This has been the hardest year of my life. As I write this, I’m fresh off the back of my third spinal surgery in a little over 6 months. Why am I telling you this? Well, firstly, after starting the mental health initiative Hope You’re Well with Hunted, I promised to write about things like this regularly. Not just for Mental Health Week. And not for any other reason than normalising it. Therefore, the first part of this article centres around this statement: It’s been a struggle.
Parents and careers don’t often mix well. In recruitment, you’re likely to spend a lot of time on the phone. And the thought of trying to make a BD call while an upset baby screams in the background would make even the best recruiter shudder. It makes sense then for parents to make a choice when a stork knocks at the door.
While some people think that agency recruitment is dying, it’s not the case. The industry is growing at a staggering rate. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that the recruitment industry hit a record turnover of £28.7 billion for the financial year 2013/2014 – set to grow by a predicted 9.6% between 2015/2016.
If you’ve been online in the last ten years, you’ll have seen the really smashing analogy of having £86,400 in your bank pondering whether it would ruin your day if someone stole a tenner. The analogy of course is time. There are 86400 seconds in a day. Fairly obviously, I’m not going to steal that tired cliché in this article. The first thousand people to do so, probably annoyed you for longer than that.
Hunted caught up with Jay Freeman at Panda International to discuss the recruitment landscape in Amsterdam. Get all you need to know on where to go and what to see in a city that will this year be crowned the European capital of the life sciences market.
This article looks at one of the most vibrant markets to recruit into at the moment: renewable energy. Solar. Wind. Kites? Read on to get the lowdown on this booming sector.
Are you a good recruiter? You probably think you are. You’re a recruiter after all. But how good are you really? What with the inescapable financial element of this biz, you’ll have a number against your name from day one. And hey, you might be top biller? Perhaps you’ve billed £300k? Maybe £500k? But how good does that make you? In some agencies it makes you very good. In others, you’d be average.
I need to be careful here. So I’ll start with this caveat, I’m not tarring every internal recruiter with the sh*t brush. I know there are some amazing ones out there because I’ve spoken to them with Hunted. But… yeah, there’s a but… there’s a worrying trend in recruitment. Namely hiring the latest poor performer as Internal Recruiter. An interior realignment of talent.
I imagine you’ve seen a viral video on LinkedIn which has made you cringe. “Which one?”… right? They’re pretty hard to ignore. Whether it’s a slo-mo montage of jet-setters, awkward video job ads or motivational speeches berating an entire team for poor time management, awkwardness is everywhere.
Everyone in the world’s been in a conversation that’s turned awkward. For me, just witnessing one will increase my desire for a hole in the ground to suddenly swallow everything in sight. Maybe politicians’ total and utter awkwardness on camera explains fracking?