Common Curtesy or the Right Thing to Do? Thank You Emails


After a few stressful weeks of recruiting, I was used to seeing emails come in every minute of the day demanding (nicely?) progress amongst other things.

Then, one night I received an email thanking me for being a person on the other end of the recruitment table.  This was from a candidate who received a rejection email.  Wow, how absolutely uplifting and emotional rewarding I immediately felt.  My spirits which had been plummeting to a dangerous low immediately rose to extraordinary lengths again.  It was one candidate out of hundreds but I felt rewarded for being praised for being human.  Mission accomplished for one person!

My mother brought us up to mind our P’s and Q’s.  For those who don’t know them, it’s the please and thank you’s in life.  Where have the P’s and Q’s gone?  I sometimes think they have disappeared from our vocabulary and been replaced by “give me”.  P’s and Q’s are not history people – they are still around and should be part of our daily bread.  A simple thank you can mean the world to the person receiving it and not just in Recruitment – in daily life.

I challenge you all to try incorporating your P’s and Q’s immediately whether it is via email; to the person who allowed you to get into the lift first, to the smallest gesture given to you.  Not just to the Recruiter or to the people who interviewed you.  Try it – you will also immediately feel good!

Until next time!

The truth versus a standard email of regret?


Last week I received several telephone calls and emails from candidates who had been interviewed for internal and external client jobs.  They wanted feedback and I couldn’t give it to them!

Despite my many attempts to speak to line managers for some action, it was futile, nothing was given to me and I felt hopeless.  I had to go back to the candidates and admit that our processes were stalling; but in an effective way.  In other words, I had to fabricate.

But, I was a job seeker for over a year in Dubai.  I didn’t get call backs, email responses and received only an occasional “sorry you were unsuccessful”.  Now that I am sitting in the recruiter’s seat – I do not want to treat candidates the same way I was treated.  Am I naïve?  Will I get jaded and cold?  Only if I carry on “fabricating”.  So, I decided no more fabrications!  Candidates deserve the truth.

I will tell them our process has stalled and to please carry on looking for an alternative job.  I will tell them their test results were poor; or their English is not fluent enough.  Yes – we will lose candidates and probably the best ones too but at the end of the day, I will be able to sleep at night.  Best of all, the company reputation will not be jaded (hopefully).

So, I did that today and was enormously rewarded.  Candidates wrote back to us saying “thank you for responding; thank you for the feedback; I appreciate your email”.  WOW – that was the right way to go.  Candidates happy, company happy and best of all, I am happy.

Do you want to hear the truth about your interview?

I would love to hear?

Till next time

As always love Honeybee xxxx


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What to Wear to Work in Ramadan A guide on what to wear to work during Ramadan in Dubai


Lets explore What to Wear during Ramadan for Work!


LOOK 1 by Busybee
Dragon Mart
Shoes: Aldo

LOOK 2 by Blondebee
Michael Kors Dress
similar option here:
Shoes: Kurt geiger

LOOK 3 by Brunettebee
This look can be worn during usual work days but during ramadan instead of stressing why not wear your dresses that you usually do by restyling it with a shirt.

Or with a scarf as as seen on one of our other posts here
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You Can Wear Luxurious Velvet in the Desert Yes, we have all seen Velvet across all the catwalks for this season, and it's in Dubai too.


I am loving that velvet is back on trend this season. This fabric looks and feels good; there really is no other fabric like it. Soft to touch, and luxurious to wear, means it always hangs beautifully on all body shapes. Now, just because velvet is slightly heavier than other fabrics doesn’t mean you cannot rock it in the Dubai climate. We have found some must-have pieces that will be a perfect way to add velvet to your wardrobe.