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The Candidate Experience - A Case Study

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The other day I remembered that I applied for a contract recruiter role at Amazon 5 years ago and heard nothing back.

If that wasn’t bad enough, now I’m going to have to stop buying books from them.

Because that’s what a bad candidate experience requires me to do. Apparently.

What I’m really trying to say here is that candidates need to grow a…


Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:16am

I Used To Write Job Ads

Back in the day, just before and during the early days of the Internet, I used to write job copy. I generated about 90% of my fees by selling this to my clients.

I’d produce a great display ad - probably not always as great as what the client would get from a decent creative ad agency, but miles better than anything produced by any other recruitment…


Posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Here’s another recruitment myth that needs to be punched in the face

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It’s kind of funny that recruiters are often considered to be “too salesy”.

I suspect what people mean when they describe agency recruiters this way is that they act like salespeople. That they display all of the hackneyed stereotypes that are associated with salespeople – or more accurately, bad salespeople.

Great salespeople don’t display these characteristics, because of the very fact that they are great…


Posted on September 30, 2014 at 10:30am

Lessons we can learn from dead people

Lesson 1 – Don’t die

This one’s a piece of piss. Somewhere close to 99.9% of us will wake up tomorrow, so the stats back-up how easy this one is.

Lesson 2 – Become famous

When people you’ve never met die and you can’t go anywhere without someone mentioning it, that normally means they’re famous.

So there’s lesson…


Posted on September 5, 2014 at 7:21pm — 1 Comment

Employee Engagement. How far is too far?

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As Barry Flack opens with in his excellent blog The slow death of employee engagement, there are few people who think that having an engaged and motivated workforce isn’t a good thing.

The problem is, as Barry points out, the concept is very new and with the exception of a few…


Posted on May 15, 2014 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

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At 7:53pm on April 19, 2012, Ronald Peterson said…

Did someone equate trading and recruiting? Do you really believe that being retained leads to a more successful effort? I do find your comments a tad strange. Ron P.



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