Venn Group opinion on recruitment, the world and beyond - August 2017

  • The Big Data Bandwagon

    Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Venn Group2 comments

    At the back end of 2016, The Kings Fund, a British health think tank, produced their autumn statement which included a damning view of the NHS. Throughout the report, there were criticisms of the Department of Health’s budget and an emphasis on the financial pressure that the NHS faces. Around the same time as this report, The Centre for Economics and Business Research estimate the economic ...

  • Balancing the Scales – Brexit and UK Universities

    Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Universities are big business; they contribute £73 billion for the British economy which amounts to 2.8% of the UK GDP, providing 750,000 jobs and around £11 billion of export earnings for the UK. The industry in large parts relies upon the vast number of international students bringing their hard earned (borrowed) money to these shores. According to UKCISA (UK Council of International Student ...

  • Premier League Recruitment...

    Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Venn Group1 comment

    Are you helping your recruiter sell your organisation? Are you helping your recruiter sell you?    Look at the Premier League for example as we edge closer to the closing of the transfer window. Gone are the days where you can buy a player with a sit down lawn mower and a curry (and Kevin Keegan was great...) as talent acquisition is a key to success.    This is very much a candidate driven ...

  • What I learnt in my first week of Recruitment

    Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    My two pennies worth. You never know, it might help make your first week that little bit easier! Acronyms. Lots of acronyms. If you don’t know one, ask. You will at various stages of the week feel utterly confused. It’s totally normal. The phone is your friend. Get on the phone and get on the phone quick. Learn it right the first time. Speed comes with ...

  • Top tips for an interview

    Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    So you’ve just got off the phone to a HR Manager/Agency recruiter – you have an interview for your dream job!   You’re excited; you can’t wait to tell your parents, your best friend, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your dog and anyone else who will listen. Now - you have a few days to prepare for it, clean and iron your best smart clothes or if you’re like me; buy some new ones; after all, you have ...

  • GoT: A stark reminder that time is precious

    Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Like the majority of people I know, Tuesday mornings in the office have taken a different turn of late. Previously there would be a sombre start to the day as Monday blues are shook off and the week begins to show its hand. However in the last few weeks, at around 8:20am, the office is abuzz with conversation, not necessarily work related or even current affairs, the source of the noise is more ...

  • Great expectations

    Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    When a client enlists help with placing an interim role the goal is to provide the best candidate within the specific timeframes given. When a new vacancy arises it is important to manage the client’s expectations to ensure the recruitment process is seamless for all parties involved.   What expectations need to be managed? Let’s look at a real world scenario to understand the problems that ...

  • Fantasy Recruitment XI: Who gets the call up?

    Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Have a look around your office; have you ever thought about who would make your Fantasy Recruitment Team?   With the Premier League season now underway, and over 4 million signed up to the official Fantasy Premier League competition (fantasy.premierleague.com), I can safely assume that the majority of offices are running their very own ‘mini leagues’, with financial incentives included, or ...

  • Let’s go shopping

    Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    We are already half way through 2017 and after the doom and gloom of 2016 the opinion of many is that that year was better left in the past. However in the midst of political unrest and many beloved celebrities passing away, was a notoriously tough billion pound industry storming ahead. The UK’s nearly £350bn retail industry had a bumper year of growth and success in 2016.   It’s not hard to ...

  • How to keep your CV to 2 pages

    Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Someone told me yesterday, that she immediately discounts any CV that is more than two pages long. To me, this seems backward. In an age where CVs are increasingly viewed electronically, there is less focus attributed to the number of sides of A4, and more focus, justifiably, to the experience on it.    In the contracting market in particular, candidates are more likely to have worked in a ...