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There’s been a lot of market commentary in recent times about the changing nature of recruitment and how the power of digital technology, data science and personalised communications at scale have created a complex new model. This remodelling of the recruitment world is a fundamental shift. Reassuringly though for today’s jobseekers, it’s one that still provides a clear path to job...

We’re becoming an on-demand people. From on-demand television to training and software as a service (SaaS), we’re accustomed to having our needs met here and now. Is it really a surprise then that more employers are shifting towards on-demand headcounts? According to findings in the 2017 Hays Salary Guide , two in three employers use temporary or contract staff; 44% use them for...

Data scientists are in demand, and candidates with the right mix of skills will be rewarded with a future-proofed and lucrative career. Here are some things to keep in mind when pursuing a career in data science. Data is the new corporate currency, as advancing digitisation sweeps every horizontal and vertical market the world over. The impact on the data science sector is far-reaching...

Adaptability, a willingness to learn and a problem solving attitude are some of the soft skills employers look for in today’s rapidly changing world of work and they’re also skills that can be gained in temporary assignments. Early in my career I completed dozens of temporary assignments and from this experience I know that there’s no faster method of learning the soft skills...

The language you use throughout your job interview is very important, but there’s one word that could undermine your suitability for the role in the eyes of your interviewer. It’s a short word, but one that conveys a lot. This word is “we”. Before I go any further, let me clarify; I believe the use of “we” is fine in certain contexts during an interview, for instance when talking about...

Soft skills are in demand. In fact, according to Deloitte Access Economics , soft-skill intensive occupations are expected to account for two-thirds of all jobs by 2030. But why? Today’s world of work changes rapidly, with digital innovation altering the way we operate, and the jobs and skills in demand constantly evolving. Employers, therefore, look for jobseekers who have the soft...

Have you recently found yourself so keen to find a new job, yet also so busy with your current one, that your job search strategy involves frantically pinging off your CV whenever you can find a spare minute? Such an unfocused, scattergun approach to your job search is a false economy. If you want to be selected for the right opportunity for you, and relatively quickly, then you need...

If you’re one of the many professionals who has been disappointed by their salary increase or lack thereof, don’t become discouraged. Be proactive instead by continuing the conversation and asking your boss about non-financial benefits. While it’s generally accepted that permanent employees receive an annual pay rise in recognition of the enhanced value their experience over the past...

For anyone following women in tech, the past few months have been eventful to say the least. From Melinda Gates throwing her weight behind increasing the number of women into computer science, to a viral blog post about the treatment of female employees at a well-known Silicon Valley giant, the recent news is indicative of the wider situation: For women in the industry, it is one step...

Whether it’s racing thoughts, sweaty palms or feeling restless, one thing is for certain – those job interview nerves are starting to kick in. If you could just shake those nerves in time for the interview, you would be able to exude confidence and make a strong impression. However, the clock is ticking and those interview nerves aren’t showing any signs of subsiding. Over the years,...

What’s the working life of a temporary worker or contractor really like? Does it offer an ideal work-life balance and higher earnings or is it isolating and full of constant new challenges? The reality is that it can be a combination of all four. So for the 69 per cent of job seekers who are willing to consider a temporary assignment, as well as the 14 per cent already working as a...

Every year the tech sector gears up for Europe Code Week, in which countries from around the world focus on coding through a number of grass roots events held over the course of the seven days. It is clear that governments across the world are coming to understand the importance of coding, specifically for the generation of young people still in learning institutions – their world in...

The rapid rise in the use of temporary and contract assignments has seen a blended workforce become the norm in many industries and sectors. But the success or failure of this arrangement often comes down to how well temporary and contract employees are integrated into a team. The very nature of this form of employment means that temporary and contract employees can quickly – and often...

Hiring managers and recruiters know when you’ve prepared for a job interview and when you haven’t. If you have you link your skills and experience to those the available job requires. You cite examples of your work that are relevant to the nature of the industry, organisation and position. And you perfectly describe how your present job equips you for this one. In other words, you have a...

  We all know that applying for a new job can be a time-consuming and sometimes all-encompassing task. It’s one that requires dedication, concentration and focus, and that extends to the seemingly minor details – for instance, checking and double checking each element of your application for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, formatting and consistency. Neglecting this...

Knowledge workers are emerging as a hiring ‘hotspot’ thanks to the growing number of knowledge-intensive jobs that require suitably skilled, experienced and educated candidates to perform non-routine tasks. While that’s good news for professionals such as analysts, architects, engineers, teachers, marketers, nurses and lawyers, who all require a large amount of knowledge to succeed in...

During your first week in a new job, your new manager should welcome you into the business with a carefully crafted induction process, introducing you to the company ethos and procedures. You should also be re-educated on the specific role you are to fill and its importance within the context of the wider team and organisation. However, you must remember that it’s not only up to your...

Do you see people management as the next rung on your career ladder, but not sure if you’re ready for the additional responsibility? If so, you may be wondering whether you have the right skill set for managing people as part of a new role. After all, the idea of managing employees can seem a bit daunting, and if you plan to stay within your existing company you may need to readjust your...

Finding opportunities to stretch yourself beyond the day to day at work is the ideal way to give your career a boost. However, looking for new challenges is not just about impressing the boss. Taking on responsibilities which push you outside your comfort zone will also boost your own confidence and sense of self-worth. Taking on new challenges adds more variety to your role and makes...

Whether it’s just for the evening, the weekend or you’re taking a well-deserved break on holiday, it can be hard to stop the never-ending to-do list whizzing through your mind, especially when there are more things to do at work than there are people to do them. If you find it hard to relax and let go of work when you leave the office, you’re not on your own. We’re ever more connected...

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