Top Tips for Strategic Recruitment (Part 1): Making investment worthwhile

Recruitment is a necessary process for any business looking to develop, but get it wrong and it can be expensive; bad recruitment decisions will after all, cost your business both time and money.  But get it right and your business will grow and prosper. At Mackenzie England, we find the most common mistake is for a business to recruit hastily, bringing in someone in who is available, rather than looking at the bigger picture.   This is why if you’re recruiting,…

Why networking is good and how to get it right

It’s the dawn of a new year and I expect, for many of you reading this, a raft of new resolutions on how you’re going to grow your business in 2017. If, like me, you’re reflecting on the accomplishments and hurdles of the last year, then you’re bound to hit upon something that you’d like to do more actively this year.  For me, it’s the same as always, quite simply meeting more people and making meaningful and credible connections. As…

How to hit the ground running in a new role

Starting a new job is an exciting but often a somewhat challenging process; it’s important to capitalise on first impressions, quickly understand your new environment and build relations that make a positive impact.  Here are a few tips from our candidates’ experiences at Mackenzie England on how you can hit the ground running in a new role: More ears than mouth! In the first few weeks it’s imperative that you spend a lot of time listening and learning rather that…

When a team is more important than a hire

At Mackenzie England, we have noticed a definite change in employee attitudes over the past few years; attracting and retaining talent is not simply about “top salaries” and “great benefits packages” (of course they do need to be up there too!).  But today, recruiting and retaining staff are much more about “what”, “who” and “we” and sometimes an effective team is more important than a hire. I know that personally, I’m more energised and effective if I work within a…

Brexit: Where now for an already unstable construction industry?

Over 30 million Britons voted last month in a Brexit election that has resulted in what can only be described as a momentous turning point in our history. With the results came the anticipated plunge in the financial markets; the pound has dropped to its lowest level against the US dollar in over 30 years.  And to add insult to injury Prime Minster, David Cameron, has resigned; announcing plans to step down in as few as two months. Are we…

7 tips for overcoming the challenges of the skills shortage

As the UK has moved out of recession, job creation has been exceptionally strong; however business growth has been accompanied by stalling productivity.  There has been a huge amount of industry chatter about the effect of the UK’s growing skills shortage on both growth and productivity.  Finding, attracting and retaining the right talent to deliver business growth within a construction industry that lost so many jobs is a huge challenge.  Here, Martin shares how we feel employers should approach recruitment…