50 (half) smart, or (vaguely) controversial things I said at the RCSA Conference (Part 1)

Apparently my presentation at the RCSA Conference caused consternation, irritation, and even inspiration, in equal part. A success then, by my measure. I have had a lot of requests for summaries of the content, so here are 50 things I said that day. Although, in Part 1 we start with the first 25. The rest you can get in next weeks blog. Hope you enjoy this…

  1. My presentation today is so different to anything I have ever done before, that 3 years ago I would not even have been able to understand the content of this speech. Let alone give it. That tells us what is happening to our industry.
  2. The world is going through a period where we are seeing the ‘reinvention of everything’. And so, how blind would we be, how thick, how ostrich-like, if we did not suspect that our own industry – recruitment – will not be caught up in this tsunami of change?
  3. In the context of the ‘re-invention of everything’, are you re-inventing how you source candidates? Or are you like Kodak, once mighty, now gone or soon to go?
  4. Our customers are cynical about our value, and they are building resources specifically to exclude 3rd party recruiters. And they are serious about it.
  5. Candidates want transparency, speed and responsiveness. Many recruiters and hiring companies are nowhere near meeting that need – and it will exclude them from accessing the cream of the talent.
  6. Not everyone is looking for a job. But everyone is available to change jobs!
  7. The recruitment industry will never be a shortlisting, screening, culling service again. We are a talent identification and acquisition service.
  8. The future of recruitment is that everyone is a candidate – all the time!
  9. All candidates are ‘active’. Some just need to be ‘ignited’.
  10. ‘Just in time’ recruitment is dead or dying. Sourcing starts way before you are briefed on a specific role.
  11. The recruitment industry must adjust, or we will have nothing to offer clients that they can’t get themselves.
  12. The massive paradox of contemporary business life is that, just as unemployment soars, the number of unfilled vacancies increases.
  13. The extent of the gap between what employers need and what the labour market provides in terms of skills and talent, will continue to widen. Our reason for existence will be to bridge that gap.
  14. We are at the pointy end of a talent sourcing evolution. What worked before won’t work in the future. And what I am trying to do is place Firebrand in front of the wave, by creating a ‘social recruitment company’.
  15. The social recruiting business actually weaves social into the fabric of the entire business strategy.
  16. What I’m saying is that social media is not a separate strategy or a sub-strategy… it is our core strategy.
  17. Social media is not ‘recruiting’ or ‘marketing’ or ‘branding’ or ‘customer service’. It includes all those things, but it’s bigger than all those.
  18. Like it or not the world of recruitment is part of the real world. And that is a world that is far more transparent, has far fewer degrees of separation. A more networked world, a more casual world and a world where people want much faster response times. Our sourcing must reflect this world.
  19. A great social strategy means that every interaction is an opportunity to create and amplify advocates.
  20. In our view, the technology is an enabler only. It opens the dialogue with clients and candidates. It engages them. But you still need great personal recruiting, influencing and human skills to convert them to paying clients, or job-accepting candidates.
  21. That is the paradox of social recruiting. Faster… but also slower.
  22. Social media is NOT a sales channel. It is in fact a flirting, seduction and first-dating channel.
  23. Social media is not a place to sell your services or your jobs overtly. It is a place to showcase your expertise, generosity and thought-leadership.
  24. Not everyone on social media is a candidate today. But every one of them is a potential brand ambassador for you. Today!
  25. Identify the social media “champions” in your organisation and encourage them to communicate on behalf of the business. Give them the coaching, sell them the vision, then give them the power.


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Comment by Cora Mae Lengeman on September 21, 2012 at 9:28am

I love two of your comments best  -- and it's a shame more recruiters don't think or know about the power of conversation:


Not everyone is looking for a job. But everyone is available to change jobs!

All candidates are ‘active’. Some just need to be ‘ignited’.


Sometimes it just comes down to a phone call but other times you need a story that peaks their interest.  Regardless, thinking that if their resume isn't out in lala land they're not "available" or "actively seeking" a new position is just plain stupid.  Recruiters are supposed to find the right person for the position; not just someone looking for a position.

Comment by Greg Savage on September 21, 2012 at 3:26pm

Exactly my thoughts too Cora Mae..thanks for the comments


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