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5 things for recruiters not to do.

5 things for recruiters not to doToday I’m having a short sharp rant. It’s where I get on my soapbox and talk about things that either irritate me or I believe passionately.  If you’re an agency recruiter – this one’s for you and this is the one which makes me question my love for the recruitment industry.

Everyone who knows me or has read any of my blogs knows that I’m passionate about both great recruitment and excellent recruiters and the value they add to all businesses.  Agency-side or client-side I don’t mind – both have equally valuable roles to play and equally tough jobs to do. Why both cannot seem to work well together is a bit beyond me but I had an inkling this week when I started dealing with some new recruiters.

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Exactly how many candidates and clients do you need to make a successful placement?

how many clients and candidates?Today I’m having a short sharp rant. It’s where I get on my recruitment soapbox and talk about things which either irritate me or I  believe passionately. Here it is.

Managers and recruiters are always telling me they don’t either have enough clients (or roles) or candidates or they have the wrong sort. A bit like the wrong sort of leaves or snow on the line (and you know what we all think of those announcements when we’re trying to get to work).

I have three things to say:

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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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Are you coasting in your recruitment comfort zone?

recruitment comfort zoneJust think back on the last week. When did you feel stretched and challenged as a recruitment leader or manager? What made you think? When did you have to have a difficult conversation or take a difficult decision which made you feel uncomfortable?

If the answer is ‘I didn’t’ it’s likely that you are sitting in your comfort zone.

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