IN THIS ISSUE In the News Pay freeze thaws: Too little, too late? Financial services sector set to grow Chapple scores 10/10 with candidates Transparent Quantifiable, instead of Tangible ?? CVs: Keeping it real Winning CVs: A recruiters’ perspective Winning CVs: An employers’ perspective Jobs of the Month Chapple News The CV. As a door-opener to what could be the job of your dreams, it’s important to get it right. Sounds easy, but the fact is that over 90% of CV’s fail to secure that elusive job interview whilst a mere 1% of CV’s could be considered sure – fire hire material. In this month’s edition of Chapple News we’ve asked two experts, Chapple’s PR and Communications recruitment specialist, Julian Goldsmith, and the HR team at one of the country’s top legal firms, Pinsent Masons, on ‘winning CV’s’ and more importantly, show you how to turn yours into CV gold. If you want a blue-print to CV success, read on… We hope that you enjoy this latest snapshot of news and views relevant to Communications, Human Resources and Change Management professionals and welcome your feedback. However, if for any reason you no longer wish to receive Chapple News, please click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter. Back to Top In the News Pay freeze thaws: Too little, too late? Great news for those in search of a pay rise! The latest employment study* has found that a quarter (24%) of those employers that instigated pay freezes during the recession have now lifted them, whilst nearly a third (31%) of employers have also lifted recruitment freezes, too. However, the study also suggests that despite employers taking the brakes off their pay and recruitment freezes it may be a case of too little, too late with 44% of those surveyed feeling their career has stagnated with a current employer and 18% (a rise of 11% on this time last year) actively looking for a new job now. The survey is supported by the latest figures by Incomes Data Services which showed that firms pushing through pay freezes fell 3% under the impact of higher inflation and a recovery in output. *Source: Badenoch & Clark employment study http://www.onrec.com/news/pay_on_the_rise_but_uk_professionals_are Financial services sector set to grow Further evidence of a recovering economy comes with the news that the UK financial sector is to see faster growth over the next three months. A survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that almost half of respondents (43%) said confidence volumes in the sector had risen, with 48% anticipating an increase in business volumes – the best result since March 2006. Chapple scores 10/10 with candidates Three of the latest candidates to provide feedback on the only independent recruitment website dedicated to candidate and client experience of recruiters, www.HireScores.com have rated Chapple 10/10! Here are their comments: “My relationship with Chapple goes back 5 years and they remain the most experienced, professional and candidate focussed recruiter dealing with Internal Communications. Speak to them first if looking for a new role.” “I have been very impressed with the highly professional and skilful way in which Chapple have handled my career path. Their knowledgeable and supportive approach has reaped benefits for me. I recommend them without any hesitation.” “Instantly responsive providing a service that really feels personalised. High attention to detail, professional, knowledgeable, communicative beyond any previous experiences and demonstrate real commitment to finding a placement.” As we’re always striving to provide the best service possible we’d love to know your thoughts, too. What’s been your experience with Chapple? Have we exceeded your expectations in finding you the ideal role, providing bespoke career / CV advice or placing the perfect candidate? Perhaps there are areas we need to improve on? Please spare a moment to give us your confidential rating at www.HireScores.com. Thank you.