One man in distress…30 families homeless…just another day in Stoke-on-Trent.
On Wednesday afternoon as we gathered round to start our team meeting we were silenced by police sirens from all directions. As we all ran over to the window to witness the drama unfold, we saw numerous armed police officers on foot, riot vans and unmarked police cars with their sirens blazing, tearing down the street opposite our office. Obviously as dedicated staff we carried on our day as normal…
Slightly concerned when I arrived at work to see police cars still cordoning off the area, I couldn't help but do a little research into the incident and the good old BBC never fails to report a story…but to the extent they report is somewhat questionable http://bbc.in/zYvQfs. This vague article 'reports of a man in distress…and up to 30 homes were evacuated as a precaution' with residents now staying in 'rest centres'. Now, with this little to go on you can imagine the stories we conjured up and conspiracies made about what had happened. With local police reporting: "Our advice to local people is to avoid the Guildford Street area at the moment", of which we can see from our window, we're pretty sure it wasn't just 'an isolated incident' but something more sinister played down to avoid mass panic.
Now in an extreme attempt to link this to work, I started thinking about candidates who don't always tell you the full story. For example, candidates who tell you they left a permanent post suddenly and fail to divulge why, instead leaving you to make exaggerated assumptions, most of which are far from the truth. Another example is the suspicious gaps in a CV... what was that candidate doing from February 2011- November 2011? Why have they not put on their dates they worked there? I guess some candidates hope these issues will be overlooked but instead it leads us to misjudge the candidate and takes up time when we have to ask them the reason anyway.
As a New Year's resolution I urge candidates to review their CV and consider the following: It's more professional to state why you were out of work for a number of months, or why you were only in a role for 4 weeks than to try and avoid the subject. Candidates often seem shocked when we question these issues but we do it for your own good - a client may not give you that opportunity.
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