Reaching the milestone of five years after an MBO was a natural time for reflection.
PPS in 2009 was a great place to work, and we worked hard for our clients- some things never change! But of course, with time, not everything stays the same; there have been many, many proud moments, some setbacks… and a lot of fun.
What have I learned in the last five years?
That having a strong team with shared values and behaviours is absolutely essential – any success without this won’t be long lasting.
Have you heard of the concept of Manifest Destiny? It is a belief that was held by early pioneers in America who conquered the west of the country. They shared a sense of mission and an absolute belief in their destiny. As I look on with pride at what we have achieved and indeed conquered over the past 5 years, I am reminded of Manifest Destiny.
I see that same confidence and pride in our team today as they suggest and deliver results using different methods and systems. Ultimately, to find better people that will stay longer may sometimes require disruption of the status quo. It certainly requires the ability to understand and embrace the latest thinking in recruitment whether it’s video interviewing or analysing data to understand themes and trends that could give advantage to a client.
What changes have I seen in recruitment? In short, a lot! Five years is a long time in any industry. In 2009 ATS systems were still not necessarily the norm for every business. Their application tended to be focussed on how to manage the volume applications that many recruitment teams struggled with. Social media was a new and quite trendy way of tapping into another attraction stream – but rarely used to engage and build connections for the future. What we are seeing today though is the application of these methods and systems for the future-proofing of talent.
Successful recruiters know that it’s not enough nowadays to just know where to advertise or what job boards you can direct source on – that’s just one piece of a much bigger solution. Candidate engagement, talent pools and clear understanding of your employer value proposition is essential.
Now we have to ask ourselves more questions than ever. Why do people leave? How do you keep in touch with them? How do you measure the quality of the people you do hire? And it’s important to remember that sometimes, to move things on, you have to pose difficult questions.
For example, the rate of mobile applications is staggering. How will jobseekers apply for jobs in another five years? You can order pizzas, and arrange a date on your phone – but you can’t always tell a company you’re interested in working for them!
Recruitment keeps us on our toes and that is why it’s so exciting to celebrate 5 years of success and look forward to many more.
What advice would I give to someone else starting in recruitment?
Be nosy, be bold, don’t be afraid to challenge and question how things are done and always, always have fun while you’re doing it.