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LaunchPad 361º: The Fight For the Right to Hire (and Be Hired)

Natasha Bernal

culturalfitThis week is all about the struggle to find a job and the fight to hire the right people. Recruiters who are losing talented candidates faster than they can hire them, why body language is the most important part of an interview and how fracking might be a pool of opportunities for new jobs.

Hello to you all!

This week has been inspiring. Kirstie Kelly, our Director, has gone to Cuba to participate in a 400K cycling charity event against cancer. We are all cheering her on in her epic cycling adventure -- you can support her too by donating here.

In the meantime and from the (guilty) comfort of my office chair, I am sharing some of the most interesting articles that have crossed my screen this week. Go on, take a cheeky ten-minute coffee break and find out what this recruitment buzz is all about:

How Slow Hiring Can Damage Recruiting and Business -- Hurry up, slowpokes! This article shows why you can't prolong the hiring process because you might think you'll get better results. If you wait, all of the good candidates will be gone (or stop being interested). Recruiters, this is a good article to prove that the hiring process goes both ways -- candidates have to prove they are the best for the job, but the company has to prove they are the most effective place to work.

What You Wish You Knew Before Your Interview -- Have you ever interviewed the perfect candidate on paper and thought they didn't quite match up in person -- but had no idea why? It might have been their body language, according to this infographic about the subconscious part of interviewing. Big clue: Avoid bright ties.

Labour Takes on Zero Hour Contracts -- It's been the topic of debate for months, and now Labour has pledged to allow workers on zero-hours contracts to be able to demand a fixed contract if they have been working for six months with regular hours, and for the transition to be automatic if they have worked for over a year in those conditions (unless they opt out). However, this article by the BBC talks about the uncertainty workers with precarious contracts may face. Who's to stop a boss, for example, offering five months' work instead of six to get around the legislation? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter.

Flexible Working Hours Are Bad for Our Health -- That's right folks -- if you think flexible working hours is a great advantage, think again. According to this article, flexible working hours might actually be a bad thing for many workers, who stress over the uncertainty of their work schedule.

Drilling for Jobs -- The environment might go to waste, but if the UK follows through with fracking there could be a £33bn"investment bonanza" and create thousands of jobs in the sector. With more jobs, comes more recruitment. Will you be hiring people to frack soon?

We Aren't Ready for the Future -- Young people are saying that they are not prepared enough for jobs in the digital world, because their education doesn't give them enough skills. 70% of interviewees said that they needed further skills after leaving education, which begs the question: are we doing enough for the UK's future workforce?

Have you seen anything you would like us to share? Let me know on LinkedIn or on Twitter!

Natasha Bernal

Natasha is a journalist with an extensive technology and startup news background. She brings LaunchPad to life through words in our blog, press releases and updates. As the person that shapes our brand personality, she makes our goals and ideas reality in the online world.