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The Recruitment and Staffing Industry

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Every business beyond the smallest start-up or family-run company has to deal with the staffing process. Successful recruitment of qualified people to suitable jobs doesn’t happen automatically; candidates have to be attracted to apply, screened for suitability and then the most qualified person selected from the remaining pool of applicants.

As staffing demands are fluid, flexible and dependent upon an organisations current skill levels, workloads and financial health, few companies have any call for a permanent, ongoing recruitment division. Instead, by and large this process or some aspects of it at the very least are outsourced to a different company within what’s known as the recruitment industry.

The simplest and most traditional type of recruitment services company is the job board. Today, these are often found online but to a great extent even these sites are simply a more complex version of the traditional classified ad. Member companies pay a small fee to have job vacancies listed on the sites, which jobseekers can search for and often apply to through the website. One significant improvement though is that with an online job board, potential applicants can put their resumes or CVs online – changing the dynamic to one where the potential employer can contact the jobseeker with an offer if they see a resume they like.

Beyond this method of recruitment – mainly based upon the concept of “sourcing” vacancies to a potential audience of jobseekers – there’s the type of service that forms the core of the recruitment industry: the recruitment agency.

These businesses are based upon a model where they provide a candidate, or a pool of pre-screened candidates, to a client company seeking to make a new hiring in return for a price. Some agencies are paid only if the candidates stay beyond a probationary period; others are paid on a retainer to focus on the client’s recruitment needs, then paid a percentage of the candidates salary over time if they stay beyond the probationary period. Often, such as in the case of agencies which serve workers to temporary contracts (Temp Agencies) payment is given when a certain goal – such as the end of the contract or other such factors – is reached by the candidate for the client.

Another major section of the recruitment and staffing industry is the Headhunter. These are generally exclusively employed to find highly experienced and highly qualified candidates for executive level employment – or for workers who are in short supply and high demand. A more aggressive style of recruitment, this type of agency will often directly approach candidates and encourage them to attend interviews with their clients or even in some cases conduct such interviews themselves. This method works well in top-level recruitment in specialised fields, as a one-by-one approach can be much more effective in reaching a small number of people than a general advertisement – and particularly when those individuals may not be actively looking for employment opportunities.

Career Planning For a Challenging Economy – 3 Strategies

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Career planning during a tough economy calls for logical thinking. Yet it’s easy to get caught up in a swirl of emotions. You have to deal with
rumors, fears and uncertainty. In my experience, the best course of action will not seem immediately obvious. But here’s what I recommend, based on years of living through economic cycles.

Begin by turning off the news. Stop buying newspapers that display scary headlines about jobs and sales forecasts. Be especially wary of news networks and programs. They have to come up with stories every day and they like to evoke strong emotion.

Journalists are wonderful people but they need startling headlines. They work on a case basis, highlighting extreme experiences. What’s
happening “out there” may not make any difference to you. I talk to people every day who are changing jobs, getting raises and moving up with promotions.With the time you save by not watching news programs, grow your network of positive, successful people.

This one action alone can get you on the right track. You get ideas and connections that will move you to your goals. You get inspiration to develop new goals.

Sadly, you may have to bite the bullet and release negative people from your life. Don’t be too quick to drop someone who’s having a bad day.

But every time I’ve moved away from one negative source, two positive people arrive unexpectedly.

Finally, take the most difficult step: create a second stream of income before you need one. Use your evenings and weekends to take the first step.

For example, “Karla” needs more money. She wants to enjoy life and buy a lot more, but she realizes she can’t get a raise at work.

Since Karla is still working, she cannot violate her employer’s rules on second jobs. More important, she needs to think outside the box. One city government official works in accounting and runs a lawn care business on weekends. He loves it. He gets out in the fresh air. He gets to be physical rather than cerebral. And his target market wants his services on weekends, when he has no obligations to his employer.

You might also consider developing online income. Avoid the “Get Rich Quick” schemes. To earn revenue on the Internet, you have to invest
some time and energy. Chances are you can use find a business model to fit your own talents, preferences and skills.

Finally, some advice doesn’t change in any economy. While you are still working and secure, create your Plan B. Even in a high-performing
environment, we are all vulnerable. After all, you might wake up one day and realize your job or your business is making you sick. This situation is extremely rare and I never advise anyone to quit a job without another one waiting. But it could happen.

Your Plan B includes provision for health insurance, alternative income sources and a clear idea of how you will support yourself for the next six months to two years. It’s scary to put all these components together when you’re under the gun. So if your job feels comfortable or you’ve just started a job, make creating a Plan B your first priority.