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A recruiter on the future of recruiting

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Recruitment companies compared to dinosaurs?  Even It Up! loves this analogy!  Peter Gold from British recruitment company Hire Strategies has made the comparison in a recent article on Personnel Today.  He calls the agencies that refuse to innovate “agencysaurus” and those that do “velociraptors”.

In a nutshell, Gold’s contention  is that the recruitment company (in its current form) will die unless it innovates and changes to meet the many current challenges; it can’t afford to take a “heads in the sand” approach if it wants to survive.  Hear that all you recruiters that love to have a go at Even It Up!?

Gold says that we can expect to see:

a myriad of new breed recruitment suppliers emerge, very different from the fee-driven recruitment process outsourcing vendors who claim to be different, but in reality are not.

Low-cost fixed fee and 100% guarantees are just the start. Employers know what they don’t want so the velociraptors will focus on less phone bashing, value-based projects instead of transaction/fee-based placements; client/candidate collaboration instead of secret CVs; managed but client-owned talent pools. It is the traditional fee for volume vacancies that will become extinct, not the hunter.

The conversations I have with corporate recruiters is that they are very focused on reducing agency usage and costs by increasing employee referrals, internal mobility and direct applicants. Cost-per-hire is king, and quality is queen (albeit still wearing the trousers).

At least someone with some street cred is telling it as it is.

You can read the full article here.

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June 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

A new twist on job hunting

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Even It Up! loves that jobseekers are really getting innovative and creative in their job hunting efforts.  In an attempt to stand out from the crowd, a couple of jobseekers in America have put their faces on billboards.  Mark Heuer was one of the first of the new breed of jobseekers to advertise his availability, accompanied by an online presence.

Now Pasha Stocking has gone down the same road.


What is  interesting about this strategy is that Pasha says employers are now contacting her and she is the one sifting through offers and working out which organisation she wants to work for.  It’s a complete reversal of the usual jobseeking process, where jobseekers submit an application and cross their fingers, and wait for the powers that be to make a hiring decision.

It might have been an expensive outlay (around US$3ooo) but perhaps it’s well worth it.  And both examples are testimony to the power of your personal brand. Oh, and advertising!

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April 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Jobs, jobs, jobs… and the economy

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The scramble to stop the economic melt-down is on, and governments all around the world are working overtime to come up with strategies to deal with the crisis.  No one wants to talk about the “R”or (even worse) the “D” word.

Interestingly, the rhetoric around “jobs” and “the economy” is closely linked, with one underpinning the other.  Prime Minister Rudd and Treasurer Swan say their main focus in the $42 billion rescue package is jobs.  Clearly “work” (and all that that entails) underpins the economic recovery.

But from the perspective of distance and innocence (Even It Up! does not profess to be even slightly au fait with the world of economics), the government is taking a bit of a an interesting approach: it is looking to manage the job situation rather than innovate.  While the focus is on infrastructure (which we believe is correct, although what would we know?) no mention has been made regarding the responsibility of companies and corporations in all this (although there is the occasional plea) and the tipped rise in unemployment to 7%.  

Even It Up! thinks that many corporations are rubbing their hands with glee at the opportunity to be able to shed staff  and so boost the bottom line – because no questions will be asked. In any other suituation,  BHP shedding 6000 staff worldwide would cause an outcry.   Ditto ANZ and Macquarie (although considering banks got us into this mess in the first place, we are not surprised).

Call us naive, but what Even It Up!  would like to see is businesses given incentives to boost employment through innovation and knowledge creation.   Australia is pretty good at innovating (it’s that whole not liking authority thing that is part of our culture) but we are terrible at commercialising.  Now is the time to be bold, not play it safe!

And we’d love to see all businesses review their recruiment processes to make it easier to get a job in this uncertain environment, not harder.  Get rid of any barriers – systemic or otherwise – that stop the recruitment of the best and brightest, or even just the good.  

We’d be happy with that.

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February 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm

No to Yes Men!

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Bernard Salt made an interesting comment in today’s Sunday Mail which we hope does not come to fruition: that the perceived tightening of the labour market, and concern about job security will force people to become “yes men”.  He said if that happens, innovation and creativity will fly out the organisational window.

At Even It Up! we believe “yes men” – and more specifically, the culture that breeds them – are responsible for most of the world’s woes.  We’ve oversimplified here, but why did someone not speak up about the subprime mortgage fiasco?  Why did the Enron get into the state it did before the proverbial hit the fan?  Why did someone not tell Bush that bombing the crap out of Iraq was not going to solve the problem?  You get the picture…  when the actions of leaders go unquestioned and unchallenged decisions are made that are more about ego than altruism. Ultimately, it’s about power.  Those who don’t have it acquiesce to those who do.   If you are interested in learning more about power and power imbalances, we found an interesting paper on the subject on Jeff Vail’s website

Long live the pot stirrers, we say.  They are actually better for business.

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January 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm