One of the issues increasingly discussed at recruitment events is that of the ‘candidate experience’ – primarily the impressions that a jobseeker will get of your company when going through the process of applying for a job to work there.
We wrote about this last year, and talked then of the negative impact on a business – both their image and profitability – from a poorly constructed candidate application process.
At the recent TruLondon 5 this topic formed the basis of one of our livestreamed discussions, and the views were wide ranging, looking at the whole journey the jobseeker takes, from identifying the vacancy to the handling of the interview process.
We bought together Katrina Collier (from recruitment transformation consultancy Winning Impression), Lisa Scales (CEO of award winning recruitment platform Tribepad) and Jobsite’s MD Mike Wall to talk about this and look at ways in which the current recruitment climate is also impacting on the candidate experience. Continue reading “Debating the Candidate Experience at TruLondon5” »
Here’s my final update of the last 3 days of my trip to South Africa for Beyond Blue.
Drove to a project run by Amandla in the city centre. This project is run for orphan and trouble boys and the football aspect is a side show to the school that has been training troubled young men in Cape Town for over 100 years.
I also visited a girls home for young ladies who have been mistreated or are orphans. This project really has helped improve the life of these girls who really enjoy getting involved in some sport.
Today I get taken back to Mitchells Plain to work with 2 volunteers who work as PE Teachers at Westville Primary school at the school sports day. Lots of colour, vibrance and of course noise! Vuvuzelas and screaming children and parents alike as the children took part in Potato and spoon, bucket and bean bag and hurdles. I presented the winning team with their trophy.
Following this I took some football coaching and awarded 2 pairs of goalie gloves to the best goalkeepers that I trained. The kids were so keen and it was heartening to see them have so much energy and desire to win. I then took a penalty shoot-out competition, the winning boy getting a few Pompey prizes. I then put the girls through their paces with some 3 touch football.
And so my last day of being involved with the coaching was done… exhausting but very, very rewarding! Continue reading “Roundup of BeyondBlue in SA” »
Today was my first chance to really get involved with the work here and get my hands dirty as we drove out to an area called Mitchell’s Plain. Around 1 million people live there and areas like these are like the “Chatsworth Estates” of the UK. Crime is fairly high but not as bad as Grassy Field where I spent yesterday that had seen shootings.
On my arrival at Hazeldene Primary School. I met the lovely Lindsay and Olly. Lindsay will be heavily involved in the Beyond Blue group’s movements as she will be coordinating it. As soon as I entered the main courtyard I was swamped by children. Literally hundreds of kids ran towards me and at one moment I thought I was going to fall over as I couldn’t move. It was evident they were happy to see a new person at the school and Lindsay said that this was a bit more than they are used to on a daily basis.
About 300 hugs later we managed to make it to the PT area, a concrete rectangle no bigger than a basketball court amongst a dusty field. Here we would take 30 minute sessions with a range of ages. We did some simple passing for soccer and then a little cricket. It was very hard work and pretty tiring trying to keep all of the kids focused on what they were doing.
The TruLondon5 Recruitment Unconference, sponsored by Jobsite, was an event with a truly global reach which, judging from the online buzz, continues to resonate with attendees and those who followed the conversations from afar.
Today we publish the event Whitepaper and you can download your copy now!
In it you’ll find:
- Hot Topics – the learning points from the most talked about sessions
- The Main Livestreams – summaries of the discussions you’ve been watching
- Key takeouts from Trackleaders
- The top tweets!
Click on the image below for your copy and enter a world of learning…TruLondon style! And be sure to let us know what the top takeaways were for you…
Today was the first day I got to see some of the work that the team here in Cape Town does. Base camp for the young people currently working here with the local communities is a large house on the site of an orphanage in an area called Rondebosch. This is where the group from Beyond Blue will be residing. I was shadowing 4 young lads from the UK, Jamie, Esse, Dave and Tom. The lads came from mixed backgrounds, brought together independently in their desire to come and work in Africa.
Driving through the outskirts of Cape Town we approached our destination of the Oasis centre. This is where the Beyond Blue group will spend a good deal of their time working with guys called Cliff and Luke on a project putting together a National homeless football team to represent SA. This project is near 2 townships, one called Grassy Field and the other Hannover Park. Jamie took me to see the school in Hannover Park called Crystal High, an ironic name given that the main drug of choice in a township such as this is Crystal Meth. This drug causes a great deal of the crime in the area, the school had been given a new fence by the government which was stolen, something commonplace in Cape Town; sold for scrap this would provide for a good many people.
We are proud to be sponsoring the UK Recruiter consultant only learning events, which start next week (14th March) with the opening session on ‘Managing Client Relationships’. We are sure that these unique, practical sessions will provide an excellent opportunity for recruitment consultants to both learn and share experiences.
“I recently wrote a blog post in which I explained how over the years I’ve been to many recruitment conferences and seminars, and whilst I think there is value in events where recruiters mingle and learn from suppliers or consultant “expert” types, I also think there can be more relevant learning to be had from practitioner only events.
For nearly two years we’ve been running a very successful series of Directors only learning and networking events and finally we’ve had the opportunity, with help from Jobsite and the REC, to put together Consultant only events starting on 14th March with ‘Managing Client Relationships’.
The event is open to recruitment consultants who manage client relationships as part of their day to day activity. It will be delivered as a practical training workshop by Denise Walker who is one of the REC’s top instructors and expert recruiter Emma McDonnell of EVM Consulting, so attendees will be able to get both best practice advice and real life examples. Continue reading “Jobsite Sponsor Innovative Recruitment Event” »