Posts Categorised: Careers

Why Taking a Career Break Can Boost Your Career

While it was once considered a risk to take a career break, around 31.7 per cent of UK professionals have successfully taken time out during their careers. People may choose to take a career break to concentrate on family commitments, volunteering, travelling or studying, before returning to their job. But while as an employee, you… Read more »

8 Simple Steps you SHOULD follow to Secure your Next Role


“So, how’s your job search being going so far?”…Not an unlikely question to hear when initially speaking to a recruiter and yet for some it brings such anguish and frustration, particularly for those who feel they have all the right experience yet aren’t reaping the benefits of being in a candidate driven market. Whilst having only… Read more »

The idea behind Performance appraisals

Performance appraisals themselves are under increasing scrutiny and seen by more and more Organisations to be performing below track. Some leading businesses are scrapping them altogether, or refocusing them on future potential, while others are expanding them to cover not just what people have achieved, but also how they have done it. In many cases this… Read more »

Stop the CV Clichés !

On average 427,000 CVs are posted on each week, to put that into context that would be approximately the entire population of Bermuda uploading their CV every single day. With this staggering number of CVs in circulation it is by no means a surprise that recruiters must use their time efficiently to review and… Read more »

How to Find Talent on LinkedIn – Infographic

talent on linkedin

Gone are the days when business executives debate whether social media is the flavor of the month at the buzzword ice cream shop. Social media has become one of the most invaluable resources for staffing and recruiting companies.  And, its popularity continues to gain momentum. Today, the vast majority of business professionals and job seekers are… Read more »

The Top Trends in HR Change Management – 2015

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After more than 10 years recruiting across the HR market, we’ve worked very closely with organisations undergoing transformational change. It’s clear that over the past two decades, the discipline of change management has been molded and evolved to align with now commercially driven HR functions. In order to see just quite how things have progressed… Read more »

9 things you should NEVER do on Social Media when Job Hunting

Social Media Mistakes

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that having an active social media presence will actually aid your transition from one job to the next. Ensuring your experience and skills are well documented and searchable undoubtedly helps you to stand out from competitors and of course be discovered for relevant opportunities. However, social media is a… Read more »

God Save Our Generation!

The Sex Pistols

“Why don’t you all fade away And not try to dig what we all say I don’t want to cause a big sensation Just talking ’bout my generation” My Generation, The Who “God Save The Queen A fascist regime They made you a moron A potential H-bomb” God Save The Queen, Sex Pistols These are… Read more »

For the Sake of the Integrity of the Recruitment Profession, Please Stop!

Win win

Having worked in the Recruitment industry for seven years I’ve seen a huge amount of great work, both agency side and in-house. There is, however, something in particular that still happens frequently which I believe creates significant damage to an industry I feel extremely proud to be a part of. I’m talking about agencies and… Read more »

5 Things your Interviewer Doesn’t Want to Hear

Bad interview

At last (!) you’ve found a job that sounds like a great fit, pulled together your CV, written an application form or met with a recruiter, perhaps done some psychometric testing and finally you get the note – “Congratulations, we’d like to bring you forward to interview”! The excitement sets in and we’d be lying… Read more »

Counter-Offers: Three Reasons you Shouldn’t Accept One

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The term ‘counter-offer’ is being used more and more frequently in today’s recruitment climate, but when feelings of flattery are set to one side, what’s the reality of actually accepting one? This summer, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation confirmed that the UK officially entered a candidate driven market; evidenced by a rise in empty roles… Read more »

Four Top Tips for Handing in your Notice Gracefully


So, you have decided you are ready for a new job. You have written your CV, perhaps met with a recruiter, attended a series of interviews (after gruelling research) and often put yourself outside your comfort zone to sell yourself and your skills… then Eureka!… You have managed to get yourself the dream offer. Surely… Read more »

Six Killer Questions to ask yourself before you Accept a Job Offer

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You’ve done the hard part. You’ve been through how ever many interview stages, met with all sorts of members of the company and you’ve managed to impress them all and get the job. Congratulations! But before you accept the offer what should you consider? Confucius, who lived 500 years BC, is famously quoted for stating… Read more »

The Top 10 most Common Interview Questions: Revealed


You’ve made the decision that you’re looking for a new opportunity. You’ve put time and effort into finding that perfect job and then the call comes; ‘We would like to bring you forward for interview’…so what are your next steps??? Here at Oasis HR, part of the service we pride ourselves on is giving our… Read more »

How to use Pinterest to Assist your Job Search


Pinterest for finding a job? Surely not you might be thinking. You will probably be thinking isn’t Pinterest the site that is great for looking up recipes, crafts and fashion for personal use or for marketing a business? How are you going to find a job through it? Whilst it’s true that you are unlikely… Read more »

The 10 Best Ways to Research an Employer Prior to a Job Interview

Katie Barr

So you’ve been requested to attend an interview… what next? Conducting thorough pre-interview research is absolutely one of the best ways that you can stand out in a competitive market. By following some (or ideally all!) of the suggestions outlined below you will find yourself able to present the most positive and well-prepared account of… Read more »

Candidate Differentiation in a Competitive Market

Andrew White

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results… With this in mind, does the following sound familiar? Apply for job. Application declined (or not responded to). Make another job application. Application declined (or not responded to). Repeat We have previously offered insight on “successfully selling yourself… Read more »

Thinking about using an Executive Coach to further your career?

Morag Barrett Headshot

Athletes train with coaches their entire career to achieve outstanding performance. Why wouldn’t you? Choosing the right executive coach for you is important.  There are many people who offer coaching services; some have completed formal training, while others offer specific business experience.  Whoever you choose to work with it is important that you feel comfortable… Read more »

The Pros and Cons of Interview Mediums: Telephone, Video & Face-to-Face

Hannah Waters

Having worked in recruitment for a number of years now, I’ve seen all kinds of interview feedback from the brilliant to the downright amusing (a particularly memorable one is a video interview where the interviewer could just see the candidate’s forehead…) I therefore wanted to share my thoughts and tips on the most common types… Read more »

The How, What and When of Asking Questions in Interviews

Mark Barnicoat

Interview. Panic. (Some) preparation. More panic. Cross fingers. Sound familiar? Whilst that errant ‘chimp’ inside you may conjure up all types of crazy interview ‘worst case’ scenarios – the reality is that your interviewer is very unlikely to shine a spotlight in your eyes and bombard you with hundreds of impossible to answer questions. Of… Read more »

Answering Competency Questions with Confidence

Robert Faldo

Last month my colleagues Rob and Marc wrote a blog offering advice around Ways to Improve your Interview Style. There’s some great advice for interviewing and the article is well worth the read. They picked up on one of the biggest challenges that a lot of candidates face in securing their dream job during the… Read more »

Six Quick Ways to Improve your Interview Style

Robert Holdstock

‘Who here has had formal training on how to interview?’  A simple question, but one that left an entire group of recruitment professionals sat in silence with arms awkwardly pinned by their sides. In actual fact, only a small percentage of all those who interview as part of their job have ever had any form… Read more »

9 Tips Guaranteed to help you get MORE from your Recruitment Agency

Katie Barr

Candidate experience… currently an infamous topic in the realms of HR and recruitment. And according to much of the reporting in the press, recruitment agencies seem to be taking a hit for offering poor candidate experience, breaking promises and lacking competence. Whilst we’re not denying that there are some ‘bad apples’, it’s a shame that… Read more »

13 Top Tips for Delivering a Winning Presentation

Katie Barr

Public speaking is considered one of the most common fears amongst people, and according to some psychologists it can be more distressing than the prospect of death! That might seem a little extravagant but this state of vulnerability IS incredibly daunting, and for many of us there comes a point in our careers when we… Read more »

Could you make it as an Interim?

Amber Holdsworth

5 key qualities that high impact interims demonstrate With interim roles on the increase, more candidates are considering taking the day rate route. The gains of working through your own limited company coupled with the flexibility and variety appeal to many. However, the best interim candidates are a different breed from a good perm or… Read more »

Making the Move from Agency to In-house Recruitment

Marc Douch

So you want to move from agency to in-house? Here’s seven things you may not have previously thought about… During my career at Oasis HR, I have spent a lot of time building my network within the internal recruitment space. I like to think I have a pretty solid understanding of the make-up of these… Read more »

7 Reasons why it’s better to use a Recruitment Consultancy to secure your next role

Andrew White

As Internal Recruitment teams become better at driving direct attraction, it does beg the question ‘what are the benefits of using an external Recruitment Consultancy?’. More so, you may even question whether a Consultancy is going to have access to the roles you want if the company are hiring directly… Ultimately, there are some roles… Read more »

30 Minutes Social Networking Could Secure Your Next Job

Blog author – Richard McMunn, Founder and CEO at How2become Unless you are unbelievably happy with your current job, the odds are high that you will eventually be looking to make a career move. In the current down economy connecting with the right people who can help you land that dream job is absolutely essential…. Read more »

13 Top Tips to Optimise your LinkedIn Profile for SEO

Katie Barr

If you’re looking to boost your ranking in LinkedIn searches and want to ensure you’re making the most of the platform, then these quick tips are sure to help. Create a vanity URL to make you more searchable. Why not reference both your name and your business? Make sure your profile picture is saved under… Read more »

The Top 10 Secrets of Getting yourself Headhunted

Hannah Waters

Headhunting is one of the highest forms of flattery within recruitment. You have stood out in a saturated market, for one reason or another, and we want to offer you a (hopefully) better opportunity. So what is it that makes you stand out compared to another LinkedIn profile (your colleague, for example), and how can… Read more »