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You have a duty at all times to ensure that your recruitment procedures are fair, legal and anti-discriminatory. There are four main areas of discrimination covered by legislation: Equal pay; sexual discrimination; racial discrimination; Disability. You need to be particularly careful not to discriminate in your recruitment procedures, especially when placing job advertisements. There is […]

Why are you recruiting in the first place?

Perhaps a member of your staff has resigned. Or maybe your organisation is growing at such a rate that you need to take on more people. Whatever your need to recruit, it is essential that you look at all the alternatives before you start. With careful planning, you may find that you don’t need to […]

Establishing the terms of employment

Now that you have considered the roles and responsibilities of the job, and the type of person you are looking for, it is time to consider the main terms and conditions of the position. Part-time or full-time? Whether the position you are recruiting for is a new one, or you are recruiting to replace someone […]

Using Application Forms

Whether you plan to recruit online or offline, by yourself or with help from an agency, you need to consider how applicants will submit their applications. Traditionally, you would ask candidates to submit a CV with covering letter. Whilst this may still work for you, increasingly organisations are adopting dedicated application forms, which request specific […]

Advertising Positions

Whether you are recruiting internally or externally, at some stage you will need to put together an advertisement that describes the position, and invites applications. But how should you word one? What should you include? Writing a Recruitment Advertisement Anyone will tell you that the purpose of a recruitment advertisement is to attract good candidates. […]

Online Recruitment

Increasingly organisations are using the Internet as a recruitment source. There are hundreds of recruitment sites online, so where do you begin? How can you be sure that your vacancy will be seen by suitable candidates? What is online recruitment? At its most simple, online recruitment involves placing details of your job vacancies on a […]

Other External Recruitment Sources

Whether or not you use an agency in your hunt for the ideal candidate, there are a number of other external recruitment sources which may work for you and your organisation Jobcentres If you place details of your vacancy on a display card at the local job centre, it is likely to be seen by […]

Using Agencies and Headhunters

If you have exhausted the possibilities of recruiting internally, it is time to look outside the organisation. Recruitment agencies and headhunters provide a range of professional services that might suit your needs ideally. Specialist agencies Recruitment agencies are known by a number of different names, although in essence they perform the same broad functions. Many […]

Recruiting Internally

By now you should know what sort of person you are looking for. The question you need to address now is where will you find them? Before you spend money on advertising the vacancy externally, have a look around you. Your new recruit may already be working within your organisation. Transfers and promotions If your […]

Dealing with the response

If you have advertised your vacancy effectively, then you should receive a suitable number of applications on or before the closing date you set. Your role now is to decide which applicants to invite for interview, and which to reject. How many to shortlist? The response you get to a recruitment advertisement will vary dramatically […]