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You’re searching for a job and come across a featured role on the top spot and are immediately drawn to it. You think this is the job for me!


But why is that job promoted above all others? Could you be missing an even better opportunity lower down the list?


There are many reasons why recruitment companies decide to prioritise certain vacancies and they might not all be in your best interest. They may need to fill them fast, or they might require more time and resources to find suitable candidates. The organisation may also be struggling to fill the vacancy so ‘vamp it up’ to make it look like a new, shiny job that is perfect for you.


Here at Selective Group, we are an independent agency, so all of our jobs are of top priority. However, we have looked into the reasons why some recruitment companies may prioritise certain jobs over others and feature ‘top jobs’ on their websites and social channels.


1. Money


The company may decide to prioritise a job, not so surprisingly, due to money. If the employer is paying the recruitment agency more commission for filling the role than normal, they are more likely to put more time and effort into finding candidates.


As executive recruitment companies only get paid once they have found the candidate, higher paid jobs would become a priority for recruiters as this will lead to a better commission rate. Instead of thinking about their candidates, some consultants may be whispering “show me the money!”


Selective Group don’t take this approach and unlike other agencies, all of our jobs are given 100% of our time despite the end fee. We want what is best for you!


2. Employers


It has been said that recruitment companies prioritise certain jobs because of the employers themselves. If the employer does not interview many of the candidates, then it may not feel worth the recruitment company’s time to find more candidates. Also, if the employer takes a long time to make decisions, it may mean that the recruitment company finds it more challenging to work with them on the whole. For some, easy clients = an easy life.


All of our clients are important to us, they trust us enough to give us the vacancy therefore we do not put any company first and ensure we work our hardest so that every job is placed.


3. Loyalty


We know what you’re thinking “I’m loyal babe”!


If the recruitment company has worked with the employers before, they may be more likely to prioritise the jobs from that company. This could be because they know who they are working with and how they work, especially if they feel it is worth their time and resources to work with the employer. If they have a good relationship then this could factor into why they push to promote their roles. Again, this is not how we at Selective Group work - we have a loyalty to ALL of our clients - so no one is put on a peddle stool.


4. Urgency


A job may also be prioritised because the need to have the vacancy filled is urgent. This means that there is less time to fill the role and therefore the recruitment company use more resources to fill the vacancy in the short time available.


They also may be the jobs that companies haven’t been able to fill, with a new lease of life.


All roles at Selective Group have a sense of urgency and we ensure that all of our jobs get the same amount of coverage, as we do not clog up our news feed with repetition of old jobs.


We feel that there is no need for said ‘top jobs’ as all of the roles we offer are equally as important to us. Social media timelines can often be crammed with too many job posts, if the same jobs are being highlighted in these so called ‘top jobs’ candidates will just bypass reading and taking in the information.


If you are looking for a new role or would like help finding candidates get in touch with us on 01235 462 900 or email info@selective-group.com.




Would you like to win a bottle of bubbly and some vouchers?


All you need to do is refer a friend to one of our roles. If they get placed successfully, you will both receive a bottle of the sparkly stuff!


If you have someone in mind, pass on our email address - sian.hickey@selective-recruitment.co.uk and ask them to send over their CV, along with an outline of their current situation and your name of course! Those who are successfully placed through us will be lucky enough to receive the goods!

If your referral then goes on to a permanent role, passing their probation period, we will send you vouchers as a thank you for recommending them to us!

Football fever is in full force around the country, after the incredible penalties win for England  on Tuesday! This is the first penalties win since 1996 may we add, taking them through to the quarter finals!


The team have showed dedication and perseverance in their quest for victory, which are both qualities needed when searching for a new job role. The job industry can be a tough nut to crack, but possessing the same attributes that the England squad did during their top 16 performance will help to see you become successful.


Here at Selective Group, we explore the top four attributes the England team have that may help you score your dream job:


1. Dedication


Harry Kane wouldn’t be in with a chance of winning the golden boot of the World Cup without his dedication to his sport, practising time and time again to improve his skills. The same goes for you when looking for a new position. Work and rework your CV until you know it highlights your skills and experience in the best light.


When searching for a role, it is important to commit to searching regularly, if not daily, for new roles being advertised. Your dedication to your search will eventually pay off and you will find exactly what you are looking for.


2. Don’t Give Up


Perseverance can be a struggle. You may have applied to many roles and had rejection after rejection, but the key is to never give up. It might seem like the easy option, but in reality it will leave you worse off than if you were to persist with your search!


When Columbia scored the equaliser, it would have been easy for the team to give up and not put as much effort in, but instead they pushed harder and got the outcome that they were hoping for. If you apply this same mentality to your job search, you are more likely to come out on top.


3. Belief


It can be hard picking yourself up after a rejection, but having belief in yourself and your skills will help you to carry on your search. If you are confident in yourself, this will reflect positively on you when a potential employer comes to meet you.


Throughout their journey so far, the England team have showed a strong sense of belief that has helped elevate and motivate them. Believing in yourself will help you to feel more confident about the roles you are applying for and will also help your inner confidence.


4. Team Work


Some may see searching for a new role as an individual struggle, however just like in football, a goal can’t always be made without an assist. Using a recruiter to help with your search will benefit you in the long run and will cover more ground.


Building up a good relationship with your recruiter and working together is guaranteed to end in success. After all, team work makes the dream work!

Here at Selective Group, we have our fingers crossed for the quarter finals and hope that the boys can help bring it home! For more information on Selective Group visit our website or if you need any advice contact us on 01235 462 900 or info@selective-group.com


On the 4th of July, we held our annual Charity Golf Day in partnership with Helen and Douglas House.


Helen and Douglas House have been selected for the last 3 years as our chosen charity, due to  the affiliation with a former employee of Selective recruitment - Jordan Tabor and his family. Helen and Douglas is a hospice for terminally ill babies and children in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties.


The day was held at Studley Wood Golf Club and was a huge success. The Selective team and a number of clients enjoyed 18 holes of golf, surrounded by beautiful countryside, navigating 14 lakes and 44 acres of woodland. The sun also joined the party, making it a great day all round!


40 people attended, starting with a breakfast of bacon rolls and coffee, then the golf and a two course lunch followed. We ended the day  with the prize giving, an auction and a raffle. The golf was won by Dave Gregory who ended with a very reasonable score of 36, and won on count-back from Steve Shaw in a close second place, Darren of Selective finished in 3rd with 35 points.


We raised a total of £1,000 for Helen and Douglas House - which is great and much appreciated. We want to thank everyone that attended the event and that donated.


If you would like to donate, you can do so by visiting our Just Giving page here.


If you need any further information or recruitment expertise, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our team on info@selective-group.com.


Recent statistics show that the UK’s unemployment levels are currently the lowest they have been in 43 years. This may seem to be great news, however, a leading recruitment body is arguing that the market is still a tough place for recruiters and companies looking to make hires.


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have reported that unemployment is now at 4.2%, down from 4.6% last year. Put into real time terms, this equates to 32.4 million people in work, an increase of more than 440,000 from 2017 - pretty good, right?


Although this is positive news, Head of Policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Sophie Wingfield, suggested that this means that there are actually less employees out there looking for immediate work - creating issues for recruiters and companies looking to hire.


It is encouraging to see a rise in employment figures but staff shortages in key sectors such as nursing, engineering and manufacturing are becoming more worrying. With a lack of candidates to pick, recruiters are finding filling these sectors more of a challenge.


Employment growth is largely due to the rise in part-time work, as the number of females in part-time roles account for a third of the annual increase. With this change in mind, employers are having to consider flexible working, as it appears to be attracting more applicants to roles.


Another great thing to take away from the ONS statistics is the rise in weekly earnings. These have increased to an average 0.4% for UK employees!

Here at Selective Group, we recruit for a wide variety of sectors! If you are looking for candidates or the next step in your career, do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01235 462 900 or email us at info@selective-group.com.

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