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Frustration...

So in the course of any one day I get a stack of emails from people that seemingly have no idea how/why to apply for a role in the creative industry.Normally it’s cool, I’m polite and reply with a, “thanks but no thanks…” sort of thing, trying to offer a piece of advice where and when I can. But occasionally, towards the end of a long day, I don’t. And I write something like this:“Dear *****Thank you for your application for the position of Digital Designer - UX/UI specialist.                 …See More
Mar 30, 2013
Tim Spagnola liked Darren Scotland's blog post Frustration...
Mar 30, 2013
Darren Scotland commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"I've had a few tell me I should have pressed send on this so guess what, today I did sent something similar to another candiate - and they responded! Check this out:  "Hi Darren, Thanks for the reply. Your 100% correct not harsh, that…"
Mar 27, 2013
Andrew Hanneman commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"I have tried to help people, but I often get told i'm wrong or either I get the kiss off for me being nice.  I do respond to everyone and I always will tell them why but I rarely help unless they ask, then I will absolutely give them advice"
Mar 27, 2013
Kerry Skemp commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"I like Derdiver's idea to send links to training courses. I think many people truly just don't "get" it, and giving them a way to learn more is a great response to their misguided application. Of course, those same people who…"
Mar 27, 2013
Derdiver liked Darren Scotland's blog post Frustration...
Mar 27, 2013
Derdiver commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"This happens more often than not when there are more people and fewer jobs. I know we complain about this but what about an offer to the solution?  I have been toying with the idea of sending links to local schools that offer low price or…"
Mar 27, 2013
Andrew Hanneman commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"Sandra, I love your response, I will start to use that"
Mar 27, 2013
Andrew Hanneman commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"I can't tell you how many times I have writtent that near exact email and never sent it.  I have tried to speak some sense into some candidates, but it usually falls on deaf ears.  I'm so tired of getting resumes with easy…"
Mar 27, 2013
Darren Scotland commented on Martin Ellis's video
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This is the best CV/resume I've ever seen

"As a recruiter that works in the creative sector I see a few of these sorts of things and whilst I'm sure it's different, new and exciting in some sectors, it just feels a bit gimmicky to me. If she were a designer, I'd dismiss her…"
Mar 27, 2013
Darren Scotland commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"Ha! Cheers for the responses guys - nice to know I'm not going slowing mad! I actually just responded to a similar blog here: http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/when-the-candidate-asks-why-didn-t-you-call-me For me, it's…"
Mar 26, 2013
Darren Scotland commented on KKenner's blog post 'When the Candidate asks..."Why didn't you call me?'
"I'm with Sandra. For me, if someone has taken the time to apply for a role - assuming they're in the ball park in terms of experience - the least they deserve is an acknowledgement of that. I think too many recruiters forget what…"
Mar 26, 2013
Sandra McCartt commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"If i resond at all to those who miss the mark by about 10 miles I send this note back. Based on a review of your resume for this position i think you may have applied to the wrong position."
Mar 26, 2013
Amy Ala commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"I've tried it a few times, once got a scathing reply and the rest of the time crickets. Now I just blog about crap that frustrates me. :)"
Mar 26, 2013
Amber commented on Darren Scotland's blog post 'Frustration...'
"I think every recruiter, hiring manager, etc. can totally relate to this! I guess less then 10% of resumes are even remotely qualified for any search I'm doing. BUT since I am not a "niche" recruiter, I often find candidates that have…"
Mar 26, 2013
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Darren Scotland
Job Title
Supreme Overlord
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Character Creative
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Human Resources
How many years have you been in the business?
5 - 9 years
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Other
Are you interested in split placements?
yes
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A phone?!?
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Frustration...

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 5:30am 10 Comments

So in the course of any one day I get a stack of emails from people that seemingly have no idea how/why to apply for a role in the creative industry.

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Normally it’s cool, I’m polite and reply with a, “thanks but no thanks…” sort of thing, trying to offer a piece of advice where and when I can. But occasionally, towards the end of a long day, I don’t. And I write something like this:

“Dear *****…

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Does the world really need recruitment consultants?

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 6:47am 7 Comments

After a frustrating couple of months I’ve found myself asking this question on a more regular basis. Of course I already know the short answer….no, it doesn’t. What we do is definitely not rocket science and everyone knows what *astronomical fees we charge! (*no pun intended) But if you’ll permit me to continue, I’m going to try and explain why we’re here and why, when you find a good one, they can make your life easier and maybe even save you a few quid.

These days…

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Advice for graduates.

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 5:00am 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again, the sun’s beginning to shine, the sound of ice cream vans is filling the streets and I’ve started getting into planting herbs again!



Yes, graduate season is under way and hundreds of design students are emerging from their 3 year old cocoons ready and eager to join the “real” world and begin an exciting and glamorous career as a creative

(shhh… don’t tell them!).



But where to start? There’s loads of you and we all…

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How to attract talent - it's still harder than you think!

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 5:12am 0 Comments

Yeah there’s a recession, yeah there’s bags of people on the market but I think creative agencies still need to be working harder to attract top talent.



It’s not enough just to exist and expect the best candidates to come to you - and be grateful for a job - they’re still in high demand so you need to do more.



Here are a few ideas:



Career path:



In my experience, prospects (or lack of) have got to be the number one motivator for a job seeker in… Continue

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