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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%)