Challenging perceptions

Recruitment is changing for the better

perceptionsHaving been in the recruitment industry for in excess of 14 years, it’s fair to say that things have changed immensely over the course of a decade and a half.

I took a sabbatical from the sector between 1997 and 2004, but when I returned to it I realised that very little had actually changed.  This caused a fair amount of mixed feelings on my part – it’s fair to say that the things I loved were still very much in evidence, but equally the ones that had caused me to turn my back were not only still in existence, but arguably even more prevalent than before.

Admittedly, I hadn’t just left recruitment because of the stereotypes and the reactions from people when I told them what I did for a living, but when I started in recruitment at 21 I was horrified by the way that people would automatically make assumptions about my moral integrity.  The fact that those views still existed (and in come camps were even stronger than before) suggested that something had to change.  As a mere university graduate I was unfamiliar with how to do that; but in 2004 I believed for the first time that my direct actions could make a difference to the perception of others.  The naivety of youth had finally left me.

I spent the following 10 years working with clients and candidates alike to quash the synonymous view of recruitment, offering close relationships with everyone I came into contact with, and an honest approach to the way I conducted my business.  Some people saw this as an asset – others unfortunately did not.

However, despite the best efforts of myself and those others who seek to challenge perceptions in the business community, it proved to be an almost impossible task.  Until, that is, I was given the opportunity to set up a new offering where I could start from scratch with an inherent culture of fairness, a focus on service to clients and candidates alike, and a concept that works consultatively to find the perfect organisational fit first and foremost – regardless if the vacant post is either permanent or contractual.

In the past 6 weeks I have seen a huge appetite for this concept in the wider business community – a resourcing function that works as a consultative partner to get the right results by having an inherent understanding of the vision of both parties.  I ask a key question to my clients from the outset – “Is sourcing the right talent vital to your business?”

The exceptional individuals I represent are called “Blue Apples”; experts who are truly able to make an impact within the right type of client engagement where they can bring out their passion and commitment, and as a result performing at their absolute best.  They may be rare (hence the name), but if nurtured and valued they make a hugely positive impact on the work they undertake and the people around them.  I believe that this is the future of recruitment – and that no one should settle for anything less.

Finally, after almost a decade and a half I am genuinely excited to be making a difference in an industry that I am still enthusiastic and passionate about after all this time.  If you would like to join me on my journey and see what “Blue Apple” really means, then please get in touch with me.  I’d love to hear from you.Blue Apple Header

Ian Kirby