Diary of a recruitment entrepreneur


May 21, 2019
A man writes notes during an interview process

BLOG: Hiring turn-offs – and easy fixes: Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, Macstaff MD Anthony McCormack detailed 10 of the 21 big bad black marks that can tarnish an employer's ‘employer brand’ during the hiring process. In Part 2, here are numbers 11 to 21 and, like in the first part of this blog, suggestions for some easy fixes on all accounts.
May 17, 2019
A man interviews someone across a desk

BLOG: Hiring turn-offs – and easy fixes: Part 1

With more jobs than candidates in the market at the time of writing, employers need to make the hiring process as smooth as possible to attract the people they want. So Anthony McCormack has listed the top 20 'complaints' about that process - and then held a mirror up to them to propose some obvious solutions. Here is the first 10 on either side.
May 3, 2019
A happy female member of staff works on a laptop

BLOG: Post Brexit, Macstaff can help client companies see the ‘bigger picture’ with global searches

Recruitment remains a major challenge for companies up and down the UK in virtually every industry sector, so Anthony McCormack suggests businesses should try harder to recruit, and then hold on to, the best candidates.
April 25, 2019
A small plastic figure dressed in a raincoat has his hand in the air on a map of Europe

Job candidates…why limit your job search to the UK or Europe in the post-Brexit landscape?

In the post-Brexit landscape, MD Anthony McCormack says to job candidates: Why limit your employment options to the UK or the EU when Britain is moving towards working collaboratively with the rest of the world?
April 19, 2019
The logo of NPA - the Worldwide Recruiting Network

BLOG: How Macstaff’s NPA membership can benefit employers

Macstaff’s approval as a corporate member of worldwide recruitment network, NPA, opens up a range of new benefits for employers looking to open up options in global recruitment, as MD Anthony McCormack explains.
April 19, 2019
A video showing Macstaff CEO Anthony McCormack visiting key client Sertronics in Walsall and speaking to people in the business.

VIDEO: Trust and integrity are the key to Macstaff’s relationship with Sertronics

Staff at one of Macstaff's key clients, Walsall-based Sertronics, explain the positive impact that MD Anthony McCormack has had on their business.
April 3, 2019
Macstaff MD Anthony McCormack stands next to a banner for NPA worldwide

NEWS: Macstaff has been approved as a member of the NPA

Macstaff's approval as a corporate member of worldwide recruitment network, NPA, now means the company can offer a unique service to job candidates who are looking to move from North America to Europe - and vice versa. 
March 1, 2019
TEAM member Anthony McCormack talks to the camera

BLOG: There are big benefits of TEAM membership for all concerned

Macstaff MD Anthony McCormack explains why membership of recruiters' network TEAM has numerous benefits for both his company and the clients and candidates he deals with.
February 1, 2019
A cake with candles to celebrate Macstaff's third birthday

NEWS: Macstaff is celebrating its third birthday by offering a free placement

Macstaff was three years old in February 2019 and to celebrate, MD Anthony McCormack is offering a free third placement to new customers. Find out the full details of the offer and Anthony's reflections on the growth of the business in this blog.
March 1, 2018
A man and a women take part in a webcam interview looking at the computer screen

BLOG: Tips for a great webcam interview

Being interviewed on a webcam or video conference may save you travelling costs but there are still plenty of things that you need to get right to give yourself the very best chance of being successful on the day. Anthony McCormack shares a series of tips and tricks to help you learn how to be well prepared.
February 1, 2018
A man in a shirt and tie talks on the telephone for a job interview

BLOG: Tips for a terrific telephone interview

Being interviewed on a telephone can be very different from being there in person and there are plenty of things that you need to get right to give yourself the best chance of being successful on the day. Anthony McCormack shares a series of tips and tricks to help you make the most of your opportunity.
December 1, 2017
A woman looks happy with her career progression and has a smile on her face

BLOG: Managing your career and ‘the big picture’

Taking the time to make plans for the whole of your career really can help you in the long run. MD Anthony McCormack gives hints and tips on how to go about it.
October 31, 2017
An empty desk in a busy office waits for a new member of staff

BLOG: Here are 18 ‘top tips’ to help you settle into your new job

Everyone has at least a bit of 'pre-game nerves' before they start a new job. Here are 18 top tips to make sure those all-important first few days go as smoothly as possible.
September 30, 2017
Close up of a man signing a document

BLOG: Is your counter offer, counter productive?

Employees should always expect a counter-offer from a company they are about to leave if they are doing a good job. It shouldn't be a surprise. But it often is. Here is some advice to help you get past that counter offer and onto the job you are heading for.
September 1, 2017
People sit in a coffee shop writing on their laptops

BLOG: Here are 12 steps to doing your resignation in the right way

Anthony McCormack helps you through one of life's most awkward moments - telling your boss you are leaving. Here are 12 steps to making sure you do it in the right way and why to resist telling him or her to stick their job where the sun don't shine!
July 31, 2017
Two men discuss work at a table

BLOG: Negotiate your new job offer like a champ!

The final stages of moving jobs can be fraught with emotion and decision-making. Anthony McCormack offers 19 top tips to help you through what can be a tremendously difficult process.
July 1, 2017
A group of twenty pound notes

BLOG: Is your salary on the money?

Are you worth more than what you are getting paid? Finding the answer to that question is a tough ask. Anthony McCormack gives some ideas as the best way to go about finding the answer and crucially, how to keep salary issues in perspective while doing so.
June 1, 2017
A man is rejected at a job interview while sitting at a desk

BLOG: 20 tips to rise above rejection

It is always a big step to begin looking for a new job. With that decision comes the likelihood of rejection. Anthony McCormack passes on some handy tips on how to deal with rejection and use it to your advantage in the long run.
May 1, 2017

Prepare to smash your interview!

So you are in an active job search and/or are open to suggestions and have secured yourself an interview? Congratulations! The interview is where, ‘the rubber hits the road’, in your job search. Personally, I think reliance on an interview to determine the best candidate for a position is a broken system (the topic for another blog); none-the-less this is exactly how 90% of hiring decisions will be made currently. So be prepared to sell yourself, (this blog will give practical advice on how), as how you present will influence the likelihood of an offer. Also the better the interview, […]
April 1, 2017

Winning with a Recruiter!

So you are either committed to an active job-search or are a ‘passive’ candidate who wants to keep an eye on ‘what is out there’. Either way it could be a worthwhile strategy to get connected with one or more recruitment consultants / agencies. A common objection that I come across from people when sceptical about using a recruiter is “I don’t need a recruitment agency, I’ve always been able to find my own job”. This is fair comment and if this has worked well for you then you likely don’t ‘need’ one; just as you can find/buy your own […]

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