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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 […]

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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 […]

Influencing Skills

The three secrets of improving your influencing skills

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

Have you ever felt as if you were hitting roadblocks at work because your ideas weren’t listened to? Maybe you didn’t get budget approval for a project, or your input on process was overlooked? The power of persuasion is an extremely useful tool to have in your professional arsenal, and it’s one that is increasingly […]


The state of data in 2015

Posted on January 7, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

There’s never been more data in our lives and yet the skills gap in the Information Management sector is a ticking timebomb, threatening to be the key differentiator between success and failure for many of the UK’s top data-driven organisations. We’ve been running our landmark survey to hear your views on the management of data […]

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Top ten hottest BI Analytics skills for 2015

Posted on December 8, 2014 by Mark D
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Gartner’s recent CIO insights document shows that BI/analytics is the number one (and growing) priority for CIOs globally. Additionally, respondents to the recent Computerworld Forecast survey who said they plan to add IT positions in the next 12 months, listed BI/analytics expertise as the skill set they expect to have the hardest time finding. Well […]


How I learnt what ‘Big Data’ is

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

An early encounter At my graduation ceremony from the University of Salford, John Amaechi, a best-selling author, organisational consultant and retired basketball player, made a fantastic speech that caught my attention. During this he described the significant rate at which data is being produced and in turn how data storage has needed to adapt and […]


Employee Empowerment: Richard Branson’s new holiday policy

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Claire
Hiring, News & Blog

As it is still a hot topic of discussion, we thought it was time we weighed in on Virgin’s interesting new holiday policy or should we say lack of a holiday policy. This new strategy has been rolled out to a small team of Richard Branson’s employees and it allows them to decide when they […]


Do your research: how to wow them at your job interview

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

You wouldn’t dream of going to a job interview without first preparing to speak about your qualifications and aspirations – at least we hope you wouldn’t! But don’t forget the other side of the coin either – learning about the company you’re potentially going to join. It’s essential you invest some time in researching the […]


The Seven Deadly (Data) Sins

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Mark D
Information Management and data, News & Blog

There was a time when data managers were simply required to…well, manage data. But in the era of Big Data, Information Management professionals are increasingly called upon to bridge the worlds of analytics, business intelligence, strategy and enterprise planning. Your data work must have real relevance, and add real value, to your organisation, and connect […]


Are you slamming the door in the face of future talent?

Posted on November 7, 2014 by Claire
Hiring, News & Blog

Information Management professionals are in demand and the best talent often gets snapped up quickly. Great candidates may be considering several opportunities, so when you come across a superstar it’s essential that you have the processes in place to act fast. So how can you ensure that your recruitment process is not costing you the […]

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Dealbreakers: What would make you turn down a job offer?

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

First impressions do matter… but which first impressions are really important? We did a double-take when we read a recent survey from a well known job website that claimed that 35% of interviewees said they’d turn down a job because they didn’t like the reception area. Surely there’s more than meets the eye behind that […]

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Is your KP driving you Nuts?

Posted on October 9, 2014 by Mark D
Hiring, News & Blog

Let’s face it, everyone has at some point had a star performer on their team who becomes too egotistical, arrogant or just plain too pig headed to manage. I’ve seen this a few times in my recruitment career, both as an observer and from being on the receiving end of some interesting characters, so wanted […]

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3 things I wish someone had asked me at the start of my career

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Rob
KDR News, News & Blog

So you’re fresh out of university, you’ve just arrived back home and before you’ve even had the chance to unpack a sudden reality dawns upon you – what do I do now? Being a recent graduate isn’t easy. The last few years of your life have most likely been in a stable comfortable, social environment […]

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Is your job going to be replaced with an algorithm? The role of Big Data in HR

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Mel
Hiring, Information Management and data, News & Blog

“Humans don’t make very good decisions about people.” – Tom Davenport  That was the attention-grabbing headline to an interview in the HR industry publication, People Management, in its July 2014 issue. Given that Tom Davenport is one of the most respected authorities on how businesses use Big Data, we were curious, to say the least, […]

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Everything is awesome! Or is it?

Posted on September 2, 2014 by Mark D
Information Management and data, News & Blog

  I’m a huge Lego fan.  I was a huge fan of the building sets as a kid and have really enjoyed using it with my kids.  We spend many hours building and rebuilding various designs, both ‘off plan’ and freestyle pieces using our imagination. However I wasn’t convinced when I heard they were bringing […]