Even It Up!

Shifting the balance for jobseekers

Hudson targeting jobseekers

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The global economic crisis has hit jobseekers hard. Anecdotal evidence suggests that generally, businesses are either not hiring, or only hiring short-term staff. Even It Up! thinks that recruitment companies are doing it tough – finally! The ones that give anything less than a great service – for both employer and employee – will fold. Guaranteed. Forget survival of the fittest, it’s survival of the best out there!

So we loved that Hudson was trying to convince jobseekers that they care with a well placed ad on page 4 of The Advertiser today. The ad said:

Hudson, a recognised leader in recruitment and talent management services delivers Career, Resume and Interview Skills programs that give jobseekers the edge.

  • Are you struggling to cope with retrenchment?
  • Do you need help building your jobsearch skills?
  • Do you want your resume to stand out from the crowd?
  • Do you want to improve your chance of getting that job?
  • Are you unsure of your long-terms career goals?

Over the past 24 years, we have helped millions of jobseekers to cope with career transition and to define, search for and secure their next dream job.

We’re offering you the opportunity to learn from experts via a series of hands-on programs that aim to build your job seeking skills and boost your confidence.

Hudson might seem to be all sweet, sincere and caring, but this is just a marketing ploy that is cashing in (so to speak) on the misfortune of others. If Hudson were truly committed to making things better for jobseekers, they would have contacted Even It Up! after their less than positive review was posted on The Lowdown.   But instead, they take out a costly ad that is full of meaningless platitudes.  And jobseekers will sign up and sign on, and convinced that Hudson (or similar) does actually care, and will actually help them.

Jobseekers, Even It Up! implores you: please don’t fall for this!  Or if you do, tread very, very carefully.  Oh, and have no expectations.

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March 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm

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  1. Did anyone watch the 7.30 report on ABC1 tonight? Seems the whole cheaper thing in regards to service provision for the job network is rearing it’s ugly head again…..let’s make it even harder for job seekers than it already is! No dis-respect for those agencies doing the RIGHT thing and providing a fair and equitable service, (generally the smaller, not for profit agencies) but its the larger FOR PROFIT multi-nationals that are the real problem………since when can you put a cost price on the head of an unemployed person………ah let’s see…….when your one of these large FOR PROFIT multi-nationals, that’s when! The problem as i see it is (and has been for a number of years since the privatization of the job network system) that there are two ends of the spectrum……….those with mutliple barriers, (including intellectual/physical impairments) and or serious social, mental health and or learning and literacy problems-they will (and do) receive the majority of services, (and rightly so) then there are those right at the other end of the spectrum whose skill levels are so high they can (if they want) go into business for themselves and or enter partnerships ect, (Doctors, lawyers, Dentists, Vet’s Physio’s Accountants etc etc) so they will always manage……..which leaves a certain group of people in the middle, new graduates, those who don’t qualify as long term unemployed, those with skills but have been out of the workforce for less than 12 months etc etc) guess what kind of service they will get………….bingo…….very little………..why? because this is the group that brings in the least amount of money to either a job network or a private recruiting agency……they aren’t HIGHLY skilled or exclusive in their skills, so most recruitment agencies will pass them by or not seem very interested, they don’t meet any significant disadvantage scales, so the job network wiill do jack as they just don’t bring in a lot of funding…….so what happens? Not much, they either find their own jobs or wait twelve months to which point they start hitting the i am becoming disadvantaged scale with their local J.N provider…….and by which time they have spent a year on a wage that is roughly 80% below the current recommended minimum poverty line….nice………(not really)………..how on earth you DON’T help someone find work as SOON as possible is beyond me as research clearly indicates the sooner you find a client long term sustainable work, (that provides a living wage) the less the risk of them developing a number of issues that arise with unemployment, (such as social isolation, loss of income, loss of self esteem etc etc etc)

    am i the only one that thinks this?

    Ira zettler.


    March 30, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    • This is a huge issue, and one Even It Up! would love to tackle… thanks for putting it on the record, Ira.


      March 31, 2009 at 1:39 pm

  2. Just in response to organization’s like “Northern Futures,” it goes to show you don’t need a big office in some ruddy great high-rise in the city, that is staffed by bonus seeking recruitment agents to get the job done. One room, a few electronic devices and a few dedicated staff is all you NEED to help job seekers in their quest to find employment. As far as i am concerned the entire private recruitment industry is little more than middle men taking a slice of the pie, when their own efforts are dubious to say the least? Until recently i worked as a vocational trainer/placement officer and had reason to visit a few private recruit agencies here in Adelaide, in regards employment opportunities for graduated students. Parking in the staff only car park of these agencies, i rarely found a car that was under $35,000.00 and rarely were these agencies situated in anything but prime real estate areas, (usually in the wealthiest suburbs in Adelaide) yet on more than one occassion these agencies had the gall to ask (intending applicants) to pay for things like internal criminal record checks/federal police checks, that i would have thought the actual agency is meant to do/pay for? When i questioned this, i was rebuffed by a number of very snooty recruitment consultants that this is not their expense? Most of these checks were done, even before the applicant got employment? In a similar vein, applicants were expected to pay for their own uniforms and their own id cards….but NEVER did ONE single agency guarantee an applicant full work etc…….actual equipment such as furniture and computers were all second rate, one agency i went to on several occassions did not even have chairs in their reception area and the reception area was only staffed when someone came into the reception area and pressed the bell………? Furthermore, i think a number of actual recruitment processes are carried out with a minimum cost/expense and or manhours involved………e.g. the (teenage receptionist?) reads your application papers? Yet it would be interesting to note what actual costs are transferred onto users and clients of these services……..I would hazard a guess and say they are several times what is actually out-layed by the agency…..

    Very dubious me thinks?



    March 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    • We think these are very apt comments, and we continue to be troubled by the fact that these cowboys operate in a high stakes environment i.e. people’s lives. We are so looking forward to our meeting with Minister Weatherill to discuss these issues. Watch this space….!


      March 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    • We are thinking that Even It Up! will get in touch with Northern Futures and interview them… and show the big boys how it’s supposed to be done!


      March 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm

  3. wow Ira, it’s fantastic that a place like that exists – I had no idea. Totally needs more promoting!


    March 26, 2009 at 9:24 pm

  4. I have nothing to do with this place, don’t work there and am not a shareholder so please don’t bag me for (possibly) advertising it here………but it is possibly the most helpful place i have EVER visited and it’s a HUNDRED PER CENT FREE! It’s called Northern Future’s (?) (I think………) and it’s in John St. Salisbury and it is a government run NOT FOR PROFIT organization that anybody can drop into to seek help with any job seeking issues, (e.g. advice on resume buidling, attending an interview, coverletters, what to wear, what to say…….etc, etc, etc) You don’t need to belong to a job network, or even be unemployed…….the staff are VERY friendly and VERY helpful and there are even computers and printers available if you want to bring your resume/coverletter in to re-do with the help of a staff member…..you can drop in anytime but if you want help with a resume or interviewing skills, (for example) you will need to book an appointment…..

    I got my last job with their help………….and remember it’s a hundred per cent free!!!


    ira zettler

    March 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    • Ira, we are so pleased that you can speak positively about an organisation…. we like to celebrate the ones who do do a great job… would you consider positing an assessment so it ends up on the Even It Up! website on a formal basis?


      March 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm

  5. Hi,

    I agree one review does not equal a big cross.

    As someone who has worked with recruiters for many years – both as a candidate and as the employer Hudson aren’t all that bad (although let me say that all recruitment companies could be doing ALOT better – and that applying direct to a company generally is always a better experience for candidates.)

    Now if you want the list of the really really bad recruiters…..Diane we should talk off line! 🙂

    PS Generally the Career Transition services are sold B2B, not direct to the public, however I would think that they put it in Sat’s paper as a filler as they had no jobs to advertise. So the public isn’t really their target market for this product.


    March 25, 2009 at 8:22 am

    • Agreed…however, there is enough data to categorically state there are dominant patterns and themes… and they are consistent across the recruitment company spectrum.


      March 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm

  6. I dont think one review on this website warrants a big cross for Hudsons Recruitment. Also they probably don’t even know about this website to know that they got a bad review


    March 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    • Any sort of company worth their sort would have a Google alert (or similar) set up to monitor their online presence. And yes they do know about it… a couple of their recruiters have signed up!


      March 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

  7. Actually the ad was for their career transition services, which have been around for years (may be even a decade.) The career transition division is run very separately to the recruitment division and the manager of the area it a really lovely and caring guy who gets great results for people.


    March 23, 2009 at 11:33 am

    • Be that as it may, jobseekers still see the service as belonging to a recruitment company, particularly when they are advertising alongside positions vacant ads. And because of the perception, the service is unfortunately tarred with the same brush.


      March 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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