All posts written by John Lees

The path from agency to in-house recruiter

agency-in-house-2If you love recruitment you may be tempted to follow the path from agency to in-house recruiter. Although most HR generalists recruit, some organisations find it makes commercial sense to bring expert recruitment skills in-house. It’s a well-beaten path; if you are employed as an agency consultant you work closely with HR departments who will quite naturally spot you for new.
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Recruiter Soapbox: Zero hours contracts

John-LeesAccording to the CIPD, about 1 million UK workers are on zero hours contracts. Are they fair? They might strike you as an odd feature of today’s marketplace, apparently subverting a century of employee protection by allowing employers to turn the pay tap on or off at a whim. Critics claim they offer a very one-sided deal – giving employers.
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Recruiter soapbox: John Lees’ reality check for recruitment agencies

Let’s begin positively. Recruitment consultants play an important role. They connect employers with the right people, short-listing effectively and quickly, and offer influence, leverage and reach that individual candidates can’t achieve. I spent over 20 years training recruiters. Every one claimed to understand employer needs better than their competition. They also boasted of exceptional candidate care, knowing that today’s candidate may.
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Giving negative feedback to candidates

For recruiters an interview is routine; for a candidate it’s a high-stress and potentially life changing event. Interviewer feedback is therefore very important. Sometimes it’s excellent, but many candidates say that it is frequently either non-existent or unhelpful. Unhelpful feedback falls into several categories:   1. Bland Often a variant on “we met other people who fit the job better”. This may be untrue,.
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