The road to a great hire can be a rocky one. There are questionable CVs, disappointing phone interviews and promising candidates who performed at interview but couldn’t carry that through to the job itself or struggled to adapt to the company’s culture. Sometimes hiring great people can seem elusive and it’s easy to lose sight of what it takes to hire outstanding people and what attributes they should have in common. After all, you want to ensure your next round of hires is just as great as your current team, if not better.Continue reading
I first started working with actuarial contractors in late 2006. At the time the main skill-set in short-supply was for actuarial modellers, as large projects such as Heritage (Aviva) and Reed (Legal and General) were in their infancy. Then Solvency II hit the market like a regulatory freight train resulting in the market almost tripling overnight, the like of which I had not seen since 2000 when the pensions review was at its height.Continue reading
With the current influx of new digital Banks and Fintech startups, funding is naturally an area of real focus and priority for many people within financial services right now.
But with a crowded market of startups seeking investment and pitching their business ideas, how do you ensure that you stand out from the crowd and make your vision compelling enough for an investor to put their trust in you?Continue reading
Your LinkedIn profile is the shop window to your professional life. With over 400 million members worldwide, it’s hard to imagine life as a job seeker or a recruiter without LinkedIn… it’s become a fundamental part of the recruitment industry.
That being said, senior executives still approach us looking for their next role without having optimised their LinkedIn profile to reflect their background, experience or achievements. Even if you aren’t actively looking for a job, LinkedIn is used extensively by recruiters to find talent for roles, so if you can see yourself changing jobs within the next 5 years it’s definitely worth taking the time to tweak it and maximise your visibility in the marketplace.Continue reading
Recruitment (especially Executive Search) has stayed the same for years, yet in that time almost every other industry has been changing rapidly.
In my last blog 'Why Financial Services Companies Are Losing The War For Top Talent' I talked about how important it is for Financial Services firms to be more innovative in their hiring. After discussing this topic with Andy McLean (a passionate FinTech Innovator and Project Lead who is searching for his next gig since returning to London from Bali) we decided to put together a series of videos talking about Andy's recent experiences as 'a candidate' and my thoughts around using Digital Hiring techniques to improve success rates.Continue reading
It may come as a shock that 81 percent of people lie about themselves during a job interview. My previous article “Can you spot a lying job applicant?” generated a lot of discussion around the reasons why a candidate might feel the need to embellish or fabricate their CVs in order to secure a job, so in this article we’ll explore why so many people lie during the interview process.Continue reading
Recruitment within Financial Services has evolved over the last 20 years, and I’ve been fortunate to have seen this evolution by working both for a Financial Services organisation and now for a recruitment company. In my last post I looked at why FS companies are losing the war for talent, and it sparked some insightful conversations from within the FS community.Continue reading
“Chief Digital Officer”, “Head of Digital”, “Head of Digital Innovation”… just 3 roles that didn’t even exist 10 years ago but are now imperative to business growth.Continue reading
What words does the term “Psychometrics” conjure up to you? Does it send shivers down your spine? Do your hairs stand on end? Do you dismiss them as adding little value?
Despite psychometrics being used in hiring for over 10 years and their increasing popularity amongst hiring managers and HR teams, I often encounter misconceptions about the insights they provide and the value they bring… I've even heard senior leaders compare psychometrics to a new age fad!
In truth, psychometrics are actually based on the theory and technique of psychological measurement; created using a combination of science, psychology, mathematics and technology. This in turn can be designed in such a way as to measure knowledge, ability, attitude and personality.Continue reading
As a lifelong Newcastle United fan (a glutton for punishment to say the least) I have to confess that our current search for a new Manager is keeping me up at night.Continue reading