Ask James Caan – Issue 100
Today marks the 100th issue of the Ask James column. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing my experiences with you and supporting employers and jobseekers alike, whether it’s career, recruitment or business-related. And with so many people sharing their thoughts and interests – I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s been a great success to date.
As this is the 100th column, I’ve chosen to reflect on the momentum of not only webrecruit, but recruitment on a whole and how the landscape has significantly changed since I began responding to your questions two years ago.
Over the last few years I’ve had a great response from members of the webrecruit LinkedIn group with varied topics ranging from potential business ventures, to thoughts on the impact of online recruitment and how to utilise social media, as well as specific career advice.
To recognise 99 issues of providing advice to our growing group, I’ve selected the best employer and candidate tips from the columns to help re-energise you and hopefully get you thinking.
Top 10 Employer Tips
- Identify the right recruiter for you
- When using social media to directly source candidates, develop a plan to monitor progress
- To grow your business, it is essential to reassess your priorities, focus on what makes you successful and evaluate what’s holding you back
- Apprenticeships can reinvigorate a workforce, develop your company’s skill base and in some cases, increase retention rates
- Before creating a social media campaign, consider the objectives you’re looking to achieve and the resources you can allocate to ensure it is a success
- Use new sourcing methods, search for potential candidates using keywords on LinkedIn
- Recruitment is a people business, and to be successful remember building relationships is key
- A diverse workforce would provide different ideas and experience, as well as reflect your customer base more accurately
- Recognise achievements. Praise can do wonders for the self-esteem, and can make underachievers review their own performance.
- If you’re starting up a business, and you are going to recruit someone, keep costs at the forefront of your mind
Top 10 Jobseeker Tips
- To reinvigorate your career, consider what you’re good at and what interests you
- Tailoring your CV and covering letter is essential when applying for any job
- One of the best ways to find a job is through a combination of networking and direct contact
- Before an interview, consider what you can offer and identify how it would make a contribution to a business
- Remember, the interviewer is making a mental checklist as soon as you enter the room
- Use a salary checker to see what the average wages are for your profession as a benchmark
- Taking a psychometric skills test? If so, get your preparation off on the right foot by taking advantage of the free online tests
- With age comes experience, and at the end of the day, it’s the value that you bring
- Volunteering will improve your employability and showcase your transferable skills
- Entrepreneurs looking to re-enter the workforce could offer their services in a consultative capacity
Writing the column so far has been an extremely interesting journey, and getting to know you all is a pleasure. If you have any other tips you would like to share, please comment below.
Here’s to the next 100 columns!