So, why read another recruitment blog? “I’ve read it all before,” you say. “It’s the same topic that’s circulated on LinkedIn a thousand times.”
Well, that mindset overlooks the fact that every client, every candidate we encounter has a unique story. There’s a reason you hear the words “360 recruitment,” it’s because we all see things from a different angle, so the more war stories we share, then the more we, as an industry, can learn. After all, we are Inspired By People.
I guess the best place for me to start is, why is recruitment one of the fastest growing industries, and why, in this age where connecting with each other is so easy, we recruiters have become such a vital cog in the chain between candidates and our clients.
The first reason is that, despite us living in the digital age, where candidates can find thousands of job adverts in minutes, where LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, not only connect us in a social capacity, but are also in our offices providing connections to business at any one of the day.
We live in a world where we don’t need the local paper, or to spend all day carrying cv’s around town; we just open up Google, and no matter how specific the requirements, the information comes to you.
So again, why, with all this information, and with the growth in internal recruitment departments, do we continue to defy the odds with our growth? Well I think the best way to show our place in this ocean of knowledge, is by understanding that “knowledge is realising that the street is one way; wisdom is looking both directions anyway.”
“Knowledge is knowing it’s a one-way street. Wisdom is looking both ways anyway.”
What I’m saying is, it’s one thing having access to all that knowledge, but another thing completely knowing how to use that knowledge.
We aren’t lying when we say we’re specialists, we’re also not hiding that we’re in a sales game, and to make it in sales you don’t just read the data, you respect it.
We know that, whilst a lot of firms take on temps at this time of year to get their audits ready, those in the hospitality sector, for the most part, won’t be thinking about hiring until Mother’s Day comes along.
You see, it’s not just about knowing where to look, it’s when to look, who you’re looking at and what to ask for when you get there.
Secondly, it’s not just about finding your way through swathes of information, making sure you aren’t overlooking the countless types of jobs you never knew existed, meaning you never thought to see if your skills and experience match up to them. No it comes down down to that one thing that we value more than anything else, it’s time, our most valuable commodity, in this world of the instantaneous, we can’t afford to ‘just see what our advert will bring in’ we need people filling our employment gaps today, lest we lose our edge in the markets. And now, with the way ‘Millennials’ and ‘Generation X’ approach the career ladder, they move between jobs far more frequently than those in the past have done. Here at IBP, we get that often it’s not a single tree they climb, but a jungle they look out upon, and that’s why they need us, to act as their guide, to help them climb.