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AI in recruitment? Ok but let’s not get carried away.

Reading a recent piece in the FT "Wall St turns to machines to find better-behaved bankers” I felt conflicted. The article focuses on…

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We the citizens of London…

'Regrets, we’ve had a few…’. In years to come, this may well come to be seen as one of the biggest idiocies the…

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Post Brexit: economic analysis from Roger Martin-Fagg

The Prime Minister has just announced his resignation. A Conservative MP who voted to leave said we must remember that nothing will change.…

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Brexit: In praise of immigration

Brexit: In praise of immigration from a talent perspective. I’ve worked for around 30 years in recruitment. I’ve lived and worked in several…

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RIP Headhunters? Hold the Kleenex..

“We’re trying to be the Uber of recruitment”. You’ve probably heard that one if you’re an observer at the thinking end of recruitment and if you’ve been to any sort of networking event and you haven’t been in a medically induced coma for the past year. And if you were in a coma, just before the lights went out, you probably heard someone claiming to be the AirBnB of recruitment. We’ve been chewing over this one for the past ten years at ExecutiveSurf. OK so AirBnB or Uber were still in training pants ten years ago, but we’ve been grappling with the idea of how to take executive search - the label headhunters give themselves - and bring in into the digital age using the wealth of channels now available, not to mention the new ones that crop up daily. I worked in an internet incubator (remember those?) a few years ago and we trawled through hundreds of business plans. My job was more focussed…

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Connecting executive talent

How to re-engineer C-level recruitment in the digital age Many forces are challenging an executive search business model which has remained unchanged since…

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Why confidence is overrated

'Humble-but-competent leaders are both better-liked and more successful than braggarts' There's a jaded view of humanity according to which we're all manipulating each…

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Should we call time on human resource departments?

People who work in the dark arts of HR say they are a valuable asset for both management and staff, yet they still…

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The career ladder has fallen from beneath your feet. What to do?

  Back in the day you would join a company, possibly after leaving university, behave yourself, follow the company rules, be incrementally promoted…

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Breaking news

A vote for Labour will make Britain more racist, says Boris. Blinking, sweating and 'excessive yawning': Leaked US airport security documents reveal checklist…

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