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Ugly Candidates - what is a client to do?

Today it was announced that in China a man successfully sued his wife after she gave birth to a baby the husband considered so ugly he insisted she must have had an affair. When it surfaced that the woman had had a lot of plastic surgery before they met and the new daughter merely inherited her old face, the man not only divorced his wife, but sued her for the equivalent of $120k -- and he won. The judge ruled the man had married the woman under “false pretenses.


If that is…


Added by Peter Cosgrove on November 1, 2012 at 3:55am — 3 Comments

Its not social media's fault, that's a business issue!

I presented alongside a law firm today in Dublin on Social media, I gave the introduction to social media and they spoke about the legal challenges that social media seems to present.

I spoke about all the positive effects social media can have on:

Your brand - using blogs, video and other ways to humanise your brand especially for the next generation

Selling: how through referrals by others as well as an availability of data online can really help firms sell and improve…


Added by Peter Cosgrove on March 8, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

Searching for new candidates – they may not be like you

As I was training some of our staff on some Boolean searching techniques I was explaining the importance of brackets and the problem if you omitted them

5*3+2, could equal either 17 or 25.


So I mentioned the arithmetic rule brackets  “BOMDAS”, which explained what to do first in an arithmetic sum




Added by Peter Cosgrove on November 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The recruitment database is far from dead....

As the largest recruitment agency in Ireland we place over 4,000 permanent jobs every year. As a snapshot my IT Director took the last 20 professional placements by salary level and analysed where we had found the candidates:I understand this is not a representative sample but here is where we sourced them from:


Only one applied through a job board

Two came from a cv database such as monster

3 came from our own Cpl website

2 were found on…


Added by Peter Cosgrove on November 23, 2011 at 11:51am — 8 Comments

Placing successful candidates involves over 20 touchpoints

Here is something that should make those in a recruitment agency feel proud of what they do and genuinely value their service. At Cpl we took the last 500 placements that we made and analysed the contact with the candidates that we had placed. What was really interesting was that the average number of contacts with the successful candidate (defined as email contact or connected phone conversations) was 21 times. Naturally some of these candidates would have been spoken to over a 6 month…


Added by Peter Cosgrove on October 26, 2011 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments


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