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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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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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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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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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