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Candidates, does this feel familiar?

Candidates, does this feel familiar?

Okay, I confess, I liked this video so I wrote a blog as an excuse to post it on the site. The term ‘like’ may be a little misleading, however…

Despite my laughing along, it pains me to see the clear divide between the majority of the recruitment market and candidates seeking work. Has it really come to this? Tongue in cheek videos brushing off the clear failings in the industry?

As a recruiter who has operated in various sectors for over 15 years now, I’ve seen the good and the bad (I’ll spare you the ugly), and it does appear there are various assumptions made on both sides of the fence. Yes, recruiters are on a commission, but recruiters who choose to ignore their morals and pressgang candidates into the wrong roles will quickly run out of candidates and companies to work with!

But can we really assume the majority of the recruitment industry is operating in this way? On the flip side, do candidates really get in touch with recruiters simply because they want to have a chat, then stay in their current role? Of course not. It seems to me the sooner we* start seeing each other as individuals, the sooner things will improve.

So, here comes the pitch…

Guess what, Hurren & Hope are different. No, wait a minute, we genuinely are.

Take a look at our team, we’ve all been in the sector for years. If we were lousy bottom feeders, preying on the souls of unsuspecting jobseekers, would we still be in the industry? Surely the word would’ve gotten out and the devil would’ve recruited us for his HR department?

Okay, I’m being a little facetious, but seriously, think about it. I’m a recruiter at heart. I love chatting to candidates a couple of years after we’ve placed them and finding we’ve played a positive part in their life. The guys and girls who work here show that same motivation – offering a genuine consultation service.

More than a numbers game

I can’t help but wonder how somebody in a call centre with very little training or experience in the marketplace can call themselves a recruitment “consultant”?

By all means, learn to be a recruiter – a good one, with the right values and an approach that makes you want to earn a ‘consultant’ job title – but please don’t treat it as telesales and further damage the industry’s already fragile image. To become the finished article as a recruitment consultant usually involves a long, winding career path, but the job satisfaction and rewards (and I’m not just talking about commission) make it all worthwhile.

Candidates, I ask you this, please view recruiters as individuals who are doing their best to understand your particular needs and help you in your career. Leave any negative preconceptions at the door and I’m sure the vast majority of the professional consultants out there will do you, and the industry I love, proud.

My hope is that in future I’ll be able to confidently state what I’ve chosen to do for a living without having to follow it up with, “don’t worry, we’re not all the same.”

*I use ‘we’ to cover recruiters and candidates in general. My colleagues and more enlightened readers are exempt of course. That should keep the lawyers happy!

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