Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes

Robert Browning, App developer?


In  1855, Robert Browning wrote the poem  “Andrea del Sarto” in which he coined the, now famous, ‘less is more’ statement. Would I give him a job as an App developer in my business?


He does have a few obvious advantages, he:

·      Sports a groovy beard, which in 2016 are currently very groovy.

·      Is very artistic and could generate an emotional response between himself and his reader (i.e. customer).

·      Was technologically savvy, he was recorded reading a poem in 1899.

·      Offered rectorship of university of Glasgow (he might be clever).

But no, I would not give him that job.  I think the clarity of thinking would be better served in a more senior position. I think I would actually give him the job of Chief Relevance Officer.

The core essence of Hiire is relevance; we want to ensure that the most relevant matches are made between candidates and employers.  We look with great interest at the current job boards and have noticed a common theme.  On almost every board (and on the first page) they tell us how many thousands of job seekers are on their platform and how many thousand jobs are being advertised.

As an employer who is looking for the perfect match for my new team, is this helpful?  As a job seeker looking for a new job, do I really want to trawl through thousands of job opportunities?

The answer is of course, no.  As a jobseeker I want to see the jobs that best match my abilities and desires. As an employer I don’t want to plough through thousands of CV’s, I want to see the ones that can solve my immediate issue.

So, Mr Browning, you have got the job. Please continue to focus on your ‘less is more’ mantra and do everything you can to help make it easier for job seekers and employers to make meaningful connections.







How can dating help you sell salad?



Hospitality, Catering and Retail

What do the above all have in common?  They all have very high staff turnover rates. In fact this has been measured as high as 19%, which is this highest staff turnover rate of all industries.

There are many things that can be done to try and keep employees for longer but the most successful category (increasing salary) is often not achievable due to the low margins enjoyed by the aforementioned industries.  So what is the solution to this problem?

One way is to make it easier to find quality staff to replace the employees who are leaving; in a high quality, low cost manner. This is where the Hiire helps businesses (particularly small ones). It combines matchmaking techniques from the dating industry with recruitment best practices.

This means that candidates and employers are matched before the application process even begins. Therefore, companies are more likely to find the next best candidate quickly and less time reviewing poor matches. Also,  as it is a two way match, the candidates may even stay longer.

Hiire uses mobile push notification technology so communication between candidate and employer is instant. A fantastic advantage when you are running a busy café and you have no team to make the steam !



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