What to do on your first day of a new job
We’ve all been there, you’ve done the hard-work, sent out your CV to the companies you’re interested in working for, spoken to a Recruitment consultancy, went to interviews and finally, secured a great position, but then the nerves of starting a new job begin to hit – What do I do on my first day? Who do I talk to? What will I be doing? With this in mind, here are a couple of pointers on what to do on your first day in a new job to ensure you make a good impression and settle in to your new role quickly. more »
NI Family Business Awards 2017
We had a brilliant time at the first ever Northern Ireland Family Business Awards last Friday. It was a great event that we were delighted to sponsor and we hope that everyone who attended enjoyed themselves as much as we did. David Meade, the mind-reader and mentalist hosted the awards and impressed everyone with his mind-reading, especially our Group Director Paul Armstrong who was convinced that he was unreadable. more »
Is Your Company Bad At Interviewing?
We were recently inundated with responses to a recent post on LinkedIn about candidate interview etiquette. I was explaining how some people just don’t take a job interview as seriously these days, and for a number of reasons don’t place the same emphasis on what an interview means. We were surprised by the number of responses to the post and in particular the number of people who cited equally bad interview experiences, where the fault lay with the potential employer. more »
My First Six months in Recruitment
Recruitment is an industry with great career paths, and fantastic rewards if you’re successful. But it’s no secret that Recruitment is not for everyone. If you’re thinking about stepping into the industry, then it’s important to know the ups, downs, and challenges you’ll face. We asked Paddy Fegan, specialist Engineering & Manufacturing Recruitment Consultant at Black Fox Solutions, about the personal ups and downs he experienced in his first 6 months in the job. more »
£100,000 per annum Locum Nurse – How Did we get here?
Earlier this week I was speaking to a nurse who currently works locum shifts in an acute setting about a permanent private sector position in Belfast. During the conversation, it became clear that the position was not for her, but while we were talking she told me that during over the last calendar year she had earned £100,000 per year by working locum/bank shifts, predominately within hospitals. more »
What makes a great sales CV?
When you are applying for a new job in sales, it’s important that you remember your CV is all the Recruitment Consultant or Hiring Manager will have to decide if you are right or wrong for the position. more »
The future of work-life balance in Northern Ireland
Developments in technology has brought with it an abundance of societal changes, and pressure is now being put on employers to adapt to these changes to retain a happy workforce and attract the best talent to their company. more »
How To Choose The Right Candidate
With the American election coming down to the wire, the polls have narrowed in recent days after the most recent email scandal. We thought we would take the opportunity to discuss how we at Black Fox often advise employers on how to choose a candidate. more »
How to leave your job
At Black Fox Solutions we spend each and every day speaking with people in Northern Ireland who have just left a job or are thinking of doing so. Leaving a job is a stressful time for anyone, so read on for some tips on how to make the move as smooth as possible. Have you thought this through? more »
Suited and Booted – How to dress for your interview
It's an old adage, but the problem with a first impression is that you can't make a second one. This is never more important than during those precious first few seconds before you have even opened your mouth during your interview – What you wear, for better or worse, will leave an immediate impression on your interviewer of who you are and what sort of employee you will make.
Luckily for you, Black Fox has came to the rescue with the Top 5 tips to make sure your first impression, is the right impression. more »
The Relationship between Job-Searching and Dating
Picture this. The clock strikes 8 o'clock and you have just finished ironing your best shirt. Your hair is coiffed to perfection and the nervous butterflies in your stomach have begun. In a few minutes you'll leave the house to meet with someone you've never met before. You're not sure what to expect, but you are ready to make your best first impression.
But wait, this isn't a first date...it's first thing in the morning and you're going to a job interview. more »
5 Tips for Making a Lasting Impression during a Job Interview
You’ve applied for your dream job and made it through to the interview stage- congratulations! But the hard work isn’t over as now you have to prep for a face-to-face meeting with your potential new boss, who is also meeting with other candidates just like you. How do you make sure you stand out? Here’s our ‘Black Fox’ tips for being an unforgettable job candidate and nailing that interview. more »
How Reality TV is Affecting the Nursing Industry
It seems like nowadays you can’t turn on the telly without coming across a reality program. Between Big Brother, Love Island, the Great British Bake Off and the X Factor, endless days can be spent with your eyes glued to the television- watching the ‘next big thing’ on the box. But is this industry exposure all it’s cracked up to be, and what’s it doing to some of the serious professions out there? more »
Recruiting Blind: The Way of the Future?
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." – Helen Keller
A few weeks ago, the Guardian shared a post about 'blind recruitment'. As you’d expect (being into recruitment) our ears perked up. The topical article interviewed the CEO of an Australian recruitment agency who spilled the beans on the discriminating remarks she endures from clients who only want to hire specific people- regardless of their ability to do the job. To combat this growing trend from employers, the Australian government launched a 'blind recruitment' initiative- otherwise known 'as anonymous hiring'. more »