She named the brain tumour Steve!

I'd always wondered what it would be like to have 3 in the bed! I didn't think it would be like this. My partner has named her brain tumor - Steve! Not Melanie or Jane, no...Steve! FFS!

The last post on my partner's brain tumour was on Sunday the 7th October 2012. This was just after she came out of hospital having undergone surgery to partially remove said tumour. She has a Glioblastoma multiforme (Wooo, I hear you say?!) to be precise or GBM as we call it in the trade!

I remember the Oncologist saying that when treatment starts that it would be a fast process. They were not wrong!

After coming home from hospital we spent a "relaxed" couple of weeks with my partner improving each day. I helped cut her hair so that it was all short in preparation for one of the possible side effects of treatment which is hair loss. 3 weeks passed by and we were starting to go to the pub with friends, having them round for dinner walking the dog together, you know? The normal thi…

MusicBacker - The UK Music Crowd Funding Stage

I recently asked a number of social media followers to vote on which domain name they preferred for an up coming Crowd Funding project. The results, as promised are shown below. Voting has now closed. Thank you all those who got involved. I think the answer is obvious...

Universal Jobmatch

Received this notification today from the JobCentrePlus.
All agencies that use the job centre to post their vacancies will be using the new system from 19th November 2013.
"Dear  Recruiter Introduction to Universal Jobmatch  - New Recruitment Service
I am pleased to announce that on 19 November 2012, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will launch Universal Jobmatch, a new free* online job posting and matching service.
This exciting new development will be one of the largest jobsites in the UK, and will save you time, effort and money by speeding up your recruitment process.
From 19 November you will need to post all your jobs online using Universal Jobmatch as it is replacing both the current Jobcentre Plus vacancy management services  - Employer Direct and Employer Direct Online.
By using new technology, Universal Jobmatch can quickly, easily and conveniently match your recruitment needs to a supply of suitably skilled jobseekers.
With your own Universal Jobmatch account you…

Domain name research help needed

I need a little help please!
My business partner and I are starting a new venture and we are doing some research on appropriate domain names (and business names). 

Ever heard of Crowd Funding? 

As Wikipedia puts it "Crowd funding or crowdfunding (alternately crowd financingequity crowdfunding, or hyper funding) describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.[1] Crowd funding is used in support of a wide variety of activities, including disaster reliefcitizen journalism, support of artists by fans, political campaigns, startup company funding,[2] movie[3] or free software development, inventions development and scientific research.[4]"

Our idea is to initially create a site specifically for the UK Music Industry. A site where bands, musicians and artists can come and upload a project that they wish to fund. This might be their first album, a gig or mer…

Recruitment agency for sale

Would you be interested in starting your own recruitment agency? 

I have run since 2000. 
I have now ceased trading due to family ill health. 

Historically, we have concentrated on accounts and admin positions within Derbyshire and north Nottinghamshire but it's easily expandable. The business comes with a fully customised and easy to use Access database of over 3,600 local accounts and admin jobseekers (not all current) and over 1,300 local companies, many with decision maker names, direct lines, email addresses etc. 

Website homepage Google PR 3 with many good quality internal pages. Approx 4,500 page views per month.
All pages are fully editable, this includes interactive pages on testimonials, jobs and the ability to host paid banners and articles.
The business comes with a Twitter account (1584 Followers) Facebook Page (204 Likes)
If you are ready to start your own business, this will cert…

Brain tumour - what it means to me

This post is off subject...
My partner was very recently diagnosed with a brain tumour.

She had been suffering with bad migraines for around 6 weeks, the local GP gave her medications but some of these made her pass out. At one point when the paramedic was called she had a pulse of 30 per minute.

On Monday 24th September 2012 I went to pick up my kids from school, came back home and my partner was face down in the bathroom. I called the NHS new line 111 and spoke to an excellent nurse. The paramedic came after about 30 minutes. By this time my partner was up and about, very confused and not really herself. The paramedic was undecided about calling for an ambulance but was convinced after watching and testing her for about an hour. She was whisked away to the new hospital in Derby. They carried out tests and tests asking me about her alcohol and drug intake. No results there. One doctor mentioned that the only thing they hadn't tried was a CAT scan. 10 minutes later I was called i…

Ba Recruitment Ltd to cease trading

We have decided to cease the trading activities of Ba Recruitment Ltd
The effect will take place at the end of September 2012. If you feel that you have any claims please contact us by sending an email

Since the creation of Ba Recruitment Ltd in March 2000 we have enjoyed working with some of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire's greatest employers and jobseekers. We have grown up and been part of the careers of many budding accountants and administration professionals and indeed, helped them through their career paths.

You will still be able to enjoy the resources for both employers and jobseekers on our site.

How time flies.  Thank you Rich Johnson Managing Director

We will be concentrating our efforts on our successful internet advertising business Job Affair Ltd for all aspects of:

UK Job Advertising (free and premium)

National job advertising - Great British JobsRegional job advertising - East Midlands JobsUK accountancy job advertising - Career in AccountsUK healthcare and medical…

Are you applying for jobs with your old CV?

Guest blogger: Sue Edwards
Yesterday I had an email from someone asking me if I had any vacancies, attaching her CV. I couldn’t offer a job, however I felt I had to point out that her CV was extremely poor, so I offered a free review. The reply was “no thanks, I’ll use what I’ve got”.  She admitted it was an old CV, wasn’t up-to-date and that it could have been better, so it left me wondering why she sent it to me and what other jobs she had applied for.  It also prompted me to write the following article: I suspect many people when applying for a job will simply send the same CV that’s been on their computer for years, without checking that it’s up-to-date or contains any errors. My immediate thoughts are ‘why?….another wasted opportunity!’ Clients often say to me that they have sent their old CV with a job application while they are waiting for their new CV and my immediate reaction is “please don’t!” Simply sending what…

Interviews - Research before you go

Research Find out as much as possible about the company. The interviewer will rightly see your efforts as a sign of commitment. Make sure you obtain clear directions for the location of the interview - and plan your journey. When applying for a position through BA Recruitment, you will be given company brochures, job specification, web site details, advice and all relevant information relating to the position. Your CV Review your CV and make sure you have positive answers if the interviewer wants more detail on the information you have supplied. Job Description Read the job specification carefully and think of ways in which your experience would benefit the company and where the challenges would lie for you. Your Questions Prepare the questions that you want answered and ask them. After the interview is too late! Always ask open questions, e.g. those beginning: How? What? Which? Where? Why? When? Consider asking the following if not already covered: How will you assess my performance?…

Example of Interview Questions And Some Responses

At Ba Recruitment we want to give you the very best chance of securing the very best role for you. To increase your chances of receiving a job offer, you need to learn how to confidently and successfully respond to the questions you will be asked.
Listed here are 10 common questions with some comments as to the reasons they are asked and the responses expected. Remember, these responses are ONLY suggestions - do not use them if you feel uncomfortable about them, and try to individualise them, as many candidates will receive the same suggestions! Practise your own responses before interviews. Q: Tell me about yourself. The interviewer is really saying, "I want to hear you talk" A: This is an icebreaker but is a common question so your response can stay the same. Write a script; rehearse it so it sounds impromptu. Spend a maximum of 4 minutes to describe your qualifications, career history and your range of skills - emphasising those skills relevant to the job on offer. Q: …

Small business boost from Facebook!

Facebook, today, announced that it'll be helping small businesses in the UK by giving them up to £80 in free advertising credits. What you need to participate:
A Facebook Page for your local small business[?]Your business must be based in the UK.Your page will need at least 50 fans [?]How it works:[?]
Get £20 in free adsif you have at least 50 fans on your PageGet £60 more in free adsif you add 100 more fans​ to your Page during the programApply here: Facebook Small Business Boost

Here is my Ad, please Like my Page :)

Hope it helps!

New Job Advertising features on Great British Jobs

Back in February 2012 I wrote about the new features on our UK Jobsites
Since then we have further improved our features for advertising partners yet again.

For a limited time (what shall we say? Till the end of May 2012?) We will be offering all advertisers FREE access to new features.

So what are the features?

Featured Job Listings. When you advertise your job on our site, you are now able to "Feature" that job. Have your Job stand out from the crowd by displaying it within our Featured Job box. We have proved that  Featured Job Listings gain more exposure than normal job postings.JobAffair Network We have now opened up our JobAffair Network for you to be able to cross post your job onto our other Networked JobSites. For example, post a medical job in Derbyshire onto our UK Medical Jobsite List the job as normal. But...wait for it...You are now able to cross post that one vacancy onto the following Jobsites;…

How to write a Great Job Description

Help and advice on writing the perfect job advert.

No matter what our economy is doing, good candidates are always at a premium, so to find that perfect candidate you must design your advert in such a way that you are selling your company to the candidates.

To maximise your success rate, follow the Ba Recruitment guide to writing the perfect advert.

If you opt for our unique Fixed Fee Recruitment option, when you post your advert online we will always give you feedback about how you could possibly enhance it to attract the right candidates. We will also apply the relevant keywords to the advert so that applicants are able to find your job easily and search engines are able to select your advert before others.

Here is a quick guide to get you going!

Remember that you need to include as much relevant information as possible to attract your target audience; this means company details, applicant criteria and job description.
You should include a salary band and any benefits such as compa…

My Top 6 Twitter Apps

Not 5 or 10. Why? Because I don't conform, so there!

I use Twitter extensively for business (and personal) infact I have used Twitter since March 2009.

I'm a stingy S.O.B. and I don't like to pay for anything, the versions that I use are all free!

I have used a LOT and I MEAN A LOT of Twitter Apps over the last couple of years, I've spent hours, no! Days on some of them. All in all it's been a great experience. I would like to let you know which Apps I use and why. I haven't been paid (yet) for any of this...

Just to get the story straight from the beginning, this is MY interpretation of why I use these Twitter Apps. This is not a summary of all the features within any of the Apps mentioned.

In no particular order...

Being in the recruitment game, this is a saviour. Upload your job (in my case) feed, via rss, to an easy to use interface. Authorise a particular Twitter Account and "Bobs your uncle!"  We have limited o…

CareerTown - The UK Recruitment Services Directory

We have pleasure in letting you know about our UK Recruitment Services Directory, launched today.

It's been a long time in the making but here we are.

As many of you know, I run a number of UK JobBoards. As I have been developing them and doing what little I know of Search Engine Optimisation, I continue to look for quality recruitment related sites to link too. The process seemed to be a long winded one. You link with their site but get no acknowledgement. You spend days and days linking with sites that you never really know will return your link. How often are the sites being viewed? How popular are they? Who knows? (I do use Quirk SearchStatus 1.40 which is a great PageRank tool)

Well, I thought "It's time for a change!. If I can't find what I want, I'll bloody well come up with something myself!"

CareerTown was born!
Submit your link here
Fill in your details, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, EmpireAvenue and Co…


It's even easier to get a  Unique Facebook Page Name!
You now don't need a minimum of 25 Likes to claim your vanity URL!
Being an avid Social Media user, I recently found out that creating a Facebook Page and Name has gotten a lot easier.
We have recently published our UK Accountancy Jobs site and wanted to  make sure that we had an appropriate Career In Accounts Facebook Page
There are many reasons why you would want a Facebook Page, all of which I shan't go into here!
Step by step;
Log into Facebook as you normally would.Go to this page on Create Facebook PageChoose a relevant category and fill in the basics of your Page.Click save.Go to this page on Facebook UsernameChoose your UsernameCheck Availability And you're away!! :)Remember to update your Facebook Page after this, filling in all relevant information and linking your other social media accounts.

What makes a good temp?

With the economic situation still having a massive bearing on the jobs front, temporary work could be a lifeline, but is it for everyone?

If you are considering temporary work, what can you do to make sure you’re the one Recruitment Consultants think of first when a new assignment comes in? Is temping really for you?

Sell yourself in a professional way to your recruitment agency.
When an agency are looking for a dependable temp, tell them why you are good. Are you flexible? Versatile? Quick at picking things up? Do you have the skills that are required? Easy to get along with? Are you available at short notice?

Sell yourself to the recruitment consultant as you would in a job interview: make a list of your previous jobs and highlight key accomplishments and skills you’ve gained.

Understand how recruitment agencies work.

Picture the scene; A company have a problem, it may be that they have an increased workload, a project that needs to be completed ASAP or a key employee has gone off…

My recruitment year 2012

The only ones left in the Quality Street tin are the hard toffee ones.
The batteries have worn down and the helium slowly escaping from my Air Swimmer, it's slowly loosing the will to live, becoming shrivelled and tired.
Well, that was Christmas and the end of 2011. "Good riddance" I say.

What happened in 2011?

2011 was for me a Social Media year. It was the year where I found myself hopping from Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn. Trying to be everything to everyone (and not really doing any good at all) Commenting but not being heard. Retweeting till I was tweeted out. Reading so much that my eyes popped but not really taking anything in.
Empire Avenue had me in its grasp for a while. God! What a waste of time.

On the positive side, I now have a plethora of Social Media accounts. Take a look over to the right hand side of this page under "Creating direct encounters" for the list. I guess a good starting point for 2012.

So what's in store for me and recruitment…