References are worthless

The most obvious way to verify if a person is suitable for your job vacancy is to speak to someone they have worked with in the past and get their opinion. Despite the blatant logic behind this approach, fewer and fewer companies are taking references for new employees, so why…

Creating Effective Job Adverts

One of the questions we get asked a lot at Honest Work is what the conversion rate is for job ads. In other words, how many people typically apply for each job?The honest answer to that question is, it depends. It depends on a lot of factors. We’ve…

Writing Effective Cover Letters

I recently made the classic error of venting on twitter about a cover letter I received, without considering the fact that I was failing to provide any appropriate context.>I look forward to scheduling an interview at your earliest convenience.Pro-Tip: An assumptive close isn’t the best idea…

On nailing the interview

Some of the best people I've had the pleasure of hiring have often performed quite poorly in the interview. I want to share some simple but effective advice from the other side of the table having conducted hundreds of interviews over the past ten years to ensure you nail the…

How to write an effective CV

There are a lot of ways to figure out how to write a great CV. You can jump onto google and read a bunch of free opinion pieces, blog posts (hi!), and LinkedIn articles but you'll quickly realise that there's an awful lot of conflicting advice amongst the free articles.…

Startup Hiring Starter Pack

We have put together some simple and effective resources for your startup in order to give you a head start when you're about to start hiring your first employees.Everything on this list is based on our significant experience of helping early stage startups scale their teams and none of…

Setting a better standard for job advertising

The standard, accepted practice for advertising job vacancies simply isn't good enough. I say this from the perspective of someone who has advertised hundreds of jobs over the years and applied to dozens. From both sides of the table, the employer perspective and the applicant perspective, the current standard is…

What your job ad says about you

I have written and read so many job adverts over the years that I have almost become immune to phrases like “rockstar developer”.That’s a lie. I still throw up in my mouth a little every time I see that kind of nonsense.I’m going to walk you…

The best job application I’ve ever received

As I debated the pros and cons of drinking the remains of the half empty, tepid mug of coffee sitting in front of me or making the monumental effort to get up off my arse to make a fresh cup, an email landed in my inbox.Dear recruiter/HR,My…

Honesty is the new game changer

I really hate the phrase “game changer”. It’s right up there in the TechBro lexicon alongside disrupt, growth hacking, hustle and burn the village (I have no idea what that last one means either). If tomorrow’s billionaires could start using words and phrases like honesty, transparency, consistency and…