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Recruiters - Spend a Day Back in the ‘90s Every Once in a While

Recruiters – Spend a Day Back in the ‘90s Every Once in a While

A few years ago when I was running a recruitment business in Hong Kong the server went down unexpectedly one morning. I remember watching as many of my team immediately began packing up their stuff and heading for the door like it was the end of the day.

Where’s everyone going?”, I asked casually as the stampede gathered around me as if there had been a fire evacuation.

There’s no connection so we can’t work”, one of them replied.

There’s absolutely no point just sitting around without Internet access”, somebody else chimed in, rallying the troops to all bail out with her.

If I’d had a whistle I would have blown it like a coach summoning the team back in off the field.

But I didn’t have a whistle so I just asked everyone to head straight back to their desks.

I suddenly realised that I had a team of supposedly experienced recruiters who actually believed they couldn’t work just because we’d temporarily lost our access to the Internet.

It was time for some basic Recruitment Training 101.

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Turning recruitment failures into successes – 3 lessons to learn quickly

Turning recruitment failures into successes – 3 lessons to learn quickly

 There’s not one successful recruiter today that hasn’t made a mistake or two.

In my first 3 months I can remember two big mistakes that I made. They were my first job take and my first placement! My first job that I took on… I didn’t place. Didn’t even get one candidate for. My first placement… didn’t turn up!

So how am I still here nearly 30 years later?!

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9 Simple Steps to Writing a Compelling Job Advertisement

9 Simple Steps to Writing a Compelling Job Advertisement

There are various ways of writing a job advert that will attract the right candidate

Job advertisement is crucial when it comes to filling a vacancy in an organization or business. However, getting the right candidates to apply can be tricky. How you frame the advert will determine who responds with an application, if any job seekers do. Below are 9 steps to creating a compelling job advert.

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Some things in recruitment never change

Some things in recruitment never change

(The small print – the following article is from my own observations and experiences that are common to most industries and sectors I have either worked or consulted in)

The 1990’s

Sure, selling in the 90’s was different to now. The early 90’s the internet was, for most people, a topic on “Tomorrows World”. The biggest asset any respectable recruiter needed was their Yellow Pages and a rolodex contact storage device.

This was a time when Take That was establishing themselves as an iconic pop band (the first time around) racking up the hits and when departments from local authorities were allowed to receive A3 desk pads, branded coasters and mugs without it being seen as a bribe to win business.

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6 essential metrics for recruitment consultants

6 essential metrics for recruitment consultants

I once ran a course for a group of Human Capital Managers. The topic of the workshop was Strategic Recruitment Metrics for Driving Measurable Value to Your Human Capital Investments.

Please allow me to blow my own trumpet for a moment, but I know how much the delegates enjoyed it and I know they all got a lot out of it too.

After the course I realised how long it’s been since I ran a similar workshop geared towards recruitment consultants.

Although recruiters are typically focused on meeting their KPIs and hitting their targets, there are quite a few metrics or ratios that they should also keep a close eye on.

I’m not even going to try to cover all of them in this post, but here are a few important metrics for all you recruiters out there to obsess over… at least once in a while.

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Diversity Job Fairs: Will You Hire Anyone?

Diversity Job Fairs: Will You Hire Anyone?

Put yourself in the position of jobseekers for a moment — think about the organization most people want to work with. What comes to your mind? An organization that hires to fill a spot or two to meet its diversity needs or an organization whose overall culture is built to foster diversity and inclusion? Most would want to choose the latter because these organizations will not only value an employee’s diversity but also provide infrastructure and opportunity to translate employees’ diversity into creativity and innovation.

Today, almost every organization has a non-discrimination statement appended to job descriptions. But how many of these organizations are successful in addressing implicit bias and inclusion challenges? Not many. Only a few organizations are successful because of their diversity recruiting practices, which includes hiring at diversity job fairs.

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How to Save Time When Writing Your Recruiting Messages

How to Save Time When Writing Your Recruiting Messages

The process of recruiting can be long and tedious. The time spent crafting and initiating formal conversations with potential candidates takes more than usual for most recruiters. This causes an inefficiency of the whole process. However, recruiters can reduce their workload by using sophisticated systems that are tuned to give efficient solutions. This helps them avoid wasting useful time that would have been utilized in productive activities. About 75% of recruiters attest to using software to ease and save time on recruiting messages.

If you are a recruiter and are seeking to make your work more efficient, here’s a consideration of how you can save time when writing your recruiting messages.

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Bums on seats!

3 part strategy to avoid a ‘bums on seats’ situation  

Are we making it too easy for people to join the recruitment industry?

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5 Types of Recruitment Emails to Write

5 Types of Recruitment Emails to Write

In recent times, social media, employee referral programs and also various sourcing tools have made it easier to recruit ideal candidates (87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates, while 47% use Twitter). However, finding the preferred candidate is the first step. You also have to get them interested. For you to be successful, you have to possess excellent communication skills, beginning with an appealing recruiting email.

The following are 5 types of emails that recruiters and HR practitioners can send to prospective candidates during the interview process.

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For Recruiting, Choose Text over Email

For Recruiting, Choose Text over Email

The older generation often complains that youth of today spend a lot of their time on their phones. That should be a clue to you. If younger generations are spending time on their phones, then your efforts should go towards getting yourself and your company onto that platform whenever possible. If your company is looking to hire fresh, young talent, then you need to start recruiting with text messages.

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