Recruitment a love hate thing

Ok so they've come in for some real stick over the past few years and now they want us to feel sorry for them because loads are losing jobs due to the current economic climate.

If you are not in recruitment there are all these ways of finding potential candidates and places to post jobs whether it's LinkedIn, Monster, Gumtree and loads more besides...

But you know what, the consultants that are still doing it must be really good at what they do - I know one or two (actually quite a few) and they continue to succeed. Why?

My experience is thus - it's a big investment, I'm involved in a few small businesses so whomever is chosen will make a dramatic impact, the fit has to be right. Those of you that don't know me maybe don't appreciate that my wife Jill is in recruitment (and no she doesn't know I'm writting this...) so I have the inside track. However that aside, I ask a lot of their service: having whittled down 3 or 4 possible candidates I get the consultant (not Jill) to sit with me in the interview, because lets face it I don't cross examine for a living. I make notes and make the choice or revise the brief.

Finding a recruitment partner that finds possibles, and sends a couple down to see you is all very well but I want more for my investment because I know I can. I've made mistakes in the past thinking I know the game I'll do it myself, all but one have not worked out, and I now realise that they don't just have a big list and marry up your brief with a candidate on their books there's a hell of a lot more to it. Get your consultant to come down to your business, get them to understand you, not a bit of paper. Oh, and as a candidate don't piss them off, it's likely you'll need their help again in the future and it's a small world...

Jill truly loves what she does - hell she's done it for 14 years and with the same company she must do. Her field is Advertising and Marketing. There are truly only two organisations in central Scotland that are any good here, one is Denholm, the other is Quantum. Jill and Niky Denholm used to work together and are still chums - although to be fair Niky's bringing up a family and running a retail business and not so involved in recruitment anymore. There are other companies, like Eden Scott and Michael Page - they are scrabbling around working with companies and people that don't know any better, going through consultants like sand through their fingers.

One of my best mates has an agency too James Helliwell and Choice Consultants, he specialises in Media Sales; very niche and very successful covering all of Scotland and the north of England. God knows how because I hate the pink monkey thing on his website.

I think those that succeed will be the ones that make it personal, where there's a true connection whilst keeping on top of the emerging online social marketplace. There is a place for them in my world but then I would say that... I have to!


  1. Didn't realise you are married to Jill. She's a good lass, as is Nicky, who I've worked with for years. I hope your post doesn't fall into the hands of the rest though. Ouch!

  2. What an interesting viewpoint, I admire the supportive comment regarding your wife if not the industry she works in. I feel the comment on Eden Scott is unfair and unjust given you have not used our services previously; perhaps you currently pay nothing for recruitment and feel it is un-necessary to see what else the industry has to offer.

    People in glass houses should not throw stones - my own opinion of your site is that it’s not particularly "creative", rather static and I feel lacking in inspiration.

    That’s just my opinion - see how easy it is?

  3. Yay - dukes out. This is why you're still in business, you're passionate about what you do and clearly successful, you've still got a job.
    Can you tell my view is biased... I wonder why?
    I work amongst a host of people in marketing and advertising and have done for a number of years and you know what the best most successful agencies use Denholm and Quantum - because they consistently deliver... not so biased just fact.
    They've been around the block, a bit like social marketing it's all about trust and building a reputation, that doesn't happen overnight. I bet Eden Scott are great - I know you exist I just haven't come across you or heard you mentioned in my circles, but hey your time will come... or maybe it's happening and I'm out of touch.
    Build a bridge Michelle, don't get bitter, put your dukes up and state your case - use positives, crow from the roof tops how fab you and your team are. It's social, the world is watching... or are they?

  4. "I know you exist I just haven't come across you or heard you mentioned in my circles, but hey your time will come"

    I'm confused, how come you are so handy with your ill-judged, public defamation then? It's also clear you seem to be very important given the circles you revolve around. For someone who professes to be a social-networking guru it seems you've swiftly broken all the accepted norms regarding online behaviour especially as it relates to business ethics, brand-building and personal credibility. If all you do each day is "creatively muse" and compile this drivel then I expect to see your "in administration" piece in the red tops soon.

  5. It would seem that you have stoked a wee fire Mr Gilchrist. I didnt find your article at all negative towards either of the firms you mentioned but hey...
    I was just disappointed that you didnt feel the urge to mention our quality alternative to traditional recruitment :-)

  6. Told you mate. High risk...


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