Roxanne Abercrombie's Blog (19)

Live chat: an overlooked recruitment tool?

In today’s age of ubiquitous connectivity, we have hundreds of recruitment tools at our disposal. There’s social media, there’s video, there’s a world of clever automation technology… the industry is saturated with options.

But this is recruitment, where the pace never seems to slow. Appetites for more are…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on August 11, 2015 at 4:37am — 8 Comments

Recruiters, stop stalking your candidates

Some recruiters call it ‘social media profiling’. Others call it ‘social screening.’ In certain cases, a more appropriate term would be ‘stalking’.


1984 in 2015

Want to know some alarming statistics? According to a study by social media monitoring service Reppler, over 90% of recruiters visit a candidate’s profile on a social network as…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on June 29, 2015 at 4:00am — 8 Comments

What candidates say vs. what they mean

When it comes to job interviews, recruiters often find themselves in the fantastical realm of fiction. There's something about the tension of the situation and the acute need to impress that turns people into elaborate story-tellers, full of exaggerations and inflated claims.

In fact, a whopping 81% of people lie during job interviews. Yes, those digits are the right way around...81%! For…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on June 4, 2015 at 11:23am — 6 Comments

If Game of Thrones characters were candidates…

It’s here: the recruitment article you’ve all been waiting for. We know it’s a struggle speaking to candidates when you’re really trying to digest the latest mind-blowing Game of Thrones episode. We know it’s hard reading job specifications when your thoughts won’t stop drifting over to Westeros and its woes. We…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on May 14, 2015 at 4:22am — No Comments

The anatomy of the perfect recruitment email

Carefully-crafted, impactful recruitment emails are the white Bengal tigers of the industry: they’re fabulously and unfortunately rare. We’ve all seen examples of the canned drivel that bad recruiters spam out. You know the sort. They usually include clangers such as obviously generic templates, unspecified clients, pleas for CVs/referrals and heavy…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on April 27, 2015 at 10:34am — 16 Comments

Enough of the tired old recruitment articles, already

If you work in recruitment, you’ve probably seen enough articles about how to attract candidates to make your eyes bleed. Similarly, you’ll have read about how recruitment is like speed dating so many times that it’s enough to send you into a light snooze. Want to know how to engage candidates? Write a job advert?…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on April 16, 2015 at 5:56am — 2 Comments

What no one tells you about psychometric testing

Psychometric testing has long been splitting opinions in the recruitment industry, with one camp of recruiters labelling them a valuable assessment resource and the other labelling them a pseudoscientific pile of crock.  Despite the substantial doubt cast over their value, psychometric tests are used by some 70%…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on March 31, 2015 at 6:10am — 7 Comments

5 things recruiters should NEVER say to candidates

When it comes to recruitment articles, there’s a great deal of emphasis on what the candidate should avoid saying. Not much content at all, however, can be found on phrases that recruiters should avoid uttering.

Since anyone who works in recruitment knows (alas!) that we’re only human and therefore just as capable of saying something silly as candidates, we’ve…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on March 9, 2015 at 4:47am — 16 Comments

It’s only logical: 5 lessons recruiters can learn from Spock

Any Star Trek fan will know just how much wisdom is packed within each episode of the show. The exploits of the starship Enterprise crew are not only the stuff that sci-fi fans dream of, they also provide a strong business model to learn from and an abundance of sound strategy advice. Although every character brings brilliance to the table (with the possible…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on March 2, 2015 at 11:12am — 4 Comments

SEO recruitment for dummies

In 2015, any business not using Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) as a tool in its sales and marketing arsenal is lagging dangerously behind. The recruitment industry is no exception: SEO provides a powerful and highly effective way to attract candidates and stay ahead of the curve. With 67% of jobseekers starting their job hunt on search engines, even a simple SEO strategy…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on February 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Are we ready for recruitment via Snapchat?

As recruiters are becoming increasingly aware of their need to embrace social media to stay competitive, the industry is seeing an influx of social recruitment campaigns. In fact, the latest research indicates that a massive majority (94%) of recruiters are either…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on January 28, 2015 at 3:40am — 4 Comments

Which fictional recruiter are you?

We’re not quite sure how any recruitment professional worth their salt can get through work without knowing which fictional recruiter they are. How can you pick up the phone, screen candidates and work your way through a mountain of CVs without knowing whether you’re Morpheus or the Hogwarts Sorting…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on January 15, 2015 at 6:39am — 6 Comments

The complete A-Z of recruitment catchphrases

Every industry has its fair share of insider catchphrases, and recruitment is no exception. Whether you’re a hiring manager, a working professional or a curious job hunter, here’s an A-Z glossary of phrases used by recruiters to add a touch of humour to the job.

Al Desko. Any meal eaten…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on January 6, 2015 at 3:30am — 6 Comments

Want to make great hires? Ask behavioural interview questions.

When it comes to ascertaining whether a candidate really would be a good cultural fit for your company, you don’t need a crystal ball. The only thing that a smart recruiter needs is a set of strategic behavioural interview questions.

The candidates of today are savvy. They know all the standard interview…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on December 16, 2014 at 8:55am — No Comments

The prodigy recruiter: Peter Pan

We all want to be the kind of recruiters who have the swaying power to convince candidates to follow us on a journey to pastures new. We like to think that we’re persuasive headhunters, capable of bringing people on board and selling them a vision that completely changes their prospects. But could any of us…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on December 9, 2014 at 3:34am — 3 Comments

Attracting Millennials: 3 Top Tips for Recruiting Gen Y Talent

Like it or not, millennials are changing the face of recruitment as we know it. As the candidate talent pool becomes flooded with millennials (people born after 1980), traditional recruitment methods are falling flat.

Millennials now make up between 47 and 50% of the world's working population. And in the space of a decade, this will increase to a full 75%. They’re…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on November 25, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Why Willy Wonka is the ultimate recruiter

You’ve all heard of Willy Wonka. You know him as a chocolate maker, an inventor, a whacky entrepreneur with a particular love for musicality. But do you also know him as a fantastic recruiter? If not, it’s time to change your perceptions.

Let’s look at his innovative recruitment…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on November 18, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Are retail jobs sexist?

Although women occupy 60% of retail jobs, the industry is a man’s game. Statistically, women in retail earn less than men, are employed in less senior positions than men and work in less profitable outlets than men.

Let’s look at the sector. Most people, if questioned, would identify women with retail. Typically,…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on October 22, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Three Simple Strategies to Secure the Best Talent

Jim Collins once said that great vision without great people is irrelevant. For your business to thrive, you need to secure candidates with talent, passion and the drive to turn vision into reality.

So, how do you get an exceptional team around you? Not only do your candidates need to impress you, it’s a frequently forgotten fact that you need to impress them in…


Added by Roxanne Abercrombie on October 17, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments


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