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Our Guide to 21st Century Networking is out!

Our Guide to 21st Century Networking is out!

July 25, 2014

We are absolutely thrilled to share with you our networking white paper – ‘A Guide to 21st Century Networking‘. In this white paper, we explore a number of important areas discussed by key thought leaders in the fields of business and network science, including: • The challe

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Redesign and rethink your approach to growing your network

Redesign and rethink your approach to growing your network

July 16, 2014

Too often people start out with a networking strategy to grow their network by simply adding more connections. While adding more connections is part of it, when you are looking at adding value rather than just making your network bigger, this approach has to change. To use that worn out business adage, go after the low hanging fruit first. There is more latent value in your existing network

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The importance of momentum in networking

The importance of momentum in networking

June 30, 2014

By Scott Torrance We all know the importance of building a strong, deep network for success in business and yet if we’re honest with ourselves we don’t dedicate enough time to doing it well. There are a few events in business that shakes us out of this slump and into action. Number one among those

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The size of your network doesn't matter, but here's what does.

The size of your network doesn't matter, but here's what does.

June 24, 2014

Take a look at our Twitter account and let me ask you something — did you look at the number of followers we have and more importantly did you make a judgement based on that number? We all do it, it’s natural. While these vanity metrics can tell us something they are far from the who

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How to grow  and nurture your network without losing your sanity

How to grow and nurture your network without losing your sanity

June 18, 2014

We have been talking about the importance of business networking for the 21st century employee. Part of this is growing your network but that raises a number of questions: how big should your network be? How many connections is enough? Is there in fact a limit to the size of your network? We live in hectic times. We all wake up in the morning feeling we didn’t get enough sleep and go to

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Tap into your network to find the real recruiter troopers

Tap into your network to find the real recruiter troopers

June 13, 2014

By Robin Chambers I may have been playing toy soldiers with my wee boy the other day, so please indulge me for a few minutes… There is a war going on, a war for talent, and you are in the thick of it. You need to arm yourself with all the right weapons and the right people, and be confi

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Taking random meetings does matter: serendipity in business

Taking random meetings does matter: serendipity in business

June 10, 2014

By Scott Torrance I had talked a lot about the importance of serendipity in life, and how the interesting things happen in the grey areas between neatly defined silos, but it wasn’t until I read a post

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Networking and the strength of weak ties

Networking and the strength of weak ties

June 6, 2014

By Charlie Wood Not all relationships are created equally. Being a recruitment consultancy it feels right that we look at challenging long-held assumptions regarding job hunting and give some advice on how to overcome it. When you are looking for a job, who do you turn to? I threw this question

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How adding a little G&T can improve your networking

How adding a little G&T can improve your networking

June 4, 2014

By Ross Coverdale This is the first in our month-long series on networking in the 21st century. Throughout this month we will look at: • The impact that technology is having on both how we network, but also how networks are formed
• How the increasing connectedness of business and

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What's the number one skill for the 21st century employee?

What's the number one skill for the 21st century employee?

May 30, 2014

By Nick Middleton I have to admit I’m getting a bit bored of talking about skill shortages, but its the problem the industry faces, and as we have said in the past the war for talent continues unabated. I have been having a lot of conversation

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How to change your mindset for success

How to change your mindset for success

May 28, 2014

By Ross Coverdale We have written a few posts about mindset change and while we’ve covered off a few examples, we’ve not really given a lot of advice as how to go about changing your mindset from fixed to gro

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Every job is temporary (whether you realise it or not)

Every job is temporary (whether you realise it or not)

May 23, 2014

Today’s guest post comes from Scott Torrance, the founder of Flux Insights. Loosely labelled as a content marketing consultancy, Flux Insights works with businesses to improve their thinking and share those thoug

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Can cultural fit trump qualifications?

Can cultural fit trump qualifications?

May 21, 2014

By Huw Martin The issue of cultural fit versus job fit is one that comes up regularly in discussions with clients. I have been thinking a lot about it recently, and came across an interesting article that appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek back in January 2013 called “Take a peek.

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Your approach to attracting, developing and retaining people isn't working.

Your approach to attracting, developing and retaining people isn't working.

May 14, 2014

We have been writing a lot recently about the need for a change in how we think about attracting, retaining and developing people in the ever-changing business world. This goes way beyond the recruitment industry, and it is more than just theoretical pondering or hyperbolic futurist thinking. This is affecting businesses at all levels, in all industries across the globe. The simple fact is

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5 steps to excellence through purposeful practice

5 steps to excellence through purposeful practice

May 7, 2014

As we have said before, the idea of practice being the key to excellence only tells part of the story. It is about more than training and it is about more than just practice. Top athletes don’t get to the top of their game by simply practicing; they get there through purposeful practice. Purposeful prac

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Experience does not equal excellence.

Experience does not equal excellence.

May 2, 2014

We’ve written about why what you’ve done is better than ‘experience‘ before, and why you should focus on these things on your CV, but there are two sides to this coin. Recruitment has this problem too, whether it’s a human or a computer system determinin

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The new war for talent.

The new war for talent.

April 30, 2014

Much of the thinking around modern understanding of talent in organisations can be traced back to a book written by three McKinsey execs called The War for Talent. As we have discussed previously, many of our notio

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Talent is overrated.

Talent is overrated.

April 28, 2014

We throw the word talent around a lot in business, and particularly in the recruitment industry – the continual search for talent, talent shortages, talent wars, and so on. The problem is that there is a lot of misunderstanding around talent in the workplace and this can be really detrimental to individuals who are looking to really unleash their potential and those who are looking to recrui

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Money is a motivator... but not how you think

Money is a motivator... but not how you think

April 24, 2014

Now, there is little denying that as an industry recruitment is seen to be largely motivated by money. That is why our recent post Recruitment needs to move beyond carrots and sticks stirred up quite a bit of

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If money alone isn't enough to attract talent, what is?

If money alone isn't enough to attract talent, what is?

April 22, 2014

Businesses have always been concerned with motivation – how to move themselves or others to act. The naive intuition that is pervasive in the business world is that people are like rats in a maze; that all people care about is money, and the moment we give people money, we can direct them to work one way or another. We are all guilty, to one degree or another, of this overly simplified view

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The key to a great, successful career is not talent.

The key to a great, successful career is not talent.

April 17, 2014

By Ross Coverdale There seems to be a common misconception around the importance of talent when it comes to being successful. Talented individuals are capable of excelling at the things that they are gifted in doing, so it seems reasonable to say that in order to succeed you mus

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Recruitment needs to move beyond carrots and sticks

Recruitment needs to move beyond carrots and sticks

April 15, 2014

If the recruitment industry is going to change, where do we start? These changes are likely to come from increasing pressure to adapt – escalating the rate of change and volatility – defining a new normal

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Is the recruitment industry going to change as much as they say?

Is the recruitment industry going to change as much as they say?

April 11, 2014

There is a lot of discussion about the future of recruitment consultancy and the changing nature of the industry. These conversations largely focus on the threats posed by insourcing or social media (specifically LinkedIn), and throughout these conversations people and businesses are thrown into either one of two buckets: •  The innovators – those embracing the new technologies •  The ostr

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A history lesson in recruitment from the Roman army

A history lesson in recruitment from the Roman army

April 8, 2014

When do you think the recruitment industry was born? Most people would think it was a 20th Century creation, but many of the practices have been in play for thousands of years. Raghav Singh, in a piece on Take a peek.

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5 things recruiters must have to survive in the future

5 things recruiters must have to survive in the future

April 3, 2014

Back in the earlier days of recruitment, the job was all about making as many phone calls as possible and building relationships with people. We didn’t have the wide range of sophisticated communication tools available to us today! The recruitment industry is changing all the time, and technology is providing us with more and more innovative ways of bringing people together. That’s not

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Do what you love, or love what you do?

Do what you love, or love what you do?

March 31, 2014

By Ross Coverdale It was Confucius who said ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Spending your days working away on things you love doing, things you are passionate about, and things that fill your life with so much joy you’ll never feel li

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Infographic: Job change motivators – what is most important to you?

Infographic: Job change motivators – what is most important to you?

February 24, 2014

Following a survey of 18,000 people worldwide by LinkedIn, apparently only 15% say that they are completely satisfied in their job and wouldn’t want to move. The infographic below highlights some really interesting figures on a global scale, but most fascinating are the different expectations younger ‘millennials’ and seasoned

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BBC interview Anna Knight on record staff demand in Scotland.

BBC interview Anna Knight on record staff demand in Scotland.

February 17, 2014

This morning’s Good Morning Scotland radio show featured Anna Knight, team leader in our Edinburgh permanent division, who was invited along to be interviewed on the rising demand for people in the Scottish jobs market. The interview has been transcribed below, but you can also listen t

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Head Resourcing reshapes team in bid to reach £50 million turnover.

Head Resourcing reshapes team in bid to reach £50 million turnover.

February 14, 2014

We are excited to announce that we have reshaped our management team, appointing a new industry-leading chairman, in our bid to reach a target turnover of £50 million. IT industry veteran Martin Ewart, a former managing director of Logica and Head of Group Technology at HBOS, has joined as our new chairman. This move is coupled with the appointment of Huw Martin, Head’s managing director; Lee M

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How can industry and academia work together to develop talent?

How can industry and academia work together to develop talent?

February 3, 2014

By Anna Knight This was the question on everyone’s lips at the Skills 2020 debate in Glasgow (Tuesday 21st January 2014) where people from both camps came together to look ahead at the next 5-10 years to address the talent shortage which has been identified and well documented. Talent acquisition is a problem – whils

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Head Resourcing Ltd donate £2000 to four deserving charities

Head Resourcing Ltd donate £2000 to four deserving charities

January 14, 2014

We are delighted to announce that as part of our end-of-year celebrations we selected four charities from across the UK to receive a donation of £500 each. Yesterday we presented cheques to The Sick Kids’ Friends Foundation, Alzheimer Scotland, Down’s Syndrome Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support. Pictured from left to right: Claire Turner (Alzheimer Scotland), Jim Godsal (Head Medical), Ca

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An open letter to unfulfilled recruiters everywhere

An open letter to unfulfilled recruiters everywhere

January 8, 2014

By Huw Martin I’ve been in recruitment for longer than I would like to admit, and as I sat over Christmas with a large glass of red wine quietly celebrating the success of Head Resourcing in 2013 I started to think. As we look to continue to expand our team I contemplated the state of the recruitment

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Head Resourcing North growth leads to office move

Head Resourcing North growth leads to office move

December 13, 2013

We are pleased to announce that we are due to relocate our Leeds branch in January 2014, to the modern Calls Wharf development in the city’s vibrant centre. New hires and success in 2013 motivated the search for a larger space for our expanding team, and we are confident that the move will help facilitate further growth. Situated in the ‘Creative Quarter’ in Leeds, Calls Wharf is a stylish c

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5 Questions with... Jenna Hamilton

5 Questions with... Jenna Hamilton

November 22, 2013

Our latest staff interview features Jenna, Assistant Accountant in the finance team. Have a read about what Jenna has to say about working at Head… What did you do before working at Head? Before working here I studied International Management & Languages at university, it

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Planning an extended career break

Planning an extended career break

November 14, 2013

If you’ve ever had aspirations of taking a round-the-world trip, time off to start your own personal project, or even extended parental leave, taking a career break is a decision that you (obviously) can’t take lightly. Maybe you have to take time out because of a life event – whether it’s to have children, look after an ill or elderly relative, or maybe your partner has to take a job abro

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The worst thing about being a recruiter

The worst thing about being a recruiter

October 30, 2013

By Amanda MacDonald Placing people who are perfect for their new job gives me a brilliant feeling. Finding someone who is actively looking because they have either lost their job or they are not enjoying their current place of work, and getting them into a place they love, is great – I do

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Becoming Leaders in the Digital Revolution

Becoming Leaders in the Digital Revolution

October 24, 2013

By Nick Middleton On the 22nd October, Nick was invited to welcome guests at the Insider Yorkshire Digital Breakfast 2013 – his welcome speech has been summarised below. Alternatively you can watch his presentation on our YouTube Channel: Take a peek.

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Head picks up award and commendation at the Recruitment Business Awards 2013

Head picks up award and commendation at the Recruitment Business Awards 2013

October 7, 2013

We are delighted to announce that we won the award for ‘Best Item of Self Promotion’ at The Drum’s Recruitment Business Awards 2013! Here’s the award-winning video: Whilst we didn’t win the award for ‘Best Recruitment Website’ that we were shortlisted for, we did receive a commendation

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Inside the Head of a... Wintel Consultant

Inside the Head of a... Wintel Consultant

September 26, 2013

In this edition of ‘Inside the Head of…’ we talk to Carl Johnston, a Wintel Consultant who shares his thoughts on what it’s like to work in IT. Looking for a new job in IT? Search and apply for your next role or call us for an informal chat. Alternatively, if you work in IT, business change

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Rising stars: two promotions to head up recruitment divisions

Rising stars: two promotions to head up recruitment divisions

September 20, 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed two of our senior recruitment consultants as team leaders for our recruitment divisions in Edinburgh. As of September 2013, Anna Knight and Charlie Wood will be heading up the permanent and contract teams, respectively, and their promotions have been widely applauded within our business. As part of our people strategy, we launched our Career Deve

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Head shortlisted for REC Best Company to Work for Award

Head shortlisted for REC Best Company to Work for Award

September 18, 2013

Awards season is in full swing! Following on from our nominations at the Recruitment Business Awards, we are delighted to announce that Head Resourcing Ltd (Head Resourcing and Head Medical) has been shortlisted for the fourth year running for the ‘Best Company to Work for (up to 250 employees)’ award at the REC IRP Awards 2

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What does it mean to be digital ready?

What does it mean to be digital ready?

September 12, 2013

By Ross Coverdale Digital digital digital digital digital. Digital. Without a doubt the business buzz word of 2013 is – you guessed it – digital. But what does it mean? In the not too distant past, the answer on most people’s lips would revolve somewhere around websites and social media, a

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5 words to avoid in your CV

5 words to avoid in your CV

September 9, 2013

How many CVs have you seen, or have you sent in to employers, that start with the phrase “I am a hard working individual…” or something similar? Most people are bound to have used any of the following words in a version of their CV at some point, and while technically, these words aren’t necessarily ones you should avoid at all costs, but ultimately you are far safer actually explaining to

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Loose lips sink ships!

Loose lips sink ships!

August 29, 2013

By Huw Martin Now, I’m not talking about World War II conversations about enemy shipping movements here, I’m talking about ‘unguarded talk’ and how it can have catastrophic effects on a business or reputation. This happens every day and I’ve jokingly tweeted about a few examples but

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Inside the Head of a... Card Specialist

Inside the Head of a... Card Specialist

August 26, 2013

In this edition of ‘Inside the Head of…’ we talk to Duncan Scobie, a Card Specialist who has been working in financial services for over twenty years. Looking for a new job in financial services? Search and apply for your next role or call us for an informal chat. Alternatively, if you

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Head Resourcing nominated for two Recruitment Business Awards

Head Resourcing nominated for two Recruitment Business Awards

August 22, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that Head Resourcing has been shortlisted in two creative categories in this year’s Recruitment Business Awards. Our mobile site, developed by Turn Key, has been nominated in the Best Website category for this year’s awards, and a promotional video for our mobile site that we published in June is in the running

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Head Resourcing: hiring, without firing

Head Resourcing: hiring, without firing

August 5, 2013

By Huw Martin We don’t want to come across as big-headed or overly confident by any means, but we really do pride ourselves on our employee retention. It would be foolish of us to think that we’ll keep everyone that is with us currently for the next ten years as that just doesn’t happen

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What IS job satisfaction?

What IS job satisfaction?

July 26, 2013

By Ross Coverdale It would not be too much of a stretch to say that everyone wants job satisfaction – but what does it really mean? Here are a few thoughts… You enjoy being at work. Okay, let’s get something straight – I’m not saying that you’d rather be in the office than soaking up the s

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Inside the Head of a... Web Developer

Inside the Head of a... Web Developer

July 10, 2013

Raymond Davies is Lead Developer at Lettingweb, one of the UK’s leading property portals. Here Raymond gives us some insight into working as a developer, as well as tips and advice for those working in the industry. We are always on the lookout for web and software developers looking to take on a

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Business change contractors required for exciting new change programmes

Business change contractors required for exciting new change programmes

June 28, 2013

We are currently working with our large financial services client on two major recruitment campaigns for business change contractors based across the UK. There are a wide range of roles that will be released soon, with locations all around the UK.

Operational Excellence Rollout.

Implementation of customer and colleague centric continuous improvement processes and methods

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Safeguarding the future of IT through graduate talent

Safeguarding the future of IT through graduate talent

June 10, 2013

Now more than ever it is critical that today’s graduates gain all the employability support they need to reach their full potential and become the much-needed future talent in the technology industry. As the skills gap deepens for experienced technology professionals, particularly in the software development field, companies need to make the investment in offering graduate, trainee or appren

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5 Questions with... Roya Manouchehri

5 Questions with... Roya Manouchehri

May 24, 2013

As our resident Business Support Consultant, Roya has been involved in a range of roles since joining the company in 2010. As part of our cracking support team she manages our company reports (aka spreadsheet ninja) and also co-ordinates a range of team-building events every month! Tell us a bit about your job. What do you do? I’m the business support person – I support the c

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What to do with a counter offer

What to do with a counter offer

May 22, 2013

By Andy Murray It’s no secret that the Scottish IT market feels they are in the midst of a major permanent employee skill shortage; attractive tax free offers from overseas, the tightening of UK visa restrictions, a booming contract market with competitive rates – the list goes on. So, it’s no s

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Are you Digitalented?

Are you Digitalented?

May 13, 2013

Companies all over the world are embracing the world of digital. With new digital products and services in development, and many that are already at the core of their offering to customers, companies are looking now more than ever for the best talent to make it all happen. If you’re interested in working in this exciting area take a look at our short video here: Take a peek.

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Taking laps and talking apps...

Taking laps and talking apps...

May 9, 2013

Catching up with Kotikan’s CTO Andrew Williams in Appleton Tower; it has been a few weeks since Kevin Renton and the team from Head battled at the ScotlandIS go-karting event in Kirkcaldy… To get you up to speed, ten teams from the

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The catalyst for transforming our lives – Digital 2013

The catalyst for transforming our lives – Digital 2013

May 3, 2013

Last Thursday saw the heart of Scotland’s digital community congregating at the SECC. With over 600 people across a wide range of business sectors, the atmosphere at this event was fantastic. Kicking off proceedings, Interactive Scotland’s Alisdair Gunn welcomed everyone to the conference, and

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Head Resourcing goes mobile!

Head Resourcing goes mobile!

May 1, 2013

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our mobile-responsive site is now live! We recognised that people are using their mobiles more and more often to browse the web, read news, tweet, post on Facebook, and, among a million and one other things, look for jobs. In fact, mobile traffic on our site has gone up a staggering 94% based on the same quarter last year, so there couldn’t be a better

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5 Questions with… Lisa McGhee

5 Questions with… Lisa McGhee

April 10, 2013

For today’s blog, Lisa McGhee (Recruitment Consultant in the Contracts team) answers a few questions on what it’s like to work for Head, and offers advice to IT candidates looking for their next contract, as well as those interested in working in the recruitment industry.

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Tech, Startups and Rock and Roll

Tech, Startups and Rock and Roll

March 27, 2013

Back on the events trail with networking enthusiast Kevin Renton… If you haven’t been to IV Tuesday, an event hosted by Informatics Ventures on the last Tuesday of every month, you have been missing out. Headline speakers have included Alistair Brown (CTO of STV), Gareth Williams (CE

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The history of digital storage [Infographic]

The history of digital storage [Infographic]

March 22, 2013

Okay, this might not be for everyone, but we found it interesting! Some of us may not remember a lot of these, but it’s incredible how far we’ve come – think about how much stuff we can squeeze into tech these days. Take a trip down memory lane (pun absolutely intended) with this infographic by Take a peek.

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Win an iPad mini with our #ITinDigital competition!

Win an iPad mini with our #ITinDigital competition!

March 18, 2013

Head Resourcing specialise in IT and business change recruitment, and we’re working on a number of digital projects with our clients. We’re looking for talented, creative, intelligent and technical people for a number of key roles across the UK to work on innovative digital projects. So, we’ve kicked off our ITinDigital campaign and we’ve decided to add a l

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Untangling Web Analytics with Steve Dalgleish

Untangling Web Analytics with Steve Dalgleish

February 28, 2013

By Kevin Renton Networking in the Edinburgh technology and digital community has never been better. There is a lot of buzz in this city around digital, and there are a lot of people working in this vibrant sector. Attending events is a great way to exchange ideas and be part of this

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Help us win at the S1 Recruitment Awards 2013!

Help us win at the S1 Recruitment Awards 2013!

February 13, 2013

The S1 Recruitment Awards celebrate and reward the incredible talent, creativity, innovation and success in the recruitment industry in Scotland. For the consultancy categories S1 leave the judging to you! You don’t have to make a nomination in all categories, you can just nominate in one if you want. So please, if you can spare a few minutes, head on over to the S1 website and nominate Head Res

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How social media can make or break your job search [Infographic]

How social media can make or break your job search [Infographic]

February 11, 2013

It’s no secret that these days social media can play a big part in the recruitment process – LinkedIn especially for obvious reasons! While this is great for many people who are interested in new career opportunities, beware – many hiring managers will Google prospective employees to gain a further insight into them, and if your social media profiles leave a negative imp

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Sorry Columbo, I’ve got work to do!

Sorry Columbo, I’ve got work to do!

January 28, 2013

I started work here at Head Resourcing at the start of January. I had already shared a few beers with the team at the Christmas do a few weeks previously, so I couldn’t wait to get started after being made to feel like one of the family! On my first day, I was delighted to escape garden leave and more episodes of Columbo than I thought humanly possible. Now, as a recruitment consultant

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Google integrates Google+ into job search and applications

Google integrates Google+ into job search and applications

January 25, 2013

By Ross Coverdale Google have recently introduced Google+ integration into their recruitment site, and while this may seem like their way of trying to shoehorn their own social platform into yet another corner of the Google universe, in some ways it does add real value. When users navigate to job listings, they will

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We’re the fastest growing IT recruiter for 2013

We’re the fastest growing IT recruiter for 2013

January 21, 2013

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have not only placed 2nd in Recruiter Magazine’s Fast 50 for 2013; we have been ranked as #1 in the IT sector. Head Resourcing held the top slot overall in Recruiter’s Fast 50 for 2012, and while we have been overtaken this year we are delighted to have slipped by only one place to number two. Managing Director Take a peek.

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Happy Holidays from Head Resourcing

Happy Holidays from Head Resourcing

December 20, 2012

By Huw Martin 2012 has been a great year for us at Head Resourcing. We’ve had some exciting new clients wins, we’ve increased our contractor numbers, we’ve placed lots of happy candidates in new permanent roles and we have increased our client base across the UK thanks to a huge

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Don’t bumble your CV with buzzwords

Don’t bumble your CV with buzzwords

December 6, 2012

Are you a motivated, creative, hardworking professional with effective analytical skills who can act responsibly and blah blah blah? Let’s face it – when it comes to people’s CVs – so is everyone. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not to say that nobody will believe you, but if millions of other people are using the same buzzwords that you are, are you going to be noticed when your CV is on

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Head celebrates first-tier Barclays PSL win.

Head celebrates first-tier Barclays PSL win.

November 20, 2012

Head Resourcing is delighted to announce that it has been awarded first tier preferred supplier status for the provision of permanent technology recruitment services to Barclays in Glasgow. Commercial Director, Lee Murray, commented: “We have been providing permanent technology recruitment services t

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Stop your CV from ringing alarm bells!

Stop your CV from ringing alarm bells!

November 19, 2012

There are so many things to consider when putting together a CV, but it’s a good idea to think about a few things that might have employers making assumptions about you. Essentially, it’s all about explaining the things that your job history on its own doesn’t really cover, from why you left your last job, to other personal circumstances. Leave these explanations out, and you’re leaving it

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Live to work, or work to live – your choice!

Live to work, or work to live – your choice!

November 16, 2012

By Sam Fergusson. Sitting in the office, at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon, I got to thinking about how my attitude to work has changed and what the differences are between work–life balance in the UK and in New Zealand, where I’m from. Gone are the days where I can leave spot on 5.30pm to cricket training or indoor fo

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Head Resourcing Ltd achieves Investors In People Bronze Accreditation.

Head Resourcing Ltd achieves Investors In People Bronze Accreditation.

November 12, 2012

We have achieved the prestigious Investors in People Bronze Accreditation, the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK. This places us at the leading edge of best people management practice in Scotland. Bronze organisations are advanced

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Why what you’ve done is better than 'experience'.

Why what you’ve done is better than 'experience'.

November 7, 2012

If you’re looking for a new job, you might be tempted to show a prospective employer that you are experienced in a particular field, and one way of putting this across may be to say that you have x number of years’ experience. Strictly speaking, there’s nothing wrong with doing this, but it’s not really enough. You might want to consider putting more into your CV to show that you’ve not

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Head celebrates first-tier PSL win with NAGe.

Head celebrates first-tier PSL win with NAGe.

November 6, 2012

Head Resourcing is delighted to announce that it has been selected as a preferred supplier of permanent and contract technology recruitment services to National Australia Group Europe (NAGe). Commercial Director, Lee Murray, commented: “We have been working with NAGe as a second tier supplier

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What might be wrong with your CV.

What might be wrong with your CV.

October 25, 2012

By Ross Coverdale In one of our earlier blogs, we touched on only applying for roles that you are actually suitable for (read here). However, even if you do follow this rule, you might find yourself sending in a lot of applications and not ge

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How to deal with a rude email.

How to deal with a rude email.

October 22, 2012

That viral recruiter email trail that went around a few weeks ago was a prime example of someone really not thinking before firing off a series of (ridiculous) bad-mannered messages, and we’re sure that that person is regretting it all now! Sometimes (hopefully not very often) you might receive a

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Does your work expect you to be ‘always-on’?

Does your work expect you to be ‘always-on’?

October 18, 2012

By Ross Coverdale In today’s technology-filled world, we’re only a click or a push of a button away from our network. Whether it’s an email, SMS, tweet, LinkedIn or Facebook post, modern gadgetry keeps us connected with people around the world on a daily basis. And for the most part, that’s a good thing! Since the advent o

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One small step for recruitment, one giant leap for reducing costs!

One small step for recruitment, one giant leap for reducing costs!

October 15, 2012

By Martyn Gill (Consultant, Leeds). I settled into my seat at our recent HR Squared event, the subject matter staring at me in the face from my notepad: reducing the cost of recruitment. Is this right? Surely I have got this wrong. We have organised an event and invited HR Managers in the

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Five LinkedIn tips for candidates.

Five LinkedIn tips for candidates.

October 10, 2012

Today’s job market is competitive, and it’s tough out there for job seekers. While candidates with certain specialised skills will be turning down job offers left, right and centre, it’s not like that for everyone. We’ve put together our five top tips for candidates for ‘pimping out’ your LinkedIn profile. Most of these things are straightforward and can be set up pretty quickly, and a

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Preparation is key!

Preparation is key!

October 8, 2012

The 6th October 2012 saw the curtain come down on the Super League season within the Rugby League with Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves taking place in the showpiece Grand Final at Old Trafford. However, it was the buildup programme to the main event that really sparked my interest – we were given an insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes throughout the course of a season in gett

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Contracting: your recruiter and you.

Contracting: your recruiter and you.

September 27, 2012

Today’s blog comes from Walker Wares, Resource Consultant in the Contracts team. After two years of working in recruitment I have spoken with, met and heard tales of every type of contract professional under the sun. You get the cheerful people who are happy and grate

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We've been shortlisted for an industry award!

We've been shortlisted for an industry award!

September 18, 2012

Head Resourcing Limited is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Company to Work for (up to 250 employees)’ award at the REC IRP Awards 2012. Governed by The Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the IRP Awards are designed to celebrate excellence, best practice and achievement in recruitment, drawing attention to the posi

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How to have a successful job interview.

How to have a successful job interview.

August 28, 2012

A job interview can be a very stressful experience, and many people out there have had good ones and bad ones.  How do you go about preparing for a job interview?  Have a read of our five key stages to a successful interview here…

Stage 1 – Role & skills match

Review the job specification in detail especially the core competencies/requirements. Create a li

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Go for gold!

Go for gold!

August 14, 2012

As an avid rugby fan the most interest I have ever had previously in the Games was the Olympic breakfast at the local café which had everything you require from bacon to a double round of toast. It really is a belly busting gold breakfast! However, London 2012 was to change my mind set as I cheered on our fantastic athletes in everything from rowing to dressage. The true passion, grit and determ

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Competency-based job interview preparation.

Competency-based job interview preparation.

August 13, 2012

Competency-based interviews allow candidates to demonstrate their behaviours and skills by answering questions about how they have reacted to and dealt with previous work place situations. By looking at past experience a potential employer can predict future behaviour. Candidates are asked to give an example of a situation or task that led to a certain course of action. Probing questions will then

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Clare’s contractor compliance checklist.

Clare’s contractor compliance checklist.

August 9, 2012

Clare Watson from our support team has some top tips for contractors to help you get started in your new role as quickly as possible. Since the global banking crisis, the Financial Services Authority – UK watchdog for banks and insurance – has introduced a number of essential st

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Steaks and shakes.

Steaks and shakes.

July 27, 2012

Four weeks in and I feel at home already. From my first interview I knew that Head Resourcing shared the same values and work ethic as I do. It was great to come up to Edinburgh to meet the team to see how they do things. The atmosphere was great and I really got the sense that everyone is working towards the same goals. There was even an on the spot test from Huw on our values – 4 out of 5 on m

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Charlie Wood talks contracting.

Charlie Wood talks contracting.

July 19, 2012

The world of recruitment has to adapt and progress along with patterns within the job market. Charlie Wood, one of our senior contracts consultants offers some insight into the current changes within the recruitment market concerning contracting and freelance professionalism. In relation to the candidates you deal with, have you noticed any particular patterns concerning the emergence of contrac

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5 Questions with… Michael Durkin

5 Questions with… Michael Durkin

July 13, 2012

Our very own Michael Durkin, Senior Consultant in the permanent team, has answered a few questions to give an insight into working in the recruitment industry. Also, we’re hiring! Head Resourcing’s permanent team is looking for an experienced recruitment consultant. More information

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Let’s talk about money.

Let’s talk about money.

June 22, 2012

Today’s industry commentary is from our senior consultant Kevin Renton. Culturally, discussing salary has been a taboo subject since time began – or so it seems in the UK anyway. Ask yourself, do I know how much the person to my right or left gets paid? For many, I would be willing to bet my s

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Recap from the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards.

Recap from the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards.

Head Resourcing was a main sponsor of the Digital Technology Awards 2012, organised by software and IT trade body ScotlandIS. The award show was held last night (Thursday June 21st), and a few of the team went along to witness the recognition being given to some of the mos

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How specific should a job requirement be?

How specific should a job requirement be?

June 15, 2012

This week’s blog is from Nick Middleton, Manager of our Leeds branch: I was recently working with a highly capable candidate who had very deep knowledge of a particular group of technologies from a specific vendor. But most impressively, he had the manner and

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Injuries and two draws from teams down under (UPDATED).

Injuries and two draws from teams down under (UPDATED).

June 7, 2012

We’ve got a quick update from our football superstar out in Bangkok! On Monday, in their first game with New Zealand, they drew 2-2. Neil is convinced that Scotland should have won, though a penalty was lost with just 3 minutes to go. In their second game yesterday they played Australia in unbearable heat. The

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Neil’s Thailand World Cup debut.

Neil’s Thailand World Cup debut.

May 30, 2012

Head Resourcing’s Neil Irvine will be jetting off to Thailand this Thursday (31st May) as he will be representing Scotland in the Seniors World Cup, taking on ex-professional footballers from around the world and raising funds to help victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Players taking part in the event firstly must be over 38 years old, and after a series of trials Neil made it into the fina

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Is contracting a career?

Is contracting a career?

May 24, 2012

Ben has been with Head Resourcing since 2004 & now manages our contract recruitment division, supplying skilled interim resource into IT companies, banks and financial services customers, corporates and SMEs. Here he shares his experience of the contract market: Changes in the employment landscape, mergers and acquisitions, new entrants to banking, and roles being made redundant,

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So why the rebrand…

So why the rebrand…

May 16, 2012

Head Resourcing is 10 years old and what better way to start the next 10 years than refresh our brand, redevelop our website and update our vision & values.  Our vision is:  To be a great people business by bringing great people together. By way of an explanation we conducted a large survey of our clients, candidates, contractors & employees to try to find out what makes a “Head fit”

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Welcome to our website.

Welcome to our website.

April 23, 2012

Hello! Welcome to our new website! It’s been a while in the planning but finally it’s here and I hope you like navigating around. There’s something here for everyone – whether you’re a client looking for IT or Business Change resources, a candidate Take a peek.

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