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Technology is doing its best to kill creativity

Browsing Twitter one day I came across a pretty senior level role for a prominent UK organisation. Nothing unusual there. But, upon reading through the job advertisement it soon became apparent that no thought whatsoever had gone into its make-up. Indeed, this job post was over 200 lines long and consisted purely of dull cut and pasted, bullet-pointed content lifted straight…


Posted on September 15, 2017 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

Ever been bullied in the workplace? How did you deal with it?

A survey I read not long ago said that 14 % of the UK’s workforce are bullied at work and 21% aware of bullying going on at their workplace. It reminded me of a few encounters I have had with office bullies, and how I dealt with them.

My first encounter with an office bully happened when I was working as part of a sales team and this new guy joined as Director. From day one we didn’t really hit it off. We were similar ages and had similar…


Posted on May 5, 2017 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Copy that 'does the job' is fine. Copy that sells it is better

I'd finished work for the week early last Friday so decided, as an experiment, to throw an offer out on Twitter - I'd write a free bit of recruitment copy for the first recruiter to get in touch with me and send me an existing job ad or description. I didn't hold my breath, and to be honest, had no one taken me up on my offer I wouldn't have lost any sleep over it. I…


Posted on November 17, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Do job seekers really not care any more?

Some of you will be aware that I am not shy of bemoaning the fact that there are so many poor job posts littering the online space. You only have to visit a job board and pick a few ads at random to find cut & pasted job descriptions, phrases like "Our client are looking", hideous examples of awful grammar and a whole load of posts that just have no kind of sell or…


Posted on July 15, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

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At 9:16am on June 8, 2012, james nathan said…

Still. Would you like me to repost with full credit to you and a link back to your site? I feel like I should do something

At 9:09am on June 8, 2012, james nathan said…

Hi Alisdair, I hope you saw my comment on your comments before removing the post. I genuinely used an anonymous list given to me a few years ago as my basis for that blog and am really very embarrassed. 

At 12:02pm on January 4, 2012, Roseanne Stockton said…

Thanks Alasdair - my other title was going to be 'New Year New Job' Tell your Agency to change staff if thats the best they can do...I moderated it! 



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