Job vs Career?
Which do you prefer?
We are bias, so we will always say that a ‘career’ at Jonothan Bosworth far outweighs any other job elsewhere!*
(*Unless you’re training to be an astronaut, F1 driver or bona fide international rockstar – then we’d maybe consider being the 2nd best option! 🙂
…Working in #recruitment is a challenging and rewarding vocation, where you have the opportunity to ‘change lives’ on a daily basis. Meet Jonothan Bosworth Recruitment Specialists at the “Skills and Jobs Fair” on 26th September at South Staffordshire Business Hub, Codsall, WV8 1PX
Doors open at 10.00am
On the day you will have the opportunity to talk to the founders and directors and maybe some of the existing recruitment rockstars and receive first hand insight to the highs (and challenges) of a career in specialist recruitment consultancy.
Jonothan Bosworth boasts a clear career path, injected with daily development and training, as well as a ‘hands on’ management team, who care deeply about your progress both inside and outside of the working environment.
With plans to expand and open offices across the UK, Europe, Americas and further a field – you can quickly see why many clients and candidates trust Jonothan Bosworth Recruitment Specialists.
You Get What You Pay For!
This statement is such a cliché – but it is usually true…
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If you want something done quickly, it could compromise on the quality that you receive.
If you expect quality, it may mean waiting a while to receive the product or goods requested.
If you desire a ‘quick turnaround time’ AND the ‘highest possible quality’ combined; it is likely to COST you more money.
This is not ‘Socrates Philosophy’ – it just seems logical to us. However for some reason – there are moments when we all think that there’s a fantastically cheap & speedy option which will satisfy all of our wants, needs, issues and/or concerns at a ‘bargain basement’ price..
Yes, sometimes we get ‘lucky’ – but is anything sustainable built on luck?
Luck is winning a big accumulator sports bet.
Luck is buying the last apple pie at McDonalds drive thru when you are ‘hangry’.
Luck is perhaps finding a crisp £20 note sticking out of the snow on a winters’ day walk…
However, receiving a service or product that genuinely meets the needs of the intended recipient, and is able to meet those needs on multiple, consecutive occasions is a slightly different proposition.
A ‘real’ recruitment solution is something that shouldn’t be left to luck.
One of the most valuable assets inside any company or organisation is it’s people. The process of hiring the ‘right’ people typically involves assessing individuals from a technical and cultural perspective, which can be a long and challenging endeavour. When a new employee leaves a company prematurely, it really does hurt the morale, the atmosphere and the profitability of the business – big or small – so it is important to try and get it right.
THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND:
‘Mickey Mouse’ is inanimate – but yet Disney spend copious amounts of money on the Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Animated Stories, Theme Parks & Customer Experience surrounding the Mickey ‘brand’.
Well, as consumers we spend billions annually on Mickey Mouse & Disney based products and services.
NB. Mickey Mouse is a fictitious character, created purely for our entertainment…
The image above; of the inbox message that supports this post is interesting.
For £399 I’d like to know if the full recruitment solution in which market knowledge built up over many years is at work, the cost of advertising has been taken into account and deployed, the research is on-going and the process management involved with selecting a strong shortlist built on multiple conversations, meetings, character references and all other associated tasks required, has been executed perfectly…
3 words: Simply. Not. Happening.
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In order for recruitment to be done properly, a real investment has to be made.
Firstly an investment by the recruiter (to deliver on all the things mentioned above)
Secondly by the employer (to take time to identify a recruitment firm with substance)
Thirdly by the potential employee
In my humble opinion, £399 is not the going rate for a substantial, ethical, compliant and effective recruitment solution – but, if you are a hiring manager and you have found this ‘quality-speed-cost ratio’ and it’s working for you – hang on to it and never let it go!! 🙂
If you are a client in search of a new recruitment partner, or a candidate looking for your next challenge, please call Jonothan Bosworth to find out exactly how we can add value.
Jonothan Bosworth are hiring!!
Recruitment Specialist | South Staffordshire | Immediate Start | Salary dependant on experience
++ A fantastic way to apply to this recruitment role is by playing our ‘online interactive game’. Search ‘Jonothan Bosworth’ – go to our website and click on the ‘About Us’ page – scroll down to “Big J.B” (our mascot), and click his face! ++
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Do you need a New Year resolution?
It’s now 2018 and surely you don’t want to continue 2018 in the same fashion you left 2017? Surely you want something, better?! …A career / career kick start in recruitment?
Maybe you’ve been thinking for a while that you want ‘more’ from your day at work… You’ve been thinking to yourself that there must be a fun environment, where you’ll be challenged daily – but at the same time it’s a place where you’ll feel like a professional – doing important work that has a positive effect on other people’s lives?
If this is so – please read on…
Jonothan Bosworth Recruitment Specialists are looking for Resourcers & Recruiters & Recruitment Leaders, as we embark on an ambitious growth plan that aims to see us double in size, year on year.
As you know already, you spend most of your time awake, at work… so if you aren’t laughing with your peers, if you aren’t motivated by the prospects of the job that you’re in, and if you aren’t growing – both financially and personally, then what are you doing?!
If you live in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Telford, Walsall, Cannock, Stafford, Bridgnorth or any of the other surrounding areas – this could be a great opportunity for you.
Our office is based in the leafy suburb of Codsall, South Staffordshire (a 25-minute train ride from Birmingham New Street or Telford Central; near Wolverhampton).
Individuals with at least 6 months’ prior experience in a sales capacity, whether that be face to face, or telephone based consultancy would be of interest to us.
Jonothan Bosworth Recruitment Specialists plan to double in size, year on year, for the next 5 years, so if you would like to be a part of an exciting and ambitious project, then pick up the phone and give us a call today.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Over 30 days’ total annual leave? Check!
Uncapped commission? Check!
First class training & development? Check!
International trips abroad for high achievers? Check!
State of the art recruitment tools? Check!
Other Requirements (dependent on job title/experience)
As our new ‘recruitment rockstar’ you will be responsible for attracting candidates and matching them to temporary and/or permanent positions with our client companies. You may also work with client companies, building relationships to gain a better understanding of their recruitment needs and requirements.
In addition, you may be tasked with attracting candidates by drafting advertising copy for use in a range of media, as well as by networking, headhunting and traction through referrals and a network that you will build up over time.
The candidate screening process is vitally important; this is where you will pre-interview candidates, do background checks and finally match them to your clients.
You may also provide ‘consultative advice’ to both clients and candidates on salary levels, training requirements and career opportunities.
For applicants with more experience in recruitment we are looking for individuals with a solid track record that includes a history of consistent billings, client & candidate retention and mentoring capabilities.
In conclusion, if you think that you are built for success, if you are ambitious, hard-working and have the capacity to work towards a ‘long-term goal’ we would like to hear from you TODAY.
Candidates who can start by/before February 2018 will be highly desired.
++ A fantastic way to apply to this recruitment role is by playing our ‘online interactive game’. Search: ‘Jonothan Bosworth’ – go to our website and click on the ‘About Us’ page – scroll down to “Big J.B” (our mascot), and click his face! ++
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End Of Year Blog. Part I
Let us ask you a question…
‘How Intelligent Do You Think You Are?
Every recruiter at Jonothan Bosworth will now tell themselves that they ‘can’ and they ‘will’ every single day.
‘Recruitment’ is a multi-billion-pound industry – but the perceived ‘value’ placed upon it, has been questioned time and time again, by clients and candidates who have maybe received a shoddy experience.
As one of the many ‘advocates’ and ‘protectors’ of the ‘art of recruitment’ Jonothan Bosworth wants to share thoughts on the 4 key areas of ‘intelligence’ needed in order to succeed.
In order of importance:
We’re not talking about ‘going to church everyday’ – we’re talking about an inner believe – a passionate connection with the world in which you exist; a heavy reliance on the power of your soul. Believing that you are great.
It’s a cliché, but for every ‘no’ that you receive from prospective clients [and candidates], there is a ‘yes’ waiting for you, just around the corner…provided that you keep going.
Do you ‘respond’ with a plan to find a solution, or do you simply ‘react’ to a problem and dwell on it? The greatest war generals, sportspeople and inventors have always managed to ‘stay calm’ in the middle of a ‘sh*t storm’.
So must you. There is no time to cry over spilt milk…
There will be times that you sweat blood & tears, and still, come nowhere near close to your goal, but this is the best time to ‘soldier on’
This is the moment that you truly find out what you’re made of.
Do you wilt under pressure, or do you suck in some O2 and ‘go hard’. Cristiano Ronaldo is a prime example – a skinny kid from a poor village in Portugal, who constantly got kicked off the ball… He trained harder, longer and faster than any other footballer. Now he is a physical specimen & one of the greatest to ever play.
Break things down into ‘bite size’ chunks and ‘eat the elephant’, 1 spoonful at a time…
Whilst we’re big advocates of learning the basics of Maths, English & Science we’re also aware that some of the worlds’ greatest minds died penniless.
Being ‘academically smart’ is all good and well, but you must, must, must have ‘vision’.
See yourself at the top of the mountain.
See yourself as the leader of the pack.
See yourself as the winner in any contest.
With focus – anything is possible…
…If you fall short; maybe you won’t land on the moon, but you would’ve kissed a few stars – setting you up nicely to tackle the next challenge with confidence and conviction.
If you have been a recruiter for longer than 12 months, the chances are you have had a candidate ‘accept an offer’, and then ‘fail to start’ a new contract of employment.
“Is there anything that you can do to stop this from happening?”
The short answer is: ‘no’…
…If someone has made up their mind, it is usually impossible to turn the tide, with any confidence.
Let us look at the question again and ‘redraft’ it… “Should we be trying to ‘stop’ this from happening, or should we be looking for the ‘tell-tale’ signs earlier in the process?”
…We think the latter.
We should all be ‘measuring’ the amount of ‘prep work’ that we are putting into a piece of recruitment – long before an offer is even on the table.
When we speak to candidates at Jonothan Bosworth, we are constantly trying to ‘understand’ the motivation behind seeking a new challenge…
What are the reasons for wanting to leave an employer after 6 months? What about a candidate that has been with an employer for 16 years? Which one is more likely to see the move through?
It is important to get ‘under the skin’ of an individual, and pinpoint exactly what the driving forces are. Granted, you are not always going to get the truth – but showing ‘genuine interest’ in the personal well-being of your candidate can enable you to get more information than you otherwise would.
If the reason for leaving is purely about ‘1 thing’ – like money; then beware of the ‘counter offer’ (or the leveraging for one).
If there are ‘multiple’ reasons, such as money, commute, change of line manager, potential redundancy – then you can have more faith in an offer being accepted and honoured.
If you have contacted someone who was not ‘actively looking’ it is even more important to ‘take your time’ and remind yourself that the first call was made by you, and a lot of work lies ahead.
How much information are you sharing/presenting your candidate with, before the interview, after the interview and the lead time up to a ‘decision’ from the employer?
The amount of times that you ‘touch’ your candidate during these important stages of the process will do 1 of 2 things… It’ll either develop a ‘bond’; a level of trust & respect between you and the candidate – or it’ll quickly allow you to notice the ‘cracks’ – and give you a bit of time to potentially go back to the market, in search of a ‘back up plan’.
We have witnessed many recruiters freeze with fear when the time comes to ‘pop the question’… But sometimes being ‘direct’ is the best way to cut out all of the noise. Ask your candidate, whether or not they are willing to accept the offer on the table, and if the answer is ‘yes’ – take them through the ‘counter offer assault course’, and remind them of all the reasons why they applied in the first place.
Even better would be to ask the ‘what if’ question – directly after the interview – before an offer has even been made… This is a great opportunity to ‘assess the mood’ of things.
CHECKS & BALANCES
– Did you ‘head hunt’ your candidate, or did they ‘apply’ for the role?
– Does your candidate have more than 1 reason for considering a move?
– When you confirmed an interview request, was your candidate happy or nonchalant?
– How many other interviews does your candidate have?
– After the interview, did your candidate call you back with a detailed synopsis &/or chase feedback?
– Are there any other offers on the table from other employers?
– Would your candidate need to relocate in order to take up an offer?
Let’s continue to respect the process; respect the candidate & respect the fact that they are also ‘human’ with lots of human concerns, personal issues, flaws, shortcomings, conflicts & motivations.
We’ll win some, and we’ll lose some. It’s essentially about how we respond & improve.
When we treat our candidates (& clients) like ‘real people’ rather than ‘transactions’, we take great strides in continuing to ‘add value’ to the industry.
Jonothan Bosworth Recruitment Specialists offer Executive Search, Permanent Resource, Contract Resource and Ad-Hoc Solutions.
If you are a client in search of a new recruitment partner, or a candidate looking for your next challenge, please email us on; Hello@JonothanBosworth.co.uk or call us on; 0845 299 639
Is it us, or does the world and everybody in it expect things to be done ‘yesterday’?
From what we understand, it has taken millions of years for our planet and the life that inhabits this place we call Earth to have evolved to the stage it’s at right now.
Judging by the behaviour of some – there is still a long way to go!
So with this multi-million-year evolution in mind – where does our current impatience stem from? Is it the media? Or is it part of our ‘timeline DNA’? Maybe we were always destined to be this way!?
We’re going to relate this current dilemma to the recruitment industry, and we’ll attempt to break down what we see in every day actions of all parties involved:
Almost all recruiters are guilty of this – (even if it happens only in the early stages of their careers), but why is it that recruiters expect decisions to made ‘immediately’ by candidates and / or clients, if the ground work hasn’t been done?
Before ‘giving the offer’ to your candidate, did you know that he/she had 5 other final stage interviews lined up as well as yours? What about the fact that the candidate who represents your ‘biggest deal of the month’ is going through a messy divorce and is unlikely to be in a position to start in 4 weeks’ time (as requested by the client), due to all of the ‘personal issues’ he/she has to deal with, before being able to focus energy into a new challenge with a new employer?
You may know that your client needs someone to start ASAP – but did you ask them the reasons why? Is it due to something positive like ‘plans to expand the business’? Or is it because the role itself is a ’75 hour working week’ with international travel – fit for 3 employees and not 1?
Maybe the last two people left the position due to ‘burn out’…
It is only with a ‘deep sea dive’ into the circumstances and the real motivations and challenges faced by your clients and candidates that you can then get on with providing a world class recruitment solution.
If, as the recruiter, you work only off the ‘titbits’ of information (presented by the employer and potential new employee) your quest for a ‘quick turnaround’ is likely to end in tears…
With experience comes the ability to see the tell-tale signs of such potential calamity – but it cannot always be predicted, and without a particular process having been followed, everything can come crashing down like a house of cards.
Cutting corners to achieve quick success is typical of an epidemic sweeping not only the recruitment sector, but that of our wider society as well. I call it the ‘microwave society‘ syndrome.
Recruitment is a great industry, but we think it is important to step back, take stock and view things with a ‘wide lens’ from time to time. This way, clients, candidates, recruiters and suppliers will have happier stories to share around the camp fire.
Are you the person that applies to 5, 10, or even 15 jobs at a spin?
Well the games’ up!
There is very little chance of you being able to field dozens of calls from dozens of recruiters; and expect to perform at your optimum level… Especially if you are still committed to your current employer.
In my opinion, it could make more sense to ‘strategically focus’ your job search to a smaller number of roles by reading job adverts fully and matching your skills closely with what is being asked.
The expectation that ‘all recruiters are great recruiters’ and will be able to glean the information that they need from a generic CV, and then have the time and ability to extract even more relevant information from you over the phone, in a 5-minute conversation during your lunch break – and then potentially ‘repackage’ your resume specifically for the client that they represent, is quite fanciful to say the least.
As the candidate; it is important to recognise the very significant part that you play and it needs to be played to perfection.
If we were to break this contribution down to a percentage point, I think it would sit at around 33%.
So, 1/3 of the probability of landing the ‘ideal’ role is apportioned to your dedication and application as a candidate.
If you haven’t:
– taken time to produce a great CV
– targeted a small, relevant cluster of job roles/adverts to apply for
– put yourself in a position to answer calls from the recruiter (and the client)
the likelihood is, you’ll be staying in your ‘75 hour working week‘ job for a little while longer…
Before we get into this – if any of our clients are reading – there is a very strong possibility that this doesn’t relate to you! Jonothan Bosworth Recruitment Specialists have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most efficient and understanding employers, and we thank you!
However, there are some employers that have a ‘default setting’ and that is: they want the best employee(s), found within the least amount of time, for a ‘not-so’ market leading salary/package.
This is where the phrase ‘ready-made‘ really takes centre stage.
As employers; we recognise that it is not going to be easy to find ‘top talent’ because the best [recruiters] in the industry are typically being looked after by their current employers.
Without realistic and / or appealing offerings from a client, the recruiter ends up fishing in a stagnant pond – with very few ‘desirable’ fish to choose from.
Operating in these ‘marsh-like’ conditions can lead to unwanted results.
When most companies ‘start up’, there is a concentrated effort to train staff, to infuse new employees with the culture, and there’s always a desire to retain the best people…
As a business begins to grow, sometimes the training manual starts to collect dust on a shelf, the culture starts to shift because the CEO no longer has the time or energy to continue promoting his/her ‘message’ to the new people entering the fray. Ultimately keeping a watchful eye on the ‘wellbeing’ of all employees becomes a distant memory…
…Hiring more and more people into this melting pot can sometimes be a recipe for disaster; the ’employee conveyer belt’ starts to turn a bit faster and before you know it, job descriptions get written in a rush to counteract the ‘leakage’ – and are written without the spark they once had and the wrong people are hired because the recruiter is under pressure to deliver quickly. The ‘vicious cycle’ continues.
As recruiters, we need to share these feelings with our clients and candidates. If you lose the odd client or candidate because of your honest, but constructive assessment of their supermarket style ‘dash for the ready-made’, it simply means more time can be spent working on the ‘quality’ aspect of the service provided by your business.
If as a candidate you see a recruiter ‘doing the right things’ in order to enhance your ‘journey’ – let your new employer know… it may mean that the employer raises the bar across their whole supplier group; placing extra importance on the recruiter that provides the most thorough and professional service – which in turn can improve your working life, should you become a hiring manager.
…Maybe it’s time for all parties to put the ‘Super Noodles’ away, and get back to serving up ‘Michelin Star’ quality…
Well, the ‘textbook’ definition runs along the lines of this:
“…success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions; a force that seems to operate, as in shaping circumstances, events or opportunities…”
It may sound controversial – but from a ‘real world’ perspective, we don’t agree with this entirely.
Any action that is undertaken, which leads to, or results in a positive experience (financially, emotionally, physically, or spiritually) is what we want to focus on.
If you are one of those individuals that choose to keep ‘moving forward’, we will assume that your glass is permanently ‘half full’, just like these people:
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.
At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a single parent living on welfare.
At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.
At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.
Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.
We mention these stories because they help to illuminate our perspective on ‘luck’. We hate when we hear the words ‘I can’t’ or ‘It won’t work’, ‘It’s too late’ or ‘It’s not my fault’…
…Every action we take, every word we utter has some sort of consequence, so if your plan is to ‘add value’ or to ‘make a positive difference’, your behaviourshould reflect this…
As recruiters at Jonothan Bosworth Recruitment Specialists, we interact with employers, candidates and suppliers all day, every day. Sometimes things don’t go to plan, but it’s our ‘response’ to adversity, to disappointment, and to the unexpected that ultimately determines the complexion of our future.
There have been times when ‘on paper’ a candidate hasn’t looked suitable for a role. The ‘easiest’ thing to do is skip past that resume, and think no more of it. However, our ability to take ‘one more step’, with ‘child-like inquisitiveness’ is what generates the extra “1%” needed to make the all important difference.
We had a scenario recently – we were working on a ‘junior’ role and we came across a candidate who had limited sector experience, had worked for a long time in a completely different industry and to top it all off, was not a traditional entry level applicant – but there was just something about this particular candidate that resonated with us. ‘Luckily’ the employer agreed and the rest is history.
This kind of scenario is what we think of, when we talk about the notion of ‘luck’. Luck is about being on the ‘front foot’ – sometimes even ‘stumbling’ through a situation, with raw energy and conviction…
There are moments every day when we need to speak to the CEO of a company that we have never spoken to before. On any given day, it might just so happen that we get hold of him/her when he/she has already fielded ’10 sales calls’. At that moment, how do we ‘differentiate?’ …It all boils down to that little word: ‘action’. A lack of action is what cripples most people. A lack of action means you fail to communicate your qualities and you stand still, frozen like a ‘rabbit in the headlights’. If you’re standing still – there’s not much hope of ‘getting lucky’
The CEO in the situation mentioned above could be crying out for someone with ‘belief’, ‘passion’ and ‘clarity’. A ‘lucky mindset’ in this scenario could lead to your most successful call, ever!
We take calls from suppliers all the time, and we know when we hear a ‘lucky’ caller, a confident ‘glass half full’ type of person, can usually have our ear!
In conclusion, we do believe that ‘luck’ is a force of nature that bestows itself on those that take action with the most ‘positive outlook’ – no matter the field of work.
If you are a client in search of a new recruitment partner, or a candidate looking for your next challenge, please email us at; Hello@JonothanBosworth.co.uk or call us on; 0845 299 6369
Jack Ma, the creator of Alibaba and one of the richest men in the world with an estimated wealth of $ 25 billion said this:
“I failed 3 times in college. I applied 30 times to get a job but I have always been rejected. When KFC came to China for the first time, we were 24 to apply and I was the only one to be dismissed. I wanted to go into the police and I was the only one not to be accepted… I applied 10 times to return to Harvard University USA and I was rejected. Never give up because you failed once, know that failure is sometimes out of the way to reach your intended route!!”
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We’ve worked in several recruitment offices, and we have witnessed the ’emotional rollercoaster’ that recruiters go on, every time that they:
– receive an offer from a client
– make an offer to a candidate
– take a call from a client / candidate, 3 days into the candidate’s start date
…We have to be honest, we can’t remember [the last time] going through these emotions. You will never see us ‘sweating buckets’ when it comes to making an offer to a candidate, or taking a call from a client 3 days into the candidates’ new adventure, for fear of a ‘drop out’.
The attitude at Jonothan Bosworth Recruitment Specialists is this: if you ‘manage the process’ properly, if you treat your client and candidate with ‘respect’ and if you continue to ‘ask questions’, then you should be able to lay your head down at the end of any given evening and sleep well ‘knowing’ that you have done everything you can, in order to conclude proceedings with a ‘win-win’ scenario…. There is no real need to look anything like the guy in the picture above… [Laugh Out Loud]
Let’s be pragmatic though; as with any walk of life… whether you are an ‘Apprentice’ in your first job, or whether you are ‘Jack Ma’ the founder of Alibaba – you are going to have to fail in order to succeed.
Michael Jordan – has missed so many shots, he’s lost count, but the difference between him and any other basketballer, is that he was ‘prepared’ to fail over and over again in order to be successful.
Sport & Business are synonymous in our opinion, and once you start to ‘play the game’, you start to realise that there is nothing to fear. You are your biggest challenger; it is ‘you’ who will decide how long you fight, and how hard to push and what you are prepared to go through.
Back to recruitment. If you view your ‘wins’ like aces in a pack of cards and your obstacles like ‘any other card’ in the pack – you will soon develop a ‘thick skin’ which enables you to continue to ‘turn the cards’ in the pre-ordained knowledge that your successful outcome is inevitable.
However, whilst we have all read, heard & seen thousands of motivational speakers, motivational books and motivational quotes – it is advisable to apply some ‘realism to your dreams’…
…If you are 4 feet tall, it is unlikely that you’ll become the next Olympic high jump champion – so it is important to find your niche, and work it as hard as you can. This is the bit that we are not told in class; it is vital that we all work to our strengths, and keep working them.
So that begs the next question: is extreme success driven by nature, or nuture?
That is a conversation for another day!!
In the meantime however – work hard – and suppress your fears. It is the only way to grow.
If you are a candidate looking for your next challenge, or if you are a hiring manager looking for a new recruitment partner, please call us on +44(0)845 299 6369, or via email ‘here’
UK Recruiters Question The Value Of A Degree
A new study reveals how UK recruitment professionals are questioning the value of a degree in the current job market, with over half of those in the industry admitting that if they had their chance again, they would choose NOT to go to university.
The research, conducted by CV Library the UK’s largest independent job board, addressed the country’s leading recruiters to establish the main issues surrounding graduate employment and what it means to have a degree in today’s working climate. Over 700 recruiting experts responded and key findings suggest that the qualification is decreasing in value:
• 50.8% of recruitment professionals would choose not to go to university in this day and age, showing a clear split amongst those that best know the UK job market
• In today’s current climate, 84.1% of recruitment professionals believe a degree is becoming less essential to securing a job
• Looking forward to 2025, 47.2% believe that degrees will have an even smaller value
• In comparison, 33.6% of recruiters believe that degrees will be of the same value as they are today, leaving just 19.2% that think they will be more important
• The majority of respondents (68.2%) suggest that degrees are only important for securing jobs that demand one
• Under a quarter (23.6%) of job professionals think the number of graduate job opportunities will rise
Results clearly show that the advantages of having a degree are beginning to lessen, unless they are a prerequisite for entering a sector. In addition, due to the suggestion that there is a lack of growth in graduate jobs, it is unsurprising that 66.3% of respondents believe that graduates are having a tougher time today compared to ten years ago.
Despite this, recruiters firmly believe that the most employable candidates are those with both a degree and excellent work experiences, with 90.6% of recruiters favouring this over one or the other.
CV-Library’s founder and managing director Lee Biggins explains: “In today’s competitive job market, it’s unsurprising to see that recruiters have a split opinion on the value of a degree. There has been lots in the media recently regarding the importance of work experience and this really highlights that. Degrees can be a valuable tool to job-hunters, but it’s equally important for candidates to ensure they have a strong balance of work experience and qualifications if they want to be successful in their job search.”
Source of article: Recruitment Buzz: August 7th 2015
At Jonothan Bosworth, we try to ‘keep it real’, but… ‘social conformity’, ‘modern day etiquette’, ‘unwritten rules’ and the obligation of ‘acting like a grown up’ have somewhat eroded that quality…
…However, we do aim to remain ‘real’ – viewing every man and woman as a ‘naked child’ with no airs, no graces…
This ‘default attitude’ has served us well over the years…
The challenge we have, is making sure the people we address don’t feel offended by our ‘directness’ ‘honesty’ or ‘constructive bluntness’.
So how do we manage this successfully?
Well… deep down, we think everyone wants to reveal their ‘naked baby’… It’s on us as individuals to bring it out of each other.
It wasn’t too long ago that we were walking around caves and/or open plains, wearing next to nothing… We weren’t as ‘sensitively civilised’ as we are now; and therein is the problem – if we discard our ‘misconceptions’ and ‘hang-ups’ about the ‘human psyche’ we will be so much ‘freer’ in our interactions with one another.
When we deal with our clients, we will always aim to address them with as much respect as possible, but we won’t shirk from letting them know when we think they’re over-looking a candidate, or not offering the appropriate amount of attention in relation to their staffing requirement or not taking the service, or the information that we need from them seriously.
This does not mean you need to be rude, arrogant or a ‘know it all’ – quite the opposite. As a ‘naked baby’ you want to ‘ask’ questions, you want to ‘observe’ everything in ‘360 degree mode’ and gather as much ‘data’ as possible.
With this approach, most of our clients help us to make the right moves, which ultimately ends up with them hiring the right talent.
When we deal with our candidates, there are no questions that we feel are ‘off limit’. For example, if we think there’ll be an issue (from a potential employer) due to the amount of times they’ve moved jobs in the last 3 years – we’ll ask for a detailed explanation and we’ll also sometimes request references ahead of submitting their resume. Most of the time our candidates will fully respect that we’re engaging with them on a deeper level; delving into the true factors driving their desire to find a ‘new challenge’. You’ll be able to represent your candidate with much more vigour and transparency, if you have the full picture.
Many recruiters worry too much about what ‘not’ to say – totally missing the point. This is not the ‘naked baby’ syndrome that we need. This is the ‘hung-up, fully grown, fully clothed adult’ syndrome that we all suffer from…
Suppress your fears & step out of your comfort zone – but always seek an outcome with the ‘best interests’ of everyone involved at heart. This way, the results are usually more profound and longer lasting.
So, today, when you pick up the phone, or meet your new candidate or client, wash away the façade and get straight to the ‘realness’ – start your conversion with [a handshake] a smile and a fulsome ‘giggle’ whilst picturing a Heinz Farley’s Rusk in their hand!!
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