Welcome to The Written Reference

Welcome to The Written Reference – a new weekly blog from the keyboards of R2R specialists Craig Watson and Luke Collard. Passionate recruiters and social media enthusiasts, we have both been blogging about all things recruitment for the last year.  Encouraged by the feedback and  success of our individual blogs, we have now  combined our efforts. The

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​Recruiters… Stand up straight and stop bending over

It’s tough out there in the commercial contingent recruitment world – I know, I live in it too.  Clients seem to hold regular reverse auctions for fees, playing one recruiter off against another 3 or 4. Candidates swear they are being transparent, then they continually move the goalposts throughout the process and competitors pull out

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Recruiters…Tied Up, or free the shackles

I’m back at work this week after a refreshing 3 week break – if you can call driving 4,500km’s from one end of Australia to the other, with a 2 & 4 year old in the back seat a refreshing break… ‘Are we there yet?’ ‘Can we stop at McDonalds?’ ‘Are we there yet?’ ‘I’ve

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But…will it make the boat go faster?

I was in an interesting Client meeting last week, getting feedback on a candidate who had been through 2 interviews and had 3 reference checks taken. ‘Craig,’ the client began, ‘We’re not going to proceed with John….. We just don’t believe he makes the boat go faster…’ Did he just say what I thought he’d

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If I could turn back time…or recreate history…

Conjures up images of Cher and that song– that charted at number 1 in Australia and Norway, number 3 in the United States and number 6 in the United Kingdom. And that music video set on the USS Missouri with Cher straddling a cannon, and wearing a fishnet body stocking…. But that’s not what I

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5 Recruitment Career Killers…

I meet with a number of Recruitment Consultants every week who are looking to move on from their current position, or step up to their next opportunity…  I probably speak with a further 10, or more on the phone…. And, to be perfectly honest I’m lucky if I meet with one a week who I

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LinkedIn Whore…Or, ‘Welcome to the 500+ Club’

So, you open up your email and find this waiting for you… LinkedIn Norman Timbuktu has indicated you are a fellow group member of The Recruiter Network – #1 Group for Recruiters I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. – Norman Timbuktu Hmmmmm… There it is right there…. Should I accept?

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Candidate Exclusivity… I want YOURS

Those of you who have read past posts will know that I am a Rec2Rec…  I source, and place the best recruiters in the market into reputable agency brands… Tough job I’ve got – no seriously, I have a tough job. My candidates are recruiters and my clients are recruiters – oh, and I’m a

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