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How a Talent Shortage Affects Recruiters

How a Talent Shortage Affects Recruiters

When we are talking recruitment and job markets in general, there are always a few global narratives that dominate every conversation. Over the last few years, it has been all but impossible to ignore a couple of them

The first of these is AI, machine learning, automation and the supposedly apocalyptic effects these will have on the future workers. It is definitely a scary proposition for many people, but it is not like this is the first time people are worried about new tools and practices destroying their lives.

Another major narrative we encounter these days is the talent shortage that plagues certain industries and that is becoming more and more noticeable. This is the narrative that we will be covering today, focusing on what it means for recruiters and the recruitment industry.

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Be lazy. Listen.

10 Simple Steps to Writing a Powerful Candidate Profile

If your client decides not to proceed with one or any of the candidates you present as part of your shortlist, 9 times out of 10, the reason they will give you is that “they didn’t quite meet the brief”.

However, often it’s not that “they” didn’t quite meet the brief at all. In fact sometimes your client may not have even looked at the candidates’ CV. Believe it or not your client will frequently make a ‘first round’ judgment call based solely on the information included in your candidate profile, recruiter’s summary, or consultant overview.

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The candidate experience

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting out to events and seminars organised by the major trade bodies that represent our industry. This post’s subject is one that has come up in every conversation – ‘The Candidate Experience’.

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Recruiters: 4 client and candidate personality traits you MUST know about

Ever wondered why some client and candidate relationships are so easy and some are a nightmare?

There are many reasons for this, but as a recruitment consultant, the first thing you need to say to yourself is that old cliché “It’s not you, it’s me!”

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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

Firing a client…..

Ok, just so you know, I’m half way through this. It’s a bit like a sticky break up.

Recruitment is-a changing. When I first got into it we were faxing (google it) CV’s and the internet had only just started to emerge. Now it’s all internal recruitment, job boards and social media.

Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, in some ways I actually welcome these platforms as they actually can create more opportunity for us. But I’ve noticed it’s giving clients a greater sense of “why should we use you?”, which in turn is making me evaluate who I partner with. Read more

Building a candidate acquisition strategy through social media

We all know the recruitment market is changing and we are now in a candidate driven market, but what have we really changed about our business and processes to adapt to this changing landscape?

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