Celebrating 250 Issues of InSight


Wednesday 26th September marks the 250th issue of InSight.
It’s also the 5th anniversary, to the day, of the

first issue of InSight


Apart from my annual two week Christmas holiday
break, InSight has been landing in your inbox every week since it was
first published on 26 September 2007.


I was the first regular recruitment agency-specific
blogger in both the Australia and New Zealand markets. Given how
significant blogging has become for many sectors over the past five
years, regular bloggers are still few in number across the Australian
and New Zealand recruitment markets. Just over twelve months ago I wrote

Australian and New Zealand recruitment bloggers: A random list

which, upon recent review, disappointingly
reveals five bloggers on that list no longer blogging regularly (or at


Last September, coinciding with the fourth
anniversary of InSight, I conducted a peoplepulse   survey, which
provided me with lots of helpful feedback from readers. I published a
summary of those

(175 participants) in November 2011.


On my RossClennett.com website I published a large
selection of the many responses to the survey question

‘What do you enjoy most about InSight?’
. A typical flavor of these
comments being these three:


‘Well written hits the mark, relevant, clearly
written by someone who understands recruitment, useful in development,
thought provoking, humorous’


‘Ross writes lucidly on the recruitment industry
and I value his observations. I see the articles as a distillation and
overview of matters of relevance to recruitment that I do not get


‘The articles are often a good catalyst for
reviewing what I/we are doing and whether it can be done better’


By way of saying ‘thank you’ for your ongoing support
I am giving away 10 free Ross Clennett eBook packages.    This
package contains all eight  of my compilation eBooks (Best of
InSight Volumes 1,2,3 & 4 and Best of Ross Recommends Volumes 1,2,3 &


All you have to do is send me an email nominating an
InSight article you especially enjoyed, and why, to be in the running to
win. Send your responses to

[email protected]


Special thanks to my Operations Assistant, Liana, for
critiquing, editing, formatting and producing every issue of InSight
since the beginning – what a star she is!


The Best of Insight 2007 –
2012: What you liked best  


Here’s a list of the InSight articles/blogs that
proved to be the most popular in each category, from the past five

Sourcing, Interviewing and Assessment:  

How to spot exceptional talent before everyone else

Interview questions to avoid and what to ask instead

Candidate sourcing and advertising: The sun rises on a new era



Lessons in Business Leadership: Gordon Ramsay

The Steve Jobs Way: Seven lessons in business leadership

The 10 Biggest Culture Killers in Recruitment Companies
(2005, 2012) 



Sorry, they are already on our database’: The lazy corporate rip-off
(part 1)


part 2

Now Hiring 32 Professionals: All Agencies welcome to submit candidates*


Atlassian32 – the story (and lessons) so far


Atlassian Recruitment: November 2010 update
(2009, 2010)

Why use a recruitment agency?


The Future of Recruitment  

The Recruiter’s Guide to the Future: 9 areas to watch

LinkedIn trumpets aggressive grab for recruitment agency market


22 signs you are slowly going the way of the


The Australian labour market  

A university education: overrated and underpaid?


Recruitment agency commentary  

The Best Run Recruitment Companies in Australia: Part 1 (Hays) 

The ASX-listed recruitment sector: The end is nigh

How serious is the recruitment industry about recruiting its own?


Conference summaries  

RPOs: agency threat or opportunity? (2012) 

Social Media: The future’s so bright, you gotta wear

What I learned at the Australasian Talent Conference


Office activities and resources  

Keeping your temp margins and gross profit healthy

Recruitment Database Crimes – Chapters 1 to 14

Profit Killers Part 3: How to waste your time at work



The 5 things I wish I knew when I started in recruitment

Seek’s Application Export: improved service or, not?

The Swissotel Sydney’s $23 complimentary plate of fruit: A customer
service story

Build or buy talent? What FC Barcelona can teach recruitment companies

Mary Louise Clennett 8.12.1967 – 18.1.2012


My Favourite Books …   from all those I have recommended
in Ross Recommends over the past five years are:


Adventure (non-fiction)  

The 1000 Day: Two
adventurers take on the world’s harshest island (Murdoch Books,
2010) by Chris Bray


Career development  

Linchpin: Are You
Indispensable?  by Seth Godin (Portfolio,


Celebrity memoir  

Born Standing Up: A comic’s life

by Steve Martin (Simon & Schuster, 2008)



Switch  :
How to Change Things When Change is Hard    by Chip
Heath & Dan Heath (Broadway Books, 2010)


Coaching skills  

Solution-Focused Coaching:
managing people in a complex world   by Jane
Green and Anthony M Grant (Pearson Education, 2003)


Happiness/Positive Psychology  

The Happiness
Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success
and Performance at Work   by Shawn Achor (Random House, 2010)



How to Choose the Right
Person for the Right Job Every Time   by
Lori Davila and Louise Kursmark (McGraw Hill, 2005)


Leadership (emotional

New Leaders: Transforming
the art of leadership into the science of results
 by Daniel Goleman,
Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee (Time Warner, 2002)


Management consulting  

The Management Myth:
Debunking Modern Business Philosophy  by Matthew Stewart
(Norton, 2009)


Memoir (leadership)  

Long Walk To Freedom
 by Nelson Mandela (Abacus, 1994)


Memoir (sport)  

Open: An
autobiography  by Andre Agassi (Vintage Books, 2010)


Memoir (music/pop culture)  

I Was Bono’s Doppelganger: A life in the shadows of superstardom
by Neil
McCormick (Penguin Books, 2005)


Presentation skills  

Presenting Magically:
Transforming Your Stage Presence with NLP  
by Tad James MS, Ph D and David Shephard BSc, DES
(Crown House Publishing, 2001)


Personal success  

The 7 Habits of Highly
Effective People by Stephen Covey   (Simon & Schuster, 1989)


Recruitment (leadership/success)  

Flourish & Prosper
 by Geoff Morgan & Andrew Banks
(Penguin Group, 2005)


Recruitment (science)  

Moneyball: The art of
winning an unfair game  by Michael
Lewis (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004)


Recruitment (of top performers)  

The Rare Find:
Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else  
by George Anders (Portfolio/Penguin, 2011)


Recruitment (consulting skills)  

Exploding the production of experienced recruiters  
by Steven M Finkel (Placement Marketing Group, 2008)


Relationship building skills  

How to Win Friends
and Influence People  by Dale Carnegie (Simon & Schuster,



Selling the Invisible
(A Field Guide to Modern Marketing)  
by Harry Beckwith (Warner Books, 1997)


Self help  

Born Genius: Your
journey back to the source of true success  
by Peter Barr (Red Hill, 2010)


Skill development  

The Talent Code:
Greatness isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How
 by Daniel
Coyle (Bantum Books, 2009)


Social media  

Trust Agents: Using
the Web to Build Influence, Improve reputation and Gain Trust
 by Chris
Brogan and Julien Smith (John Wiley & Sons,


Time management  

How to Get Things
Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity  by David Allen
(Penguin Books, 2001)



Head Over Heel:
Seduced by a Southern Italian  by Chris Harrison
(Murdoch Books, 2008)


1 Comment

  1. Jonathan Rice on 25/09/2012 at 2:01 am

    Well done on 250 published blogs Ross, what a huge effort, thanks for all of your work, advice, commentary and, of course, insight.

    I'm up to 122 posts on The Whiteboard now and can attest to the hard work that goes into it.

    My favourite post was the rant against panels and PSA's in recruitment – fantastic work!

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