Posts Tagged ‘InSight’

Excellence in Executive Recruitment

This article was originally published in Issue 62 of InSight on 10 December 2008     InSight 58 was devoted to my annual review of the quality of job advertising in the Australian Financial Review. I rated this ad [click here to view] by Tom Key of Lloyd Morgan as the only outstanding ad published…

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Christmas & The New Year: Re-double your focus

This article originally appeared in Issue 12 of InSight Published 12 December 2007 The Christmas/New Year period was traditionally one of my most enjoyable times when I was a recruitment consultant. But not for the reasons you might suspect. Yes, there were a few good parties around, the water warmed up for more comfortable scuba…

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Australia’s top corporate & government career sites

This article originally appeared in Issue 60 of InSight   Published 26th November 2008     Recruitment agencies have traditionally thrived because outsourcing the recruitment of high quality candidates was seen by clients to be an effective use of their time compared to doing the hard yards of advertising, screening and interviewing all the candidates…

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Dullness Rules: AFR Job Ad Review 2008

This article originally appeared in Issue 58 of InSight Published 12 November 2008     I have to admit, I wasn’t especially optimistic of reporting back to you that the quality of Australian Financial Review (AFR) ad writing had improved greatly in the past 12 months (see my 2007 review in InSight 56).    …

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Why are recruitment ads so average? Part 1

This article was originally published in InSight Issue 7 on 7 November 2007      Flying back from Sydney last Friday, I was reading the Australian Financial Review (AFR). Friday’s AFR is the number 1 ‘old media’ outlet for executive recruitment advertising in Australia. The news stories were fairly mundane so I spent the flight…

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Interviewing Preparation

This article originally appeared in Issue 55 of InSight Published 22 October 2008   This weekend I had one of those all-too frequent embarrassing conversations with a friend about experiences with recruiters. She mentioned she had been to an interview last week with a recruiter and, of course, I asked how it went. She said…

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Keeping your temp margins and gross profit healthy

This article originally appeared in Issue 53 of InSight Published 8 October 2008 Last month ShortList reported the latest findings of the most recent MDB TWO Recruitment Industry Benchmarking report.  I found the following information the most interesting: Top performing companies achieved a temp gross margin of 28% or more, with the best performer converting…

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15 unwise assumptions for recruiters to make

This article originally appeared in Issue 52 of InSight Published 1 October 2008     I always knew that when one of my recruiters started a sentence with ‘I assumed…” that it was going to be a story with an unhappy ending.   Assumptions are for the unskilled, the lazy or the unthinking. The Macquarie…

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