Christmas… again?

I’m conflicted. Part of me loves Christmas. The parties, the pressies for the kids, the beaches (apologies to our northern hemisphere friends). It’s a chance to celebrate the year that was and recharge the batteries for the year to come. But the other part of me hates Christmas. Catching up with family you only see … Continue reading “Christmas… again?”

Clients can be real Pr*%ks sometimes…

I can remember Luke’s words ringing in my ears… ‘I wouldn’t bother seeing them… we’ve got more clients than we can service right now… let’s focus on getting the job done for them instead of chasing new relationships… fancy an afternoon pint?’ That’s the way Luke rolls. A healthy dose of professional reality, followed by … Continue reading “Clients can be real Pr*%ks sometimes…”

The One Recruitment Skill… to rule them all…

Bit of a furphy really and I must apologise… Turns out there isn’t one skill to rule them all… A little over a week ago I posed that question directly to my LinkedIn network. To my amazement (ordinarily I’m lucky to get a couple of random likes and a comment from my dear Aunty Dorothy… … Continue reading “The One Recruitment Skill… to rule them all…”

Culture is not grown in a yoghurt vat…

Pretty stupid blog title right? But seriously, culture has become even more important than ever… Why? Simple really. We are finding that right now there are more strong candidates in the market, willing to move than there has been for the last few years. And when we ask these 2 questions: Why are you looking … Continue reading “Culture is not grown in a yoghurt vat…”

You snooze… you lose…

In case you hadn’t noticed… very subtly over the past six months the market has slowly changed. Candidates seem to have more opportunities… clients who went missing are back… and new clients are appearing like flies at a barbie. (disclaimer… I am not for one moment suggesting that new clients are like a swarm of … Continue reading “You snooze… you lose…”

The Recruiter’s Biggest Nightmare…

So… I was working from home yesterday. Woke up. Had a shower. Breakfast. Brushed my teeth… Am I boring you yet? Sat down in front of my computer. Looked at emails. Responded to the important ones. Made a list of calls to make later. Then I jumped in the car to travel to the other … Continue reading “The Recruiter’s Biggest Nightmare…”

Put your hand up if you’re different…

I just returned from a new client visit… well… given that it is 7:30am, as I sit in front of my sexy little MacBook Air (cash for comments if you’re reading Apple ™ – don’t be afraid to send a newbie my way), I didn’t really just return from a new client visit – it … Continue reading “Put your hand up if you’re different…”

An Open Letter to (*Some of) My Clients…

Dear Mr Client, Believe me, I understand it is a tough market out there. I also understand that you are under immense pressure to cut costs where you can. At the same time I recognise your need to grow your team and to improve productivity – and profitability. It’s a competitive market, and increasing market … Continue reading “An Open Letter to (*Some of) My Clients…”

No Blocking… No Wimping… No Hogging

I was lucky enough to attend (and speak at…yes… I just blatantly self-promoted), the RCSA Conference last week. It was… ummm… about…. ONE MILLION TIMES better than I thought it would be! Brilliant, in fact… life changing…epiphany producing… It was a combination of industry intelligence, inspirational speakers and some cheeky techniques that will make me … Continue reading “No Blocking… No Wimping… No Hogging”

Recruiters… Are you using the ‘c’ word enough?

I’ve been in recruitment long enough to know that the ‘c’ word is a much maligned – often under-utilised – turn of phrase… At some places I’ve worked use of the ‘c’ word is actively encouraged, some recruitment businesses base their entire recruitment strategy around it, whilst at others it is denounced – much like … Continue reading “Recruiters… Are you using the ‘c’ word enough?”