Tips for recruiting new staff from Karen – Your HR Support Ltd

We have all seen the positive news about jobs and businesses bouncing back after Covid, lockdown and restrictions. Some of you may be thinking about hiring new people and expanding your business. In recent times the job market has changed and is swinging from being candidate rich with 100’s of applicants for every job, to a situation of candidate scarcity where you may only get a few people apply. There are lots of jobs. A clear strategy for recruitment is needed and not just a ‘bums on seats’ approach. Here are some tips for successful, effective recruiting now.

Be clear what you need to attract the right candidates

Create a clearly defined job description that outlines the role, its responsibilities, its scope, and scale and the relevant experience and skills required, so applicants know if the job is right for them. Job descriptions are useful for defining the role, creating an advert, and supporting the interview process. They are also useful for developing and measuring performance and creating learning and development plans for your new member of the team.

Be open minded, how can you appeal to the candidates you want

Think about how you can attract people to your role. What will give your workplace the edge over others? You may not have the budget for top-end salaries and amazing benefit schemes, but you could make the role appealing by being flexible on start and finish times, working hours and patterns, where your people can work and even what the development prospects are.  Be open to diversity and consider a shorter working week for parents and carers or part time students and apprentices. Job adverts need to be clear and practical as well as sell your company and the opportunity.

Consider how you will find your candidates – make a plan

There are many options, and this might be via your own website, job boards, recruitment agencies and social and professional networking media such as Facebook and or LinkedIn. You may need to cast your net out wider and depending on your needs, could consider local colleges, the job center and even your own network. Don’t overlook your current people and their talent. Could they be developed into a new role and help recruit and train the person taking over from them?

You will also need to think about the application process. Do you require a cover letter and or CV, this is simple and a common method? Application forms are useful but can be time consuming for the candidates to complete and creates repetition in the process. Job boards make the process easy, and some offer selection questions to narrow down the appropriate person with the right skills. Consider the timing and how long the advert will be open for and plan and communicate the assessment method (usually interview process) and set aside dates and times for efficient planning.

Consider how you will select and assess your candidates

Plan the assessment method and this might include phone interviews (to help screen), tasks and presentations (to test for skills), interviews (to get to know them and vice versa). Consider the needs and diversity of candidates such as timing of the assessments, neuro diverse needs in assessment, disability needs in accessing the interview for example. A simple process will cut down on unnecessary steps and avoid losing great candidates who might get snapped up by faster acting companies.

Don’t forget to acknowledge applicants promptly so they know you have seen their application. Your process should be a good experience for them, allows them to shine and showcases your organisations culture.

The job description is useful for creating the short-listing criteria for who will be assessed as well as the main assessment itself. It is helpful to widen your short list to maximise diversity opportunities. This is not only to see the best people but also to ensure a fair and objective process of assessment and selection. Make notes of the interview for objective scoring and selection. Remember to keep records of your actions, observing data protection regulations regarding how you store, record, and use people’s data.

Meet The Author:

Karen Blackwell FCIPD, is the  Founder/Owner of Your HR Support Ltd. She has a wealth of  Knowledge covering  HR Services, HR Contracts, policies, processes Employee relations Employment tribunals Performance management Pay and Reward Restructure and redundancy. If you like to contact Karen for more information or help with any HR issues CLICK HERE


What’s On In My Town Group Launch Business Support Group

What’s On In My Town, who, for the last 9 years, have been keeping local residents informed on local events and news including traffic, launch their Business to Business (B2B) support networking group across their network.

There are over 20 What’s On pages across the UK with over 150,000 followers. As well as local community support, they have also been advertising local businesses since 2012. Helping businesses big and small to reach a new audience.

In 2018 WOIMTG looked at launching a B2B service, but something wasn’t right with the set-up of the group and what it offered its members. It was a very basic Facebook group and a website that didn’t work or do anything for its members

Paul Taylor, owner of WOIMTG said “It wasn’t what I wanted or what our members deserved. It had its successes with members helping each other but it didn’t offer value for money which is what What’s On is all about”  

When the pandemic started people had more on their minds then an online networking group. This allowed WOIMTG to reflect and look at the group and decide what was needed to make this work for members.

“Covid taught us all about Zoom and networking online but after you leave the chat what else was there?” Paul said “So I looked at this and decided it was time to bring back My Business Support but making it bigger and better then before offering value for money for small businesses who need all the help in the world at the moment” “Local networking is great but with MBS you can talk and deal with businesses all over the UK”

Tim Mitchell who is part of My Business Support said “When I set my business up over seven years ago, I often felt out of my depth. Yes, I had a business plan and the skills but I suppose I did not really believe I could be a business owner. It was very lonely” 

“Being in a group like this you will be able to get a honest opinion from fellow professionals. Its ok asking friends and families what they think of your ideas but they will always tell you what they think you want to hear.  With my business if My Business Support was around I would have saved myself time and money. I’m looking forward to being part of My Business Support which will plays such an important role for small businesses.”

So why join? first of all, until 1st Jan 2022 it’s FREE and as Paul promised it’s bigger and better then before.

My Business Support will offer its members:

  • Online Networking
    Reducing the time you’re away from your business
  • Business Advice
    Ask advice from trusted professionals and your fellow members
  • Business Directory
    Promote your business on the site with your own web page
  • Featured Business of the Month
    A Business,picked at random, will be featured on our website and social media pages,
  • Members’ Offers
    Make use of members’ offers and add your own
  • Members Discount
    Discount on all My Business Support events and workshops
  • Local MBS Groups
    Currently in Kent, Midlands and Surrey with Sussex starting soon

As well as all this there will be MBS Lunchtime Webinars starting in November 2021 and Face 2 Face Networking are coming soon.

To mark the launch of My Business Support membership is currently FREE  and the first 2 MBS Lunchtime Webinars are also free

For more information or to join CLICK HERE

Facebook and Live Music when videoing

If, like me, you are always doing LIVE videos on Facebook TAKE CARE. Facebook are using a software which nows listens to your video and if you have any music in the background or you are filming a band Facebook will mute your live feed and send you a copyright dispute. The key is don’t panic, take a deep breath and look at the content. 

Now in fairness to Facebook they have had bad press regarding copyright issues so they are only trying to protect themselves from claims. 

If you are going to use someones elses music which you have no right to use then well done to Facebook for protecting that musicians rights. BUT like me there is music in the background or you have rights to the music what can you do.


Back in 2019 I was filming the start, LIVE, of the Cancer Research Race For Life on my iPhone 8 Max in 4k with a Rode mic attached all on a camera mount fixed to a tripod. Easy simple set up not including the cost of the phone under £100. It gets great results and would recommend. There will be another blog later regarding using your phone for videoing. 

All started well count down to the start 10,9,8 etc then as soon as the gun went off they started playing ‘This Is Me’ from the Greatest Showman. Perfect song for the start. Everyone running or walking past my camera waving, smiling and of course “hello mum” Then up pops the sign “this video has been muted”. In fact all you can hear is the count down and for some reason the picture quality from the mute section is awful. Why? well is a simple case of Facebook thinking there is a copyright protection claim and are safeguarding themselves from any claim. 

So what can you do? This happens to me quite often. At first I panicked how am I going to take on the might of Warner Music Group? but is really very simple to fix.

In the dispute claim notification you can respond if you feel legally you have the rights to record the music. This could be

  • If filming a band or a singer make sure they have the rights to use the song and they are ok for you to film. 
  • If you are using royalty free music from a website make sure that there are no rules you have to follow to be allowed to play the music, for example with you have to credit the website to be able to use the music

When you click the dispute button you have several options why you feel you are entitled to record the music. There is also Explanation box where in 200 words you can give more of an explanation. Hit the submit and then wait……….sometimes it’s done straight away other times it can take several days

In this case I responded saying that it was a public event and the music in the background was being played by local radio station who had the right to play it and that the organisers had asked us to attend and film. They agreed several day’s later that It was fine for me to use and unmuted the video.

So what can you do to stop this from happening? 

When filming check what is happening around you is there any music playing which might cause a problem? if so move away so it can be hardly heard. 

Do you need to film live? Live is great but you must make sure you have a strong wifi signal. Many times I have been filming events live and while following or moving around the subject the wifi drops and the live feed pauses. So think does it have to be live or can you record it, edit it on your phone and then post. To some of your followers they may think it is live. Also I have noticed I get less copyright claims doing it this way then filming live.

Video is important to have on your social media especially Facebook.  Did you know more videos are viewed on Facebook than YouTube. It is great at  helping your page reach more people and if your videos are longer than 3 minutes there is a small chance of a revenue from your films. I will cover this in another post later. 

Don’t let Facebook copyright claims put you off filming just be aware what you are filming and more importantly what you are recording.

Thank you for reading this post if you use any software not mentioned above which will help others please comment below. Again any advice you may have on this subject please let us know below.

Paul is the founder and owner of What’s On In My Town Group, launched in 2012, which includes My Business Sport.  As well as Social Media Paul is also a Photojournalist with images and video being published in print and on TV nationally and internationally. To contact Paul CLICK HERE 

5 Ways To Have More Fun At Work

Who doesn’t want to have more fun at work?

I mean, really, it is ok to have fun at work.

Whatever the old rubbish you may have been told about work: for instance, its not supposed to be fun, or that it is supposed to be hard, forget it. You’re at work for such a lot of your time, so you need to make sure that you’re having fun, feeling fulfilled, enjoying yourself.

If you are a business owner, it really is all in your control.

On this note, I’ve put together a series of tips to help you make sure that you are, in fact, having fun at work in your business.

Tip 1: Decide! Make the choice.

Sounds simplistic, doesn’t it? Well it is, and don’t discount this tip for that reason: the simpler you can make it the better.

I’ve worked with people who have transformed their experience of work just by taking that decision every day. Here’s how you can do it:

At the start of the day, set the intention

“I am going to have fun at work today”

If there is any activity you are going into during the day and feeling less than enthusiastic, set the intention to have fun and ask yourself this: how can I have fun in this activity?

Top tip: you do not necessarily need to answer the question. Simply pose it and let your unconscious mind come up with the answers at the right time.

Throughout the day, ask yourself

“Am I having fun right here, right now?”.

“Am I enjoying my work?”.

If not, either stop what you are doing, or, if you have to do it, start looking at it differently. Perhaps in the long term its one of those things that you and your bottom line would benefit from outsourcing?

Tip 2: Smile!

Even if you have to force it at first, smiling makes you feel better.

Smile at colleagues, friends and customers make sure you say good morning in a cheery voice. It will make you feel better and you are likely to get a positive response. This will enhance your own sense of enjoyment.

Top tip: smile before you dial: you might have heard it before, but smiling when you’re on the phone really does make a difference. It changes your energy and helps you get positive responses.

Tip 3: The values test

If your work values aren’t being met, you are unlikely to be enjoying your business. Work values are the things that are important to you about work. What it needs to do for you.

Top tip: find somewhere quiet and ask yourself what’s important to you about your business. Write down everything that comes to mind. Which are your top four? How well are they being met? What can you do to improve that? If you really want to make sure your career as a business owner is meeting your ideal job profile, join my free 5 day Get Your Career Unstuck challenge.

Tip 4: Good skills, Bad Skills

Is what you are actually doing rewarding for you?

Do you like doing all the elements of your job?

Sometimes, even things we used to enjoy, and are very good at, become boring and routine, so it’s worth checking regularly.

The questions to ask are:

  • How can I do more of the things I love doing?
  • How can I do less of the things I don’t enjoy so much?

Come up with three of four answers to each question and you have got your options.

Now all you need to do is take action on at least one of those options for each.

Top tip: as a business owner, learning the art of delegation and outsourcing can be really valuable here.

Tip 5: Check the scales

How does your business balance with the rest of your life?

How does your business and work integrate with all the other elements?

If you find that you are spending too much time at work and doing far more hours than you should be, or you spend a lot of energy away from work, worrying about it, then it is time to make some changes.

Once you start enjoying work more, you will start to notice that this has a positive effect in your business and other parts of your life.

What do you do to enjoy work more? I would love to know so I can share with others! Share your tips on my Careers Facebook Page along with how it has helped you in your business and outside of work.

Taking Action – free training

Take a look at this half hour training, The 5 Summits of Career Success. You’ll learn about all the skills you need for you as a business owner and that your staff will benefit from to manage their career, and some more great tips.



Dave Cordle

Dave is an UK and internationally accredited career coach and currently President of The Career Development Institute, the UK’s professional body for Career Professionals.