The softgarden blog

Here, you will be able to find the latest recruiting trends, ideas & tips about HR-topics, and interesting guest contributions.

5 Common Things You Should Never Say to Your Staff.

Depending on your working environment, employer-staff interactions can range from a nod in the corridor, to (if you’re lucky) beers and foosball over lunch. Some employers find a sociable workforce unprofessional, others actively encourage it – and why not? Being pals with your employees doesn’t mean the job won’t get done. Happy staff are engaged … continue reading

How to Reject Candidates and Boost Your Employer Brand

Lets face it, in any situation rejection isn’t easy for the person doing it or the person getting it. However when it comes to recruiting, employers have a certain responsibility to not only reject candidates that didn’t get a job, but to do it the right way. Why? Well, just like dating, interviews are nerve wracking. … continue reading

How Your Employer Brand Can Profit From Instagram

As with many other social media apps and sites, Instagram is currently one of the latest in the line to be touted as the next big thing in social recruiting. With over 150 million users to date, the iPhone (and newly Android) app has clear potential as a relatively untapped source of passive talent. However … continue reading

The Top 10 Budget Employee Christmas Gifts That Your Staff Will Love

With Christmas just around the corner husbands, wives, partners, children and siblings everywhere are beginning to near the panic-stricken craze of last minute present shopping. Unless you’re one of the organized few who made their purchases weeks ago, it’s time to face the Christmas crowds and battle over the perfect gifts for your loved ones … continue reading

Everything You Need To Know About Recruiting With Facebook

Using Facebook as part of a wider online presence is a practice commonly adopted by many businesses. Recruiting with Facebook works along the same lines, however as well as fans the aim is to attract attention from active job seekers and crucially, passive candidates. As the most widely used social network in the world Facebook … continue reading

Little Known Facts on How To Spot a Lie

In a TED talk on lying by social media expert Pamela Meyer, she grabbed the attention of the audience with the opening line: “Now I don’t want to alarm anyone in this room, but it’s just come to my attention that the person sitting to your right is a liar” – Cue nervous laughter. She … continue reading

Become a Successful Leader – With These 6 Pieces of Invaluable Advice

Have you ever wondered how nice it would be to be able to sit down for 10 minutes with a CEO and ask them everything you wanted to know about running a company? How great would it be to grab a coffee with Richard Branson, or lunch with Larry Page, and spend it picking their … continue reading

How Recruitment Software Can Save You Money

Recruitment software is often misrepresented as an expensive and/or unnecessary tool for small companies, particularly those who are looking to hire on a budget. However, far from being pricey the softgarden recruitment software is free and it can make a vital difference to your hiring process. Traditional methods of recruitment are often time consuming, the … continue reading

Stop Wasting Time With Bad Job Boards. Use This List to Find The Best Talent

These days there are so many online job boards available, choosing the right one to post your ad can prove a tad complicated. From internationally known job boards such as Monster and CareerBuilder, to industry-specific job boards which cater to a more refined audience. Some are free, some charge as little as $25 per ad, … continue reading

Considering a Candidate Without a Degree? You’re Not The Only One…

Thanks to rising fees and cuts in funding, the number of students opting out of university has steadily risen across the UK and the States in recent years. A report undertaken by UCAS showed that in the 2012/13 financial year, UK students alone racked up a staggering debt of £20 billion. Unsurprisingly the study also … continue reading