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Navigating your CV… John Barker

Making sure you start off on the best possible footing:

One thing every recruiter appreciates is a good CV. In my brief time at BLT, I have come to learn that presentation is everything.

It is a difficult balancing act – you must convey all your relevant expertise but do it in an engaging manner. Of course, part of our job is to fill blank spaces and alleviate potential concerns, but CVs that have stood out to me allow a candidate’s personality to shine through. It seems to be something that’s often overlooked. We want to know what interests people outside of working hours. It helps us sell the individual, outside of their corporate background.

For what it’s worth, some words of advice: keep it simple. No matter how much experience you have, you can always be more concise. Structure clearly and trim the fat. Yes, bring your personality out – but the last thing you want is your ChMC Award to be missed under your cultural enrichment trip to Paris!

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My first month in recruitment….by John Barker

It was an interesting experience applying for a recruitment firm through another recruitment firm. It gave me a unique opportunity to encounter the process from the outside. The initial get-to-know; the overview of the job market; the interview process, and thankfully, the offer! Read More

Recognising burnout….

We’ve spoken about burnout before, and I think it’s a really important topic in our market and something that can creep up too easily as we try to balance more and more work with social lives restarting in earnest. We all need to take time and look for support where we see the signs of burnout occurring. It may be that you recognise it in yourself, but it may also be something you see in others. Companies that are proactive in their support can benefit from lower levels of burnout as people won’t hit that wall or will be better equipped when they do. Awareness is key and this checklist is absolutely worth taking on board.


Dealing with Procrastination: Podcast

A podcast targeting procrastination and avoidance. More often than not people know they are ready for their next role or to take on a new challenge, but we put it off. We wait for change to happen to us rather than pushing for it. We can’t do anything about the rest of life but if a new job would help, we can at least have a chat.


New Strategies for a New Digital Marketing Era

The marketing industry has completely transformed in the past decade. Most attribute this to the rise of digital marketing which has grown to encompass 72% of total spending of as of 2020. Yet despite the huge reliance this has placed on third-party tracking, many companies seem unprepared for the next upcoming tidal shift.

As explored in this article: big tech platforms are moving preemptively to anonymize their users. The increasing public pressure to legislate on third party data collection has forced their hand.

Worryingly, a recent YouGov study of UK companies highlights the reluctance of most to begin research for a replacement of these lost information flows. Time is critical. With Google scheduled to remove tracking cookies by 2023, it is essential that businesses begin developing alternate strategies for maintaining relationships with consumers now.

This has the capacity to change the recruitment landscape too. Recruiters should begin planning how they will compensate for the diminishing utility of tracking systems. But it’s not all doom and gloom! Recruitment firms have the capacity to fill this gap – becoming an ever more valuable tool for job searches. What is lost in dataflows will most likely create a more active pool of talent, who we can help source the right positions for.

- John Barker

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