Yorkshire Skills Hubs….certainly worth investing in….



It seems incredible, given the current economic and business climate, that a local councillor would argue against promoting a new financial services offering into the region. This deal clearly has numerous benefits but one stand out reason for this being a ‘no brainer’ is that the local region already has a thriving financial services sector and therefore the skills required to build and sustain an organisation are already here. The competition for these skills aids in driving up salaries and standards of living in the local economy also adding revenue streams into secondary and tertiary markets. The area therefore becomes more attractive and essentially a much stronger hub to help attract skills out of London and Southern regions who are already blessed with having an embarrassment of riches where inward investment is concerned.

Our local region will obviously need to diversify and ensure we invest in a range of sectors but building skills groups and a community around certain sectors promotes a much more long term and sustainable platform that we can rely on.

Interface Recruitment have are a proud Yorkshire focused IT Recruitment Agency in Leeds with a footprint across the region. Whilst we work across a diverse portfolio of clients in numerous sectors, Financial Services is core to our success and accounted for 37% of our business in 2018. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the individual or business requirements from professionals and businesses in the FS community.

Marcelo Bielsa…what can we learn?

Marcelo Bielsa:

• Arrives at Leeds United and immediately makes the squad collect litter around Thorpe Arch and tasks them with manual labour so they appreciate what working class fans do on a daily basis to be able to afford to support the club.

• Admits to “spying” and accepts full responsibility, giving a detailed explanations of his motives and how he’s failed to consider English culture. Pays the FA £200,000 fine in full.

• Loses his cool when, by his standards, his players exploit a situation to unfairly score a goal. Orders his players to allow the opposition to walk the ball into the net to undo the advantage.

• Quietly punishes his players away from the media and supporters, but backs them completely in front of the cameras. He pays all their Club and FA fines throughout the season because he believes that if they fall below the standards expected by the FA, then he has failed to exemplify and motivate them to meet them.

• Choses to live in a 1 bed granny flat in Wetherby and walks the 2 miles to work everyday.

• Holds informal staff meetings in the local Costa because isn’t it what normal people do at work? What a leader! Society in general could learn a thing or two from this man.

The above post was written by Robert Young (https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-young-7b212a8b/) an Assistant Project Manager. I knew about a few of the facts in his post but not all and think it is really well put together with good sentiment.

It’s a rarity nowadays that professional football teaches us many usable life lessons that we can implement in our working world. There are unfortunately more bad examples than good coming out of the game ,so it’s refreshing to see someone in our local region showing a strong moral compass and set of principles that we can try and implement in our own working environment. I’m not a Leeds supporter but I can see how Marcelo Bielsa’s ethics will permeate through all of Leeds United and likely enhance their reputation, commercial and on-field success.


CV of the Future



It’s quite incredible to think that after almost 20 years in the recruitment sector, working in some of the cutting edge and sometimes bleeding edge technologies that some things just don’t change. Not only has technology evolved beyond measure but quite simply the diversity and depth of technological reach is beyond where most could see when I entered the market.

When you bring that in line with the pace of change in the recruitment sector itself, where we’ve gone from cold calling, to paper advertising to on-line advertising to social and now AI….it seems incredible that one of the key defining components of the recruitment world has virtually stood still…yes, I’m referring to the CV.






Don’t get me wrong, there have been changes. CVs are being hosted on individuals own websites and domains, sometimes with supporting info and portfolios. There are some creative sectors in the digital space where designers are coming up with funky interactive CVs. The issue is that these seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Surely, just like VHS, the Cassette tape, Car Phones and countless other good inventions the classic CV needs a radical over hall to push it along with our advancing technological era.

I can already hear the traditionalist screaming out the immortal line ‘if it ain’t broke’……but surely we have a responsibility to innovate and take the early adopters into the mass market. Clearly the information and the way it’s displayed will always evolve as the world changes so will how that world is displayed through our CV. I’m thinking more radical than the content of the CV though….I’m thinking that the platform itself needs gearing differently. As with cryptocurrency, we can see there is a possibility to look at a totally different infrastructure.

Interviews are now being recorded in whole or part and with advancements in the stability and security around hosted data we could potentially see video style CVs where you record your skills and show them off in real time to be played back.

Whatever the answer is, it’s fair to say that regardless of the format your CV needs to stand out. When applying for roles you need to consider how you want to be perceived, how you want to demonstrate your skills, ambitions and personality through this very basic medium.