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Posted at November 21, 2014 by admin

5 reasons accepting a counter-offer is career suicide


The Creative industry is more competitive than ever with talented individuals in extreme demand causing companies to do all they can to retain employees.  So, just when you thought it would be easy to leave your job, your employer makes an irresistible offer in order to convince you to stay. While the offer might be compelling you should think long and hard before accepting.

1)  You’ll move sooner or later: If you’ve made the decision to leave your job, there are obviously a number of reasons that lead you to take action. Accepting a counter offer, may temporarily suppress any issues but they won’t necessarily go away and 6 months down the line those issues may arise again and you’ll be in exactly the same position. According to the National Employment Association, 80 percent of employees who decide to accept a counteroffer are no longer with the company six months later – so are you just postponing the inevitable?

2)  It shouldn’t take you handing in your notice to get what you want: If you are unhappy in your current role, before making rash decisions you should approach your manager. If you’re a good employee the company will usually try to resolve (where appropriate) your issues and concerns, whether it be salary based or personal development but there are occasions where they will not. If they then decide that actually they can help, only once your notice has been issued, it really is a case of ‘too little too late’. Not only does it send the wrong message, it also undervalues you if it takes the threat of your departure to make them act.

3)  Don’t burn your bridges: The prospective employer that has offered you your new role will have done so after a lengthy recruitment process. If you back out of the offer you will undoubtedly annoy and possibly offend them, breaking the unethical rule of commitment between you and the prospective employer. The prospective employer will have wasted time on you and need to open the search again, this means you will be remembered for the wrong reasons and won’t get the opportunity again. You should also consider that the creative industry is only so big and you never know how this might affect you in the future employment.

4) Lost loyalty: If you have made it clear you were prepared to leave the company you will have lost the loyalty of them. When promotions or perks come up, you might be over looked and these may be offered to other employees.

5)   Peer group acceptance: It is important within any work environment to have a good relationship with your peers. Once word gets out that you wanted to leave the relationship between you and your peers may be strained and you will lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.

Many individuals think of themselves as valuable enough to warrant a counteroffer if they should ever threaten to leave. It should be noted that not all agencies and companies will partake in counter offers so if you are going to hand in your notice it should only be if you are sure you are ready terminate your relationship with your current employer.

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Posted at November 20, 2014 by admin

The Best Contract Recruitment Team in the Industry!

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The Purple team are still buzzing this morning after a superb night at the MARA awards.

The Marketing and Advertising Recruitment Awards recognise those recruitment consultancies who have best confronted the changing demands of the staffing industry and who display unparalleled excellence within the overarching marketing industry.

Purple have enjoyed much success over the years, winning Best Recruitment Boss, Best Recruitment Consultant, Best Recruitment Video and for three years running, Best Contract Recruitment team. This  year we were shortlisted in the Best Recruitment Website category and Best Contract Recruitment Team Category.

The Park Plaza Hotel played host to the glitter filled evening with over 300 guests. The champagne reception was followed by a light hearted introduction from Simon Lewis, the founder of Only Marketing Jobs who host the event. Then came a delicious meal, lots of wine and  some stunning entertainment from an acrobatic group before the awards began.

The Best Contract Recruitment Team Award was announced, there was tough competition between Purple, Opus Recruitment and Con Sol Partners but we were ecstatic that for the 4th year running Purple were crowned as the worthy winners!  It’s so amazing that the hard work and dedication of our contract recruitment team has been recognised again and we can officially say they are the best in our industry.  Unfortunately we didn’t win the Best Recruitment Website, but that didn’t dampen our spirits.

The rest of the evening was a swirl of celebration, drinks and dancing before taking our gorgeous trophy home safely. A brilliant night, mingling with the best in our industry and the win just topped it all perfectly.

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Posted at November 17, 2014 by admin

The 2014 Salary Survey Guide

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A Salary survey is one of the most important articles to view if you are considering a new role, or a company move. Everyone wants to know what they should be earning, if they are currently being paid correctly and comparing their salary to other roles and areas.

Creativepool are experts in the world of creative and have created the Creativepool Salary Guide. The guide offers insights into the benchmarking salaries of the industry and a range of creative roles.

The Salary survey is split into four sections:

Design & Advertising – Creative
Design & Advertising – Accounts/ Production
Digital – Creative
Digital – Accounts/ Productions

Click here to view the full salary survey:

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Posted at November 17, 2014 by admin

Recruiter HOT 100: Purple Hotter Than Ever

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Once a year the HOT 100 lists the UK recruitment companies with the greatest gross profit per employee. The HOT 100 is published by Recruiter, and is based on research and analysis by Agile Intelligence.

“This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the UK’s most productive recruitment companies ranked according to productivity,” Sue Dodd, director of Agile Intelligence, told Recruiter.

Purple have been featured on the HOT 100 list for the past 3 years so we were excitedly awaiting the arrival of 2014’s edition to see how we had faired.

The results have just been published and we are extremely proud to announce that Purple are the highest ranking creative recruitment agency in the UK and we have been placed at an impressive 29/100! That is a huge leap up from last year, 25 places to be exact (last year Purple were ranked at number 55)!

This is testament to Purple’s on going hardwork and productivity as well as recognition that new hires we have made in the past year have paid off.

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Posted at November 13, 2014 by admin

Commendation at The Drum Network Awards

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A week ago today, the Purple team were brushing off their Tux’s and dresses to prepare for the Drum Network Awards.

The awards ceremony saw some of the best in the British marketing industry gather and celebrate greatness. The ceremony took place at the incredible Emirates Stadium, we were met with a champagne reception while ogling the stadium which looked stunning lit up at night.

At 7pm we were called for dinner and we took our seats in the beautifully decorated function room. Wine flowed and delicious food was enjoyed before the award announcements began at 9pm. There were a lot of categories to cover recognising agencies that are not only brilliantly managed, but also create great work for their clients.

Purple were proudly nominated for the ‘Recruitment Agency of the Year Award’, competing with 5 other agencies who work in our market. It was a tough category and unfortunately we were not crowned as the winners on this occasion however we did get some recognition for our hard-work throughout the year as we received a “Commendation” within the category.

It was a fabulous evening and great to network with the best agencies in our industry, we were very proud to be apart of it.

Awards season is not over for us –we still have high hopes for the MARA awards on the 19th November where we have two nominations!

Highlights of the night:

  • The delicious Eaton mess desert
  • The table entertainment (thanks to Boutique MC)
  • Our commended recognition at the award

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