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Don't fool yourself with Social Media.

Anyone who has heard me speak, or read my blog, knows I believe social media has an important role to play in business development, attracting talent, and building brand.

I have coached my recruiters how to do that, and now many companies pay me to teach them how to do it.

But let’s get real here.

Social media is a tool. Not an end in…

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Added by Greg Savage on September 2, 2013 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

What all recruiters WANT to say to their dumb clients

For agency recruiters, it often feels like clients are toying with them these days.

It feels for all the world that some* Line Managers, Internal Recruiters and HR types have conspired to make life…

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Added by Greg Savage on August 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

The UK recruitment market is growing. Fast!

I have spent a lot of time involved in the UK recruitment market. I have lived there, worked there, and owned and run recruitment businesses there, until very recently. For the past decade I have visited London at least twice a year, often more. So I speak from personal experience when I say there has not been much positive to report from the UK, recruitment-wise, since about 2008.

However, over the past 2 weeks I got a very pleasant surprise. I was in London to speak to four groups…

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Added by Greg Savage on August 6, 2013 at 12:20am — 5 Comments

Hire more drinkers!

Yes, you read that right. Hire more drinkers!

Oh, wait, slight typo…

I mean, you have got to hire more D.R.I.N.C.K.A.E’s

If I were building new recruitment company today, the only people I would hire, would be D.R.I.N.C.K.A.E’s. And I am pretty sure this is valid across all business in the modern age. Certainly those selling a…

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Added by Greg Savage on July 23, 2013 at 3:30am — 9 Comments

This is why recruiters 'burn-out'.

Recruiters, you won’t like this. But this is the one trait that is ruining your career and negatively impacting your life.

Wasted emotion.

That is what is destroying your job…

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Added by Greg Savage on July 9, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The future of recruitment — explained in 30 minutes!

This webinar was recorded live on YouTube with Shane McCusker.

Clearly, I have no crystal ball into the future of recruitment, but I do believe two things…

  • Many companies, and many recruiters, will fail to evolve and will die out, very fast. Very soon.
  • Recruitment still has a great future, but only for the innovative and nimble.

In this video we explain who…

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Added by Greg Savage on June 10, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

This person cleans up your mess for $8.50

Lately I have been at home during the day more than I used to when I was running a global business. So I had the good fortune to actually meet the woman who cleans our house once a week. Prior to this, I had a vague understanding that we ‘had a cleaner’, but I took that service for granted, and certainly gave the person who cleaned up our mess little thought.

Well, I had a great long chat with ‘Rosie’ (lets call her that…

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Added by Greg Savage on June 6, 2013 at 8:01pm — 1 Comment

Suck it up princess. This is as good as it gets

I rarely ‘go to lunch’. Business lunches, anyway.

But recently I did, with a group of industry veterans including Geoff Morgan, the Founder of Morgan and Banks, and Talent2. In an industry short of true leaders and innovators, Geoff stands out as a remarkably resilient business builder, and creator of careers, as well as shareholder…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 14, 2013 at 8:49pm — 21 Comments

Recruiters! Stand Proud!

Recruiters get terrible press.

And it’s worse now then ever before. Everyone has a ‘terrible recruiter’ story. They are ‘lazy, sleazy, pushy and incompetent’. And those are just the nicer things said. Every day brings more abuse and increasingly, gleeful…

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Added by Greg Savage on April 30, 2013 at 5:42am — No Comments

People don’t leave companies. They leave leaders!

I have employed thousands of people over the years. And every time one resigned, a little part of me died. (OK, I lie. I have actually danced a celebratory jig around my desk on the odd occasion, but that’s another blog!)

Mostly, my natural reaction has always been a human one I suppose. “What possible reason would they have to do that?” or “What’s wrong with them?” or even, “She must be leaving for money. The fool!”

But I grew wiser as the years rolled by.

Mostly,…

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Added by Greg Savage on April 2, 2013 at 7:13pm — No Comments

This recruiter bills $1,000,000 a year. Want to know how he does that?

Recently I was one of 4 judges asked to select “Australia’s Best Recruiter 2013”. The calibre was high, drawing responses from all over Australia and New Zealand. The judging panel interviewed a shortlist of 4, and Peter Murphy, from…

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Added by Greg Savage on March 18, 2013 at 10:31pm — 2 Comments

How to resign without being a jerk

You have got a new job! Well done. Now, don’t spoil it all by making a hash of your exit from where you are now. I  know, you are excited. It’s hard to stay focused on the old gig, when everything is ‘oh so cool’ about the new one.

But remember, the ‘old gig’ was the ‘new gig’ not so long ago,…

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Added by Greg Savage on March 7, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Need to fire a deadbeat client? Here's how.

Last week I argued that recruiters (and indeed all service providers), need to fire clients who are uncooperative or unprofitable.

Plenty of ‘The Savage Truth’ readers agreed, but many asked, “How do I actually do it?”.

Fair question. And the truth is that it is not easy. But there are two guiding principals I have found are fundamental for this to work out well.

•    Be upfront and…

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Added by Greg Savage on February 20, 2013 at 1:19am — No Comments

Fire these clients. Now!

I talk to a lot of recruiters.

And it is tough for many of them right now. That we know.

Everybody is scrambling for a dollar, chasing every client. A bit like that sad, desperate guy in the bar at 2 am, harassing every one of the last few women left standing.

But there is the irony. As recruiters push ever harder to win…

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Added by Greg Savage on February 4, 2013 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

The hiring lesson I learned on the road to Mandalay.

I admit it, I am a ‘recruiting-tragic’.

And a symptom of this condition is that I can’t help but think about the hiring implications of almost any situation.

And so it was, a few months ago, travelling with my family in Myanmar (formerly Burma), one of the most isolated countries anywhere, that I was struck with a hiring lesson that resonates across the world, in any situation.

We were in the northern town…

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Added by Greg Savage on January 14, 2013 at 10:37pm — 2 Comments

The very best of ‘The Savage Truth’ 2012

Farewell 2012. Another massive year in recruitment, with, if anything, even more challenges than the year prior.

“The Savage Truth“ clocked up dozens of blog posts during the year, trying to make sense of it all. And the readership has grown exponentially over that time, so I am grateful for the support from so many.  In fact, visitor numbers to The Savage Truth in 2012 are up 33% from 2011.

Below is a list of the most…

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Added by Greg Savage on December 18, 2012 at 6:36pm — No Comments

What YOU say when your client says “send me the resume”

The fact is you make a placement only if your candidate gets an interview.

So your job as a recruiter is so much more than sourcing the talent and making the match. As important as they are, it’s all a waste of time if you don’t get your candidate sitting opposite your client.

And so you find yourself enthusiastically…

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Added by Greg Savage on November 26, 2012 at 6:29pm — 6 Comments

‘Assumptions’ in recruitment will bite you in the butt. And it hurts!

The biggest cause of placements going wrong is the recruiter making assumptions. Assumptions that are flawed.

Information is what drives success in recruitment. And that is why our industry will never die. Because the craft of managing the process still determines whether a candidate is offered and, crucially, accepts a job. Successful recruitment is not all about ‘sourcing’. It is about matching too. And then consummating the deal, usually by finessing the attitude of both…

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Added by Greg Savage on November 12, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Are you an E-mail E-diot?

It seems the more ways they invent for us to communicate, the worse we become at it.

Email is pretty old-school these days (and I believe smart companies will replace it, internally at least, with a social communications chat-type format), but I am still constantly amazed and frustrated by the sloppy way many people use it.

Most days I get 100 plus emails, and even discounting the ‘spammy’ ones, about half of those need not have come to me at all.

Meet 5 “e-mail…

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Added by Greg Savage on October 29, 2012 at 7:10pm — 3 Comments

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