Candidates weigh up their options

by 19 Aug 2008

Multiple employment offers have led to candidates becoming far more selective in the vacancies considered, according to a Hays report. “Candidates have numerous opportunities available to them and so have become much more selective in the positions they will consider and accept,” said Grahame Doyle, director of Hays. “They will thoroughly research an organisation’s opportunities and culture before deciding to submit an application or accept any role. This means employers need to present their opportunity in the best possible light, throughout all stages of the recruitment process, and move quickly to secure their ideal candidate before they receive another offer.”

Michael Bevan launches HR consultancy

Former Australian cricketer Michael Bevan, who played more than 250 games for Australia, recently launched an HR consulting firm called Michael Bevan Business Performance (MBBP). Bevan said the firm’s core focus is helping companies increase the performance of their employees through organisational coaching and recruitment. “All the concepts that I have lived, used and been a part of as a coach, as a player and throughout my career playing for one of the most successful sporting teams in history, translate directly across to the human resources sector,” he said. “Having motivated, confident, highly skilled employees is crucial to any business wishing to gain a sustained advantage over their competitors.” For more information email or visit

Organisational learning & development survey launched

Global market research firm Aberdeen Group recently launched a survey to examine the best practices and applications of organisational learning and development. The study will identify how learning is utilised to attract, retain and develop top talent, as well as highlight the business operational metrics that can be impacted directly via learning and development efforts. Recent Aberdeen research pertaining to recruiting, on-boarding, performance management and succession planning, shows that learning and development is central to talent management success. Respondents to the 15-minute online survey will receive a complimentary full copy of the report, valued at US$399 ($456). For more information visit