What are the skills a good recruiter or headhunter needs?

What are the skills a good recruiter or headhunter needs? This can be answered in different ways and depending on the sector they focus on, the answer could vary slightly but the big practical skills are the same for all recruiters and headhunters.

In order to become a successful recruiter and be at the point where you can manage and help develop others, you will need to develop a set of skills that not only cover the recruitment process but also strengthen your wider business acumen. Read more

3 simple hacks to better candidate application experience

In the world of agency recruitment, the focus is always the same:

Selected Candidates + Clients = Placements = Commission

Nothing else matters.

And this has worked for us for many years. But increasingly we are seeing a neglected group becoming more vocal. Not only do they vent their frustrations online, but there are well established review sites that encourage such feedback (think Glassdoor).

It could be about the 45 minutes wait at the lobby despite being early for the screening interview. Or the stupid questions that were fielded which discussed everything under the sun except the candidature of the applicant.

And they are coming fast and furious from the candidates that didn’t get placed.

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Recruiters: Are you managing your time or is it managing you?

To successfully work in recruitment time management is key but with lots of different pressures on your time are you managing your time or is it managing you?

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Recruitment is fishy business…

I don’t know if anyone has watched The Catch on TV recently but I have found it compelling viewing. For any of you that don’t know the program, it essentially follows hardy fishing crews out on their trawlers. A job not for the feint-hearted, and as my other half stated, “Where the real men are” (I tried to persuade her it was just as treacherous in Recruitment, just with less Atlantic Ocean and arguably more sharks).

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Do recruiters have time to train?

Short answer: no. During a business development phase, important resources are devoted to procuring clients. When business is good, we are far too busy delivering on our clients’ demands.

While it can be difficult to allocate time for the training and development of your team, we all know that everything would be going better if we did.

So why don’t we do it? Because it is never a priority. There is always something else more important — or so it seems.

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Top 4 Sourcing Tools That Even A Kid Could Use

In the world of recruitment, the technology that sourcers use has been changing rapidly.

From the old days of mapping the guest list of an event or via numerous bait calls to companies to searching for candidates on LinkedIn, the work of sourcers has been made easier and faster. And it is still improving every single day.

Here are a list of tools that are not only free but are so easy to use that you don’t need a one-day webinar to learn how to create your profile. Heck, you don’t even need a single minute. They just work.

 

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Combatting a ‘post-holiday’ inbox……….

Ok, so I went on holiday for 10 whole days. Anyone in recruitment knows this length of time is not like 10 days to a normal human, it’s more like dog years because judging by the number of emails I came back to I might as well have been away for a couple of years.

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5 top tips to writing a better job posting — Learnt from lousy candidates

How many job applications have you deleted today? 10? 20?

When I was actively recruiting for other employers, I was deleting about 50 job applications per day. That’s about 1,000 of them over a month.

If you are constantly reposting a job listing due to irrelevant response, you might like to do some reflection before hitting the publish button again.

In fact we are shown how not to do it almost every single minute — from your job applicants.

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Quarterly business planning or “you running your business… not your business running you!”

Quarterly business plans (QBPs) work so well in recruitment. As with the four seasons, recruitment trends change considerably throughout the year, so planning in detail for more than 3 months at a time, can sometimes be counter productive.

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How a recruiter got to 40,000 followers on Twitter

If you are serious about building your business, you should be on Twitter. The benefits for all professionals looking to build brand, enhance their profile, and create relationships are exceptional.

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