21 Aug 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WOMEN IN RECRUITMENT
Last week I was approached for an up-coming feature for the Recruitment Times.Co.UK for their new site launch. They wanted some insight from an Australian recruiter and their personal perspectives on some very tricky topics. Before I land myself in hot water, to all my LinkedIN friends I will just say I wanted to answer these questions without ‘thinking too much’ I wanted it to come as naturally as possible so that there is some ‘rawness’ to my answers. If you want a copy of the issue scroll down to the link below and it will direct you to the new site!
1. What attracts you as a recruiter to an agency (how important is the brand of the agency to you?)?
I think its more about the team environment and the culture that really matters and that can stem from the brand of the agency. But sometimes the brand isn’t reflective of the actual company its just a facade. That applies in any industry, you cannot just rely on the brand you need to research. It is important to speak to previous employees and just check in on the culture, it can be really hit and miss. You never truly know until you start and test it out and see what works for you.
2. How much does the employer brand play a part in your selling of a role to an ideal candidate?
I think brand is important, but theres a difference between a “brand” and the truth. As an example, how often do we buy products that brand and market to be“the best on the market” or “regrow your hair fast” or “lose 10kgs in 1 week” but the branding does not add up to the product. I think it’s about transparency, I think it’s really dangerous to oversell what you are offering to a future employee. You want to know the positives and the negatives, I try to be extremely transparent with how I operate so there are no surprises for my candidates and clients. I work with brands I believe in so its easy for me to market their image to potential candidates, this is actually my favourite part. I talk to so many people that I likely know ‘inside info’ from previous employees so I know their good reputation from an internal perspective and they’re the companies I want to align myself with. Offering someone a job in a funky office, right near the train station with the coolest boss who is honestly one of the perks of my job.
3. What do you observe to be the most important things to (a) actively looking candidates, and (b) passive candidates in a new role?
For active candidates it is more about the company, any additional perks, the roles responsibilities and the salary. For passive candidates it’s typically, a better culture, better salary, new challenges or new technologies or something closer to home.
4. What do you think are the strongest recruitment agency brands at the moment (and why)?
Me personally, I guess every brand to be honest has their unique selling point you have the large recruitment firms that can get you a quick shortlist but may not really provide much consultation or quality but at least they are consistent and fast. Then you have the boutique firms who maybe offer a better service to candidates and clients but it an be hit and miss and they are exceptionally expensive, this is why I decided to become an independent consultant and I charge a fee ($5,990 flat fee) which is just about one-third of the cost you would pay an agency for the exact same service.
The Woman Issue: 1. Being a female recruiter, do you feel your experience differs from male recruiters at your level? 2. Is there a sexism problem in recruitment?
Well let me put it this way, so far I haven’t had a female boss, in fact in the jobs I have worked in many of the males have always been on a higher salary than me, thats even without any experience- GO FIGURE THAT OUT. In some companies I do feel like you being a female it seems to be about how you look, some offices have more banter than others, it’s almost like the rules of political correctness do not always apply in recruitment. I have noticed I have changed and become more blasé’ about the comments and It does toughen you up, but to be honest I sympathise with men as well, sexism is not just a women issue. I notice in this industry men get taunted about being “weak” or a “pussy” or a “push over” and they get taunted with offensive demasculinating slander thats probably harsher than the females get. I see both sides of the coin -and both need polishing!
5.What would you do or say to promote recruitment as a profession to other women?
I guess to promote recruitment as a profession to other women from my experience, if you are have suffered any form of abuse I honestly would say, Please-PLEASE be weary of recruitment, this is just my kind advice and I mean this in a professional way and hope this doesn’t offend anyone. Honestly, the things I have heard or experienced or heard from others, for me as a strong individual I can let handle and others may not be able to. But I have personally gone through serious traumatic experiences in my past, for some reason It made me very strong, for others its the opposite and can have detrimental effects and I would say this industry is not for them. This industry can be very dangerous I think for soft natured people or self conscious, I could see it having mental effects, not just the stress, not just the bullying but everything depending on where you go.
6. Are there any perils of reaching out to clients or candidates via social networks and in networking? (recent spate of abuse from leering males using LinkedIn as a dating app for instance)
If you think you can handle taunts, comments and you have thick skin, go for it, kick their butts! If you know for a fact its a lovely work environment then recruitment is the best industry there is, you get to please clients with amazing staff and make people’s career dreams come true. I couldn’t be happier with what I do, I love meeting new clients and candidates, I love learning new information and I love making money doing it. I enjoy my industry, I enjoy the roller coaster and the challenge. I thrive on change, and I like to make a difference. I would recommend women get into technology as thats where the money is and it is the most invigorating industry of all, but if not, I would do IT focused recruitment.
Recruitment…let me just say you got to experience it to know. Its not all bad. In fact it can be a whole lot of fun, its all about what you make it. In fact I bet there are agencies out there that are amazing and lovely to work in. Just do your research and ask around first.
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Independant Recruitment Consultant