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SARA Awards = big fat joke

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Filed under the You’ve Got To Be Kidding! category, Diane Lee received an email yesterday from Entree Recruitment asking her to vote for them in the 2009 SARA Awards.  Given that Diane has only had one (less than satisfactory) interaction with this recruitment company, you have to wonder about the genuineness (as well as rigour and integrity) of such an award.  Even It Up! has already discussed this in a previous post.

The email urging Diane to vote is replicated here (and yes, “valued candidate” was used.  If Diane was that valued, Entree would have used her name!):

Dear valued candidate,

This year Entrée Recruitment has registered for the SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards (the SARAs) in the category of Small Generalist Recruiter. This category caters to recruitment agencies who place candidates and provide recruitment services to clients in a broad range of industries.

“Now in their 7th year, the SARAs are the recruitment industry’s premier popular choice awards. Winners are determined by votes cast by jobseekers – the most qualified people to judge which recruitment agencies are performing exceptionally.

The SARAs aim to recognise and reward the outstanding performance of recruitment agencies in Australia and to give jobseekers a chance to identify and vote for their favourite recruitment agency.”

Please show your support by voting for Entrée Recruitment via the link below!

(Note: there was no signature on this email, simply a link to SARA)

And Diane’s reply is here:

Dear Entree

Why would I vote for you WHEN YOU’VE DONE NOTHING FOR ME!?

In fact, if you want to know what I REALLY think about you, got to www.evenitup.com.au – and you’ll also find the opinions of plenty of other “valued clients” who think recruitment companies are full of glorified sales people on a power kick.

Happy reading!

And Entree’s reply to my reply:

Dear Diane

I am sorry that you feel that way.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss anything further.


Acting General Manager
Entree Recruitment

No wonder Even It Up! has such an issue with the recruitment companies and the recruitment industry in general.  What an apathetic approach to managing their brand! Any business that was serious about their brand would (and should) be making it their business to find out why a “valued candidate” had such a bad experience, and doing everything in their power to fix it.

After all, you never know what reach the “valued candidate” has… !!


Written by evenitup

August 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

The Even It Up! SEEK anti-SARA awards!

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Yes! It’s that time of year again!  Recruiters are giving out gongs to themselves and patting themselves on the back for a job well done.


And make no mistake, this little award is about the recruitment industry tooting its horn, not the jobseeker.  If you don’t believe us, check our their Campaign page.   Who was it that said blatant self promotion is no guarantee of quality?

So in the spirit of the event, Even It Up! urges jobseekers who have had a really crap experience to let the event organisers know.  You can even use their form, and here’s the link.  Just let them know in no uncertain terms of the terrible, unfair and disrespectful treatment you’ve had at the hands of these so-called professionals*.

Now, we know that we are going to be accused of being “negative” and “whingers”.  Good!  The only way we are going to effect change in this cattle trade of an industry is to jump up and down and make lots of noise!

So whinge away Even It Up! supporters.  Let your negativity be heard loud and proud!

* No disrespect to recruiters who are actually professional.  They want the game changed as much as we do!

Written by evenitup

July 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm