What does the word ‘procurement’ mean to a recent graduate like myself? Throughout the last year as a Recruitment Consultant specialising in the discipline, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to interact with various senior professionals, who have provided me with a valuable insight into the core activities of the procurement function, the value it can add to an organisation, and how the role has evolved (and will likely to continue to evolve) over time. Rewind back to this time last year, however, and the prospect of writing a blog on the subject would have been greeted with excessive sweating and a dryness of the mouth.
Have you, or anyone you know ever been impacted by mental health issues in any way?
That is the question I posed to the room full of people (and one guide dog) that attended the Badenoch and Clark (B&C) event on Mental Health in November 2017. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, everyone bar the Labrador stood up. Equally worryingly, when then asked how many had been able to be open about their condition at work, the large majority sat straight back down.
We’re delighted to have Writer, Author, Mental Health Campaigner and Public Speaker, Rachel Kelly appear as a guest blogger. Rachel recently appeared at our event in London, ‘Breaking boundaries; mental health and the failings of the UK workplace’ in London, and is delighted to contribute to our blog where she talks below about how to cope with the trials and tribulations that the festive season brings.
Is the changing landscape of legal service delivery the friend or foe of future in-house lawyers?
After a lengthy reputation as the “softer” sector, the one where people just plod along, with a misconstrued perception of easy hours and an easy life; in recent years Local Government has fought back and proven that it is fast becoming incredibly resilient, innovative and creative. Having rivalled the private sector with its ability to change, adapt and explore new models of working.
Making it to the final round of an interview process and getting the feedback of not the right ‘cultural fit’ can be heart breaking. It is a tough one for us recruiters to have to relay because it raises so many questions from the candidate and rightly so.
Digital has undoubtedly been a transformative force for many industries, and whilst its penetration into asset management, amongst other financial services, has been at a slower pace, the last bastions of change resistance are evolving, and the innovation is marching at speed. Those left standing tall at the end of the war will be those who seriously invested in the digital skills and platforms required to effectively compete – something the most forward thinking companies are doing right now.
In light of recent IR35 tax legislation changes, I thought it prudent to share some insight on the subject, with the aim of helping employers in the public sector to retain and attract specialist contract resource.
1) Which Discipline?
Sounds a very obvious place to start but this will set the platform for how the rest of your legal career will develop. It is a scary thought but this decision will have a massive impact. Some lawyers are absolutely fixed on one area of law whereas others like to keep their options open and have 2/3 areas in mind. There is not anything wrong with the latter but consider how this might dilute your chance of success if you make applications to a number of different areas.
I have just read a post on LinkedIn where a candidate received a gift from a recruiter; the recruiter was thanking the candidate for the effort he had put into the recruitment process, and that candidate had NOT been appointed to the role! That made me think, since, as a recruiter, I’ve been grateful to receive thank you notes and gifts from candidates, saying how much they appreciated the way I have dealt with them during their recruitment process. I have thanked candidates many times for the effort and time they have spent on applying for a role, but was that enough?