So, why does Netflix get the headline image? Possibly because this company has probably saved as many relationships, minds and even lives during this pandemic as the healthcare services have.

In fact, I wonder precisely how many people would have struggled much harder, felt even more alone, desperate and scared out of their wits without these awesome streaming companies and their production teams and partners had they not continued to provide escapism, intelligent, thought-provoking content continuously throughout this crisis?


It’s the End of The World of Football As We Know It…

The European Football landscape has literally had an atomic bomb dropped on it in the last 24 hours.

“Shock and awe (technically known as rapid dominance) is a tactic based on the use of overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force to paralyze the enemy’s perception of the battlefield and destroy their will to fight.”

That is precisely what it feels like right now as a football supporter. …


Post-Covid19 — Change Like Never Before

If you listen carefully, away from the mainstream media and focus instead on the realms of social channels such as LinkedIn and industry webcasts and thought leaders, there is an abundance of well-placed optimism for the changing world around us.

Challenges are ahead for hiring companies and smart recruitment businesses recognise that by evolving and adapting what they do, they will be the ones providing the solutions to the complex issue’s companies will face moving forward into the Post-COVID-19 world of hiring and recruitment.

The Evidence is Clear

There is plenty of evidence that many recruitment businesses are thriving in this crisis. Reports are…


Preferred Supplier Lists are the bane of many a recruiter’s life. Those 3 little words can be so powerful, indeed be so counterproductive even.

Usually, it means reduced fees, less commitment from the client and a shit show of multiple recruiters from multiple agencies flapping about in the wind on a wing and a prayer.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the commercial and strategic reasons for organisations to operate a PSL. Usually, they are about consistency, streamlining, efficiency and ensuring operational uniformity throughout a business or organisation.

Originally, Preferred Supplier Lists were dreamed up by some drab brown suited…


A fool and his money are soon parted, they say. Indeed that would appear to be the case.

Walking through the wonderful, culturally rich and historic city of Sofia, Bulgaria on Friday evening an incident occurred that whilst disturbing, was merely a part of the fabric of life in most cities. But it resonated so well with a conversation from earlier in the week, I thought I’d share it with you.

I’d enjoyed a delightful evening in some very eclectic company. You know the type of evening I mean, you’ve probably, hopefully, been there. One of those nights with mouthwateringly…


Admiral Hiram G. Rickover, the father of the US nuclear navy, was an eccentric genius. His interview tactics for screening candidates for the elite nuclear submarine programme were as excruciating as they were unorthodox.

Indeed, he is famous for saying, “The more you sweat in peace, the less you sweat in war,” and he ruthlessly applied the principle in his infamous stress interview process.

There was a method to the legendary madness: he wanted to evaluate his people under conditions of extreme stress — only those with superior qualifications could be considered.

Occasionally he would leap out of a closet…


I don’t really know Piers Morgan. Having never read any newspaper he was associated with during his editorial career or watched any of his TV shows including his most recent platform Good Morning Britain, Piers has always just been a kind of horrible pantomime villain to me.

A media boogeyman who has never actually captured my attention.

But recent events have brought him into everyone’s life, much more than a pantomime villain, he is apparently an absolute ogre. Perhaps even, the Mainstream Medias very own Voldemort or He Who Shall Not Be Named — of Harry Potter fame.

So, for…


There is a lot of discussion around fees in the recruitment world at the moment. Rightly so, there is more competition than ever in many quarters and often the divine and god-like client organisations know they can squeeze a little to try and get a little more.

Why wouldn’t they, ultimately that’s commerce, or is it?

A famous art critic, philosopher and social thinker of the 1800s, allegedly said:

“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that’s all. When you pay too little…


1st Edition

We should collectively be extremely proud of what we have achieved in recent times, yet so much more of what we do isn’t recognised in the wider media and amongst the general population.

Reflecting back over the past 10–12 months or so I can’t help but feel a sense of unquestionable pride in the industry I adore.

Resilience and adaptability have been the keywords associated with a critical element of the U.K. economy, a sector that contributes circa £40 Billion per annum. Many companies have gone above and beyond the realms of anything, most of us would have believed possible.


The Wake-Up Call

If you had asked me back in January whilst sitting on the roof of a 4 Star Hotel drinking a cold pint of Cisk Lager in Malta what I would be doing in August, never in a million years would I have thought the answer would be:

“Oh, I’ll be working as a temp in a food production factory in Yorkshire making sandwich fillings.”

I’ve spent my whole life pretty much choosing my career path, doing things that I love doing, never for the money, always because it’s given me some kind of buzz or sense of reward. From…

Darren Ledger

Inspirational & Informative Freelance Writer at Hardcore Content Solutions. Olympian Gold Medallist for wearing multiple hats and my heart on my sleeve.

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