Posts by Ross Clennett

A.I. will change agency recruitment but in an unexpected way

The Australasian Talent Conference, held in Sydney last month, was another fascinating and stimulating couple of days. I immersed myself in conversations about talent with a wide range of people across the worlds of agency recruitment, corporate recruitment and recruitment technology vendors. The theme of the conference was Thriving with A.I. and having read a…

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How do you know when your client is an a**hole?

°Aaron James, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Irvine recently published A**holes: A Theory (Anchor Books, 2014). In the book James defines an a**hole as such; “Allows himself to enjoy special advantages in social relations out of an entrenched sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints of other people”.…

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Interview with 2017 SARA (Aus) Recruitment Leader of the Year: Claire Woodhouse of Fircroft

In mid-November last year, SEEK announced the winners of the Australian SARAs for 2017. The winner of the Recruitment Leader of the Year for “demonstrating an excellent ability to foster relationships, solve problems, communicate effectively, and adapt to change” was Fircroft’s, Claire Woodhouse. After completing her undergraduate degree at Lancaster University (UK) in 2002, Claire…

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Rubicor releases laughable FY2018 update

It appears that the Rubicor Board have submitted an early entry for biggest laugh of March; a tall order considering the Melbourne International Comedy Festival kicks off this week. Last week’s blog on Rubicor is now my most-viewed blog this year and I wasn’t planning to write another blog on Rubicor this week, however last…

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Rubicor joins Clarius on the slide to irrelevance

As regular readers know, I take a particular interest in the performance of the publicly listed recruitment agencies. Last week, ASX-listed Rubicor Limited announced their results for the six month period ending 31 December 2017. The results were underwhelming, to say the least. Revenue dropped from $104.9 million (excluding abnormal items) to $93.2 million. Underlying…

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Avoid hiring turkeys, even if you don’t recruit a single eagle

What do Greg Savage, John Plummer and Geoff Morgan have in common? Not only are they each a member of a very influential group of recruitment industry leaders, they are also introverts. Introverts in recruitment are in the minority. The stereotypical image of an agency recruiter is an agreeable extrovert; showing up in interactions with…

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