The Good vs. Bad – Recruitment Battle
The Good vs. Bad – Recruitment Consultants
Of course, LinkedIn does enjoy sharing some bad publicity on Recruitment Consultants and having seen and heard some of these stories myself, sometimes I dislike Recruiters too! However, considering there are 20,000 Recruitment Agencies in the UK alone, there must be some good eggs out there somewhere right? I thought I’d share with you not the day to day job of a Recruiter but rather the hair pulling, wrinkle enhancing actuality of the role itself!
A Recruitment Consultant is the middle man… or woman in my case. Now with this alone comes some challenges as anyone working in Sales can relate to! The client wants Mike Tyson to join their Sales Team however are only willing to pay for Audley Harrison and the candidate wants the Pay Rise, Remote Working, Car Allowance and 45 days’ holiday… this is where you enter the boxing ring.
I’ve genuinely had a client explain to me before, well your role is easy isn’t it?‘Candidate, job, boom, you’re done’. Let me assure you this is not the case however this is the road where good and bad recruiters tend to take different routes. The bad recruiter does something like this… (Client asks) ‘Can I have an experienced Business Development Manager with 5 years’ experience, a real go getter, who works with my competitor based down in Manchester although I’m in Reading that of course lives in the area? Recruiter says: ‘Sure Thang!’.
The bad agencies send an applicant to an interview and the applicant doesn’t get the job, but hasn’t heard from the recruiter. The Recruiter avoids the call as his line manager shouts across the office ‘Time is money son! Focus on the next one!’. I can assure you, it’s not just you that dislikes them! We Consultants do too!
A Consultant (take note that I’m not using the word Recruiter) is the one that at the stage of the client asking for the world… thinks. We discuss with the client the current market, the salary their competitors are offering and offer suggestions such as increasing bonus, considering remote working to allow us to ‘get the job done’ to enable the good candidates that want the next step in their career, not a side step (which seems to be a common expectation) gets just that chance. A Consultant helps and guides the Candidate through the process, from start to finish and beyond. Send them your presentation! Ask them for extra information on the company, the staff, their backgrounds and don’t hesitate to do so because that is our job!
When you’re looking for your next role, speak to Consultants – if they are good, they will ask you further questions and show a genuine interest in what you do, keep you up to date with your applications and give you options in terms of new companies you might be interested in, it should be more than one! As a Client, please be worried when a Consultant tells you you’ll get everything you want and more, because the likelihood is you’ll have approximately 35 CVs in your inbox the next day when the reality is there’s only 35 specialists in the UK!
And finally, please consider that us Consultants that do this day in and day out and work hard to please both parties whilst (don’t ask how) enjoy doing so, sometimes like to see a bit of appreciation as opposed to a daily witch hunt on our industry enemies. Hey! We all like to be told we’re doing a good job sometimes, right?
Thanks for reading!