Job Seekers

Will the Antiwork Movement Impact Recruiting?

by Liz Carey

The Great Resignation shows no sign of slowing down. In December, 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, according to the Labor Department’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report, bringing the total to a record 47.4 million people who voluntarily left their jobs last year. And many aren’t going back to work.

The “antiwork” movement, fueled by Gen Z and Millennial workers, is growing. The viral Reddit thread — r/antiwork — has 1.7 million members. There are similar movements across the globe, like the Tang ping movement in China, a social protest movement that rejects the pressure to constantly be more productive and competitive at work. Many are opting out of work because they don’t feel there’s a point to it — wages not keeping pace with inflation, coupled with rising student debt keeps workers on an endless “rat race” treadmill with diminishing returns.  Read the rest of this entry »


Leveraging Social Media to Build Executive Presence

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano of Barbachano International in San Diego, California (USA). Barbachano International is the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm in the Americas with a focus on diversity and multicultural target markets. The firm is a longtime NPAworldwide member, having joined in 2007. He shares some tips below regarding building executive presence.

When you have executive presence, you exude poise and confidence. People respect you as a leader and expect you to take charge. This presence doesn’t just happen, however. Building executive presence is a deliberate act that elevates your influence and personal branding. As you work to manage and build your executive presence, one key tool you can leverage is social media. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruiters and Employers, Upgrade Your Virtual Interview Skills

by Dave Nerz

Vetting job candidates via virtual interview is likely to continue for the near-term and perhaps longer.

While it makes sense for candidates to be challenged by a virtual interview, recruiters and employers need to up their games. Remote connections of all types will be expected by your target candidates. The process and the outcomes must be taken very seriously to win over most candidates and specifically the top talent sought. Read the rest of this entry »


What Do You Need for International Relocation?

by Veronica Blatt

I stumbled upon a great article from Global Mobility Solutions (GMS) about the documents candidates need to have when preparing for international relocation. This is also a great resource for both employers and recruiters to share with candidates who may be making a cross-border move for a new career opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »


What a Candidate Can Expect Working With A Recruiter

by Liz Carey

Recruitment is a relationship business. Companies are looking for candidates with the right mix of skills and cultural “fit” for their business. Candidates are looking for an opportunity with a company they want to belong to, as well as the right salary, benefits, etc. That’s where recruiters come into play – recruiters are the “matchmaker” between the job and the talent. But just because a recruiter matches a resume with the skills needed in a job requirement, doesn’t mean they are a great recruiter.

Recruiting isn’t a transactional business… at the end of the day, if a client or candidate didn’t have a good experience with you, they won’t come back to you. To be a successful recruiter, you have to build and maintain relationships.

Candidates have a lot of options right now, and they are in control when it comes to the recruiting and hiring process… so you have to make sure you leave a good impression and build a strong relationship with them. Candidates should be able to have their expectations met in the following areas: Read the rest of this entry »


Job Seeker Data Indicates Stress and Insecurity Rising

by Veronica Blatt

Jobvite, a talent-acquisition software suite, conducts an annual survey of the US labor market to uncover various trends about employers, candidates, and the recruiting process. The results of the 2021 Job Seeker Nation Report have recently been released, and there is a lot to digest. The short story is that job seeker data have changed. The longer story is that some things haven’t changed as much as we might have expected, other things have changed more, and as always, what you see and hear reported in the media may not be totally accurate. Some of the things that I found particularly interesting: Read the rest of this entry »


Reinvention – Positive work stories in a pandemic world

by Veronica Blatt

Yvonne Kelly, our guest contributor, is the Director of Driftwood Group based in Sydney, Australia. Driftwood Group is a generalist recruitment business that works on senior-level appointments globally in the pharmaceutical & biotech, financial services, cyber security and technology industries. She is a director for Australia and New Zealand with NPAworldwide.

As a recruiter, I love asking questions and hearing stories of people’s careers. In the past 18 months I have been amazed at how many people have reinvented themselves. Many through necessity, with their jobs no longer existing, and others having time to reflect and change direction. I met an airline pilot who was working in construction fitting stud walls in new homes, a chef who has decided to become a roofer and a barista who is now doing Covid testing. Read the rest of this entry »


Experts Talk: All About Working in Africa

by Veronica Blatt

Our guest blogger is Nisha Kapoor of United HR Solutions in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. United HR Solutions is recruitment consultancy specializing in the region of Africa and India. Nisha founded the business in 1986. Her skills of organization and management have effectively steered United HR Solutions to its current success. A counselor at heart, Nisha has also specialized in counseling. Her views on careers and recruitment are regularly sought after. Today she shares advice for working in Africa.

When it comes to working abroad and working in a different culture, there are a whole lot of misconceptions and myths that we carry. I recently participated in a Mentza discussion on global careers along with two other NPAworldwide members, Achyut “AK” Menon from Options and Tinashe Hove from Morphegenix Executive Search & Leadership Advisory in South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »


6 Ways to Attract Headhunters

by Veronica Blatt

Our guest blogger is Jason Elias of Elias Recruitment in Sydney, Australia. Elias Recruitment is a specialist legal recruitment consultancy, finding lawyers for law firms, not-for-profits and corporates across Australia. Jason is the Chairman of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors and received our Chairman’s Award in 2014. Jason is also a Fellow of the peak recruitment industry body in Australasia  the RCSA (Recruitment & Consulting Services Association). Today he shares advice for working with headhunters.

A few touches to your mobile phone and your groceries, an Uber or a pizza come to you. So why not a job? Many of the best jobs are never advertised, so how do you hear about them?

Good employers know that the best lawyers are so busy running their practices that they don’t have time to trawl through job ads. They also like keeping strategic hires out of the public eye so the marketplace doesn’t catch on to what they’re doing and where they’re headed. Read the rest of this entry »


What Does a Recruiter Do?

by Veronica Blatt

If you’re a job seeker who has tried unsuccessfully to work with a headhunter, you may find yourself wondering, “What does a recruiter do?” In the simplest terms, I often say that recruiters help companies find employees, they don’t help people find jobs. You may be thinking that’s the same thing, but it’s an important distinction to make because the employer (company) is paying for the recruiter’s services. And ultimately, that means the recruiter is working for the employer. Certainly during the process the recruiter is also talking with various candidates, and if the recruiter is successful, one of those candidates will be hired. But most recruiters, most of the time, are working to fill a specific opening and are only dealing with candidates who are highly qualified for that opening. Read the rest of this entry »