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I am a recruiter, but I’m not a Jack of all trades recruiter. Please don’t be offended if I can’t help you in certain fields.

I work in recruitment, I have done for some time now. In the past year, I have freelanced in recruitment and from August last year, I set up my own recruitment agency specialising in fields that I have worked in over the past 8 years and know well; social media and digital marketing.

The funny thing is, when you say you work in recruitment, whether that’s to family, friends, people down the pub or just about anyone, people generally assume that means all types of recruitment. Even if you shout if from the rooftops that you specialise in a field, they’ll ignore that and think you can recruit for anyone and everyone. Earlier today, I got a text from a friend who’s mum is looking for a new job. Tired of the same ritual at her current position in a bank, she’s looking for a new job in either retail or something that she can really get her teeth into, so she thought of me, why not, that’s what I do, don’t I? Recruit people for companies and agencies, so why not help her mum find a new job, because she’s been there 9 years and she thought of me.

See, I’d love to help, by Joe, I really would love to help, but it’s not my forte, specialising in a field, that I once worked in many many moons ago and something I can’t take my time away from what I actually do work in. Us recruiters all specialise in a certain field. There are some of us, who have the experience to work across multiple arenas due to the experience they’ve gained over a number of years, but most of the time, you’ll find agencies will actually do this and have specialist teams who recruit across different roles, fields, titles and so on.

When I started up my agency, my mum got super-excited when I showed her my business cards (saying that, she’s kept every single one since I first stepped foot in the industry all of 8 years ago) and happily shared them to her colleagues, her clients (she’s a hairdresser) and pretty much anyone who asks her how her girls are getting on. My whole family have a few each, just in case, someone they’ll probably never meet, will be looking for a new job in the field. But neglects to mention, the two most important aspects of my agency – social and digital. Granted, she knows little of this industry. Actually, nothing about it. She knows what Facebook is, has heard of Twitter, thinks LinkedIn is a word I made up and Google+ is something to do with something with Google, because it has the word Google in it. Apart from that, she’s a little oblivious to the whole understanding of what it is that I actually do. But that’s the same as my last role, before doing this, Community Management – she thought I just mucked around on Facebook all day- saying that, majority of my friends thought I did that too! Thanks guys!

Back to my original point. I would love to help everyone. I’m a helpful person and do try to help as much as I can, but sometimes there are things I can’t help people with, and this includes certain areas of recruitment. If I had more time in the day, had a small army to take on other industries on top of the ones we work with, then yes, by all means, I would love to help, but I don’t. I understand your frustration, because all you see is the word *recruiter* but I can’t help anymore than what it is I do best.

Thanks for thinking of me, I will try and help find the right person to help you or recommend you to someone who can try and help to. Just don’t hate some of us because we can’t help. It’s nothing personal, just we’re not qualified in that area, but we’ll try our almighty best to find someone who can help you.

 

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More roles coming in thick and fast…

I’ve got some great new roles coming in looking for someone like you to fill them, yes, you.

I have these active roles at the moment, if you’re interested in any of them, get in touch:

  • Sales and Marketing Executive – leading multi-platform agency in Covent Garden [3-5 years experience] £25-30k + uncapped commission
  • Community Manager – fun social media agency in Farringdon [2-3 years experience] £25-30k basic
  • Digital Account Manager x 2 – fab social media agency in Farringdon [3-4 years experience] £30-35k
  • Digital Account Manager – creative social media agency in Kingston [3-5 years experience] £30-35k
  • Senior Digital Account Manager/AD – creative social media consultancy in Kingston [6+ years exp] £40-45k
  • Social Media Account Manager – creative social media consultancy in Kingston [2-4 years exp] £30-35k
  • Social Media Content Manager – digital agency near Goodge St [2-3 years exp] £180-250p.d

These are amongst some of the others coming on each day, so if you’re interested or know some one who is, please get in touch.

 

You know you want to.

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I hate time-wasting recruiters

Why do some recruiters call you up to tell you about a fantastic opportunity, when really all they want is your details to spam the shit out of your inbox at a later date? What’s the point? I don’t see the point, do you? I’m a recruiter, if I have a job for you, I’ll get in touch, if I don’t, I’d rather be honest with you and let you know what I do and don’t have, and if I can’t help you, I’ll forward you to someone who might be able to instead.

It really gets my goat, when cowboy recruiters feel the need to get in touch and give their sales pitch about that awesome job down in who-gives-a-crap-place, paying up to £40k, that is soooo perfect for you, but really it’s a con, there is nothing, apart from, ‘you must come in and register with us with your passport, your driving license, your goldfish’s date of birth and sign these documents that make you our property for ever *cue evil laugh*.’ No.

Don’t waste my time. I hate it. Waste my time, you go into the blocked calls zone on my phone. And don’t ask me to connect on LinkedIn, only to want to gain access to my connections.

I don’t want to time waste my candidates either. I don’t see the point. I’m new setting up by myself, so although I have roles across the industry, I don’t have as many as a recruitment agency might do. I’m slowly building up my network of candidates and clients, but it’s just me, so although I work 14 hours a day, am available all the time on the phone, or email or Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn, it is just me, no resourcer [yet], so if I don’t have something, I’ll tell you. I’m an upfront, straight to the top, a chatty, fun recruiter who builds on good relationships with my candidates and clients.

If you disagree and think I’ve been crap, feel free to comment.

 

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Stop Cancelling At The Last Minute

It really fucks me off when people cancel at the last minute. Even worse, when there is no reason to. If an emergency has come up or something pretty serious with work is in the spotlight, then fine, I understand but don’t cancel at the last last minute, you know like, 2 minutes before, because you just felt like it.

It’s not on. It’s plain bloody rude.

I don’t know why people feel the need to do it. If you’re not coming, give me some sort of heads up and let me know. I’d appreciate the honesty. Don’t waste my time. I hate time wasters, and I bloody hate being taken for a ride. If you want my help, I’ll help you, if you want to have a laugh and a joke, go to a comedy club.

I’m sure it’s happen to you before, so I doubt you’d like it, so please don’t be one of those people and take the absolute mick and not bother. In this day and age, you know, with technology, we can contact people via text, phone, email or social network to let them know about pretty much anything, and that includes the message ”I can’t come.” I’d rather see that and know not to waste a journey that to be stood up in a coffee shop, waiting for you to show, only to be sat alone, looking like an over-eager meerkat scanning the door every time someone walks in.

I’m a recruiter. I’m your recruiter. I’ll be upfront and honest with you, and I expect the same. I don’t want to run around chasing after you all the time. This is a working relationship that works both ways. I work from home, in West London and don’t frequent Central London that much but when I do, because I know of good talent, I come and visit and see good talent, when I see it.

In future, if you can’t make it, just let me know, even giving me 30 minutes notice, is better for me than none at all. It’s important to have a good professional relationship, so let’s keep each other on the good books, yeah?

Great.

 

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10 Worst Excuses For Taking A Day Off Sick

When you were at school and your teacher asked where your homework was, did you throw in the odd excuse that your dog ate your homework? Since we were kids, people all over the world have become more and more creative about the excuses we give for anything from homework to being late for work or calling in sick. In CareerBuilder’s survey “Out of the Office,” more than one-third of U.S. workers say they played hooky from work over the last twelve months. Thirty-five percent of workers admit to calling in sick when they felt well at least once during the last year, and one-in-ten say they did so three or more times.

Why are they calling in sick? The top three motivators for faking include attending to personal errands and appointments, catching up on sleep and simply relaxing. The reasons also include attending a child’s event, bad weather, making plans with friends and going on a job interview.

“Truth can be stranger than fiction,” Jennifer Grasz, the CareerBuilder spokesperson who ran the study, told The Huffington Post. “Sometimes the outrageous happens. Whether your employer believes you will depend heavily on your track record and performance with the company.”

The online survey conducted by Harris Interactive found just how loosely the term “sick day” is being used in the workplace. According to the approximately 6,500 hiring managers, HR professionals and workers surveyed, 34 percent of employees who call in sick just don’t feel like going into work, 29 percent feel like they needed to relax, 22 percent have a doctor’s appointment, 16 percent want to catch up on sleep and 15 percent need to run errands.

Although some companies might let a few days slide, most employers don’t let their staff get away with it. have fired employees for calling in with a fake excuse.”If an employer catches you lying, it can put your professionalism and reliability into question,” Grasz said. “Your best bet is to be honest.”

Here are the top excuses for calling in sick:

  1. Suffering from a broken heart
  2. Getting sick after reading too much
  3. Becoming too ‘upset’ after watching the hunger games
  4. Bitten by a bird
  5. Getting a toe stuck in the tap
  6. A grandmother being exhumed for police investigation
  7. Saying your dog was having a nervous breakdown
  8. Forgetting you’ve been hired
  9. Hair turning orange after home dying went wrong
  10. Sobriety tool wouldn’t let the car start

What are the worst excuses you’ve heard from colleagues, staff or others throughout the years? I would love to hear them…

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Cover up your piercings and tattoo’s when you go to an interview

We’ve all got something that makes us stand out as a person. It’s what makes us unique. It cold be the way you flick your hair, the lone dimple on your right cheek or the way you express yourself when you’re talking. Everyone is different. Some people like to express themselves through body art. This could be in the form of piercings or tattoos. When you’re going to a wedding or a  family event, I’m sure you’ve had your parents bark at you to ‘tone it down.’ I know I have. I have one tattoo, just the one right near my hip. It’s not big enough to strike a fair bit of attention nor is it going to get the ‘stop showing off your midriff like that’ talk from my mum. To think of it, I’ve not been to a wedding where my midriff is on show. At all.

When you’re on your job search, keep in mind what you want your employer to see. First impressions count and having your hair waxed on top of your head 5 inches up, with piercings studded across your face and tattoo’s left right and centre might not get you the role you want. Unless of course you’re applying for a job at a tattoo parlour. If you have tattoos and piercings, attitudes are changing. Statistics show that 1 in 10 people have a tattoo or piercing. Employers have to change with the times, and unlike thirty years ago when tattoos and piercings were seen as deviant and associated with gangs and thugs, they are now seen as fashionable, even elegant. Nevertheless, showing your true colours and achieving success in an interview marginally depends on what sector you want to enter. If you are looking for a role within the creative field, then signs of individuality are often interpreted as ingenuity and expression and more often than not will be welcomed. When applying for a face to face role, say something in real estate, customer service or medical then employers may be worried that your image will reflect on the company and alienate potential clients. If you are going for a role in the service industry piercings may conflict with health and hygiene laws.

You must keep in mind the brand you are presenting should you get the role. If you’re worried, communicate with your employer before the interview. Confirm their dress code or request a copy of the employee manual. If anything, this will make you appear more enthusiastic about the company.As the law stands in the UK at the moment, there is no legislation to protect people with tattoos and piercings from being discriminated against during the interview stage. Discrimination only applies in regards to race, gender, age, origin and sexuality. However, if an employer shows prejudice towards you once you are employed by them, legal action can be taken.

I’m not saying change who you are, I’m not at all. Cover up and follow a dress code if you’re unsure when you attend an interview. If you’re ever unsure, just ask someone.