Meet Gen Z

Just when we thought we finally understood Millennials, a new breed of animal has joined the workforce. Gen Z is here. Every time I get a CV and the birthdate listed is 1996, I do a double take and realise just how very old I am.

The Dreaded School Holidays

Two words that make me break out in hives. It is not even a complete sentence and it manages to induce fear and crippling anxiety. As a kid, three months of freedom is the stuff that dreams are made of. Ask any working mother and she will say the complete opposite. It is the stuff of nightmares on par with having root canal while simultaneously being tasered.

He's Just Not That Into You

Nobody likes to the be the ‘bad guy’ and unfortunately recruitment is full of ‘bad guy’ moments. When I was a fledgling recruiter, I envisioned the job to be one of happy moments and positive outcomes. Afterall, recruiters make dreams come true.

ACT ACCORDINGLY

The powers that be just want to know if you give a fuck or not. That’s it. Obviously, they want the situation to improve, but at least if they can see that you care, then that’s a start, not all is lost.

What Do Your Job Adverts Say About You?

The job advert is your call to arms – it’s your chance to engage with that one superstar out there and say: apply. Let’s talk. It’ll be worth your time. If you can’t portray this through words, and you can’t be arsed to actually list the benefits rather than adding “Competitive benefits GET IN TOUCH!!!!” at the bottom, then this candidate is scrolling on by.

WHAT NOT TO DO IN 2019

I still see things which isolate people and that are not inclusive; I still see people uploading weird shit to LinkedIn and I constantly see Brexit this, Brexit that. So, here’s my guide on what NOT to do in 2019 – with the heavy caveat that I am not a recruiter, however I do work with some of country’s best.

The Misconceptions Of A Recruiter

As far as I knew, recruitment was attending glitzy client meetings, picking the perfect candidate out of a pile and slotting them into a ready-and-waiting vacancy, thus picking up a tasty payslip month-after-month. The ignorance was bliss.   

THE LIST

As we all know, embracing change and learning new methods is a good thing, an imperative thing in fact. Our industry is remodelling and developing rapidly; we know that AI is already playing an important role, resulting in us needing to adapt and concentrate more on social marketing and the human aspect of recruitment – not a bad thing.

“Robots are taking our jobs!”

Remember that episode of South Park that poked holes at the local residents who were outraged at the ‘future men’ coming back in time to take all of their jobs? The year was 3045; over-population had forced the ‘future men’ back to support their families.

EMPLOYEE ADVOCACY

With research suggesting that employee networks are ten times larger than the follower count of their company LinkedIn page, it’s clear that encouraging your consultants to share content is absolutely vital.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GHOSTING

Simply put, no one likes to be the bearer of bad news, and no one ENJOYS having those difficult conversations (if you do, you’re a bit fucked up, but I’m okay with that – play to your strengths, each to their own and all that).

THE FIVE RULES OF SUCCESS

Here I am, sat in my office, overlooking the beautiful towers of London, and today I have the task of checking and signing off the commissions from the previous month – a job I always enjoy.

It got me thinking… Why can’t the others do more? Is it skill? Is it effort? Talent? Education? What are the deciding factors between those who win and those who don’t? And, more importantly, what does it take to be a top biller?

I AM AN EXCEPTIONAL RECRUITER

There are so many recruitment companies these days! ‘The Good’, ‘The Bad’… ‘The down-right Ugly! And the REAL truth is, as a bright-eyed-shiny-brand-spanking-new recruiter, that most of these recruitment companies can help you get from Zero to One

THE WAR FOR TALENT

If you’re in technology recruitment, you’ll be well aware of the talent shortage we are experiencing. Those with the specific and specialist skill-sets are on scarily high day-rates – why? Because candidates are driving the market, and fair effing play to them for knowing their worth, but it’s created a ‘war for talent’, for want of a better phrase.

MUM'S THE WORD

It’s always the usual questions, how old are you? what’s your background? have you worked in recruitment before? etc. Then comes the dreaded part where I disclose that I am a mother of 3.

THE FIRST CALL

This is the first in the series ‘Surviving Recruitment’ which will cover some of the basics and give advice on some of the main parts of our job. This issue will cover the first time you speak to a candidate, how to structure the call so not to waste your time and the essential questions you need to ask to get everything you need.

How To Lose Candidates And Alienate People

I would be bold and say 40% of recruiters treat their candidates like shit. Treating a candidate badly can destroy the reputation of you/ your business. Any press isn’t always good press, trust me candidates talk. And they talk even more when they have had a bad experience.