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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Candidate Calls - 7 Actionable Tips for the Reluctant Recruiter

Candidate Calls – 7 Actionable Tips for the Reluctant Recruiter

You will know that one of the quickest and easiest methods to identify the right candidates and attract them onto the market is to pick up the phone and speak to them directly. You will get a much quicker response – even if it’s not the response you wanted. However, a bit of courage is needed to make those extra headhunt calls that can help you turn that tough-to-fill role into a deal in no time.

This is easier said than done. When faced with the option of firing over a quick email or staying behind and making a few phone calls. It can be very tempting to just click ‘send’ and head home. There are a number of reasons why people may be hesitant: fear of failure and procrastination are popular excuses.

A headhunt call is really no different to any other kind of cold call that you do. With a plan and bit of practice they get easier and you can become better at them. Follow these seven tips to set yourself up for success with your next call.

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Should Recruiters Get Involved In the Onboarding of their Placements

Should Recruiters Get Involved In the Onboarding of their Placements?

We are all well aware of the importance of a structured and skillfully executed onboarding process. The numbers are very clear on this issue. For many recruiters, however, onboarding is not really something they worry about or dedicate too much time to.

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Face to face interviewing and gaining candidate commitment

With the advent of national and international recruitment many years ago, I saw a huge decline in face to face (f2f) interviewing as the norm.

When considering best practice, then of course, meeting with the candidate that you are going to put forward to a client is the best option. So, why do so many companies not even consider this, when it’s an option to them?

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The importance of communication for the candidate experience


The importance of communication for the candidate experience

You will often hear HR people and experts argue whether the recruitment process should be more geared towards the clients, the companies that hire; or the candidates, the potential employees. If we are being absolutely and even brutally honest, this is something that will depend on the times and the industry.

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Automating Recruitment

I had an interesting conversation with a client the other day who told me they were automating their recruitment system. They wanted to cut down costs and reduce the in-house recruitment overhead. I think they felt that they would be able to effectively recruit by filtering CV’s based on relevant word searches. Read more

Beyond the “People First” Adage

“Putting People First” is more commonly preached but less followed in reality. What we observe is corporate executives and HR managers have been offering good lip service to this idea and advocating the principles to place people at the epicentre of an organisation success. However, in reality, a lot more is easier said than done.

This piece seeks to look beyond the “people first” adage and talks about the challenges to infusing transformation in the workplace culture. A healthy workplace culture attracts and retains the best talent, since the people are satisfied in their job roles and happy. Indeed, there is no counter thought on why not to place people first.

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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

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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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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