NHS joins the on-line staff-search network

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The health service is the latest in a long line of organisations to bring its recruitment process into the 21st century, as Dominique Hammond reports Each month more than a million people in the UK use the Internet to look for a job, National Opinion Poll research found earlier this year. And a growing number of companies are concentrating their recruitment efforts on their web sites. According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters, 83 per cent of their members are using or plan to use the Internet to advertise vacancies.Internet recruitment can save time, money and paperwork. As access spreads with the advent of digital television, the number of people using it to look for jobs will continue to grow.Spied opportunity The NHS is the latest employer to see the potential of the Net as a recruitment tool. Earlier this month it announced plans to set up a one-stop jobs billboard to advertise all NHS vacancies from consultants to hospital porters all over England (Personnel Today, 22 August). The NHS is the largest employer in Europe, has more than a million staff and advertises about 100,000 jobs a year. It spends £30m a year on recruitment advertising alone.The aim of the site, which will target NHS staff and the public, is to reach the widest possible audience while cutting back the paperwork that plagues health service HR professionals and reducing the amount of money the service is forced to spend advertising in specialist journals.The decision to launch the site, which the DoH says will be running by spring 2001, is timely, coming just weeks after the Government announced that an extra 35,000 professionals will be recruited to the service as part of the modernisation drive. Marion Forrest, director of personnel for mental health services in Salford, is keen to use technology to aid recruitment. But like other people in her position the one big hurdle she sees is that, despite the media obsession, many people still do not use the Internet. In many cases people do not have access to it, while others are simply not interested.Forrest says her own attempts to find staff through the Web were more successful for some posts than others. Using some of the general recruitment sites, including monster.com and StepStone, she got a good response from doctors, especially from overseas, but found hardly any nurses.Roy Davis, head of communications at psychometric test developer SHL, which is designing tests increasingly for on-line recruitment sites, says the lower level the job, the less likely candidates will have access to the Net. But he adds that although this is a problem now it is likely to disappear in the next few years as access widens.Site advancesDavis is not concerned that people will have problems getting on-line but is worried that the site will not be able to differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate candidates. Unless the site is sophisticated enough to weed out some applications before they get to the employer, HR professionals will find themselves snowed under, he says.“All you will have is a lot of jobs and a lot of people. You have got to put a sifting mechanism in to make it meaningful, otherwise it will just exacerbate the difficulties recruiters already face.”He says “fourth generation” recruitment sites, which some companies are introducing, not only have an application form to fill in on-line but also ask questions to check basic suitability.“For example, you might ask if the person is willing to relocate or willing to work shifts. If they answer no to both questions but they are a requirement of the job, their application will not get any further.”Davis adds that the site should tell the applicant why they are not appropriate and could even suggest other jobs they might be more suitable for.Image doubtsJohn Adsett, head of personnel at Basildon and Thurrock General Hospital, has other doubts. The attraction of an advert in a magazine is that it gives the company a chance to sell itself, something an on-line site with nothing more than a long list of vacancies and basic details such as location and salary, will not allow, he says.“If you talk to any hospital in the South East, there is very much the feeling that we are in competition because of the scarce resources. We would want the opportunity of telling people why they should come to us rather than any of the other 300 trusts that are also looking for staff,” he says.“I am a real fan of the Internet, I think this is the way things will go and would like us to advertise jobs on our own site. But I’m just not sure this will make that much difference that quickly.” On-line jobs siteswww.bmjclassified.comwww.jobpilot.co.ukwww.jobShark.co.ukwww.monster.co.ukwww.peoplebank.co.ukwww.stepstone.co.ukwww.totaljobs.comwww.wideyes.co.uk NHS joins the on-line staff-search networkOn 5 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Five Surprising Facts About New On the Town Star Misty Copeland

first_img4. A commercial put her on the mapDespite being a superstar in the ballet world, Copeland’s career exploded in 2014 when she became a spokeswoman (spokesdancer?) for Under Armour. In an ad campaign that paid far more than her ballet salary, Copeland dances up a storm as a voiceover reads a rejection letter she recieved as a young girl. #inspiration 3. Prince pushed her to succeedWhen she recieved an out-of-the-blue phone call from Grammy-winning pop star Prince in 2009, Copeland was shocked. “I was literally still waking up,” she told New York magazine. “What? Prince who?” The next day, the ballerina flew to L.A. to star in Prince’s music video “Crimson and Clover” and went on tour with him. Hey, it’s always nice to have a guy in crushed purple velvet looking out for you! Big news, sailors! Misty Copeland, who was just named the first-ever African-American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, will make her Broadway debut as Ivy in On the Town beginning August 26. While the stunning ballerina is all grace and poise on stage, Copeland is a tough-as-nails dancer who has risen to the top in the cutthroat world of professional ballet, and her life is even more fascinating than the movie Black Swan. From growing up in a motel to secretly dancing on a broken leg, Copeland’s life is just begging to be made into a movie. Check out the five most surprising facts we learned about On the Town’s new Miss Turnstiles. 2. Ballet tore her family apartWhen Copeland was 15, she was caught in the middle of a custody battle between her dance teachers and her mother. While her instructors Cynthia and Patrick Bradley tried to nurture her ballet career and provide her with a stable family life, Copeland’s mother wanted to pull her out of ballet altogether. Copeland ran away and attempted to emancipate herself, but after going to trial, was returned to the care of her mother. View Comments 5. Broken bones won’t stop herAfter being cast in The Firebird at the Metropolitan Opera House, Copeland began to feel pain in her left leg. Determined to make it to opening night, the ballerina ignored her pain and didn’t tell anyone she was suffering. After the performance, she was diagnosed with six stress fractures in her tibia. Something tells us this new Broadway star won’t be calling out sick when she gets the sniffles.center_img 1. She grew up in a motelUnlike her On the Town predecessor Megan Fairchild, Copeland wasn’t groomed to become a ballerina from a young age. She grew up sharing a tiny room at the Sunset Inn with her mother and five siblings in Gardena, CA. When she began taking formal lessons at age 13, she practiced using the motel’s metal railing as a ballet barre. On the Town Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015last_img read more