James Mayes

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Results in: the war for talent is over….

In Recruitment, Social Recruiting on November 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

At an event on the changing nature of the recruitment industry a while back, one of the speakers offered a great soundbite:

“The war for talent is over. Talent won”

I don’t believe it was his originally, but it certainly got some buzz in the room that day – and in one clear respect, he was right. Candidates have become far more influential and forced the industry into some sweeping changes. Many employers are using social media as a more efficient way to access candidates, most blue-chips now have at least some understanding of what employer brand and marketing are (even though I’m still not convinced the employer brand can be separated from the company brand, especially in the case of B to C firms).  The move to mobile is inexorable and today saw a major change announced by JobSite, one of the bigger and more innovative job boards out there.

Here’s the thing though. What really happens in a war?  The balance of power may shift, for a period. Very rarely is the loss/victory a permanent conclusion. If anything, a relatively short war can lead to decades of strife as changes are made by those in power. As for the rest of the population? They lose. On both sides, almost without fail.

confusionSo where are we, in the recruitment cycle of things? Did Talent win?  Yes, I think for now. In most sectors and disciplines, talented candidates are in the driving seat. Firms are under pressure to do more with less and talent acquisition methods and technologies show that.

What of the decades of strife? That, I believe, is just beginning. Candidates are now receiving so much advice, from so many sources. How to write a CV, should you use an infographic, make sure your LinkedIn/Twitter/Xing and countless other profiles are perfect. Sort out your Facebook settings. Learn how to do a good video interview. For employers, it’s a similar story… an absolute plethora of tools have launched in the last couple of years – some stellar, some less so.  Many of the larger firms still run legacy ATS platforms which can be a nightmare to integrate anything new with- so keeping up to date with candidate demands is no easy feat.

I don’t believe we’re necessarily in the wilderness though. Some new emergents are focussing on candidate experience, to great effect – really helping employers understand what’s needed and helping to ensure they spend time and money on the most effective things… not ALL the things!  Social filtering is getting better every day, helping good quality jobseeker advice rise above things which may be just average but with great SEO.

TL;DR version? No-one won, but some lessons have been learnt. Change is only the beginning.

Twitter’s own profile recommendations

In Social Media, Social Recruiting, Twitter, Twitter Tips, Video on November 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I’ve written before on how I use Twitter, and included there some thoughts on what I like to see on a profile to catch my interest.  Thing is though, that’s only my opinion.  Is one opinion worth more than others? Maybe, maybe not. But in this case, how about some advice straight from Twitter themselves?

They’ve just released a short video guiding you through profile updates and ideas – take a look! Whether just starting out or seasoned user, you might learn something 😉


Blog: Universal Jobmatch… or UK Government vs Monster?

In Human Resources, Recruitment, Start-ups on November 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

universal jobmatchFollowing a great presentation by Tom Loosemore recently, I’ve been keen to take a better look at what’s happening with gov.uk, the UK Government’s new central portal. It aims to be simpler, faster, cheaper… and save us all from the hell that was DirectGov. That said, while the front end looks better it still requires use of the Government Gateway service – from my own perspective of submitting tax returns, that ain’t a pretty thing!

One strand of the project is Universal Jobmatch. From a Government perspective, it sits within the DWP – which from a public perspective, typically means the traditional Job Centre.  Universal Jobmatch launches 19th November. At that point, companies who had previously approached job centres to find candidates will find these roles available on this new site. In addition however, all those registered with the DWP as jobseekers will be required to register. The ONS currently records over 2.5m people as registered jobseekers.

An enforced candidate database of 2.5m on launch? NOT BAD!

The site will allow open access to recruiters and employers and will incorporate skill matching technology.  I’ve not been able to ascertain what kind of technology is being implemented for the matching, but candidates will be able to upload up to five CV’s (one public, four for private applications to companies). Auto alerts are also included, though again, I’m unclear on whether these are employer specific, candidate specific or both.

I’ve reached out for further information, but so far have had only a cursory conversation.  The line that really caught me?

“Think of it as Monster, delivered by Government”.

Following on from Jamie’s post this week on the Death of the Paid-For Job Posting, a number of comments suggested the lower end of the labour market would continue to thrive. This looks like a fairly sizeable threat to me! I don’t believe this poses much of a threat to the higher end of the market, but at the lower end, this could certainly have an impact.

If anyone has more info or thoughts, be delighted to see it. Haven’t seen anything on this in the blogosphere yet…


Been pointed to some early marketing information (text below is cut n paste)

– placing jobs and receiving a shortlist of suitable jobseekers

– reviewing the jobs you are advertising

– reviewing the CVs matched to your jobs

– selecting the jobseekers you want to apply for jobs

– explore the number of potential jobseeker matches before posting a job

– and, receive an anonymous list ranked by best match first.

UPDATE 14th Nov 2013

A couple of links have come my way, offering an FAQ sheet for both candidates and employers. Hope you find them useful!

Moving to a self-hosted blog?

In Blogging, Personal Development, Social Media on November 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

So this almost happened as a tweet – but then I figured I had more than 140 characters of questions, and likely as not, some of you have similarly lengthy opinions – so I’m putting it here instead!

Been running this site since February 2010. It was a quick launch to begin with, just a standard theme on a WordPress-hosted account. It’s served me well enough and while it’s due a refresh on theme, I’ve loved the service provision from WordPress.  More though, I’m seeing plug-ins I’d like to use to evolve what I do with the site.  I’d like to experiment more… and I think self-hosted is the next step.

First up… for those who’ve made this transition before, what’re the scary parts? What screwed you over? Do the benefits outweigh things like maintenance and cost overheads?

Second… any recommendations on hosting? Not up for running my own box, so I’ll be purchasing a service somewhere – and as with most things, peer recommendation will count heavily!

All contributions gratefully received!


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