Thursday, 14 January 2016
Not surprised but disappointing to hear 80s Recruitment is still alive and well. This is an extract from an email sent to me by a candidate when requesting references. "Should this get further than interview then will happily provide references. Sadly, I find that agents abuse this and pester those. I need these to be on my side so get annoyed when I hear that they have been approached even though I haven't heard from the agent and he promised wouldn't unless had interview. This has happened too many times now."
Thursday, 7 January 2016
I once had a conversation with a Quality Manager and asked his reason for wanting to leave his current role. He said his company IS iso9001 certified but not working to the standard. Said he wasn't getting any support from his management as they were more worried about the bottom line, and that's what was driving him to look elsewhere. I felt the right environment for him would be a more professional organisation that was serious about quality and a management structure that would support him. What do you think?
Monday, 17 August 2015
I asked a candidate that I hadn't spoken to before for an up to date CV. He emailed me back to ask me if "I thought I had anything that may be of interest to him". It's hard to say without knowing what he'd be doing recently, rate expectations, to know if he was looking for contract or a permanent role, geographical location he was looking for roles in (some people want jobs commutable from home, some want to relocate or work overseas). While a lot of candidates just want to know what jobs I have, I need a bit more information before I can do my best to help.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
After emailing a candidate to advise them the role had gone I received this response. "Hi Sean, Thank you for getting back to me so quickly and for the quick response to the job opening. It is no problem and I really appreciate all the information you gave me. Have a good day, Kind Regards," The email I sent to him was a simple reply (took less than a minute) but candidates really do appreciate it. I'm not a religious person but "Do Unto Others" is a good Mantra in Recruitment.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Conversations with Candidates Me - I'm calling to get an understanding of the kind of roles you're interested in hearing about at the moment... Candidate - What you got? Me - Sales Managers Job in Scotland, Supplier Quality Engineers job in the Midlands, Industrial Engineers jobs again in the Midlands.. Candidate - Anything in the South East? Me - I'm looking for a Logistics Manager in Kent? Candidate - Who's that with? Me - Why are you interested? Candidate - Nah - I'm alright where I am at the moment, can't see me wanting to leave for a while. Me - OK thanks for your time anyway Handy tip for Candidates - It's quicker to tell me about the kind of roles IF ANY that would be of interest to you rather than have me go through all of the roles I'm handling.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Vacancies sometimes take longer than we would like to reach a conclusion. In the meantime leaving a voice mail to update a candidate is genuinely appreciated. This email below is testament to that; "Hi Sean. Many thanks for the continual updates, it's nice to deal with a decent recruiter. I'm out all day tomorrow as I have a minor operation to attend. I will be alive again Thursday, unless they slip... Once again thank you for your professionalism"
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
"Hello Sean, Even though I was unsuccessful, I appreciate the prompt feedback. If my background matches the requirements of any other of you current vacancies in your agency's portfolio please let me know, or, conversely if you can provide me with a link to your listed vacancies I can have a look and if the case I'll contact you back. Thank you nevertheless."
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
I get a lot of ad response, when I advertise roles (as I sometimes do) I try where possible to advise candidates that are unsuitable or sometimes if the role is currently at interview stage. I let them know "We've had a good response to our advertising (as it's been running for a few weeks now) and so far the client is in the process of holding interviews." and that if if "the candidates interviewed aren't successful then I'll revisit your application." To help where I can I recommend some suitable websites that the applicant may be able to try. Every so often I get a response back to say; "Hello Sean, Thank you for getting back in touch as most people do not bother to do so. I will give those websites a look and I hope you find a successful candidate, Jimmy" It's hard when you're searching for a job (as WE ALL KNOW from first hand experience) so I try to reply wherever possible.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Me - "Are you happy to work away from home? Stay in Digs Monday to Thursday and come home at the weekends?" Candidate - "I would consider it" Me - "We have a Contract in London" Candidate - "I wouldn't want to travel that far...." Me - "So would you prefer something within a commutable distance of home?" Candidate - "I would prefer that, Yes."