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Social media’s place in recruitment

Depending which surveys you look at, some 39-84 per cent of employers now use social media to research prospective candidates - last year, YouGov found that 1 in 5 employers had rejected candidates because of what they found out about them in the process. But social screening goes both ways; an estimated 77 percent of candidates screen their prospective employers and 59 percent of employees credit the organisation’s social media presence as a reason for accepting the job. Candidates are ...


1 March 2018

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Managing the changing face of recruitment in 2018

Increased competition, technological developments, new social values and a changing workforce created big shifts in recruitment and HR in 2017. And they’ll continue to do so in 2018. ‘Employee engagement’, ‘workplace culture’, ‘talent management’: it can be difficult to keep up, even harder to resist jumping on the bandwagon of each new recruitment trend. And while the potential they promise may be vast, your resources are likely to be anything but.     To...


2 February 2018

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Resolutions for workplace wellness in 2018

There’s been a 20% increase in the number of employers embracing workplace wellness strategies in 2017, and the figure is expected to rise in 2018. Workplace wellness can be defined as any health promotion activity or organisational practice that supports healthy behaviour among employees. And while it would be nice to think that it’s always morally motivated, the impact of employee wellness on business profitability is also a huge factor in the rising trend. Employee wellness doesn’...


2 January 2018

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Is the traditional CV becoming redundant?

Recruitment is changing. Complex skills requirements, advanced recruitment software and increased competition has led to claims that the traditional CV is being replaced by more creative and technical formats. We’d certainly agree that traditional CVs have their limitations in this increasingly digital workplace. Aside from the absence of non-verbal cues and visual appeal, an estimated 70% of them contain discrepancies. As a result, it’s difficult to make judgements about candidates’ su...


5 December 2017

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Signs you should consider outsourcing your recruitment

Do you see outsourced recruitment as an expense rather than an investment? It’s a common point of view, yet an increasing number of organisations are realising the value of outsourcing their recruitment. The market is evident simply from the number of new recruitment start-ups across the UK. In fact, the need for better management and leadership recruitment is what drove us to establish Sitka. Senior, more specialist roles present certain challenges to in-house recruiters. And even if yo...


6 November 2017

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Sitka celebrates a year of success

Last week we were delighted to welcome our supporters, partners and friends to Jolyons at No. 10 to celebrate our first birthday.  In the past year, we've had the privilege of working with some fantastic businesses in Wales, including DevOpsGuys, Creditsafe, Acuity Legal, Tŷ Hafan, Cardiff & Vale College and the Wales Audit Office. And we seem to have had quite an impact.  When we set Sitka up, we made it our mission to challenge the stigma of recruitment. Ove...


23 October 2017

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A career in management; have you got what it takes?

A recent report by the CIPD stated that ‘Manager behaviour not only impacts on employee health and well-being, but also on employee engagement’. As we mentioned in our last blog, effective engagement of employees is critical for business success. Being a good boss matters. As the saying goes, 'people leave managers, not companies', and 50% of people who leave their jobs cite a bad manager as the reason. Although each manager will have a unique style, those who are s...


28 September 2017

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How can you engage employees? This is what one of Wales’ Best Companies to work for does

With diversity on the rise and a lack of skilled candidates in the market affecting 65% of employers,  businesses have a significant job on their hands when it comes to employee engagement. But the benefits are considerable; engaged employees are easier to motivate, more productive, and more like to stay loyal to their employer (233% more loyal according to one study).  If that doesn’t persuade you, perhaps the fact that companies with an employee engagement programme achieve 26% ...


7 September 2017

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Six millennial traits that impress recruitment agencies

We'd like to say up front, we're not fans of the word 'millennial' here at Sitka.  It's not just that millennials have had a bad rap of late, but the term has become somewhat of a synonym with entitlement, laziness and technology addiction - and we really don't like generalisations.  Also, we'd agree with Bill Murphy Jr who recently wrote in his article 'Here's the brutal truth about why everybody else resents millennials' that it isn't that people are different because of when they we...


27 July 2017

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The benefits of a hybrid recruitment approach

Typically, recruitment firms offer a one stop approach to recruitment; traditional or headhunting (search and selection). Because of the time and skills, it requires, the latter tends to be exclusively centred on high profile executive roles. But at Sitka, we believe your managerial roles warrant the same level of focus and investment. First things first: what do we mean by traditional recruitment? In this context, traditional recruitment refers to the high volume, target-drive, database search...


26 June 2017

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Why talent management is critical for business success

'The only thing that is constant is change' (Heraclitus). This well-known saying is truer than ever in our fast-evolving economy. In the last 50 years, we have moved from a factory-based to a knowledge-based workforce. People want greater flexibility in their work life now and the 'job for life' is not the Holy Grail for employees.  The explosion of social media platforms has also had a huge impact and negative comments from disgruntled employees can make or break a company in hours. In ord...


29 May 2017

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What recruitment experience should professional candidates expect?

The candidate experience is a key focus for recruiters and employers in 2017. Job response rates are dwindling and some companies are struggling to recruit talent with the skills they need (see our recent skills blog). So, as a candidate, you can increasingly have the upper hand when it comes to choosing who to work with.  But recent survey results suggest the recruitment experience is not up to scratch.  The 2016 LinkedIn UK Talent Trends Survey found that two of the key ...


27 April 2017

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Why you need to look harder at soft skills

When looking for new talent, do you give as much kudos to soft skills as you do to hard? Soft skills, otherwise known as interpersonal, social or communication skills, cover a broad range of qualities such as empathy, integrity, conflict management, emotional intelligence and adaptability; they can often be viewed as secondary to qualifications and technical skills, optional 'nice to haves', but a shortage of these skills can have a detrimental impact on your bottom line. The term itself does...


4 April 2017

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Why using a recruitment agency beats direct advertising

At Sitka, an important part of our role is using our experience and knowledge to help hiring managers and HR professionals understand how to attract the very best talent. While we believe direct adverts have their place in the recruitment process, the benefits of using skilled recruiters can be far greater than those gained from advertising alone.  Six months into establishing our own recruitment business, we wanted to share with you our views on how working with a good recruitment partn...


23 February 2017

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Important questions to ask yourself before moving jobs

If you're like many of our candidates at Sitka, January is the time of year when you reflect on your career and start thinking about moving on to the next big challenge or quitting your current job for something more motivating and fulfilling. Looking for a new job is an exciting and exhilarating prospect, but with the time and effort involved it pays to be sure it's the right time and role to move on to. Asking yourself some questions before you think about jumping ship can save you time, help...


20 January 2017

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Interviews: Putting your best foot forward

Never assume anything: this piece of advice has been at the forefront of our minds as we enter our fourth month of trading. We are delighted to have made some great appointments and are in the process of recruiting for some exciting new roles with some fantastic new clients. However, whilst recruiters may assume that candidates are well briefed on interview etiquette and how to succeed, our experience has shown that this is not always the case. Never assume anything is a good piece of advice ...


9 December 2016

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Employers: How do you choose a recruitment partner?

In our last blog entry we covered what candidates should expect from a recruitment firm, but what should you, as a hiring manager, look for when choosing your recruitment partner? In our competitive jobs market, many employers believe that their team is their company's greatest asset, so it makes sense to invest in a good recruiter to help you find the right candidates. Deciding who to work with can be a daunting task. How can you be sure that a recruitment firm is committed to delivering the ex...


4 November 2016

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Candidates: How do you choose a recruitment partner?

We are four weeks into our journey and Ita and I have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback we've had on our brand, website and we believe most importantly, on us working together as a team. It's made us think about how having a good reputation is vital for kick starting a new business on the road to success.   This also made us reflect on how sometimes recruiters are perceived to have poor reputations because of the way a small minority operate. Over the years, we have met lots ...


11 October 2016

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The Sitka doors are open

The doors to Sitka Recruitment have officially opened, you're reading this so that proves we are!  Our aim with this Sitka blog is to share expertise, knowledge and experience; to help job seekers find a new role and employers recruit the right people for their business.  As autumn approaches, you may be thinking that it is time for a change or a new start and we are well placed to help you, as we start our business.  If you're reading this, then hopefully you are keen to come o...


15 September 2016

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