disappointed or bewildered.
currently running in Melbourne and has a paid attendance of 47 people!
Yes, you read that right, 47 people.
Events division have constructed a program worthy of an International
RCSA International Conference in Fiji is featured along with Dr Adam
Fraser (another very popular regular RCSA presenter) and our
industry’s own Greg Savage .
half days yet not even fifty people bothered to register.
cavalier about the development of their own staff and so uninterested in
attending such a high calibre event.
Bird Member price was $748 and 4 or more registrations were $709 each)
and a day and a half out of the office is nothing when you consider the
potential learning available.
just to sit and listen to Greg Savage for one hour!
greatest ‘consumption’ of Greg’s speaking, training and coaching of any
employee and then a further fourteen years of listening to him speak at
many conference and events, I still attend every session of Greg’s that
I can. I know that in every session I will always take away something
new or at least have renewed inspiration about the recruitment industry
and the job of a recruiter of leader of recruiters.
article about a similarly woeful level of support for an equivalent
RCSA event in Sydney in June 2010 and, sadly, it’s clear nobody’s
Article below) the InSight lead article from the week following my June
2010 editorial rant.
The following article was originally published in InSight 135 on 16/06/2010
InSight about the attendance at the RCSA Consultant Forum, generated
plenty of positive email traffic for me as well as a phone call from the
CEO of one of the ‘big players’ who wasn’t too thrilled about what I had
written in that article.
some of my comments.
very constructive about the issue’. I’ve got no problem with that.
had enough weight for him to pick up the phone and spend 10 minutes of
his time speaking directly with me.
I was accusing the ‘big players’ of not doing their share to support the
industry. I didn’t say that in my editorial and that is certainly not
what I believe.
material know where I am coming from and have a context for some of my
various forthright comments about all manner of things to do with the
first time or as a one-off (like this particular person), I understand
how easy it may be to come to the conclusion that my article(s) are
self-serving and not constructive.
thought it might be helpful to assume nothing and provide a quick
summary of my motivation for doing what I do and saying what I say.
plead guilty. I own and operate a recruitment training, coaching and
public speaking business. I sustain this business by providing
professional development services to recruitment agencies – mostly small
businesses and some big businesses.
usually for a fee.
Consultant Forum was such a case. I willingly waived my presenter’s fee
because I wanted the event to be as successful as possible (not just
financially) for the RCSA and for every attendee so that they could
leave the event feeling enthusiastic about what they had learned on the
day and eager to attend more RCSA PD events.
writing InSight which is available for free to whoever wants it. I hold
nothing back. Of course I invest this time as a way of promoting myself
but my real goal is to dump all of my experiences and lessons from my
personal and professional life, out of my head and onto paper for the
benefit of others.
I give much of my ‘intelligence’ away for free.
That’s what I have always tried to do and I intend to keep doing it
until you tell me that I bore you or when I decide to do something else.
‘big players’ in the recruitment industry.
recruitment industry. The RCSA Professional Development Committee has
members from Manpower (Nikki Grech) and CMG (Kerry Kelly).
Jackman was, for the duration of his RCSA National Presidency, also CEO
commenced his term when he was at Kelly and is now employed at Randstad.
is a round table of the CEOs of the 6 biggest recruitment companies in
Australia (Hays, Manpower, Skilled, Randstad, CMG, Adecco) with a
mission to ‘ensure that the sector’s profile, compliance, standards and
benchmarks are the strongest they can be in the global marketplace’.
RCSA informed me that Chandler Macleod Group sent 4 attendees from their
Ready Workforce division to the Sydney Consultant Forum two weeks ago.
Good on you CMG and apologies for my mistake in last week’s editorial
when I stated that none of the big players had sent a single attendee to
employed by one (Hays) many years ago and I am grateful for that
damage in my editorial last week. Not that I regret what I wrote … not
at all. I wrote it with a great sense of frustration for the snail’s
pace of professional development in our sector. Judging by the other
email responses I received, I think most of you could see that.
membership allows it to be. More members mean more funds. More funds
mean a greater budget to run more professional development events in
more locations. It’s all cause-and-effect and it starts with owners and
managers registering themselves and their recruiters regularly
into these events.
real benefit of improved staff morale and desk-level skill comes from an
ingrained company culture of learning and development.
Recruitment Extra in March 2009 so I won’t repeat myself here, other
than to say that no matter what direct ‘cost’ there appears to be in
paying for attendance at a PD event and having an absent consultant and
empty desk for a few hours, there is a far greater indirect cost in lost
productivity and high staff turnover due to staff having low skills and
low motivation due to a lack or absence of professional learning and
sometimes people get their noses out of joint by what I say and/or how I
say it and believe my approach is not constructive.
for some but articles like that generate little or no discussion or
debate and therefore nothing changes.
disagree with me – I just want to get recruiters, owners and managers
thinking about what they do and how they do it. I dish it out and I am
certainly prepared to take back as much as I give out. At least that
means people are thinking and responding which is a great start.
The recruitment industry is a very important
sector for the efficient functioning of the economy.The recruitment sector offers a stimulating,
fulfilling and financially rewarding career for those who choose to
pursue a career as a recruiter.That recruiters need to continually improve their
skills and performance to maintain and enhance their relevance to
clients and candidates.
That unless somebody is out there pushing,
prodding, cajouling and generally making recruiters think about
their skills, motivation and business model then, as a sector, we
all risk waking up one day to find ourselves irrelevant.For better or worse, I am (in Australia and New
Zealand, anyway) one person who gives a damn enough to speak out in an
attempt to make a difference. In the end we’re all batting for the same
team … aren’t we?
That’s what I’m on about.