News and blogs

Read the latest news and blog posts from the team at Harrison Sands.

Christmas opening hours

The festive season is well and truly upon us. We’ll be closed between 25th December and 1st January, but open for business as usual on 2nd January 2019.

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Forget the long commute

Fed up with the long commute? Want to work locally? 

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Deadly interview mistakes to avoid

We know that securing a job interview can be difficult. In competitive markets, recruiters and hiring managers have the luxury of picking from a large pool of suitable candidates and the smallest differences can be used to choose between applicants. So in cases like these it makes sense to do everything you can to optimise your chances of landing the role you’re interviewing for.

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The Harrison Sands mega list of CV errors

As a busy recruitment agency we get to see a huge volume of CVs, directly submitted to us in application to the jobs we advertise or located through the various job boards we subscribe to. And it’s true to say, there really is quite a range when it comes to quality. Some CVs are excellent; really tailored to the individual application or target company, well-written, well-designed and delivering a perfect balance of background information, skills and education, responsibilities and achievements.

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Tidying up your social media

Social media is increasingly blurring the lines between professional and personal lives with what people share, how they think, what they do and what they say open to increasing amounts of scrutiny. More and more hiring managers will now be including background searches against potential applicants or candidates, so we all need to bear this in mind and consider what we share and with whom. Our guide will serve as quick overview of what’s worth addressing immediately.

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The STAR interview technique for recruiters

As a recruiter, you’ll no doubt develop your own style and process for running interviews with candidates. But how effective is this at getting the information you really need? And the flip side of course, is thinking about how well you fare when sat on the other side of the table and you’re being interviewed for your next recruiter role? Well the Harrison Sands team are here to help by exploring the well-regarded STAR technique and explaining how to get the best out of it.

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Fall in love with recruitment all over again

We’re happily well into the new calendar year now and the January blues are a distant past already, but as the winter weather still has a firm hold over the country, summer holidays can seem a long way off and many of us will be facing challenging targets for the year ahead. So at times like this, we think it’s important to remember why we all fell in love with recruitment in the first place.

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Being more productive

Now the New Year is fully underway, there’s an opportunity for recruiters to start working more productively. Working smarter, rather than simply harder, should be a goal of any good recruiter… but what does it actually mean?

For us, there are lots of different ways a recruiter can make themselves more productive, but we’ve outlined some we’ve found can really make a difference.

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5 reasons not to give up job searching at Christmas

In a competitive market, finding a job – let alone the right job – can be hard. And logically, you might think that finding a new role at Christmas will be even harder. But we’re here to tell you that there are some very good reasons why you should not give up job searching at Christmas.

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Fundamental CV writing tips

Writing a good CV should be a priority for any jobseeker. It’s typically the first opportunity a recruiter or employer has to interact with a jobseeker, so conveying the right information, clearly and concisely is of paramount importance.

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Productive home working tips

As more and more employers provide flexible and home working as a regular option, it’s worth exploring some of our top tips for productive home working.

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Maximising recruiter productivity

The difference between being a good recruiter and being a great recruiter is usually defined by little more than the amount you bill. So how do you go about maximising your productivity and ensuring you’re the GREAT biller that you know you are?

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Who are Harrison Sands?

If you want to find out more about Harrison Sands, you can browse our website, or watch our quick intro video.

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Why counter offers rarely work

Regardless of which sector or profession you work in, it’s a fact of life that most of us will be on either the receiving or delivering end of a counter offer. In our experience, and from the anecdotal feedback we’ve had from clients and candidates over the years, it’s a simple fact that counter offers don’t work long term.

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Essential interview preparation advice

Ok, so you’ve updated your CV, applied for suitable roles, spoken to a handful of recruitment agencies or consultants, and now you’ve been invited to interview. The best bit of advice right now is not to get stressed… but what else do you need to think about? We’ve put together a handy guide of essential interview preparation advice to help you through the process.

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5 tips for recruiters using LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become an indispensable tool for recruiters these days and there’s so much that can be done with the platform that we could write for days and days about tactics and approaches to using it. But all too often, we see recruiters almost falling at the first hurdle by either using LinkedIn in the wrong way, or getting some of the basics wrong. So here are five golden tips for getting the most out of LinkedIn.

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Why you need to plan your career

Despite our careers being one of the most important, personally involved decisions any of us can make – quite often we don’t spend enough time thinking about and planning our career path, and doing the things we need to do to secure career progression.

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The power of reward and recognition schemes

We all know that in an increasingly competitive candidate market that standing out from the crowd is important. What were once classed as real differentiators by employees are now expected items. Things like laptops, uncapped bonuses, mobile phones, company cars and the like are often standard offerings now. So, how can a recruitment agency employer stand out? 

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Making the leap from working for someone else to starting your own recruitment business

Many of us are familiar with the concept of project management in some shape or form, whether it’s a recruitment campaign, marketing initiative or business planning – we invest time, thought and resources into planning how we go about securing success. But how many of us put the same amount of effort into planning our careers? Arguably one of the most important life decisions any of us can make and all too often we leave it in the hands of others.

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Working from home is easier than ever for recruitment consultants

As technology to support recruitment consultants develops, the need to work in a traditional office environment continues to lessen. It’s often a contentious topic in the workplace and can frequently polarise opinions, but there’s no arguing that flexible work options are increasingly being offered to candidates and can help progressively minded employers differentiate themselves from the crowd. Indeed, one of the oft-quoted sentiments is “work is a state of mind, not a place you go to”.

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Harrison Sands launches new website

Having joined the Bluestones Group over 12 months ago, Harrison Sands is delighted to announce the relaunch of its new website today.

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Happy new year

Happy Chinese New Year to all of our candidates and clients.

May the Year of the Rooster be happy and profitable for us all!

Chinese New Year