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An Ode to Local Elections

Midterm local Elections are tomorrow
How many Tory votes will UKIP borrow
Cameron says this will make Labour stronger
And Milliband the red will stay a little longer.

But is Farage really a Tory in disguise
Tempting the Tory right he vies
To wake up our Dave in the night
Forcing him in to an election fight

Surely Dave does not want another coalition
Sending the LibDems into extradition
The thought of UKIP in the next joint deal
Would only confirm Farage’s appeal.

To oust Nick and his chums sound appealing
Out of business they go a reeling
Does that make Ed the Red even bigger
No let’s fight this with much vigour.

How will all of this affect our lives
In our pockets say all of our wives
As long as business starts to grow
The recruitment seeds we will sow.

Online Recruiting – Is the candidate well served?

Modern technology is fantastic!

Quill pens, reference cards and the like have all disappeared for Recruitment Companies as the computer age has developed during the last 15-20 years.  We all think we are far more efficient and records of clients and candidates are at our fingertips rather than searching through the old card index system. 

Are we correct or disillusioned?

Online recruitment seems to be the way forward but one very major thing has been overlooked – PERSONAL CONTACT.  Do people know how to develop relationships by telephone anymore and then meet on a one to one basis?

Candidates have a big issue with this new methodology as they almost never get to speak to someone and rarely know why they have not been successful in their application or sometimes even after interviews.  A very common complaint I hear from candidates is that they feel frustrated that they never know anything about their application.  This MUST be wrong.  We owe it to the candidate to help them find their new role and if we don’t nurture the relationship trust in our ability to produce will disappear as will our reputation.

It is not only recruitment companies who are guilty of this but some Corporates who prefer to save recruitment fees by searching online themselves.  This may work well for them for more junior levels but definitely not all.

What do you think ?

Is McBride a blessing in disguise to the Government?

As Head of Communications, Treasury and then PA to GB in the last government McBride was a whistleblower in his absolute element all in the name of assisting his boss into becoming Prime Minister, or so he says. No one apparently knew what he was doing including GB but my goodness how many people suffered as a result of his undercover stories and spin.  Families were broken, people made redundant and eventually he was fired without any compensation he said last night on Newsnight.   What a shame!   Now he has published a book about his despicable behaviour (his words) and hopes to turn the public around with his stories of “truth and transparency” whilst netting a minimum of £100,000.00 from his publisher.

He opted to publish on the eve of the Labour Party Conference on the basis that whatever damage he causes the public will forget by the time of the General Election in 2015.  Really?!  I somehow don’t think so.

I am an avid follower of politics but if this is what it is all about within the closed corridors in Whitehall is the whole of Government behaving like this just to win votes rather than look after the growth and development and safety of the country as well of course the poor and needy.  What a shame!

Where will the voters come from in 2015?

Back to work !!

School and summer holidays are finally over and everyone is back at work. No more Bank Holidays thank goodness. They are fun to have but disruptive to a working environment and the economy; so now we have up to Christmas to help Britain’s and our own economy before the next one.

Growth forecast figures produced by the OECD for the UK are exceptionally encouraging for the first time in 6 years. Mortgages are up dramatically albeit still at a lower level than in 2007.

The Construction sector, which is usually an excellent indicator for growth and indeed recessions operating on the FIFO (first in first out) basis, is also beginning to move in the right direction.

This is also a good sign for recruitment in other sectors as well. When the economy is growing companies often feel more confident about growing their own business and therefore have a need for extra staff. Let’s hope the financial sector starts to show that confidence. A new Governor of the Bank of England and now a “new” bank with a clean balance sheet and history on the High Street from next Monday – TSB, will hopefully help.

On the political front poor “Red Ed” must be blushing even more today after the announcement from the GMB Trade Union to cut the affiliation funds it gives Labour from £1.2m to £150,000 in the wake of row over reforms. Rumours are that more unions will follow suit. Ed can only hope that union members will now sign up officially for his party or he will be tapping the corporate sector and high fliers for his funding taking Labour back to the Blair era.

Are the Government’s fiscal policies working? I think slowly but surely. Although salaries are still low and the cost of living is not so low unemployment is gradually reducing and growth is commencing. We have a long way to go but the signs are encouraging.

Please let me know what you think.