Offer? Don’t Take It

Pitting your employer against another in a bidding war for you is often career suicide.

A few years ago, I recruited an executive to run a mid-level company. The night before he was supposed to start his new job, the executive called to say he was staying put. The board of directors at his current company–a major multinational retailer–had offered to name him CEO in one year’s time.

I was aghast, but my former candidate could hardly envision a better scenario. He had leveraged an offer to run a mid-sized company and used it to land the coveted top spot at a retailing giant. No greater career coup exists, right?

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