Recruitment an Inch Deep and a Mile Wide

by Veronica Blatt

recruitment and talent acquisition imageThis post is from guest blogger Scott King of Kings Resources in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Scott is a longtime member of NPAworldwide and is currently serving on our board of directors. Kings Resources is a boutique recruitment firm that specializes in the placement of contract and direct-hire information technology professionals.

I was fortunate to recently attend one of NPAworldwide’s many global conferences this year. This one was a networking meeting in Porto, Portugal and it was attended by many experienced recruitment professionals from Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Australia and Asia. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruitment News and Blogs to Follow

by Veronica Blatt

I make a point of doing some industry reading most days during the week, even if it’s just a quick glance at headlines. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite blogs and other sites for recruitment news:

Fistful of Talent – FOT is an opinion blog with a wide range of contributors in the talent, recruitment, and HR space, with pieces that are a little snarky/edgy. Always a great read; I particularly enjoy posts from Tim Sackett, Laurie Ruettimann, and Katrina Kibben. Read the rest of this entry »


The 7 Deadly Credit Mistakes

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Wilson Cole. He is the CEO of BackdoorHires.com and Adams, Evens & Ross, the nation’s largest credit and collection agency designed exclusively for the staffing and recruiting industry. In 2008 he was inducted into INC Magazine’s, “INC 500” for being the CEO of Adams, Evens & Ross, the 307th fastest-growing privately held company in America. Adams, Evens, & Ross has helped more than 3,000 staffing and recruiting firms recover more than $1 billion in past-due debt and is an NPAworldwide Endorsed Program. Below are his thoughts on the top credit mistakes that recruitment and staffing firms make.

Any time you or your business extends credit you run the risk of some or all of the funds will not be repaid. On the other hand, choosing to not extend credit at all may forsake tens of thousands of dollars of business revenue for fear of potentially losing a couple of thousand dollars in credited funds. Proper credit management is the art of effectively balancing this risk. A credit manager must neither be afraid of risk nor focus too much on loss. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Sell an Opportunity That’s Not Particularly Enticing

by Liz Carey

Some job orders on a recruiter’s desk are easy sells – the ones for companies that offer generous packages and great working environments with on-site gyms, or roles in locations that are hotbeds for that industry, or clients who hold spots on “Best Places to Work” lists. Then… then there are the other orders – positions in rural areas, roles at companies that aren’t so “sexy,” jobs that require long hours or lots of travel, etc.

How do you post the job order or present it to a candidate when you don’t have a great first line like: “Work for a booming startup in the heart of Manhattan; this client offers great perks like a company vehicle and generous PTO policy…”?

Of course, you have to be honest… you can’t tell a candidate that your client offers something that is totally false. But there is always a way to spin a negative into a positive (for example, rural areas can be lauded for their low cost-of-living, and long hours might be the first steps in a company with a road to advancement). You need to be up-front about any drawbacks regarding the role — 1) to prevent a potential fall-off, because 2) the candidate will eventually find out anyway, and you will likely ruin the relationship with them because they won’t trust you anymore.

Here’s some tips on selling your “less-than-perfect” job orders:

  • Emotion is always number 1. While fat paychecks and great benefits are always a plus, candidates want to work for a company they align with and feel connected to. What is at the core of the organization’s mission and value of its work?
  • It’s easier to sell jobs at big companies who are leaders in their field. If your client is a smaller business/organization, stress to your candidate that its employees may have more opportunity for advancement, or they may have more “say” in decision-making, etc. Big fish, smaller pond.
  • Not located in a major city or desirable location? Stress the company culture – a strong culture reduces turnover, improves employee productivity and satisfaction, and is linked to greater profits.
  • What if the candidate thinks they could get a bigger salary from the same role elsewhere? Explain that your client is in a location with a low cost of living, low taxes, low crime rates, high quality of schools, etc. Do some research on the area and present this to your candidate – they may prefer small-town life, and realize that it all equals out – a higher salary elsewhere will also come with a higher cost of living.
  • If the workplace itself is difficult — long hours or problematic leadership — point out the room for opportunity. Without challenge, there is no change. Working in a challenging environment can build skills, and can create more opportunities in the long run.

As a recruiter, you must be honest and point out your client’s challenges and shortcomings, but also do some research to emphasize the overall opportunity for the candidate.

 


The New Job Search for Executive Professionals

by Dave Nerz

OK, so you have been employed for the last 10 or more years. Just now you are beginning to search for what is next. Maybe your career is in flux because you experienced a reduction in force, or perhaps your company is moving and you are not, or you just need to do something new for someone else. There are new rules that will impact your job search methods. Some things really have not changed about job search, and others are all new.

Job hunting for executives has changed over the years and these ideas may help you improve the speed and results of your job hunt: Read the rest of this entry »


Top Recruitment Blogs of 2019

by Veronica Blatt

top recruitment blogsIt’s a holiday week in both Canada and the USA, so we’re only posting once and giving you a chance to catch up on your reading if you are among the many people away from the office. In case you missed them the first time around, here are our top recruitment blogs of the year to date:

Three Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Interviews: How to Create an ATS-Friendly Resume Automation has made it more difficult for job seekers’ resumes to be seen by the proper hiring authorities. Applicant tracking systems (ATS) “read” resumes looking for keywords. If your resume doesn’t include the right words and the right formatting for machine-reading, it’s very possible you’ll be overlooked. This post includes tips for how to create a resume that will be “seen” and hopefully lead to more interviews! Read the rest of this entry »


Differences between NPAworldwide and Other Split Fee Networks

by Sarah Freiburger

As the Director of Membership for NPAworldwide, I occasionally am asked by independent recruiters how our network is different and better than others. As an independent recruiter, deciding which to join will depend on how you like to work, and how much of a relationship-based recruiter you are.

Structure

NPAworldwide is a member-owned and -run network of independently-owned recruiting firms that work together to make split placements. Owners of the firms set the strategic direction of the network. The network is led by a Board of Directors of owners of member firms and has a selective membership process. At the end of the year, profits are reinvested in the network to continue and improve services to our members.

Most other networks promote themselves as recruiting tools or platforms for outsourced/agency-side recruiters and employers to partner with each other through job bidding or are for profit based, resulting in more transaction based business practices taking place to net profit for the company.

How positions/candidates are exchanged

NPAworldwide uses a live, web-based sharing tool for members to post jobs and candidates freely. The members are able to search these databases, as well as search for recruiters and firms based on location or specialty. Each position lists the fee schedule and guarantee. When a member has an interest in working a position, they are able to send candidates directly to that firm or recruiter, and have access to all of their contact information to connect through a phone call or email to see where they are in the search. There is no limit on the number of positions that an independent recruiter can submit candidates to or work on, and the split placement is the result of a placed candidate. Our network highlights each specific industry as well so a niche recruiter can customize their dashboard and trading partner lists, as well as join industry specific virtual calls and participate in forums geared specifically to them.

In other networks, it is common that recruiters can view the posted jobs and respond with candidates (or synopsis of abilities) and “bids.” The bids provide the fee amount the recruiters would be willing to charge for filling the employer’s or other recruiter’s open position with one of their candidates. Recruiters are unaware of competitive bids made by other recruiters; therefore, they must be as competitive as possible with their bids to secure the business. Employers and other recruiters then have the option to accept or decline the bids made. This type of arrangement puts up a lot of walls in building relationships.

Cost of the Network

What is the investment to be apart of a network? Is there a startup cost, monthly fee, fee per transaction, etc? What levels of membership are available and what type of return on your investment do most members see? NPAworldwide has a one-time enrollment fee of USD $500 plus dues of USD $195 per month for a typical North-America, single-location firm (pricing varies by location and/or number of locations being enrolled). Brokerage in NPAworldwide is 2.5% from each partner so nearly a 50/50 split between trading partners. NPAworldwide also has a very robust job board and spends money on advertising member’s jobs which is another unique feature. A successful job board placement is really just pay for success advertising, with you keeping 88% of the fee. As an independent recruiter, not having to manage and maintain monthly job board subscriptions is an immense return on investment of both money and time.

Networking Meetings and Conferences

NPAworldwide strongly encourages members to participate in its annual global conference as well as numerous global networking meetings to utilize one of the oldest business tools, face-to-face networking. During these meetings, strategic ownership meetings for the direction of the network take place, as well as trading group breakout sessions, industry leader presentations, and social activities to establish camaraderie. The goal of the network is to have deep relationships established among independent recruiters.

Marketing and Branding

Finally, a last thing to consider is what type of marketing and branding does the network offer you? NPAworldwide is a relationship-based network facilitating split placements among its members. The members are then able to market themselves to employers as being part of the network and having access to ethical trading partners globally. Being a single point of contact to 1600 recruiters worldwide is not something many can claim. The network provides an entire collection of materials that recruiters can use online on their website or social media platforms, or even documents to send clients to stand out from other agencies.

If you do consider joining another split placement network as an independent recruiter, I suggest you take some time to understand their rules and regulations in regard to candidate ownership and other safeguards. NPAworldwide has time-tested bylaws and an operations manual that clearly define these.

As an independent recruiter, which benefits of a split placement network are important to you?


The Danger of Assumptions

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Laura LaBine from LaBine and Associates in the San Francisco Bay Area (USA). Laura is a member of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors, with responsibility for the network’s practice groups. LaBine and Associates is a boutique recruitment firm specializing in placing highly skilled individuals with clients in the cybersecurity, clean energy, high tech, fin-tech and other industries.

Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct. You can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble. Read the rest of this entry »


Are Split Placements Right for Your Recruitment Firm?

by Veronica Blatt

If you have not previously engaged in split placements, it may be hard to determine if that would be a good option for your recruitment firm. Here are some questions that can help you decide if splits are right for you:

Do you have more jobs than you can fill on your own, and not enough candidates? Split placements can provide a source of candidates, especially for jobs that are outside of your normal specialty. Read the rest of this entry »


Replace NO with YES, BUT!

by Dave Nerz

In recruitment it is not always easy to get what you want or even what is needed to deliver top talent. Sometimes you just need to walk away and say NO to something that is headed the wrong way. Before sealing the deal’s fate with a NO, why not try what some refer to as the evil twin of YES, AND…try a YES, BUT.

I heard a recruiter recount a story recently in which a longtime client that had been increasingly difficult to work with asked a recruiter to do a search for a senior leadership role. The recruiter, overwhelmed with many easier-to-fulfill-upon open orders was going to say NO. A moment of inspiration hit the recruiter just before saying NO and they said, “YES, BUT I will require a search engagement fee of some proportion based on the importance of the role and time I will need to invest.” The result was an agreed YES and a retained search fee in place and working toward a filled position. Read the rest of this entry »