Throw Enough Mud At The Wall And Hope Some Will Stick – Why Job Sites Don’t Work

Throw Enough Mud At The Wall And Hope Some Will Stick – Why Job Sites Don’t Work – British businesses are costing themselves time and money with unfocused online recruitment. Here’s how to make your next recruitment drive smarter, not harder.

There is a common misconception that a job ad has to reach the widest possible audience in order for a recruitment process to be effective. You could look on this as leaving no stone unturned, or as flinging mud at a blanket and seeing what sticks. Either way, busy human resources teams only cause themselves unnecessary work by relying on job sites.

It’s a bit like asking the Facebook hivemind a technical question and hoping that someone knows the answer. They might get it right, but you’ll have to sort through a lot of replies and spend time working out who’s on point when you could have just asked an expert in the first place.


Quality Not Quantity

A lot of job seekers throw their CV at a great salary even though they’re unqualified or inexperienced, thinking they have nothing to lose – and maybe they’re right. But any hiring manager has both time and productivity to lose as they’re distracted from focusing on new talent by having to weed out the timewasters.

Opening up your vacancy to the broadest audience seems like a smart move, but you’re also inviting applications from the lowest common denominator – sometimes even lower!



Imagine All The People

UK vacancies attract 250 applications on average, according to workplace reviews site, Glassdoor. Instead of overloading your inbox, consult an expert recruitment firm that specialises both in your industry and your territory. With proven professionals on our books and a track record in successfully matching the right candidate with the right role, we can not only save you time and effort, but we will also improve the quality of the applications you receive.

The team at Kingston Barnes has a combined track record of more than a century not only in recruitment, but also in the construction and engineering sector. With all that experience behind us, we like to think that our approach to our clients’ recruitment needs is just that little bit better than the competition. Although to be fair, we have been told more than once that it’s a lot better…

With our expert insight and proven techniques, we can identify talent that might otherwise go unnoticed. While job ads may reach those actively seeking a new position at the exact same time your business has identified a need, our pro-active strategies give you access to a far greater pool of talent that matches your recruitment criteria. Whether it’s through exacting competitor analysis, highly targeted headhunting or extensive networking, our discreet services will put you in first place in the race to attract the finest talent when it matters most to the future of your business.



Attention To Retention

Replacing an employee in the UK costs an average of £30,000 according to a report from ACAS, so every HR professional wants to keep churn to a minimum. But businesses are built on targets and HR is no different, often evaluated on the number of positions filled and the time taken, usually with little attention to retention.

If you want to shovel in staff to plug a gap and hit basic targets, then an avalanche of applications from job sites might be what you’re after. But if your business is forward-thinking, with an eye on its future and profitability over time, then you need to ensure that new hires not only possess the desired skills, but are also a good culture fit. That’s why the smartest recruitment professionals are reducing staff turnover by working with a trusted partner that understands your needs and how to meet them.



All Talent, No Timewasters

By the time a CV lands in your inbox from Kingston Barnes, every candidate has already demonstrated their proficiency, talent and experience to us.

Between our team’s decades of experience in the industry and the relationships that we take the time to build with all our clients, we’re confident that we know what – or more importantly, who – you’re looking for. Our clients have told us time and again that we just seem to ‘get’ what they want and deliver first time, every time.


If you want to find out more about how Kingston Barnes can help your company attract and retain the best talent the industry has to offer in the South West, talk to us today on 0117 3252233 or email

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KINGSTON BARNES HAVE EXPANDED TO LONDON – Kingston Barnes would like to announce that we have expanded with the opening of our new office in Central London.


Our roots are now deeply embedded in the South West’s Construction & Engineering sectors so to expand our services even further we have opened a London office to offer our South-East clients and candidates the same first-class service we pride ourselves on.

Expansion into London is part of the Kingston Barnes 2020 vision. Plans have been brought forward as a direct result of customer demand and the introduction of new staff members capable of maintaining the high standards of recruitment expected at the company.

A key member of the London team is Dan Crowley.

Dan has joined our construction team to further develop our consultancy division.  Dan brings with him 10 years recruitment industry experience supplying both UK and overseas consultancies with key personnel.  Dan will be focusing on the South-East, supplying cost consultancies with the latest talent of Quantity Surveyors.  Dan has all the right ingredients we look for in a rounded consultant, his honest and meticulous approach to recruitment keeps our high standards ahead of the competition and continues to build great relationships with our key clients.


James Kingston said: “It’s a really exciting time at Kingston Barnes at the moment.  Not only are we celebrating 5 years of business but we can now celebrate new staff and a new office. We are an ambitious business so are always looking to go above and beyond.  Due to continued success and growth we have been able to open a 2nd office a year earlier than planned.

2018 will be a huge year for the business and all the hard work to date from everyone at Kingston Barnes has been the major ingredient to helping us achieve this. Whilst we continue to expand and look to the future we certainly have not forgotten how we have got here.  We want to mirror what we have achieved in the South-West to the South- East and replicate all the key values like quality, understanding, passion, honesty and expert knowledge that have been so vital to the business success to date.”

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TRIPLE CELEBRATIONS IN THE BRISTOL OFFICE! With anniversaries for Charles and Dan to celebrate and Ruby’s first placement in her new role this week has been a particularly exciting one! 

CHARLES ORR – Charles is celebrating an amazing second year with us at Kingston Barnes! He has achieved so much since joining us in November 2015 from setting up our now established consultancy division, achieving promotion twice and bringing on a wealth of new clients and candidates. Charles is an integral part of the permanent team, he is an inspiring Senior Consultant not only with his business and customer service but also the help and advice he offers to his peers. What an amazing year it has been for Charles!!


DAN PEACE – Dan is celebrating his 1st year anniversary with Kingston Barnes. He joined the Engineering team just 4 months after it launched. Head of Engineering Justin Reynolds said “Dan was the first hire I made at Kingston Barnes within the Engineering and Manufacturing Team and he has had a fantastic first year. He has rapidly become an important part of our success this year and has really bought into the culture we are trying to achieve within the team. He has already been promoted from Resourcer to Senior Resourcer this year and I can only see his career going from strength to strength within Kingston Barnes.”


RUBY POMPHREY – Ruby has recently took the brave but mature decision to take her career in her own hands, transferring over to Engineering from the Trades division, and has started extremely well. She has picked up the industry quickly, worked hard to understand the different disciplines we recruit for and managed to place her first two permanent candidates in her first month. Ruby has a lot of potential, well thought of in the business and I can see 2018 being an exciting year for her. Congratulations!



If you think you have what it takes to join our first class team then please contact us.

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Why Everyone In Consulting Should Consider A RICS Accreditation

Clients and customers in construction both demand the best people to work on their projects – and accreditation can make the difference between getting the gig or getting the boot. With competition for work so fierce, why would you not give yourself every advantage in every situation? 125,000 professionals already choose RICS accreditation – here’s why you should too…

The Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is globally recognised as standing for the highest levels of integrity and the latest best practices. Being accepted into the ranks immediately grants you a perceived boost in professional status that can be instrumental in securing work both for yourself or your company. A RICS professional qualification demonstrates that you work to the highest standard of excellence and integrity, gifting you an instant competitive advantage.

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Not Everyone Can ‘Be’ RICS

RICS has a trusted heritage of accrediting professionals within the land, property and construction sectors worldwide, dating back to 1868. Members must demonstrate a dedication to excellence, which will not only make you better at your job, but also opens up more opportunities, since non-accredited individuals simply won’t be considered for many jobs.

Applicants are required to have a cognate degree and usually undergo a minimum of two years’ training to achieve the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which is followed by an extensive final examination. Clients and employers know that this dedication to excellence means that anyone who achieves accreditation has made the grade.


RICS Regulation

RICS doesn’t just cover individuals, but companies as well. For instance, since 2011 any companies offering a ‘Red Book’ valuation must be registered by RICS. The organisation also regulates the Chartered Surveyor Company to make sure that rules pertaining to financing are adhered to, offering financial protection and peace of mind.

RICS is also authorised by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to regulate insurance activities, one of the few bodies that can apply stringent rules to the confirmation of instruction and declaring commissions.

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Your Passport To A Global Market

Because RICS accreditation is recognised on a global scale, you could recoup the investment you make in your career in any territory worldwide. Whether you want to stay in the South West to advance local infrastructure, or work tax-free in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, RICS is your ticket to the best of your career.


Level Up

There are three levels of RICS accreditation, designed to enable and support professionals at various stages of their careers:

1) Associate

For less experienced candidates, this strengthens any CV with a world-class professional qualification. Proving your technical and ethical standards to clients and peers alike not only increases your employability, but it also increases your earning potential. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of RICS accreditation and the impact it will have on your career; you should consider it as soon as you can in your career.

2) Member

Achieving MRICS demonstrates to colleagues, clients and peers that you have a chartered qualification and work to the highest industry standards. Any construction professional looking to make the next step in their career should seriously consider MRICS as part of their promotion campaign. As a mark of quality and a validation of experience to others, this accreditation has accelerated many careers over the years.

3) Fellow

Fellowship recognises your individual achievement as a professional member over time. This is the key to unlocking the very highest level of jobs, projects and earning potential.



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Make The Most Of Your Career

To find out more about how RICS accreditation can improve your earnings potential and accelerate your career progress, talk to us today on 0117 325 2233 or email us at


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