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Don’t miss The Apprentice – Week 11 – The Recruitment Interview

A friend of mine was recently on a sales training course and as part of the programme the trainees were shown excerpts from last year’s Apprentice show. So this show goes out over the air waves as free-viewing for anyone interested to watch.

Later on, the dvd of the show costs the guts of €900 to hire to be used as training material.

What I am trying to illustrate here is that as a job-seeker you will have the chance to watch some extremely valuable interview material FREE of charge this coming Wednesday night 6th June. Don’t miss it. Even if you haven’t been following the show this will give you a fly-on-the wall view of the dynamics at an employment interview – For details click here.

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The recruitment times they are a-changing

Things are definitely changing in recruitment. The challenge for most companies who have regular vacancies is no longer filtering out volumes of applications which they receive, but more how to get enough relevant applications in the first place.

On the plus-side for recruiters, there are so many more options available to them now which were simply not available even 10 years ago. In response to the difficulties faced by many companies in resourcing new staff, countless new recruitment agencies and jobs websites are touting for the business of local employers.

You are unlikely to deal with all of the various service providers. However it is a good idea to give them a hearing and possibly even meet with a few carefully selected consultants and advertisers. Particularly where you have regular requirements. Spread the load across perhaps a number of specialists in various industry sectors and locations, both traditional media and internet sites. Savvy employers are now wheeling and dealing with a raft of outfits so as to ensure their needs are met whenever they come under pressure to get staff.

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The Apprentice – Week 9

Did they chose the worst possible candidates this year on purpose just to make it better for TV? Your man Tre seems to be lasting way longer than he should have and in fact looks like he might even win.

There’s one guy left who seems to have contributed little or nothing, this Lohit fella. And overall there are really only 2 serious contestants – our girl Kristina and Simon. It’s still hard to believe that this 6 left are the absolute best out of 10,000 candidates auditioned for the show. Still, it is entertaining I guess.

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Our stall now well and truly “set out”

The basis for our service is to offer a tight listing of sought-after jobs for the Midlands region – Offaly, Westmeath, Longford & Laois. However, we also endeavour to have a decent variety of jobs to cater for most interests. From that point of view, the mix of jobs currently on offer (17th May 2007) is the best we’ve had so far.

If you look at the featured jobs section you have everything from a Data Analyst in Portlaoise to a Financial Planner in Athlone to a Lab Assistant in Longford. All very live jobs, ie. “recently” posted. As well as including a good mix of agency jobs, by now we are satisfied that our stall is fully “set out” and we’re open for business.

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The Midland Jobs concept

Here we go..

Yet another wannabe Bill Gates, raimeising on about his latest website. I can think of more interesting things to be reading.

And yet there is a case for explaining how a new website comes into being. What is it’s purpose in life? How does it go about it’s business?

Why is needed? Does the world really need another jobs website?

There’s a very special and unprecedented set of circumstances in Midlands recruitment right now. Even leaving techie developments out of the discussion for the moment, there seems to be loads going on here.

First off, there are some fairly major road developments busting their way down through the region. There are countless new housing and accommodation developments. Many major shopping complexes are under construction in the main towns with more planned. More commuter trains to the capital than I’d say ever before. Every week when you open the local newspapers there’s another announcement about more jobs in… There’s even been some realistic enough talk about a regional airport around the Horseleap area. And don’t even get me started on the whole Midland Gateway, National Spatial Strategy thing.

I used to work as a recruiter here in Mullingar. emerged out of that. Not just as an idea but out of a sense of necessity. The other HR resources then available to me, well established and all as they were, at times could be toothless enough. The technology was available for me to make a dedicated regional HR resource into a reality. So I did it.

What if you put together all of the material relating to local recruitment under one (virtual) roof? What if you totally excluded information about recruitment in any other part of the country? If you brought together listings by companies who themselves are perhaps not normally involved with one another. Jobs listed by say a retailer in Laois, featuring alongside engineering jobs in Longford. If you could feature jobs with some of the smaller local companies. The whole idea seemed too appealing and workable for me to not have a go at it.

But to anyone who might be expecting a big PR / marketing push for… you’ll be waiting cause it aint gonna happen. One of the cool things about being in the Midlands is the relative lack of hype about everything. People just get on with whatever it is they do without fuss. Work, community, sport, whatever. It’s just the midlands way, where a spade is a spade. A breath of fresh air you could say. And our job site aims to reflect exactly that same no frills approach.

Interestingly more and more people who register online with cite the source of their enquiry as “word of mouth”. It is hoped that this blog, the forum, will help with that process of building awareness. So in a way, this post is about as close to a press release as we’re ever gonna get.

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It’s an interesting pint

It’s been said to me that a company’s main website (in our case is like your office. It’s your place of business. Where you get the job done.

But your blog is like a lounge or your local pub where you drop in for a pint and a chat after work. (The Tap or Caseys) Where the talk can be equally as important as in the office, just less pressurized.

So I’m wondering if these posts are just like bar-stool comments. They tend to slide down-hill as the night goes on.

Might be an idea to hide the lap-top at around 8pm… specially on Fridays.

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Moving out of Dublin

Many people who are looking for jobs in the Midlands region can be a little “at sea” when it comes to finding out information about local jobs, employers and recruiters. In fact they need lots of information about all sorts of other subjects as well. Those who have come through the whole process already may have something useful to say to help others who haven’t yet moved.

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Recruiter comments

Has the Midlandjobs site worked for you? What was good about it? What was not so good? What issues are you facing as a local recruiter? If you had a room full of candidates for jobs, what would you say to them to help them to prepare for an interview with your company? What is your best vacancy at the moment? Llink from here to it if you want eg. click here What’s going on at your company at the moment?

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Are you new to blogging?

If you’re new to the medium of blogging, it’s can be easily explained as a way for you to share ideas with others interested in similar issues and topics. In this case – employment in the midlands.

So for example recruiters might like to share tips and ideas about the latest best practices they are putting in place.

Job-seekers might like to find out from other job-seekers where to find specialist recruiters for their industry sector in the Midlands.

Generally the rules of blogging are that there are no rules, however this blog is a forum specifically associated with and so for that reason will need to be orientated around it’s niche subject. Shur we’ll see how it goes anyway, but don’t be afraid to drop in a post here and there if you have something to say on a subject.

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