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The one thing recruiters need to do

focus on recruitmentIn this blog I’m going to reveal the one thing recruiters need to do to achieve their goals. Sure, there are many other things that contribute to success and I’ve written about a lot of them, but without this one thing a recruiter is doomed to fail.

I’ve been pretty busy recently and the balance of what I do has shifted; although I’m still working with recruiters I’m also working in a new sector. This has taken up a lot of my time which is why you’ve not heard so much from me although you may have caught my blog on what I have learned about recruiters from sitting on the buying side of the fence again. If not you can catch it here. It’s not reading which creates pride in our industry sadly.

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Feedback is the food of improvement for recruitment managers

Feedback is vitalIt’s a long time since I blogged; well over a month, if not two and it occurred to me how quickly the time has gone and how I hadn’t really noticed it fly by.

How easy it is to get absorbed in something else you are doing and not to pay attention to something. If that happened without me noticing I then asked myself – who and what else suffers in this way?

Well, the resolution, the diet, the exercise, the phoning of the mother regularly, the cleaning of the house, the keeping in touch with a friend who is struggling….the list is pretty much endless.

And, probably, feedback and time with your people. Read More→

The things you were good at as a recruiter can also help you be a good recruitment manager

transferable skillsI promised to talk about transferable skills in my first blog for new managers and how to make the most of them. Here’s the thing:

  1. Managing other recruiters is completely different from managing your desk or sector.
  2. You need to ditch many of the attitudes and behaviours that made you a successful recruiter.
  3. Lots of the skills that you use as a recruiter you can transfer straight over to your management role (the good news).

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Why recruitment managers need to be ‘firm, fair and friendly’

firm, fair and friendly3 top tips for new recruitment managers – part two

‘How should I behave?’ is a question most managers want to know when they take up their new role. Generally they only have their own previous managers to rely on to answer this question.

This will either have good or disastrous consequences!

Clearly you could write a book in answer to the question of how should a manager behave and many people have done so. However, as you start any new job you do need a simple, clear framework in which to operate.

Firm, fair and friendly does just that. Whilst it does have its slightly patronising edge so long as it is applied in an adult-adult way it works really well.

How do you apply it? Read on…

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