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What skills does your marketing professional need?

If you want marketers to drive change in a business environment dominated by change, you need to make sure they have the right up-to-date skills. But first and foremost, you need to make sure you understand the value marketers can bring to your organisation. In our current climate, marketing is not an expendable cost; it’s an essential profit-making investment. To understand the skills you should look for, understanding and accepting this, is a critical first step. But what skills deliver t...


7 November 2018

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Why we still need business development professionals

We live in a business world dominated by technology, technology which has led to marketing and sales taking on many of the 1-to-1 conversations which traditionally have been held by business development professionals. It might seem that business development roles have become obsolete.   But we believe business development has a distinct and extremely relevant role in our current workplace. While marketing professionals are still primarily responsible for getting the right proposition ...


1 October 2018

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Should organisations still be hiring for cultural fit?

The benefits of hiring for cultural fit are well documented: better staff retention, greater productivity and increased profitability. So, it’s no surprise that a recent survey found 96% of HR leaders say it’s crucial in recruitment decisions. Yet with 89% saying they’re not getting it right and attributing hiring failures to cultural reasons, there are concerns that the term has become a ‘catch all’ and is unbefitting, discriminatory even. By definition, ‘cultural’ describes...


29 August 2018

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Why recruitment should not slow down over summer

Many organisations think of summer as the worst time to recruit – no matter how urgently they need to fill a position. Candidates too will often say they are abandoning or postponing their job search until autumn, in the belief that there are no jobs around over August. But these organisations and candidates are missing an opportunity. Contrary to the - albeit widely-held - perception, summer presents a great opportunity for recruitment and job hunting; when it comes to manager and direc...


16 August 2018

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Sitka Recruitment syncs up with HR Dept Cardiff

Sitka is delighted to have teamed up with the HR Dept Cardiff to provide an even more comprehensive leadership and management recruitment offering. Like Sitka, the HR Dept provides businesses with essential and cost-efficient outsourced services and is a great option for businesses who require overflow or third-party support or those without a dedicated in-house HR function. “We’re delighted to be partnering with the HR Dept Cardiff,” says Karen, co-founder of Sitka. “An essential ...


12 July 2018

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Are flexible working practices flex-able?

In May, Totaljobs published a new report stating that 59% of employees view flexible working opportunities as the most important benefit when looking for a job, yet just 38% of employers currently offer them. Totaljobs haven’t been the only ones reporting on the issue. The Modern Families Index also published a report last month following a survey of 2,700 UK working parents which found flexible working alone did not improve working parents’ quality of life, and that 81% of those who work...


7 June 2018

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What GDPR means for HR and your business

At times it has seemed as though the hype will never end, but GDPR D-day is, at last, upon us. This Friday, the General Data Protection Regulation will come into force, and while many organisations rush to ensure they’ve correctly interpreted and implemented the new requirements, others are welcoming it relaxed in the knowledge that they are officially ‘GPDR compliant’. In our recent round of Q&As with HR leaders in Wales, we took the opportunity to ask our interviewees how they ...


22 May 2018

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The new hotspot for senior finance professionals? Cardiff

On 20th April, we were delighted to attend the first ever Finance Awards Wales, described as a showcase of the best finance talent in Wales. And with over 400 attendees and 11 awards, what a showcase it was! Of course, specialising in finance recruitment as we do, we’re already well aware that Wales has some fantastic finance professionals, and we’re privileged to know a number of them. But to be surrounded by so many at once really highlighted to us how far the Welsh finance industry has...


18 May 2018

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The importance of personal resilience for work

We’re delighted to be sponsoring Aprils CIPD’s event on ‘How to build personal resilience’. Presented by inspirational speaker, trainer, coach and author Steve Head, it’s a topic close to our hearts and one we find ourselves talking to candidates and clients about regularly. In such a competitive market, personal resilience isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, it’s an essential soft skill that can determine whether people achieve both their own career goals and those of their o...


17 April 2018

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Gender equality at leadership level: why it matters and how to achieve it

Over the past few months, we’ve spoken to a number of women in senior leadership roles in Wales, who have given us some revealing insights into how they reached their current positions. Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day and National Careers Week, we share their lessons for both aspiring leaders and Welsh organisations with ambitions to achieve better gender equality at leadership level.   Why does it matter? There is overwhelming evidence showing that greater ...


8 March 2018

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