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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A nearly end of year update

I have been so busy with various projects and really don't have any of the major updates I have been expecting (and to let you know about)
Perhaps (like they say in Dale Carnegie) I should salami up the issues and make them into smaller bite sized pieces. (I'll never learn)

So, as a little update...
Ba Recruitment - traditional recruitment has slowed a little in the lead up to Christmas. Derbyshire companies are still recruiting and our knowledge of the local accounts environment has certainly helped recently.

Job Affair - is currently undergoing a website revamp, about time too.

Just4Medical - We linked with another major jobboard and started to receive many 1,000's of new jobs onto the site (around 40k) Upon hindsight, we felt that the quality of the job listings was not in line with our site so after around 1 week, we decided to take them all off. We are currently advertising around 2k live jobs.

GreatBritishJobs - continues to make excellent progress. Listing around 4,500 live UK jobs. Our biggest obstacle here is how to market the great candidates that register and apply on our site. We think the idea is so simple in as much as we market candidates via our social media feeds and employers notice the updates, come back to the site and search the database. It is totally free to upload jobs on the site and to search our CV Database. I still think this is a simple but brilliant idea.

East Midlands Jobs - again continues to increase traffic numbers, we show good quality jobs. Lots more marketing on our part is needed here.

Project 98 -This is my pet project as we enter 2012. I have a plethora of job related UK domain names and have finally found a use for them. I will be creating a series of mini-jobsites that will be informative yet simple on the area concerned. Career In Accounts is the latest in the series.

Career Town - We have now started in earnest with the site graphics and database. When I went looking for link exchanges from other job related sites, I felt that the time involved was very costly. Not knowing if a site would accept my link, not knowing if that site would provide a reciprocal link back to one of my various sites. So we have come up with simple idea of having a free UK Recruitment Services Directory.

We aim to keep our operations simple and useable for everyone. We may not have the newest technology and the zippiest graphics but what we do provide an easy way to search and apply for UK jobs and recruitment information.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

UK Recruitment - What is temp to perm?

In the UK recruitment sector, temp to perm or temporary to permanent is the way we (UK Recruitment Agencies) describe the situation where a person is working in a temporary capacity in a business and then gets offered a permanent position. Sometimes this situation is planned for and all parties are aware before the assignment takes place. Other times a worker will start with a business and after a certain period of time and usually when the worker has proved themselves to a business a permanent job is identified and subsequently offered to the temporary worker.

In the current UK economic climate more companies are looking at the temp to perm option. The reason is two-fold. There are more people available for the temporary assignments due to redundancies and lay-offs and businesses are not prepared to invest in permanent members of staff, who, in the longer term may prove to be unsuitable.

Temporary work is a great way to get into any organisation. You will be able to prove to employers that you are flexible and versatile in the workplace. You will be able to learn news ways of working and new I.T. platforms to experience.

Let’s face it; if you are being paid to do the work, it’s your chance to be able to suss out the company. Not all companies have rigid interview processes. That first interview may have been impressive but does the company actually come up with the goods that they have promised.

At Ba Recruitment, we have jobs that are temporary, temporary to permanent and permanent. If you are looking for a job in the Accountancy or Administration fields, in the Derbyshire or North Nottinghamshire areas, get in touch with us today.

Friday, 21 October 2011

The origins of the Interview

Found this on YouTube. It should give you a little giggle on a Friday afternoon,

Thursday, 20 October 2011

5 top tips to guide you through the interview

Find out all you can about the organisation by ringing for an informal discussion, surfing the web, requesting brochures or ask your consultant at Ba Recruitment

Dress smart. Make an effort. Suits for both men and women are best and always smile. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Always be early and be sure you know how to get there. Always contact the interviewer / consultant if you are going to be late.

Asking questions is always an opportunity to impress. Predetermine a few questions and write them down to take to the interview.

Stay positive throughout. If you have any doubts try to ask questions in a positive manner.

Enjoy the interview and good luck! :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Ba Recruitment network poem

I used to use this when I stood up at network meetings for Ba Recruitment.

An Accountancy Recruitment service straight from the heart,
Give us your requirements right at the start,
We interview Ledger Clerks, FDs FCs and more,
Credit Controllers Bookkeepers and Accountants by the score,
Trainees, Data Input qualified or not,
What do you want? We've got the lot.
We interview, analyse grade and assess,
People from us are always the best.
For a passionate, ethical and cost effective appraoch,
We know our subject better than most,
So come to a business that makes you number one,
Ba Recruitment - Richard Johnson.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

New website plugins for our Job Affair jobboards

I met with my developer this afternoon and he has showed me a recently completed project. I'm really excited about this (I get like that! LOL)
So we'd like to announce our jobboard plugin... Taadaa!!
Job Affair job plugins have now made it easy for you to access live, relevant  jobs onto your community site, job information site, website, blog and smart phone.
It's easy to modify the settings to show the most relevant content. That might be location, job category and even the colour to suit your own site.
So, why have done it? Well. We've been approached about this in the past for school and university associated sites, local community sites and personal blogs.
Click on the applicable icon below to see the simple step-by-step installation instructions.
Get our job plugin now for your East Midlands related site
Get our job plugin now for your Great British related site

Get our job plugin now for your Medical and Healthcare related site

Friday, 30 September 2011

Our most popular UK Jobsites

We are in the process of moving our jobsites to a bigger, faster server this morning.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused but as time goes on, you will see that we are becoming smoother and slicker.
The jobsites in question are; 
A free to advertise jobsite with free access to our jobseekers. Great choice of UK jobs, social media broadcast of jobseekers and simple upgrade options.
A free to advertise jobsite with free access to our jobseekers. Great choice of jobs around the East Midlands area, UK, simple upgrade options.
A free to advertise jobsite with free access to our jobseekers. Great choice of Healthcare and Medical Jobs around the UK, simple upgrade options.

We apologise for any inconvenience this morning.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sliding Scale Fee or Fixed Fee?

A very quick survey!
In your experience (wether you are a recruiter or a HR person) do traditional recruitment agencies charge on a sliding scale basis or fixed fee?

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Twitter Name Squatting and how to claim an unused Twitter account

I recently had another brainstorm regarding a new online recruitment related business idea! **eyes roll**

This one is for a recruitment directory called Career Town. (No link yet as the website isn't operational)

I have held the for a number of years and felt ready to embark on this venture with the help of a very good web developer.
One of the first things I wanted to do was to make sure that I could register the name on Twitter and Facebook to allow me to post relevant news and information on the top social media sites.
Facebook wasn't a problem, I'm still amazed that their are lots of usernames still available. I created the with ease and currently have 46 Likes so I was able to quickly claim the username.
Twitter on the other hand was a little more difficult. I searched and found that someone had been Twitter Squatting (I think that's the correct term!)
Anyhow, I registered the name
After a few days and a fair bit of reading, I enquired with Twitter about this and they referred me to their section on Name Squatting Policy There were a lot of big scary words like "Brand Impersonation" and "Trademark Infringement" Well, I thought, I have the website, I have the idea so in a sense I was right to enquire.
I was really quite astounded that Twitter took a total of 8 days (not working days) to assist me in making my claim. I now have the Twitter account that I wanted
So thank you Twitter, your customer service is far superior than that of Facebook (that's another story)

National Minimum Wage increase

Did you know that the National Minimum Wage will be increased from 1st October 2011?
The rates as taken from the site are;

Rates from 1 October 2011

The NMW rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay Commission and from 1 October 2011:
  • the main rate for workers aged 21 and over will increase to £6.08
  • the 18-20 rate will increase to £4.98
  • the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18 will increase to £3.68 
  • the apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship will increase to £2.60
 All temporary staff that we have out on assignment will be receiving the increase. Will your staff?

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Free Job Advertising in the UK

We are pleased to announce that our portfolio of UK JobBoards are now FREE OF CHARGE!

We are offering each and every hiring company and recruitment agency access to our system to be able to advertise unlimited jobs and search our CV database for FREE. That's zip! Nada! Niente! Niets! :)

You will need to register and choose the free plan. Start advertising for FREE today!

The following site descriptions may help you in making your choice of JobBoard; - Great UK Jobs, Great CV - only local jobs - the regions recruiter - UK Medical and Healthcare Jobs

For Jobseekers, now is a perfect time to search and apply for all vacancies as we have already seen a marked increase in job postings.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

My ten top reasons why applicants fail at the CV stage

In no particular order;

• No dates on employment history.
• Spelling errors.
• Poor school grades.
• Unexplained gaps in work history.
• Living outside of job “catchments” area with no explanation.
• Having no relevant experience for the job applied for.
• Too many colours or fonts.
• Delivered in unrecognizable format
• CVs delivered by post
• Recently completed a degree in an arts subject

I will not bore you with explaining each bullet point, suffice to say that without accurate clear information, delivered in a professional manner; your CV might be falling on recruiters desks and be immediately discarded.

If you need help with your CV, I can help. Get in touch via Ba Recruitment website.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

My first LinkedIn poll, please answer

Just a quick poll, what with the FTSE languishing around the mid 5000 at present. So, where do you think it'll be by the end of the year?

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

How much is a Facebook Page “Like” worth?

Like most Recruitment Agencies that are involved in Social Media, I run various Facebook Fan Pages.
Once the idea for the Page was created I set it out and included all the details about the business, location, opening hours etc

I linked my Twitter feeds into the Page, added a cool “Welcome” tab (see my previous post on Welcome tabs), then I invited all my friends to “like” my Page. I do run a number of Pages and you can only ask your friends so much.

So how to attract more “Likes”?

I tried two options at the same time to compare.

1. Facebook adverts.
I put in the measly sum of £32.00 to get the ball rolling, the design an Ad feature was very easy, giving me the ability to use a picture and wording, also (which I thought was good) I could identify my target counties to advertise into.
The Advert has now lasted 3 weeks and I have gained 37 “Likes” and 37 "Click Thru’s”
Cost of Facebook Adverts “Likes” has been 0.86p

A friend of mine put me onto to this site.
You register through Facebook login and let them know the Pages that you want to advertise. (You must be the Administrator for the Pages you want to gain likes for)

You are shown a long list of other Pages to like.
I started to like things like a fast food company in Singapore and a dental practice in North Carolina, I just liked and liked and liked other Pages!
For each Page that you like, you receive 1 credit. You are allowed to like a maximum of 25 Pages per day, therefore you gain 25 credits.

In turn, when someone else registers on the site, your Pages show up and they click on the like feature until your credits run out.

Quite a nifty site and it certainly "does what it says it'll do". I have secured 3 vanity URLs and have had a total of 164 new likes from this exercise.

However, I am not sure about the “quality” of the likes. From my own point of view, I have hidden a lot of Pages that I have liked, therefore this site should be used purely to gain your 25 likes to secure your vanity URL only. IMHO.

Cost of  “Likes” has been £0.00

If I then were to add the two exercises together
Total likes = 201, total cost £32.00 = 0.16p

And now it’s all about engagement!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

4 things you probably never knew your mobile phone could do!


The Emergency Number worldwide for all Mobile Phones is 112. If you find yourself out of  the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and your mobile will search any existing network in your area to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. This works on all phones worldwide and is free. It is the equivalent of 000.

Have you  locked your keys in the car?

Does  your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone:
If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at  home on their mobile phone from your cell phone.

Hold  your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your  home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end.
Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be thousands of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other 'remote' for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
Editor's  Note: I didn’t believe this when I heard about it! I rang my daughter in Sydney from Perth when we went on holiday.  She had the spare car key.  We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a mobile phone!'

Hidden Battery Power

To activate, press the keys *3370# (remember the asterisk).  Do this when the phone is almost dead.
Your mobile will restart in a special way with this new reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery life. This reserve will get re charged when you charge your mobile next time.
This secret is in the fine print in most phone manuals.  Most people however skip this information without realising.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your  phone: * # 0 6 # Ensure you put an asterisk BEFORE the #06# sequence.

A  15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone ever get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless.
You probably won't get your phone back, but at  least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody done this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.
This secret is also in the fine print of most mobile phone manuals.  It was created for the very purpose of trying to prevent phones from being stolen.

Also -ATM   PIN Number Reversal - Good to Know  !!

If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you  can notify the police by entering your PIN # in reverse. For example, if your  pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321. The ATM system recognizes  that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the  machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown  to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to the location.
All ATM’s carry this emergency sequencer by law.

This information was recently broadcast on by Crime Stoppers however it is seldom used because people just don't know about it.

Please pass this along to everyone.

Friday, 27 May 2011

What is Empire Avenue?

It’s a game!
It’s a Social Media site!
It’s a waste of time!

There has been a lot of buzz over the last couple of months about this new Social Media site. You probably have a Facebook account, maybe a Facebook Page for your business, then there’s Twitter, LinkedIn, in fact so many social media sites are out there, it’s a wonder any of us get any commercial work done at all! @Jerry_Albright :)

I have heard that Empire Avenue is similar to Klout but with more bells and whistles.

But you have to ask yourself. What’s in it for me?

So! What’s it all about?
  • Login in with either Facebook Login or email address. This is great for me as I have two accounts. One for my Recruitment Business (BaRecruitment) and the other for me (JobRich)
  • Link your social media accounts. These include; Twitter, Facebook (Profile and Page) Flikr, YouTube and LinkedIn and Blogs.
  • Your active social media accounts count towards your share price. 
  • You start off with 10,000 Eaves (their virtual currency)
  • You buy other people / businesses shares with your Eaves. When their share price increases so does your portfolio value.
  • You can buy luxury items, anything from a raft to a mansion. For each luxury item you are paid a daily dividend.
  • You can buy Influencer Advertsing space. 140 characters. You pay for how many times you want your advert to display (similar to the Facebook model) I have created a number of adverts to find out which is best. Viewers can Like or Dislike an advert and also click through to your profile.
  • You can buy extras with money also.
  • You are able to join community groups and interest groups.
  • When you have enough Eaves, you can start off your own personal Community Group. I have one for Recruitment UK, 7 members so far, so if you are looking to join, consider that one!
  • You are able to join Indexes, this is one of the parts I really like. There is an index for "Human Resources and Recruiting" So I set myself the goal of becoming CEO of the group. I thought: "More exposure, more people are going to click on my links and buy my shares BUT also they will check out my profile and click on some of my JobBoard links"  
  • At present I am the President, so only a little way to go (although Gene Leshinsky is hot on my heals! :)
  • The more involvement you put into the #EmpireAvenue site the more you are rewarded.
  • I have also gained an extra 17 Likes for my Facebook Page
What I do like about the site is the information you can get out of it. Not being a social media professional, I am always looking for guidance. Empire Avenue gives me that by way of the social media”scores” this tells me which platforms I am involved in and which areas may need more attention. 

I think that sites like #EmpireAvenue allow us all to have a level playing field to market our brands and services. I share the same spot as some of the big hitters in our industry (for how long, I’m not sure!) This type of exposure for me is very valuable.

So, with some big name brands getting involved also with the likes of Nokia, Google, Intel, AT&T, Leeds Metropolitan University, Utility Warehouse and many more, you have to ask yourself if it’s good enough for them…
It is fun! Social Media is meant to have an element of fun, isn't it?
Happy Investing
p.s. Buy my shares ! :) Empire Avenue-JobRich

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

5 Top Ti‘P’s to guide you through an interview

Find out all you can about the organisation by ringing for an informal discussion, surfing the web, requesting brochures, or ask your consultant at your recruitment agency for more information.

Dress smart. Make an effort!
Suits for both men and women are best and always SMILE!
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Always be early and be sure you know how to get there.   
Always contact the interviewer/consultant if you are lost.

Asking questions is always an opportunity to impress.   
Predetermine a few questions and write them down to take into the interview.

Stay positive throughout. If you have any doubts, try to ask questions in a positive manner


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Facebook - How to “Like” other pages whilst using your page.

Have you ever had the situation where you want to like a company’s (or person's) Page but you don’t want that Page cluttering up your own personal News Feed stream?

Well, there is a way that you can interact with other Pages whilst being in your own (Company or Personal) Page.


Let me explain…

  1. Firstly, you will need to have administrator rights for your own Page.
  2. Log into
  3. At the top right of your screen click on the “Account” link, a drop down list appears.
  4. Click “Use Facebook as Page
  5. Decide which Page you would like to be.
  6. You'll now be able to interact with other pages as your page.
  7. Whe you Like a new Page, this Like (and it's News Stream) will only appear when you use that Page again.
I have a Page and I often like other businesses through it.

To revert back to your own profile, follow these points;

  1. At the top right of your screen click on the “Account” link, a drop down list appears.
  2. Just underneath your name, click on the link “Switch back to [your name]”

Hope that helps :)

Monday, 18 April 2011

Follow up on #Facebook questions

Last Thursday 14th April 2011, I started to experiment with questions on Facebook
Just a quick update.
We have had a very healthy 123 votes, sure 13 were from friends but that means another 110 that may, just may have seen our link (here's a screen shot of the question) 

On our Facebook page for Great British Jobs today, I am asking the question What is the best County to live and work in the UK? I am hoping that this one will prove to be even more popular.
Posted up about 10am  on Monday 18th April 2011.

I'll let you know the results in a week or so.