How I didn’t get a job in HR

How I didn't get a job in HR

In America, for the most part, work vacancies are filled in the market. Companies post job advertisements on their own website, a jobs board, a puzzle billboard, or put a sign in the window looking for employees. Potential employees then have to go out and contact companies they might want to work for and apply directly to the company. The placement industry is not used nearly as much as it is in the UK and, when it is used, it tends to be for specific, high-level roles.

So it was a surprise when, a few weeks after moving to London, I was approached about an HR Role by a recruiter. She asked for permission to submit my CV to the hiring manager.

I paused. The job description asked for someone with a degree related to HR, at least five years of HR experience, and evidence that I could handle the responsibilities of running a recruitment division – none of which I had. I expressed my misgivings to the recruiter, to which she replied:

“They aren’t actually looking for recruitment experience; just the right sort of person – tenacious & driven. We can try if you are interested?”

I’ll admit – I was interested. But why was she so eager to nominate me? Clearly, she would receive a fee if I was placed, and wouldn’t lose anything if I wasn’t. Based on what I could tell about the system, the employer then spent time looking at dozens or hundreds of CVs of people who were completely unfit for their empty position – and probably had to answer calls from recruiters arguing in favour of underqualified candidates.

The big winner in this system is the job-seekers; instead of each person having to become an expert in selling themselves to employers, as they have to do in the US, they are able to focus on doing a good job.  They have an expert representing them in the marketplace who spends all day looking at jobs and trying to match people to positions. In theory, there is an incredible efficiency there for job seekers.

Recruiters are potential winners; they have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by nominating unqualified candidates. It’s like sales: they may as well ask, because if the company says yes, they’ve won a sale; if the company says no, they’ve lost nothing.

But employers lose time, since they have to sort through a lot of chaff in order to get to the grain, with persistent recruiters hustling them to pick candidates that don’t have the skills to serve the role. I imagined that this must get annoying – and, after I learned about placement fees, it’s clearly expensive.

Thus, it would make sense that employers would prefer a system that delivered pre-vetted candidates that actually met the employers’ requirements and desires, so that they would spend less time sorting through CVs. It would make sense that employers would want to cut out the rewards that incentivise recruiters to push forward unqualified candidates. It would make sense to reduce the cost to employers by not paying placement fees, but paying only for the work actually done to find qualified candidates.

Is there a better way? Actually, yes.

The new system – which has been around for years, actually – is what we do at Write Research. Our clients only get candidates who have been screened and are qualified for the proposed job; they aren’t just active job seekers, but also “passive”, qualified candidates who are already working. Our clients receive all of the contact information for candidates; we don’t show them people with information redacted, but instead, we deliver transparency. That means that the clients can contact anyone they wish, knowing exactly what these people are like. We also don’t charge placement fees; instead, we charge for the work we actually do.

The question I now have: how can more people – on both sides of the pond – take advantage of the new system, rather than sticking with the old ones?

As always, I would be delighted to hear your thoughts and responses. Engage below or send me a message.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Andrew solves business challenges with the best talent and insight at the talent & insight consultancy WRC/Capita. He is an expert on talent for the financial services sector and reducing leadership risk. Comments and articles are his own views.

No Responses
  1. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    car sale usa
    Crimson tide football recruiting – Video
    Crimson tide football recruiting Crimson tide football recruiting Alabama football 2019: Schedule, roster, recruiting and three questions for Crimson Tide Published on Apr. 1, 2019 | Updated on Apr. 4, 2019 The 2019 college football season will be an interesting one for Alabama. The Crimson Tide enter 2019 with their usual heavy player turnover, but also must replace a bevy of assistants after 2018 — a banner year up until the Tide’s 44-16 defeat by Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship, the worst ever under Nick Saban. That loss begs the question: Is the dynasty over, or will …
    The post Crimson tide football recruiting – Video appeared first on Auto&Car.

    Malawi Business

  2. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    car rental
    Goa trip \ Video
    Goa trip Goa trip Goa Tour Packages Sorry, the fields marked in red need your attention, please fix them to continue. The only destination that comes to our mind when we think of relaxing by the beach during the day and partying by night in Goa. No wonder Goa is also known as “tourist paradise”. The lively spirit never dies in the lanes and coastlines of Goa. Goa packages all the divine luxuries of Goa in the most affordable rates. It is to make sure that tourists have a great time, rejuvenate their energies and senses and live carefree while …
    The post Goa trip \ Video appeared first on Car.

    Lesotho Finance
    mte logistix warehouse
    auto club trust fsb
    sa motorlease
    cars for less


  3. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    assurance insurance
    St missouri ~ Video
    Hotels in St St missouri Welcome to Quality Inn St. Louis Airport The Quality Inn® Airport hotel in Saint Louis near Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals, lets you relax and focus on the people and experiences you came for. Conveniently located off Natural Bridge Road, this hotel in Saint Louis is near other local sites, activities and attractions like: Gateway Arch Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre University of Missouri–St. Louis Saint Louis Zoo You can also easily get to the Saint Louis Science Center, Six Flags amusement park and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our Value …
    The post St missouri ~ Video appeared first on Car.

    Montana Finance
    big jon’s used
    bachus and schanker complaints


  4. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    how do you get life insurance
    Full-Service GA Insurance Agency
    Conyers insurance But please don’t reward the realtors who are paying for Full-Service GA Insurance Agency hits, reclaiming a Full-Service GA Insurance Agency. Which includes 69 companies in the real estate category, bring along a cell phone Full-Service GA Insurance Agency and plug it into the Full-Service GA Insurance Agency to make sure they all work. Full-Service GA Insurance Agency the urban jungle of Toronto and the rolling vineyards of Niagara, making late payments on credit cards Full-Service GA Insurance Agency Full-Service GA Insurance Agency/defaulting on your EMIs regularly can negatively affect your credit score. Self-funded health insurance, having purchased …
    The post Full-Service GA Insurance Agency appeared first on Car.

    Loans News
    budget greenslips
    l nique
    the best muscle cars clarksburg md


  5. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    visa card apr rates

    Lizard lounge dallas Membership Levels – Benefits, Dallas Zoo
    Membership Levels & Benefits From Safari Nights to Dallas Zoo Lights, enjoy a full year of adventures, value, and discovery! We may have your email on file. When you give the gift of Membership Levels & Benefits From Safari Nights to Dallas Zoo Lights, enjoy a full year of adventures, value, and discovery! We may have your email on file. When you give the gift of Dallas Zoo membership, you’re supporting our vision of Creating a Better World for Animals and the recipient of your gift will enjoy a full year of incredible experiences. When purchasing, please let us know …
    The post Lizard lounge dallas Membership Levels – Benefits, Dallas Zoo appeared first on Travel.

    Cleveland Business
    trustmark accident claim
    laser hair removal norwalk


  6. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    my campus
    Umich football ranking @ Video
    2019 Top Public Universities in America Umich football ranking 2019 Top Public Universities in America About this List The Top Public Universities ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along for millions of reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares over 500 public colleges and state universities. Read more on how this ranking was calculated. Share on facebook Share on twitter Cancel Apply Best Programs Social Scene University of Michigan – Ann Arbor 4 Year Ann Arbor, MI Junior : I’ve had the best college experience …
    The post Umich football ranking @ Video appeared first on Credit.

    Quote News
    gm motors


  7. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    used suv

    Umich football score ~ Video
    VT Graphics – 360° Market View, VT Graphics Umich football score VT Graphics – 360° Market View The face of the U.S. and International retail environments continues to evolve rapidly. Gone are the days when packaging and point-of-purchase (POP) vehicles were designed as a protective medium with limited branding. Today, CPCs, brand managers and retailers rely on customized, retail-ready product packaging and displays to engage customers, increase sales, promote branding and support regionalized marketing initiatives. To remain competitive CPCs large and small need to constantly create new products and promote existing brands while improving speed to market and cost containment. …
    The post Umich football score ~ Video appeared first on Savings .

    Singapore Finance

Leave a Reply

Talent Search

We use research to help you hire the best talent into an immediate need at a reduced cost and time to hire.

Read more ... >

Talent Pipelining

We use research to help you build pools of the best talent to meet your short, medium or long term talent needs. Helping to break the cycle of reactive recruiting.

Read more ... >

Talent Insight

We use research to help you build a real-time picture of the external market so you can make better informed decisions.

Read more ... >

Follow Us

UK Modern Day Slavery Act

The Write Research Company Ltd
EMEA HQ: +44 (0)207 012 6378   Leeds office: +44 (0)113 239 5680  Newcastle office: +44 (0)191 250 4950
11F 151 Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong    T: 07808 011 012     560 Broadway, Suite 302, New York, NY 10012   T: 07808 011 012

Website & Creative Services by OS12