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What Personality Traits Should You Hire into Your Organisation?

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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You might have heard of the saying ‘hire for personality, train for skill’ but how true is this? In our experience, we say – VERY. You can train almost anyone up to be proficient in specific skills, but there are personality traits that are impossible to teach. While the ideal candidate will have the skills and personality, these candidates can be hard to find. If you are faced with the choice between skills and personality, our experience tells us that you should hire on character, and then go about teaching the skills later. So, what personality traits should you be hiring in your organisation?  1. Passionate...
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5 Simple Steps to a Better Social Media Presence for Job Seekers

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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As a recruitment company, we help a wide variety of candidates into their dream roles, and over the years, we have seen a shift in the recruiting patterns of banking and tech companies in the MENA region. Thanks to our hyper-connected society, it is possible for the job search to reach out across many countries. The question is how? Video and Skype interviews have changed the face of recruiting, and conference calling has made the recruiting process sleeker and faster. But all of this technology has brought with it one downside for job seekers – a poorly maintained social media profile might be hampering your job prospects.  According to a...
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Why Your Banking Tech Company Should Invest in Training Fresh Graduates

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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As a business owner, hiring fresh graduates might seem counter-productive to your short-term goals, as you would prefer someone who is already well acquainted with the workplace. Sometimes, banking tech business owners that we work with are less enthused about graduates and prefer to have someone with years of experience – the more experienced, the better. But in adopting this way of thinking, you are certainly disregarding a sizeable and valuable proportion of the employee market.  While studies show that every successful workplace needs to include a diverse team of different ages, backgrounds and genders, graduates have a set of skills...
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The Time-Saving Impacts of Banking Technology on Our Day-to-Day Lives

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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The way that technology has changed our lives over the last two decades has been on a scale that no-one could have predicted.  This has impacted on virtually all of our lives, as technology which was created for the business world now rules almost everywhere you look, from contactless travel cards to smart fridge-freezers - the desire for faster, smaller, more intelligent systems has changed the way we live forever.  Banks were once thought of as places with long queues, they were stuffy, and for people who work outside the sector, doing our own personal banking seemed out of the question. The vast majority of smart-phone...
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Am I Being Paid What I Am Worth?

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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Talking about money can always be slightly uncomfortable, even more so when the conversation is with your manager. Discussing your salary package and potential raise is something that a lot of people in the workplace shy away from – unfortunately, this can cost you more money in the long run than you might think. Business Insider estimates that not negotiating at the start, and throughout your career can cost you up to $1,000,000 (£820,000).  This means that accepting a $45,000 salary and the projected 1% raise per year will leave you nearly a million USD worse off than...
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