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(Even more) Terrifying recruitment stories. In 6 words!

'Terrifying recruitment stories. In 6 words', caught the imagination of many. 12,000 unique blog views, dozens of blog comments,(On the…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Recruitment is marketing. Are you ready for that?

There is a new reality in recruitment, which Agency recruiters who want to…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 26, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

What you can learn from the ‘Dark Ages’ of recruitment

I had a guy debating some recruiting matter with me on social media last week. To make his point, he finished with what he clearly felt was a telling coup de grace.

“Well, I have been recruiting since before LinkedIn came along, you know!”

In his…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 21, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Agency recruitment is not dying. It’s growing!

This has become a cause of great hilarity for me, to be honest.

So many buffoons predicting the demise of recruiters.

Tech-legend wannabees, internal recruiters with a barrow to push, disaffected clients, and a host of other misinformed or biased loudmouths…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 19, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Want fun and money from recruitment? Make these 4 changes

Agency recruiters are about to enter a new golden era. More fun. More money. It’s all about to open up.

But not everyone will rise on the tide. Just relying on a recovery will be your biggest mistake. The benefits will not flow to everyone evenly. We will have to provide something very different to what we provided before.

You have to act now.…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hurrah for the new ‘Golden Era’ of Agency recruitment !

Hardly a week goes by without some ‘expert’ trumpeting the death of agency recruitment, or a technology start-up predicting the ‘disruption’ of our industry, and how recruiters are an endangered species.

Really? Who exactly? And, when exactly? Didn’t LinkedIn promise that, what, a decade ago? We are still here. Growing in fact.

Agency recruitment is not a dying…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 12, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Terrifying recruitment stories. In 6 words!

I can tell you a story about recruitment that will make you shiver. Make you recoil in horror. And I can do it in six words.

Here are 20 such horror stories to get you screaming, blocking your ears, and running for the exit.

‘I will call you back. Promise’.

‘Can I just think about it?’

‘I just got a counter-offer’.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday

Your bonus threshold just went up.

My ‘under-offer’…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 6, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Calling a candidate to tell them there is no news IS news to the candidate.

I placed this status update on LinkedIn the other day.

‘Calling a candidate back to tell them there is no news IS news to the candidate.’

It got 250…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 4, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

In recruitment, everybody sells, baby!

I read recently some ‘recruitment expert’ advising owners of recruitment companies to phase out ‘billing managers’ and to allow a team of ‘dedicated managers’ to simply ‘run’ the business’.

Now, how should I put this as calmly as I can? OK, this will have to…

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Added by Greg Savage on December 17, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why great recruiters make dud managers

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Added by Greg Savage on December 16, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Best Recruiter Christmas Party. Ever!

I don’t like recruitment Christmas parties.

And I have been to a few.

At least 50 I would say.

50? How old are you Greg? 100?…

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Added by Greg Savage on December 15, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

My career. Multiple screw-ups, and ONE thing I got right.

I have had some major highs in a career that is now deep into its 4th decade. Lots of hard work, lots of luck, and plenty of great people, have helped me to some success, which has been fun and lucrative. And I am proud of many milestones along the…

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Added by Greg Savage on October 19, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Most recruiters are losing money

This blog is blunt. It’s about the commercial reality of making money in recruitment. If you run a business, and are making no money, this will probably explain why.

Or if you are a recruiter, it could explain why you can hardly scrape by on your income, or why you will get fired.

And the data suggests lots of recruiters, companies and individuals, are losing money. Many of them are managing to do that in an improving economy!

Want proof?

The latest…

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Added by Greg Savage on October 2, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments

Candidates are the future of recruitment. And you won't have any.

For as long as I remember (and in recruitment, that is a very, very long time) getting good candidates has always been about getting their attention.

Way back in the day, all newspapers were bulging with job-classified sections. Seriously, I remember the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age job sections were way thicker than the rest of the paper combined! It was the same across the world. And…

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Added by Greg Savage on September 15, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Somebody resigned? Don’t be a fool. Stay cool.

A while ago I wrote what proved to be a popular blog about how to resign with grace.

But what about the manager who gets a resignation? How should they behave?

Sad to say, the commercial world is…

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Added by Greg Savage on September 8, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The greatest recruitment movies of all time!

When you consider what an emotional, competitive and crazy world recruitment is, and the characters it attracts, maybe it’s strange that there have not been more movies about the industry. I have seen all the “Wall Street-esq” movies and seriously, I have worked with and against crazier characters than most of theirs! Is Hollywood missing something here?

There…

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Added by Greg Savage on September 7, 2014 at 1:01am — 4 Comments

10 words you must NEVER use to describe yourself

Who am I to tell you how you can describe yourself? Nobody. So ignore me at your leisure.

On the other hand, I can tell you for free that the words you use in your résumé, your LinkedIn profile, your…

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Added by Greg Savage on August 13, 2014 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Five recruiter ‘must haves’ (Infographic)

Welcome to the first ever ‘Savage Truth’ Infographic. Just to mix thing up a bit.

Short and sweet, too. Five recruiter essentials. Check you have them, won’t you?

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Thanks to Ross Coverdale of Head Resourcing for producing this…

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Added by Greg Savage on July 15, 2014 at 2:13am — No Comments

20 reasons your boss hates you

Does your boss hate you?

OK, hate is a strong word. I am sure she does not actually hate you. (Well, maybe not).

But let’s say you irritate her, disappoint her, and ultimately incline her to regard you more as a liability than an asset. And that can only end in tears.

30…

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Added by Greg Savage on July 15, 2014 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

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