5 places to find your next tech talent

With new startups sprouting up faster than you can say unicorn, there is a huge demand for tech talent.

If you are shopping in the same market, things are going to be tough.

With a large selection of employers to choose from, the limited number of tech talent could be very selective in who they wish to work for.

This means going beyond the old school way of just posting (a job ad) and praying (for applicants). Because that just doesn’t work anymore.

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How to deal with problem staff

If you are an owner or manager of a successful recruitment agency, you no doubt have a number of different personalities and staff of varying levels of performance in your offices.

Big ego’s, quiet and methodical, high achievers, those that talk a good game but don’t deliver — any of these sound familiar?

I regularly meet my peers, other MD’s, CEO’s, and recruitment business owners and it’s clear we all seem to face similar issues with a few, select members of staff, so I thought I’d address this in this article.

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10 excuses that screw up your placements, fees, and recruitment business

Over the last 10 years, I have spoken to over 100,000 delegates in over 1,000 conferences. I have read over 1,000 personal development books and spent oodles of money on courses, training and development. I have been lucky enough to meet, interview, and work with some truly incredible and inspirational people and, perhaps most importantly, I have asked myself every day, “What is it that differentiates elite performers from merely good ones?”

My talks, my coaching and my work is based on the answers to this question and any one of these distinctions can help you make more placements and improve your sales.

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Have we lost the art of customer service?

Well, Christmas and New Year already seem a long time ago. It’s the time of the year that I really notice the customer service that I receive – good and bad. There’s that old adage that if you have good service you tell 3 people, but if you have bad… then it’s 11. I think social media means we can times that by at least 10 if not 100.

In any industry, your staff members are the most important asset and if their actions are giving a negative representation of your business, then they are damaging your brand. It’s a phrase that I use a lot in the recruitment industry in that a company is only as good as the individual consultants.

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You win some, you learn some

My New Year started with a turn down.

For those of you new to the industry, I‘m not talking about having my bed made in a posh hotel. No, this is a lot less pleasant. It’s ONE of the banana skins (and there are lots) in recruitment that one experiences from time to time. This was an international placement with a new client too, so it was doubly disappointing.

As part of my due diligence, I’m always asking the candidate what else is going on in their world. You have to, and I did. It becomes almost repetitive, but it also lets the candidate know that you are tuned in to their case. I’m also plain nosey and want to know what’s going on. Read more

Tips for Measuring Recruiters

Are you measuring a compliant Claire…Or a Rebellious Robert?

When making the choice to set KPI’s I would advise you are clear on the reason why you are setting them in the first place.  To help the individual, to give direction or to check up on individuals?

Compliant Claire can be compared to Lisa Simpson: ‘nice, willing, compliant, honest and very eager to please.  Having a detailed outline of what Compliant Claire needs to do could work well for her…as long the instructions are clear not open to interpretation.  Someone like Compliant Claire will need specific and measurable KPI’s so she can ensure she achieves them.

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Solid Millennial Talent Attraction Strategies in 2016

40% of employees will be Millennials by 2020 which means they are essential to the success and sustainability of businesses. If your clients are wanting to attract and retain the best Millennials to drive their businesses forward, what do they have to do differently?

Millennials are not interested in jobs, they want lives where their work means something. They don’t want to live weekend to weekend or vacation to vacation. They can’t see why they should sit behind a desk for 9 hours a day in an office full of people, trying to look busy to impress a boss. Read more

3 Powerful Chrome Extensions That’ll Accelerate Your Recruitment Efforts

 

Without a doubt, Chrome extensions have become among the most useful virtual tools in providing assistance to a lot of people and industries.

The functionality and benefits they offer have transcended beyond the needs of online readers and searchers. Chrome extensions are now being used as assisting tools in talent recruitment.

Yes, you heard that absolutely right.

If you are among those people who have been looking for the right persons to become the new members of your company, Chrome extensions have a lot to offer you.

Needless to say, there are so many different Chrome extensions available in the online marketplace that can help make your hiring tasks completely easy.  Read more

Recruiters — how are your business relationships?

Building great business relationships is a fundamental skill for any recruiter but what can you do if one of your business relationships is not great?

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Taking a break from recruitment              

So it’s Christmas. And boy am I glad for an excuse to get away from the soft blue glow of my monitor for a while. To be honest I’ve been feeling in need of a break for a while now. It’s been a fair old slog from the Summer, through an industrious Autumn and now it’s time to hang up the Recruiters cape and kick back with the family.

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