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?
However successful you are right now, there’s always room for progress. You might be top biller at your current employer. Even if you’re billing more than everyone you know, you’re not the best recruiter you could be. The good news is, getting a mentor will improve your work and as a by-product, your success.
We’ve previously given you the low-down on recruiting into Music and Ecommerce. Here, we look at recruiting into a startup. Given the fact I work for a startup, I can give you a pretty good insight into the ins and outs of how life works.
There’s prejudice in a lot of areas of business. And recruitment’s unfortunately no different. There’s a historical element to a lot of the issues. This explains sexism more than other problems. Even now, at time of writing this, there’s a huge amount more males in senior positions than there are females.
One of the main arguments for using recruitment robots or chatbots is to free up time to focus on other tasks. The counter argument is the technology doesn’t compare to a human, and therefore isn’t worth paying for. Most chatbots work like messaging apps and are predominantly designed to help with screening and scheduling.
I’ve written about mental health a few times. And honestly it started by accident. I look for topics to write about all the time. Anything that seems interesting and more importantly interesting to the readers of Hunted (recruiters), I’ll have a stab. It’s that thinking alone that led me to write “Why Every Recruiter Should Have a Mental Health Day.”
You may be thinking, as I did, “I’m not going to learn anything from a random phrase that will alter my life.” And if you’re connected to anyone on LinkedIn who deals in random inspirational phrases, set to a backdrop of Richard Branson, I appreciate your hesitation. But there are lessons to be taken in life from looking at things differently.