How does the Autumn Statement impact recruiters?

The Autumn Statement can sometimes be a bit of a non-event with most of the significant tax changes announced in the Budget Statement earlier in the year.

This year had the potential to be very different! Recruiters who place contractors were especially interested to hear what the Chancellor had to say in his speech last Wednesday, after a whole string of rumours and predictions in the build up to the statement.

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4 simple tips for becoming a great listener

Do you ever finish a phone call or leave your client’s premises and think that they just weren’t listening to you? If you’re a manager or leader, do you ever think that you are talking to yourself? As a parent, do you sometimes wish that your children would just hear what you were saying?

As a speaker, coach and human being I hear these kind of comments and frustrations regularly. People feel that when they talk, the other party just isn’t listening. And this translates into unwanted situations whether lost sales, unsatisfactory team performance, or unruly teenagers.

If only you could be more persuasive, more influential or more impactful. If only, then people would listen to you…

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How to effectively run and manage a recruitment business

I am not going to pertain to know all the answers. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but I’ve learnt from them and tried not to make them again. Here’s what I’ve learnt about effectively running and managing a recruitment business

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Why I didn’t fire the client

In my last blog I was writing about “Firing the client”. Since then a few folks have asked what actually happened:

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3 social media tools to help boost your recruitment

Wasn’t the world of recruitment much simpler before Facebook and LinkedIn came along?

Your laser focus network was your tool of the trade. You knew everybody within your managed sector and clients listened to you for advice.

Now they much prefer to push their questions onto the internet as a status update. Your years of accumulated network and expertise are exchanged for a faster pair of hands to connect with the candidate before your client does.

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Are you a LinkedIn loser?

Are you a LinkedIn loser?

Are you a LinkedIn loser?

Recruiters are usually prodigious users of LinkedIn but are they actually using LinkedIn effectively and building credibility and influence?

Many people like to believe they are doing all the right things but how do you really know if you are a LinkedIn super-user or a super loser? (tweet this)

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5 reasons your offers of employment are being turned down

Well, guess what… some of the blame lies with you!

Whether you are a recruitment consultancy placing people in their ideal jobs or a company trying to hire a new member of staff, if the candidate doesn’t accept the offer of employment, then you have to look to yourself first of all… before blaming them.

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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

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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