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21 Bad Habits Stopping Candidates From Getting The Job

Posted: 20th February 2017 | Category: General De Lacy posts

Chewing gum, turning up late, and even swearing - things recruiters know all too well will most likely land a candidate's CV in the bin, not on the client's table.

Whilst recruiters are great at reminding candidates what they should do before, during and after that all-important interview, they still seem to be making these rookie mistakes, costing them the job.

Business Insider spoke to experts about the 21 least professional behaviours jobseekers have displayed in the past, and why they are detrimental.

De Lacy Executive acquisition increases recruitment resources

Posted: 26th January 2017 | Category: General De Lacy posts

De Lacy Executive is pleased to announce that the agri-business recruitment consultancy has been acquired by AgCareers.com Canada, part of the Farms.com group.

The Oxford Farming Conference 2017

Posted: 3rd January 2017 | Category: General De Lacy posts

De Lacy Executive ​is a Key Sponsor of the Oxford Farming Conference 2017.

This year, the theme of The Oxford Farming Conference is 'Thrive or Survive' and features discussions on sustainability from an incredible line up of speakers.

John​ Davies​ will be attending on the 4th & 5th and will be available to discuss any issues relating to careers and recruitment​ in ​A​gri-business​ and Food​.

Cereals Event 2016

Posted: 31st May 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

De Lacy Executive are proud sponsors of this years Arable Conference at Cereals 2016.

Take a look at the link below showing the topics that will be discussed at this years event:

Cereals Event - Arable Conference

John, Sarah, Margaret and Amanda will be on stand 622A and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your future careers.

The Salary Survey

Posted: 17th May 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

De Lacy Executive were involved with the Farmers Weekly Salary Survey. This report shows the average wages of current positions in each region across the UK.

The Salary Survey

John Davies, director of De Lacy Executive, has said "Agriculture is the world's most important industry. To compete the UK needs well-educated, well-trained people who will readily adapt to changing demands. With this survey we hope to be able to contribute to the debate about how to attract, develop and retain these exciting people."

As a consequence the survey shows, on average, what salary each area of the country is receiving within the agricultural industry. This ranged from £20,250 in Yorkshire to £35,152 in East Anglia, for farm workers. However, the hourly rate ranged from £8.67 in the North East to £13.83 in the North West.

The survey also suggested that the average salary for a farm manager was around £33,378 and a farm worker receiving on average £20,000. Dairy farmers received the highest yearly salary (£25,637) compared to sheep farmers who receive approximately £23,082.

This survey produced some interesting results which reflect the current agricultural industry.

If you are looking for a job with a higher salary or just simply want a career change, feel free to get in touch with one of our consultants.

CV Lies

Posted: 21st April 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

Courtesy of The Recruitment Grapevine

"Candidates are known to tell a few fibs during the recruitment process, with 70% of inaccuracies detected last year.

According to research by Recruitment app, Job Today, over a third of Brits (38%) have told a CV lie at least once, and one in four (24%) admit to doing it regularly.

So who are the main culprits?

The data found that men are more likely to tell CV fibs than women.

Two-thirds of women (66%) say they have never lied on a CV because it's 'too risky'. However, 42% of men admit telling lies with over half showing no remorse or guilt (22%).

The data also revealed that London employers receive the highest number of deceitful CVs, with 44% of Londoners admitting to lying on their CV.

Further north, candidates in Yorkshire and Humber found 42% of CV fibbers. However, 74% of Scots say they have never lied in their CV.

Inaccuracies were most likely to be found in high-earning positions 33% lying about extra-curricular activities.

The data goes to show that a paper CV just isn't enough to accurately evaluate a candidate.

In this digital age, more recruiters are moving away from the paper CV, instead turning to digital resumés"

Skills shortages to worsen as UK employment on record high

Posted: 7th April 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

REC warns: Skills shortages to worsen as UK employment on record high

Talent gaps in the UK are going to become worse as the country's unemployment figures continues to drop.

That is according to a new report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The research reveals that UK unemployment has dropped to 5.1%.

While this may be good news for the people in employment, it means recruiters have a smaller talent pool to source from as 82% of companies are planning on increasing their staff headcount in the next three months.

15% of employers in the professional and managerial sector expect a skills shortage in the upcoming months. 14% in the technical and engineering sector, and 13% in the driving and distribution sector said the same.

"Options are running out for organisations that want to take on more staff," Kevin Green, Chief Executive at the REC, says.

"Schools and hospitals are already facing enormous problems because of a shortage of teachers and nurses. SMEs and big businesses are both feeling the pressure. The need for people to do the jobs available is driving firms to become more innovative and creative in their recruitment strategies.

"As campaigning begins in earnest around the EU referendum, jobs will be high on the agenda. We urge both sides of the argument to keep in mind that UK businesses must have sufficient access to the global labour market in order to thrive. We need more skilled people to fill job vacancies in the UK, not fewer."

Mistakes at Interviews

Posted: 6th April 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

This article was printed by the Recruitment Grapevine: Employers use job interviews to gauge the suitability of candidates. However, there are some mistakes that employers are getting tired of seeing, according to a new report.

Barclays Lifeskills has surveyed 500 interviewers. The results revealed the ten most common mistakes candidates make during a job interview.

Candidates failing to do their research was the most common mistake, with 51% of the employers saying it was a recurring issue.

Showing off or failing to ask questions came in at a shared second place on the list. 31% of the employers said those two mistakes were common.

"No matter how old or experienced you are, it's invaluable to know how to properly prepare for and behave in interviews," Kirstie Mackey, Head of Lifeskills, told the Independent.

You can check out the full list below. Please tell us what you think in the comments.

These are the ten most common mistakes, according to the surveyed employers.

  1. Failing to do their research (51%)
  2. Showing off (31%)
  3. Asking no questions (31%)
  4. Not acting engaged with the interviewer (30%)
  5. Making up answers (30%)
  6. Lying about achievements (29%)
  7. Not dressing appropriately (26%)
  8. Rambling on (24%)
  9. Can't explain what they will bring to the role (23%)
  10. Moaning about their employer (19%)

Recruitment Agencies

Posted: 24th March 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

A blogger has claimed recruiters are "listing false job advertisements, harvesting resumés to sell training and lying to candidates about their employment prospects."

As a result you must be extremely careful when using recruitment agencies and check that all your details are kept confidential. De Lacy Executive is the only agricultural recruitment consultancy approved by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. We pride ourselves on confidentiality and will not pass your details onto any third party without your prior permission.

Remember To Select The Agency/Consultancy CAREFULLY:

  • Ensure that your CV is not passed to an employer without your prior agreement and prior knowledge of who the employer is and what the role involves - check this is the agency policy before registering your details.
  • Remember that your CV contains personal data and you should keep control of who receives it.
  • Do not allow yourself to be signed up to an exclusive arrangement with one agency to find you work - this limits your options and suits the agency not you.
  • Do not allow yourself to be charged by a recruitment agency for finding you work - this is against the law.
  • Will the company give you skilled guidance on your career options in the agricultural industry?
  • Will the company give you guidance on amending your CV, covering letter and preparing for interview?
  • Will the company give you guidance on salary levels and other benefits?
  • Will the company give you feedback from your interview or application or ignore you?
  • It may be a good idea to use a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to ensure ethical standards of practice - De Lacy Executive is the only agricultural recruitment consultancy approved by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

What Does A Recruitment Agency Do?

Their main aim is to find candidates that fulfil the employer's specifications. Employers engage them for several reasons: to provide the extra resource required for handling applications, because of their database contacts and because of their selection skills. Candidates should be interviewed initially by telephone or face to face by the agency. It is at this stage the selected short list will be passed on to the employer. If the employer wishes to interview any of the candidates put forward the agency will also organise this. A good agency, or consultancy as these are properly known, can be an excellent source of vacancies and more importantly of advice and guidance for job seekers.

Recruitment Agencies Categories:

  1. High street Agencies - The vacancies they have are usually not to specialist or unique.
  2. Middle Ground Agencies - Again not focused on one industry typically accessed by the internet and in none high street locations.
  3. Specialist Consultancies - This is where De Lacy Executive and its Growing Careers division is positioned. All our consultants have agricultural experience enabling us to pass on our specialist knowledge to candidates about the agricultural/rural business sector and to use it in selecting the right employers for you and the right candidates for the employer. We have vacancies all over the UK and abroad from graduate to senior level.

CV Lies Revealed

Posted: 16th March 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

Courtesy of the Recruitment Grapevine:

The number of CV mistakes and blatant candidate lies are on the rise, according to a new report.

The inaccuracies have increased from 63% to 70% in the last year, according to the Risk Advisory Group's report. 5,500 CVs were analysed.

"A growing number of people are applying for jobs with inaccurate CVs," Michael Whittington, Head of Employee Screening at the Risk Advisory Group, says. "Some discrepancies may be genuine slip-ups, but others are deliberate attempts by job seekers to deceive employers in order to get ahead.

"The repercussions of making the wrong hire can be huge. It can cost a company time, money and, potentially, its reputation if things go awry. And with organised crime and insider fraud on the rise, it can also leave a business exposed to infiltration by rogue candidates, leading to data hacking and security breaches.

"That is why we urge companies to validate the credentials of all potential hires in advance, thereby avoiding costly mistakes further down the line."

Candidates who were between 25 and 32-years-old accounted for 38% of all discrepancies. Interestingly, younger jobseekers between the ages of 18 and 24 were only associated with 12% of the inaccuracies.

Additionally, the report revealed some of the worst CV-lying offenders.

For instance, one candidate claimed to have obtained a degree from a prestigious English university. Yet, not only had he failed to achieve the qualification, he had been expelled from the university.

A second, jobseeker claimed to have not just one but two MBAs, when he actually had none. The first was from a 'fake' university, the second was supposedly obtained in India where he had only completed a small fraction of the assignments and exams required.

A third candidate going for a key compliance role failed to disclose a County Court Judgement for more than £40,000 - despite having declared no debt in his name.

A fourth applicant claimed to have been employed for three months, and resigned for a better opportunity. In reality she had been employed for only three days, and simply stopped showing up for work without any explanation.

A fifth candidate who'd run her own restaurant was asked to provide a reference. Instead of offering one, she told the recruiter to Google a newspaper clipping with feedback from diners and a photo of her. Her failure to provide an acceptable proof of employment meant that her job offer was swiftly withdrawn.

However, the Risk Advisory Board is not the first to highlight lies on CVs. CareerBuilder revealed in August that 56% of employers have found a lie on a resume.

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