How not to recruit: the trap of ‘essential’ attributes

Anthony Haynes writes: Here’s a problem we see a lot. An employer who wishes to hire writes a specification of the type of employee they want. Included in the specification is a list of ‘essential’ attributes (I’ll use the word ‘attribute’ here, even though sometimes other words — such as ‘skills’ — are used, because… Read More

Behind the scenes in talent acquisition: who is Lina Beynar?

Over the years we have published interviews with many of our employees and associates as a way of both introducing ourselves and explaining what talent acquisition looks like behind the scenes. Today we’re pleased to introduce our researcher, Lina Beynar. Your job title is ‘Researcher’. What exactly do you do? The main function of my… Read More

Gearing up for growth in talent acquisition

Fiona Wilson writes: Despite launching in a recession (in 2009), we have established a persistent record of strong growth. Our growth has been organic: we haven’t raised capital through taking on loans or selling shares. We’re also ambitious: our vision is to become the undisputed go-to agency whenever a professional membership organisation, awarding body or… Read More

New Year’s resolution: a suggestion for employers

Anthony Haynes writes: In the UK as a whole, the labour market remains buoyant. According to the latest bulletin from Office for National Statistics (11 December 2018), the number of people in work is high and the number of unemployed is low. This, as we’ve noticed when helping clients to fill roles, presents employers with… Read More

How to give the customer a good experience: the case of talent acquisition

Susie Schofield writes: Our experience at FJWilson Talent Services (FJWTS) teaches us that talent companies need to retain a balance: they need to meet the needs of both candidates and customers (that is, the hiring managers). Here we illustrate our approach for achieving this, using our work for the Institute of Customer Service (ICS) and the… Read More