Job Seekers

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 »


Unprofessional Recruiters Impact Clients and Candidates

by Veronica Blatt

Unprofessional recruiters are not only frustrating, they can actually damage relationships between employers and job seekers. While many people have horror stories, there are some common behaviors that can help you determine if you’re working with a top-notch recruiter or …. not. The tips below to help define a good third-party (agency) recruiter. Read the rest of this entry »


Tips for Changing Careers

by Veronica Blatt

I generally describe the role of a recruiter as “helping companies find people …. *not* helping people find jobs.” In other words, a company approaches a recruiter with their hiring need, and the recruiter is charged with finding the best person to fill that need. While many recruiters will market a great candidate as part of their business development process (or some will specialize in working the candidate side), most of them time, recruiters do not collect great candidates and then hunt down companies who want to hire them. So for people who are interested in changing careers, working with a recruiter is often not the best option. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruiters, Inform Candidates That Employers Are Hiring!

by Dave Nerz

While the pandemic has certainly caused disruption to the employment market, and many workers have been laid off or furloughed, recruiters need to tell their candidates that employers are hiring. Global recruiters will need to inform their candidates that different strategies may be necessary to find the jobs that they want. Because furloughed workers are not necessarily unemployed, and can be called back by their employers, the current market is ripe for recruiters to work directly with candidates. Candidates should be working on discreet, undercover, and confidential searches. Recruiters are a perfect fit for the search that furloughed candidates are pursuing. Read the rest of this entry »


Why You Should Work With a Recruiter Right Now

by Liz Carey

When looking for a new job, candidates shouldn’t go at it alone.  Even if you are armed with an impressive resume, it can be tough to even snag an interview.  An experienced recruiter can be your guide and main point of contact with potential employers.  But during a pandemic where many companies have enacted hiring freezes, you might be thinking there’s no reason to reach out to a recruiter.  Wrong.  Recruiters are proactively looking for candidates for when the economy rebounds and jobs open back up.  When it opens back up, competition will likely be higher than ever due to the sheer amount of people who have been laid off or furloughed.  You want to make sure you can stand out to hiring managers and increase your odds of success. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruiters are awful!

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Tim Lane founder and director of Park Lane Recruitment based near Manchester UK.  Park Lane Recruitment is a specialist recruiting firm in the technology space with niche areas of cybersecurity, fintech, space and defense IT, as well as generic IT sales, tech and managerial.  Tim is also an NPAworldwide Board Director with responsibility for the EMEA region and a 30+ year veteran of the recruiting industry.

“Recruiters are awful,” “Recruiters get in the way of hiring,” “Recruiters never respond when I apply for role”… these and many other (often ruder!) statements have been written by candidates the world over seemingly since professional recruitment started many years ago. Yet if recruiters were so useless, why would they still exist? Read the rest of this entry »