December 8 2018

19 resolutions for recruiters; how to be happy & hiring in 2019!

It’s time to look at what you can improve upon in the 12 months ahead. Even if the small changes listed in this article don’t result in an instant promotion, they should offer recruiters a better peace of mind and increase workplace satisfaction for the year ahead…

1) Start on a positive note

By cutting down on complaining you’ll improve your professional reputation and when you do complain, colleagues will take you seriously.

2) Test out the candidate experience

Apply for a job at your own company – and get at least three work colleagues to do the same – to ensure the process of applying for a vacant position runs as smoothly as possible.

3) Try new sourcing tactics

Shake things up by increasing your social media recruiting efforts and watching online job boards for passive candidates.

4) Increase placements

No explanation needed for this one. Take a look at my guide to becoming a Modern Recruiter for hints to achieve this goal.

5) Naming rights

Get better at remembering candidates’ first and last names as it’s an essential part of creating a warm and lasting candidate experience.

6) Invest in tomorrow

Get a head start on finding top talent early by building an internship program.

7) Don’t take yourself too seriously 

Although most people would love to rise to the top in their chosen career, it’s important to lighten up. Even in stressful environments, humour serves to strengthen colleague relationships and keep collective chins up, plus you’ll also help make yourself seem approachable and upbeat.

8) Learn how to delegate and do more of it! 

Let someone else do some of the tasks for a change. Remember, delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance.

9) Promotion, promotion, promotion

If you want to attract new candidates to your website, you have to make self-promotion a priority; the more they know about your company’s brand, the more likely they’ll be to apply for the vacancy.

10) Learn something new

This will add to your skillset and offer another area of interest to your life – a key part of achieving a healthy work-life balance and increasing your business success.

11) Join a networking group

There’s nothing like talking to other recruiters for sparking new ideas, refining old ones, and making contacts. Whether it’s a group specifically designed for networking or an organisation dedicated to talent acquisition in person or over the internet, making the effort to be a part of a group will revitalise your recruiting skills.

12) Those that give, get! 

It’s time to give something back to your community. There are all kinds of worthy organisations that make a difference in your community, so make one of your resolutions to find a cause that matters to you and give what you can. Make the last seven months of the year count! Serve on a committee, be a volunteer or make regular donations to the groups in your community that try to make the place you live a better place.

13) Set realistic goals 

Goal setting is a valuable habit – if the objectives lead to success rather than distress. Ensure the goals you set are achievable, rather than unrealistic pipe dreams that are so far out of reach they only lead to frustration.

14) Devise a cunning recruitment plan 

Ensure you have a pre-arranged strategy that identifies the aims for a particular position and includes the recruitment announcement, recruiting timeline, advertising plan, interview schedule, assessment tools, background checks, interview plans and references.

15) Be more social

Take the time to better understand your candidate base by engaging with them on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Xing etc.).

16) Improve your work-life balance

All work and no play is a recipe for physical and mental disaster. Remember, achieving a healthy work-life balance is like maintaining a good relationship; you have to keep working on it. But if you apply these resolutions throughout the rest of the year, you’ll not only feel better but have more energy to put into your work and make it the success you deserve. If you won’t invest in yourself, who will?

17) Don’t let the fear of risk hold you back!

Remember, nothing great can happen without risk, so embrace its power as it will give you the courage to take on the impossible.

18) Have a read of blog.manningglobal.com

For all the hints and tips you need for recruiting success in 2019!

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About the author: Matthew Elliott is the Marketing Coordinator for Manning Global – one of the fastest growing worldwide recruitment providers. He writes about global industry topics and trends such as artificial intelligence and video interviewing. More of his writing can be viewed at blog.manningglobal.com.

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December 3 2018

Of Art, Architecture and Erotica

India is dotted with glorious paintings and temples but erotica on the walls of arouses curiosity and even puzzles us today. There are various theories about the reason for such vivid depiction of erotica- mass sex education, warding off natural calamities and the devdasi system. With presence of 64 Yogini temples in India, scholars attribute the erotic art to Tantric practices, which revolve around the ultimate union of the male and the female energy. Whatever the reasons are the brazenness or ethereal beauty of erotica in Indian art and architecture will never cease to amaze us.

All important religious sects of the country have presented erotic motifs in their art. The erotic’s sculptures in India are to be found fairly widely distributed but confined to a limited period. We find them on the temples, at Khajuraho, Konark, Puri, Mehsana, Modhera, Koilkuntole, Kurnool, Badami, Shimoga and Halebid. Erotica was not only uninhibited but was cultivated as an art, the knowledge which brought prestige among the cultured citizens and aristocrats. Vatsyayana advocates the study of his Kamasutra to princesses, daughters of ministers, courtesans and to married women with the permission of their husbands.

By 10th century, the depiction of sex in art entered a qualitatively new phase. Erotic motifs were no longer confined to less prominent spaces in temples. All forms of sexual depiction, ranging from the sexual and erotic attitudes of men and women, including gods and goddesses, members of the aristocracy, and ascetics to group sexuality and bestiality were displayed ostentatiously on the exteriors and in the interiors of the temples. Temples became larger and grander with ample space for artistic expression.

Paintings and carvings challenged western ideas of the relationship between spirituality and sexuality.  There are many reasons why temples depict erotic art. Most locals however say that the underlying thought is to leave your lust behind before entering the temple, which is probably why these sculptures do not show the Gods and goddesses in intimate moments. On the other hand these sculptures are odes to perfect forms of passion.

Ajanta and Ellora Caves are a wonder in itself; they are the advanced style of Indian rock-cut cave architecture. These elements of sensuality and love indicate the rational thoughts of ancient India. They were not ashamed of portraying the natural process; instead, they gave a new meaning through art. It is definitely mind-blowing to witness such elaborate and grand art at these temples.

Moralities on Indian art began after the Islamic Invasions where the Purdah system was introduced. For the colonial British, Indian art’s obsession with the sensual body always provided a block to the appreciation of Indian art. Indian sculpture was deemed dishonest and contact with it was believed to infect the moral feeling.

But to pre-colonial Indians there was no union of women with temptation but instead with fertility, abundance and prosperity, and there is an open embrace of sexuality as one route to the divine.

For this reason throughout history, the arts of India- visual and literary have over and over again celebrated the beauty of the human body that which is not tainted accessory to be whipped into compliance, but potentially the vehicle of spirituality. The gods were always depicted as superhumanly beautiful, for if the image was not beautiful then the deities could not be convinced to reside in the statue.

The fascination with the beauty of the human body survived waves of invasions, till Islam arrived. In 18th Century, there were clear images of the Emperor Muhammad Shah Rangila, making love with his mistress, it was not the Islamic period that brought the striking break with India’s sensual traditions, instead, that break happened during the colonial period, with the arrival of Christian missionaries in the 19th Century.  A movement grew influencing Hindu women to cover themselves up and chastity and modesty were important as the perfect attributes of Hindu womanhood.

Today, there is much embarrassment about the role of erotica in our Indian history. We assume Buddhist monks would disapprove of and avoid sensual images, but the obvious sensuality of the art of Buddhism in Ajanta and other sites across India, is overwhelming. If history and art history have any value beyond entertainment and offering us lessons and examples from the past, it is perhaps, like travel, to free us from the tyranny of our own cultural values and make us aware of how contingent and bound by time, culture and geography so many of our preconceptions actually are.

Sexual depiction in religious art and architecture first served a magico-religious function. The profuse depiction of sex in temple art from A.D. 900 onwards suggests the permeation of Tantric elements into Puranic Hinduism and its influence on all major religions. No one has summed up the beauty of erotica in art and architecture better than Tagore ‘The language of man here is defeated by the language of stone.’

About the Writer:  Passionately sharing everything about Arts & Architecture with facts that thrill human imagination. Trying to make people not forget our heritage, culture and stay proud to be an Indian through love cast in stone, painted on walls and inscribed in texts. The writer- IndianArt can be contacted on Twitter

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December 2 2018

Illusion of peace

Master Stroke” this what some journos who sing the song of peace with Pakistan have called it after Pakistan decided to open Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh Pilgrims to visit holy Shrine without visa. Pakistan’s foreign minister called it a “googly” delivered by his prime minster in a patronising tone.

There have been various interpretations to this move by Pakistan. Analysts have called it Corridor of peace, Déjà vu, a trap by Pakistan and a strategy to revive Khalistani Movement etc. It would be very unrealistic to say that this is going to be a new chapter in India-Pakistan’s relationship. Revival of Khalistani Movement is one of those nefarious activities of notorious Pakistani Intelligence Agency ISI to keep India boiling. They have been dreaming of a dismantled India sitting in Karachi Head-Quarters. Not only Khalistan, Pakistan has fuelled Mizo National Front in the past, Naga Movement, Jammu and Kashmir which is still suffering. Even they have called upon for a “United States of South India” to divide south India from North India which is comparatively economically poor. Besides this Pakistan never miss a chance to play Islamic card with Indian Muslims.

Other than inciting Indians and funding insurgents, Pakistan has developed and nurtured terror factories over the years which are extension of army. Pakistani Establishment has been using Non-State actors as a tool to fight proxy war with a mightier India. Whether it is in 1948 when Pakistan tried to capture Jammu and Kashmir and failed or in Kargil when they lied openly about their presence and got caught when Indian Government made their phone calls public which was recorded by RA&W. Pakistan has been following strategy to bleed India through thousand cuts. 26/11, one of the deadliest terror attacks in the history of mankind was planned and handled by Pakistani officials.

During his speech Pakistan’s Prime Minister tried to project himself some kind of peacenik, saying that both countries have made mistakes in past which is not true. Pakistan made mistake and India made them pay. Another thing he reminded India that they have nuclear umbrella which is Pakistan’s only achievement in last 70 years. He also sang the song of Kashmir which is their favourite topic. Pakistan also has selectively denied visa to Indian journos who have been critical of Pakistan. On the other hand, self-proclaimed liberals who pretend to be peacenik but lack logic and reasoning in their understanding of the situation were welcomed with open arms.

Many were surprised after Pakistan announced this move. Motives of Pakistan’s reach out to India are not tough to guess. Pakistan has become isolated among the world after their support for terror groups was exposed when US suspended military aid. Recently it’s only regional friend China has also snubbed Pakistan. Deteriorating economic condition in Pakistan is one of the prominent reasons. Pakistani Currency has hit record lowest. Pakistan needs commercial co-operation, trade with India to somehow manage to steer through this difficult period.

However, New Delhi has welcomed this move and sent two ministers to attend ceremony. But it has responded in conflicting voice rightly so for any kind of bilateral talks. Dissonance of New Delhi is quite justified. People who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Pakistan’s actions don’t support their words. Pakistan’s army chief was seen shaking hands with a khalistani terrorist during ceremony. Pakistan also has advanced it’s support to “Khalistan Referendum 2020”. Recently a grenade attack was carried out on Nirankari Prayer gathering. According to intelligence agencies, ISI is seeking to revive ‘K2’ that is Kashmir and Khalistan plan to balkanise India. This is something not new for India. Lahore bus visit by former Indian PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was followed by Kargil. “Agra Summit” was followed by an attack on Indian Parliament. A nation this with kind of history does not have any credibility. Trusting Pakistan will be fatal for India as Pakistan has backstabbed India innumerable times. India is going through a very critical period of time. If India full wants to utilise its potential, it has to be stable and secure as instability affects investments and many more factors. In order to continue growth nation’s security must be supreme. Any mishap would lead to significant setback. India has to keep eyes open 24×7. Intelligence agencies must be heavily funded and equipped with advance technologies. As Sun Tzu said,” Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy, but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of enemy and yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril.” There should be smooth connectivity between IB, RA&W, NIA, CBI and other institutions.

However, Sikhs ought not to be denied their right to pray and be a pawn in diplomatic game. Having said this there should not be any hope of any kind of peace with Pakistan. It’s mere illusion.

The unending game will continue…

 

About the writer:  Shivam Mishra has amazing interest in politics, history and geo politics. He can contacted on Twitter @joe11248  & Facebook- [email protected]

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December 1 2018

Three essential team building exercises for the festive season!

Building the pre-Christmas cheer and lifting the mood in the office is of utmost importance. So if you’re looking for a way to make your work mates smile, why not try these three different team building activities! Good luck, and may the best team win!

1. Blindfolded Food Tasting… recipe for fun… or disaster?

Would you trust your work mates enough to let them pick an unknown food for you to taste? This activity is very simple, and a whole lot of fun! All you need is a blindfold and a variety of foods. You can take it in turns to either gain the trust of your work colleagues, or lose it forever by tickling their taste buds with some seriously devilish concoction!

2. Paintballing… will you be hitting your targets?

A true – if a little painful – classic! Nothing fosters team spirit more than shooting one of your colleagues – it’s the name of the game! Although there’s a lot more to paintballing than meets the (bulls)eye. For example, it’s a great way to promote communication and teamwork between departments.

3. Cardboard Boat Racing… time to sink or swim!

A fast, effective way of recycling all those boxes you’ve hidden in the storeroom! Simply split into teams and build your own boats. Then, comes the fun part – testing them out on the water! A word of warning – you’re probably going to get wet with this activity, so wear appropriate clothing!

About the author: Matthew Elliott is the Marketing Coordinator for Manning Global – one of the fastest growing worldwide recruitment providers. He writes about global industry topics and trends such as artificial intelligence and video interviewing. More of his writing can be viewed at blog.manningglobal.com.

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November 15 2018

“5 Inexpensive Hobbies To Enrich Your Life”

With work taking so much of our time every day it can be hard to avoid the temptation of just zoning out in front of the TV at home, binge-watching the newest TV series, or getting lost in a downward spiral of hours of YouTube videos. But these easy activities are doing nothing to enrich your life.


It’s time to go back to simpler times and enjoy the things we and the previous generations cherished so much in decades gone by. Remember when reading 50 pages of a book was normal before bed? Or weekends when you headed out with your friends all day exploring the town you already knew so well?

Reclaim your spare time with hobbies that add to your life rather than quick fixes that are essentially a waste of time. Here are five things to take up that aren’t heavy on the pocket and will refresh your mind and body.   

  1. Gardening

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as watching something you’ve nurtured and cared for flourish. Taking care of plants can be informative, relaxing and rewarding. Build your own little herb garden on your kitchen windowsill or invest in a few pots and planters if you have space on your terrace or balcony.

2. DIY Jewellery

If you are into the latest trends and love yourself a bit of DIY, making jewellery at home could be the ideal hobby to while the time away. Low-key and inexpensive, buy supplies from your local arts and crafts store or order your basics online. Get creative and use different fabrics, materials and metals.   

3. Reading

If you can’t remember the last time you sat down in a quiet corner and got lost in a good read then maybe it’s time to rekindle your love for literature. Schedule an hour or two every few days, keep your phone away, make yourself comfy and curl up with something you’ve been waiting to read. If it’s been a while, start with something easy and light to get back into the rhythm of reading for pleasure.   

4. Cycling

Cycling is a great way to explore your city and get a solid workout in. Buying a new or secondhand cycle doesn’t cost a lot and you’ll learn to love it as you zip through traffic jams and get transported back to your childhood by pedalling around. Plan some good routes, sites to visit and restaurants to try out and hit the road early on the weekend.   

5. Restore and Renovate


For those who are handy around the house, investing your spare time in furniture restoration costs next to nothing. Scour flea markets, yard sales and second hand online stores for used pieces, get a few tools and essentials from the hardware store and you’re all set. A few weekends worth of work can result in some beautiful bespoke furniture pieces, which you could even resell online.

There are a ton more things to enjoy beyond the limits of screens and mundane after-work pub outings. Make time to rediscover the small joys of getting your hands and legs busy doing something pleasurable and productive. 

Author Bio:-

I’m Surbhi, a writer based in Hyderabad, India, with interests and writing experience spanning across industries. Writing, for me, is a stressbuster and means to express myself. Over the past decade, I have written for established publications such as ElephantJournal, Jewellerista , SiteProNews. Although I write on a variety of subjects, fashion writing is one of my favourites and, since graduating from university, I have explored and directed my efforts mainly towards this genre. Being a fashion enthusiast, I just love discovering new brands and designers and keeping up with the latest trends. I can be contacted on Facebook Instagram and  Linkedin

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October 29 2018

Much tattoo about nothing?

What hiring managers really think about your ink!

New research published by The University of Western Australia and University of Miami has shown that discriminating against workers with tattoos puts hiring managers and recruiters at a competitive disadvantage…

Researchers collected data from more than 2000 people across all 50 states in the U.S., with roughly half of the respondents coming from urban areas with a population over 1 million, to try to find out if the perception that tattoos negatively affect a person’s employability and acceptance in the workplace was true.

Previous research found that hiring managers widely perceived tattooed people as less employable than people without tattoos. UWA’s Business School’s Professor of Human Resource Management, Andrew R. Timming, said the results proved that, contrary to previous research findings, having tattoos did not appear to be associated with disadvantage or different treatment in the workforce.

‘This [study] flies in the face of common perceptions that tattoos, particularly visible ones, lead to a negative judgement being made about how an employee is perceived. What’s also interesting is that the study found that people with tattoos are not only on an even footing in finding employment and in the workplace, but in some cases having a tattoo actually worked in their favour.’ Timming said.

The lead author of the study, Michael French, Professor of Health Economics in the Miami Business School’s Department of Health Sector Management and Policy, says recruiters who continue to discriminate against applicants with body ink may be settling for a less-qualified pool of candidates.

‘The long-held stigmas associated with having tattoos, and particularly visible ones, may be eroding, especially among younger individuals who view body art as a natural and common form of personal expression.’ French said. ‘Given the increasing prevalence of tattoos in society – around 40 percent for young adults – hiring managers and supervisors who discriminate against tattooed workers will likely find themselves at a competitive disadvantage for the most qualified employees.’

So, it looks like tattoos in the workplace are here to stay and may even give job candidates an advantage in competitive markets. What are your thoughts on this?

About the author: Matthew Elliott is the Marketing Coordinator for Manning Global – one of the fastest growing worldwide recruitment providers. He writes about global industry topics and trends such as artificial intelligence and video interviewing. More of his writing can be viewed at blog.manningglobal.com.

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