Robert Wright's Blog (11)

Career Meerkat Moments - Stand Up, Look Around and then Charge!

Despite my busy recruitment workload in the last few weeks I've taken time out to wear my other hat and offer some career advice and guidance to a handful of experienced director-level contacts requiring some help.

I'll get my apologies and excuses in early if you don't mind. I'm not a qualified career coach, counsellor or even a trained psychometric testing assessor. These contacts of mine have sought my help because I know their sectors and have been a senior level recruiter…

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Added by Robert Wright on June 12, 2012 at 8:38am — No Comments

How to Spot You're a Recruitment Bore

Had a recent coffee with a mate and in turn we despaired, chuckled and grimaced when recalling recruiters we knew, worked with or had met over the years. So as a bit of a fun posting here's my guide to spotting if you're a Recruiment Bore.

You're a RB one if:

  1. You can't stop interviewing whoever you meet. Whether it's the taxi driver, the barber, someone at a party, another parent at parents' evening who find yourself judging if they're employable talent. I once…
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Added by Robert Wright on February 29, 2012 at 12:21pm — 13 Comments

My Favourite Online Tools (as a Recruiter)

OK, so I'm not the most online literate recruiter but neither am I the worst. I am a successful recruiter though; so I must be doing something right non? For what it's worth here are my top 7 must-use online tools that I use day-in-day-out. I'd love people to suggest others that I might use instead or as well and I think my habits could probably be transferable to other professions; so I hope it has some resonance beyond recruiting:…

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Added by Robert Wright on February 20, 2012 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

How to use Linkedin to be found by Headhunters and Hirers

I am an inveterate networker. Amongst all the conversations I have, at least once a week, I'm asked by a job seeker (passive or active) how they can use Linkedin to be found by headhunters and take advantage of new career opportunities? So here's my top 10 tips on how you can be found:

  1. Make sure your Linkedin profile is 100% complete. There are loads of websites you can google offering great advice on making your profile as strong as possible so I won't regurgitate too much…
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Added by Robert Wright on February 14, 2012 at 7:44am — 7 Comments

Job Seekers - Top Tips and Thomas Hardy

It's been a difficult year for many people given the parlous state of the Western European economy. In the UK unemployment remains high and job opportunities low. It's been particularly saddening recruiting in the public sector and the construction industries where amongst the good news for appointed candidates I have all too often been breaking bad news and rejection to many worthwhile and worthy applicants.…

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Added by Robert Wright on December 21, 2011 at 3:37pm — 2 Comments

What I've learnt from the Boss

What I've learnt from my four recruitment bosses:

  1. Boss No 1) I was a pretty raw graduate new to recruitment. My first boss taught me the value of getting to know your sector. Knowldge and credability are key if you're to successfully broker relationships between clients and candidates. Particularly if you look about 12 years old.
  2. Boss No 2) Make sure you know your stats. Keeping an eye on your dashboard activity levels is essential; new candidates, job orders, client…
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Added by Robert Wright on November 24, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Expectation of Service - The Customer Loyalty Myth in Recruitment

I'm guessing that if you're reading this blog that you're a fairly IT literate type person and that when you search the Internet you "loyally" use Google as your preferred search engine. You're not alone. I read recently that Google processes over a billion search requests every day.
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Added by Robert Wright on November 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Zen & The Art of Dog Walking

Like so many people I have a busy life. A more that full-time job as a Recruiter, 2 kids, 1 wife, a large extended family, a dwindling social life and now a dog.
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Added by Robert Wright on November 7, 2011 at 5:41am — 2 Comments

My Friend Steve and the Future of Recruitment ….AKA What's so Special about Specialisation?

During a recent long car journey home I caught up with long time friend and fellow recruiter I used to work with; Steve Williams of Highstar Associates (http://www.highstar-associates.co.uk/). Although we both do the same job we have very different backgrounds.

I’ve always worked in recruitment (http://www.linkedin.com/in/robmwright), joined the…

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Added by Robert Wright on November 2, 2011 at 1:02pm — 8 Comments

Coffee and Writing Effective Email Introductions

In a Perfect World
 
In a perfect business development world the very best scenario we could experience would be a telephone call to a…
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Added by Robert Wright on October 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

10 Tips for a Recruitment Newbie



  1. Work Hard - like all jobs worth doing; it's worth doing well. And like all good professions it looks easier than it is. Hard work is a basic requirement and the starting point for all successful recruiters




  2. Recognise that you're in Sales - OK you're not pushing mobile phones or house insurance but you are selling your services to clients, job opportunities to candidates and candidates to…
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Added by Robert Wright on October 27, 2011 at 4:01pm — 3 Comments

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