Stick or twist – how long should an underperformer be given?

The recruitment industry is littered with bad and expensive hiring mistakes. Nearly all agencies at some point have hired a consultant that doesn’t work out. Most of us have an example of the experienced consultant who promises the world, talks the talk, and  is always on the verge of a big fee, but month after … Continue reading “Stick or twist – how long should an underperformer be given?”

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 … Continue reading “Welcome to The Written Reference”

“Interviews are a waste of time” ??

At the end of last year I attended one of Bill Boorman‘s recruitment unconferences.   The basic concept is an open  and unstructured forum where recruiters can discuss and debate topics. The very  nature of the set-up attracts some interesting characters including a gentleman called Kevin Wheeler who offered a controversial idea that interviewing candidates is … Continue reading ““Interviews are a waste of time” ??”

Advance (recruiters), Australia’s fair

I originally came out to Australia for what was meant to be a year, but 10 years or so later I am still here. I have spent that time going back and forth between England and Australia, working for a variety of different recruitment companies and in different sectors. Over this time, one thing has … Continue reading “Advance (recruiters), Australia’s fair”

“Have you got any roles in internal recruitment ?”

I speak to agency recruiters all day ……some approach me looking for a new role and others are recipients of a headhunting call. Something that I am hearing more and more these days is the following sentence (or a version of): “Have you got any roles in internal recruitment” Fair enough. However, the majority of … Continue reading ““Have you got any roles in internal recruitment ?””

When negotiations go bad, who really loses out ?

As regular followers of this blog will know, I work as a Rec-to-Rec consultant (i.e. I recruit recruiters for recruitment companies – say that after a few glasses of wine!). I recently received a call from the owner of an agency explaining that he had heard good things about me and could I meet with … Continue reading “When negotiations go bad, who really loses out ?”

Have you checked under the bonnet?

What’s the point of references ? After all, people will only give you the names of referees who will say good things about them (unless they are really stupid) and (if they are smart) will have prepped them to say what they think the recruiter will want to hear. With this in mind how much value … Continue reading “Have you checked under the bonnet?”

When is the best time to start looking for a new job

When I speak to candidates who tell me they are not interested in talking as they are not looking for a new job, this is what I tell them… I commonly meet with individuals who are desperate to leave their current job. They were happy and maybe not that long ago, but for whatever reason … Continue reading “When is the best time to start looking for a new job”

Superlatives – my absolutely very worst pet hate ever

Exceptional, outstanding, superb, unique.….and other similar superlatives are words that I come across every day when reading job adverts. Reading these types of adverts is a bit like receiving that email from Nigeria advising you that you someone wants to send you a million dollars in return for your bank details. When I see an … Continue reading “Superlatives – my absolutely very worst pet hate ever”

A roast without the trimmings isn’t really a roast….

When I first stepped (or more accurately fell) into recruitment 10 years ago, the agency that employed me said they were impressed with my sales background and that is why they hired me. I thought that was odd because recruitment is all about interviewing, matching candidates to clients and helping people find a job…isn’t it? I went … Continue reading “A roast without the trimmings isn’t really a roast….”