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Mel Larbalestier

“I hate my boss.” How to manage your manager

Posted on September 9, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

“I hate my boss.” How many times have you heard someone say that? Maybe you’ve said it yourself? It’s all too common. In fact, recent research has suggested that people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. It’s not the fact that they are being overworked or underpaid – they are actually finding it difficult to […]

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Is the future looking bright for contractors?

Posted on September 8, 2015 by Claire
Contracting, News & Blog

What is the jobs outlook for IT contracting? It’s a question always at the forefront for independent contractors, as well as permanent employees weighing up the pros and cons of contracting. The factors for growth are in place By all indications, the IT contractor market is set for continued growth, driven by a significant skills […]


Get organised with the best apps for contractors

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Claire
Career development, Contracting, Information Management and data, News & Blog

Being an independent contractor can mean freedom and flexibility – but it also means becoming your own business manager. So in addition to providing your highly specialised skills to clients, you must also take responsibility for tracking hours, billing and collecting payment, itemising expenses and mileage – in short, all the things you don’t have […]

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Sure-fire ways to weigh up company culture

Posted on August 6, 2015 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

  When looking to take the next step in your career, many factors can make it onto your wish list. One of the most common discussions is about finding a job within a company that has “the right cultural fit”. You undoubtedly want to understand whether your personality and way of working will be complemented […]


Recruitment in an analogue world: my 20th anniversary in Information Management (part one)

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Mark D
Information Management and data, KDR News

My 20th anniversary in the recruitment industry has prompted me to look at how the world of recruiting has changed since this nervous recruitment rookie started out in May 1995. When I started out, recruitment was very much a sales led industry. My job as a trainee recruitment consultant was to make as many exploratory sales […]

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What will define the data manager of the future?

Posted on July 6, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

A data manager must meet very specific, highly specialised technical requirements. But as is becoming clear, a truly robust organisation thrives on communication, teamwork, problem-solving and project/process management. That’s why enterprises are keen to build teams that can bring those values to the forefront, and are increasingly interested in a candidate’s soft skills. It’s a […]

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How to win friends and influence…finance

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Rob Easton is Head of Finance for MoneyPlus Group in Manchester, and in our latest article about how data professionals can work more effectively with other departments in their business, shares his thoughts on building closer working relationships with those in finance. In an increasingly target driven business world, those who run companies have an […]

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The data industry calls for a change in culture

Posted on June 8, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

What are the biggest barriers to implementing an Information Management strategy? We asked respondents in our recent ‘State of Data’ survey to answer that question – and the responses were interesting. Not surprisingly, a sizable amount of replies spoke to a lack of resources or budget. And whilst these obstacles can certainly be a factor […]

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Are you a slave to email?

Posted on June 2, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

“Too many emails.” It’s a problem we all share, and one of the biggest complaints in the modern workplace. Yes, email is an invaluable tool, but our over-reliance on it as a method of communication has reached a critical stage. Estimates vary depending on the source, but every study about email in the workplace arrives […]

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Using data to better understand your customers – still a long way to go

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

When we conducted our recent ‘State of Data’ survey, we wanted to find out how businesses were using data. Not surprisingly, more than 50% of survey respondents said they are using data to understand customer behaviour. What’s more, nearly 80% believe they should be. The gap suggests that while organisations understand that better insight into […]

Umbrella Companies

Is this the death of the umbrella company?

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Mel
Contracting, News & Blog

If you’re an IT contractor working through an umbrella company, you may not be aware of the turmoil within the industry following a Government consultation last year. The question asked was whether to continue to allow contractors to offset travel and subsistence expenses against their taxable income – the single benefit that makes working through […]

IT Jargon

What’s the buzz on buzzwords? It’s time to let go of IT jargon

Posted on May 12, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

We’re reaching out to align our communication strategies by drilling down and cascading relevant information on effective jargon solutions. Or, put another way: we want to talk about management speak. You know the terms we’re talking about: Touch base. Going forward. Thinking outside the box. A survey conducted by the Institute of Leadership & Management […]

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The secrets of how the financial services industry uses data

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Generally speaking, data is most commonly used to deliver insight around three areas for companies across all sectors: profitability, customer behaviour and cost of sales – not particularly surprising, given these are areas that present strong ROI for data infrastructure spending. Sales and marketing remain the clear focus overall in 2015, as enterprises deploy data […]

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Nearly one-third of IT Directors think data is being used poorly

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Among the most surprising findings from our recent ‘State of Data’ survey was the response to the first question: ‘How well do you feel your organisation uses the data it generates?’ Overall, 25% of respondents answered ‘fairly or extremely poorly.’ Even more surprising? When we looked at the replies from senior level respondents –those with […]

How to influence HR

How to win friends and influence…HR

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Last month, we looked at how data professionals can help the marketing department. This month, we asked HR Consultant Emily Dean to explain how improved information management could engage the human resources team. In business, HR is under pressure to show its value through information about people.  We need numbers and data to do this.  […]


5 warning signs of a rogue recruiter

Posted on April 9, 2015 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

Your opinion of the recruitment industry will most likely be shaped by your personal experiences of it. Just one instance of running into a rogue recruiter that cuts corners and leaves you in the dark is unpleasant enough to make you want to avoid recruiters at all costs. But when competing for the best jobs […]

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The 5 absolute no nos for conference speakers

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

Last week we looked at what makes a successful conference speaker. But we’ve all sat through presentations or seminars where we got bored, started surreptitiously checking our emails on our phones and left without remembering anything that the speaker told us about. If you are at the stage in your career where you’re being asked […]

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Industry secrets: How to win at conference speaking

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

Have you been asked to speak for the first time at an event? Or are you a seasoned conference speaker on a return engagement? Then it’s time to take a look at your presentation skills. A successful appearance can be memorable, even influential, for the audience and can have a major impact on your career. […]


The alter-egos of a recruiter

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

Do you know exactly what your recruiter get’s up to? Over the last five months I have been surprised to learn just how multi-dimensional the role of a recruiter can be. To fill jobs properly, ensure both candidates and clients are happy and make long term matches, they need to dabble in a few different […]


What kind of leader are you?

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Mark T
Career development, News & Blog

What is your leadership style? It’s typically been a frequently asked question at interviews for senior positions. But more and more, as businesses embrace a more vertical and less top-down structure, it’s a question being posed to non-management candidates as well. Whether you’re currently interviewing, or simply interested in developing your leadership style, it’s worth […]

Jobs in London

Not so grim up North: Beyond jobs in London

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

We’ve all heard the quote that when you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life. But that wouldn’t quite explain the interesting data coming out of the Office for National Statistics – that increasing numbers of young professionals are leaving the capital in search of more affordable housing and better work/life balance in other parts […]