There’s a balancing act between being an expert at recruitment, and being an expert in your market.
Most agencies are built off the back of first hand, in-the-trenches recruitment experience. And are then bolstered by what knowledge they can extract by osmosis from their candidates and clients through networking, making placements, and absorbing insight.
But when it comes to highly technical markets like Digital, you can’t beat the depth of knowledge that comes from living and breathing it.
You’ve seen one recruitment office, you’ve seen them all, right? There are small differences perhaps. Little idiosyncrasies that let you know you’re now in an Industry Leading business, not just a run of the mill one. One that’s the fastest growing. One that’s truly bespoke. I’d estimate 95% of recruitment offices are open plan. Is that a good thing? We’re here to find out…
However long you’ve been in recruitment, being on the right PSL’s a money maker. The trouble is, before you’re on the PSL, you actually have no idea whether it’s the right one or not. You could be one of two agencies used religiously, with line contact encouraged, maybe even one who welcomes visits. One who appreciates your work. Who helps you achieve the goal. Which is of course, growing their business. On the other hand…
Chances are, you’re reading this in an office. Most of our days are spent in an office. And working in recruitment, you’re more likely to have a boss who sees the link between ‘time at desk’ and ‘success’ as inextricable. It’s not obviously.
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.”
Funny things job titles. All of them are fabricated terms of course. At some point, someone gives themselves a title, and everyone accepts it. This is why you see some funny ones on LinkedIn. Gurus. Ninjas. Even Sherpas FFS. Leading the flocks of the whimsical away from meaning and sense. In other cases, titles are given.
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.