How Does an SME Remain Competitive in the War for Talent?

Written by EO Executives on Nov 30, 2018

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are recorded to make up 97% of organisations in the UK (excluding micro-businesses), and therefore it would seem fitting that they are shouldering most of the skills shortage challenge that we are seeing in the UK.

According to a recent survey by The Open University¸ small businesses are feeling the strain when it comes to talent attraction with three in five (62%) feeling that losing highly skilled candidates to larger competitors, significantly affects their organisation’s growth potential. 

Whilst the feeling of many business leaders seems to be that the larger organisations monopolise the best talent in the market. It is key to remember that different skill-sets and behaviours are required in the fast-paced start up environment than an established FTSE organisation.

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How to Prepare for an Executive Job Search

Written by EO Executives on Nov 22, 2018

How to Prepare for an Executive Job Search

With more businesses competing for top talent to solve their biggest organisational challenges, and with unemployment at an all-time low of 4% (Office for National Statistics), there has never been a better time for C-Suite Executives to search for a new role.

However, though the demand for Executives is strong, businesses are being more selective with the individuals they choose to on-board. With new movements such has Artificial Intelligence, GDPR and the challenges of Brexit, boardroom agendas are focused on finding experts who can help drive businesses forward by provide specialist skill sets at both a commercial and analytical level. 

Additionally, with new business challenges emerging daily, experts need to be both risk-adverse and forward thinking to drive innovation and success.

So, if you are a Senior Executive looking for a new challenge, what can you do to prepare yourself for your new job search?

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What is the Cost of a Bad Executive Hire?

Written by EO Executives on Oct 05, 2018

What is the most important quality your business looks for in a new hire, and how much time and additional resources are you willing to dedicate to getting it right? 

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Why Your 2019 Hiring Process Needs to Start Now

Written by EO Executives on Oct 01, 2018

Why Your 2019 Hiring Process Needs to Start Now

You may have been thinking about hiring a potential CEO, Managing Director or HR Director, with plans to have them on board and ready to start next financial year, but have you considered how this process will play out from a practical perspective?

Heading up the HR practice at EO Executives, I am privileged enough to work with some of the most influential business leaders in the UK supporting them on their hiring needs.

These are forward thinking, innovative business leaders who are contributing to the ever-evolving business world but when it comes to hiring, can often forget about the sourcing process and time involved in hiring high potential business leaders.

Whether I am partnering with start-ups/ SME’s or FTSE organisations, I need to ensure that they are all hiring the most impressive and suitable leaders for their individual businesses.

What hiring challenge do they all have in common?

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How to Ensure Your New Hire is a Success

Written by EO Executives on Sep 26, 2018


Most business leaders reading this will probably understand the feeling of accomplishment after securing a great candidate for a role. The hiring process can be lengthy, tedious and exhausting, especially when sourcing top talent is challenging. So, when you finally find the best person, there is a sense of relief because you think the work is done. 

It is surprising that so many businesses fail down at this point and believe sourcing and filling roles is all there is to it. If you want your new employee to last and create a positive impact, you will need to make the effort to on-board them. Organisations that fail to on-board their candidates are less likely to see a return on investment, but are still left surprised when the employee fails to make a positive impact.  

Where does your hiring process end?  

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Understanding the Importance of Psychometric Profiling

Written by EO Executives on Sep 06, 2018

Have you ever had a successful interview, even met the extended team and felt like you would be a great fit for the company? At this point where you convinced you would get the job? 

Just when you are waiting for them to offer you the role, you get the call to say they would like you to do a psychometric profile test...which can sound daunting. However, psychometric profiling should be a crucial element for both the yourself (the candidate) and the business conducting the interview.  


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Why Chemistry Will Be Crucial for Your Next Executive Hire

Written by EO Executives on Sep 04, 2018

Having the ‘most skilled’ candidates in place will not always guarantee success. You could find the ideal candidate with an impressive CV and tons of experience, and will no doubt spend an extensive amount of time and money on implementing a vigorous recruitment process. However, there is one key factor you need to consider if you want to avoid doing it all over again.  

I’ll explain this further… 

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Why Are We Experiencing Gender Gaps at a Senior Level?

Written by EO Executives on Aug 30, 2018

Working closely with the internal hiring team at EO Executives to attract new talent, has pushed me to reflect on the lack of gender diversity within the recruitment industry at senior level.  

Whilst recruitment providers are not facing this challenge in isolation, it has really got me thinking about why this is the case and what can be done about it. Following several conversations with HR leaders within my network on the topic, there was one reference to this challenge that really stood out to me. The recruitment industry is facing a “Missing Middle.”

So where does it all start?   

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Should HR Have a Seat at the Boardroom Table?

Written by EO Executives on Jul 19, 2018

Should HR Have a Seat at the Boardroom Table?

It is no secret that the world around us is changing at a significant rate.

As a result, boards of experienced business leaders who focus on the strategic direction and protection of business interests are now finding that there is an ever-evolving focus on organisational change.

However, with employees providing organisations with competitive advantage, why in many organisations are HR (Human Resources) still having to ‘fight’ their cause as to why they should have a seat at the top table? This is a question I am continuously hearing amongst many industry leaders, and one that I wanted to get some greater understanding on.

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How to Hire and Hold onto Your New Employees

Written by EO Executives on Jun 25, 2018

Our top tips for hiring and holding onto your new hires...

Congratulations- you may have made a great new hire but the work hasn’t stopped. Knowing that you have invested both time and money into getting it right, you will want to ensure they start with a positive momentum.

It is no secret that energised and motivated employees will perform to a higher standard. With employees who are engaged and feel supported, being highly committed to their goals. But fail support your employees from the start and you will lose their motivation rapidly.

So, how do ensure your employees are in it for the long run?

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