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The New Modern Slavery Act Guidance – What You Need To Know

    In a world of business outsourcing and international trade, the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking is still ongoing. Two years ago, the Government introduced S.54 to encourage large commercial organisations to evaluate the steps they take to ensure all parts of their business comply with the Modern Slavery Act (2015) by publishing annual reports. The S.54 has recently made its way back into business headlines with …

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What Are You Telling Unsuccessful Candidates?

Most employers know the feeling when they advertise a job. You find an applicant with a good CV and invite them to an interview but when it comes down to it the fit just isn’t quite right – so what do you tell the unsuccessful candidates? Or do you even tell them at all? As a nation, we seem to have decided that giving constructive feedback to interviewees isn’t worth …

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BBC’s Cheesecake Thief Causes Newsroom Chaos (And a HR Nightmare)

  First the gender pay-gap scandal, now this. The BBC has been hitting deadlines with their newest controversy… the aptly named “Cheesecake-gate”. Last week, news editor Rachel Kennedy achieved twitter infamy when she began to document a battle of the wills between herself and a mysterious office cheesecake thief. After discovering the unthinkable crime, she penned a scathing note to the “scumbag thief who stole my New York cheesecake”, adding …

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Schools Out, What Now? – Inadequate Careers Advice Could Cost The UK £90bn

In primary school, we had a career day to help us decide our future where I proudly announced I was going to grow up to be rock star. Looking back, I can see why my teacher advised against it – it wasn’t the most realistic career option given that the only instrument I could play was the triangle. Despite my bitter childhood disappointment, it was an important first lesson about …

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Application, Interview, Offer – It’s Time to Break the Tedium of Recruitment

  How many times have you gone through the recruitment process in your life? The chances are you will have experienced the “application, interview, offer” cycle at least ten times by the age of forty. That’s ten times of explaining how you work well in a team, reeling off the same example of how you dealt with an unforeseen difficult situation, and nodding your head along as the interviewer asks …

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Top 10 Weird and Wonderful Employee Benefits

            Modern businesses are always striving to think outside of the box with employee motivation – the suggestion of a foosball table or personalised beanbags has definitely been thrown around our office a couple of times – but when it comes to unique benefits, which business tops the charts?   Office wine bar Have you ever thought you might drop by the supermarket to pick …

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Grief Awareness Day 2017- How to Handle Bereavement in the Workplace

            Tomorrow is Grief Awareness Day and though it’s often a difficult subject to talk about when someone you know experiences a loss, it’s only natural to want to help. Yet, when that person is your employee, it can be difficult to walk the line between your professional and personal instincts. We’ve teamed up with NW Counselling Hub’s cofounder Naomi Watkins who has given us …

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ABC to 123 – The Complete Guide to Understanding the new GCSE Grades

              Yesterday, thousands of students across the country (some nervous, some eager) were waiting to receive their GCSE results. These grades are an important stepping stone in their path towards a career – but for the first time in nearly three decades, the system has been changed entirely. So as the newest batch of school leavers prepare to enter the working world, what do …

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Boardroom boredom – is YOUR work routine reducing your chance at success?

            It’s 6 o’clock. The alarm blares in your ear. Zombified, you crawl out of bed and switch the kettle on, scrolling through unanswered emails as you go. You pull on your usual clothes and off you go to work. It’s a standard routine and one you could probably do with your eyes closed, if fact I bet some of you do, but is it …

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The Kids Are Alright? – Are Internships The New Entry Level Job?

            “To get a job, you need experience” Yes, that old chestnut. It’s a phrase you’ve heard a thousand times and you can’t deny there’s a logic behind it – experience guarantees you understand the ins and outs of the job you’re applying for – but there’s a glaring problem with it. To get a job, you need experience but to get experience, you need …

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