I’ve worked in recruitment for 25 years. It’s a pretty hectic business – if all’s going well you’ve got any number of things going on, lots of people ringing you, different candidates at different stages, sales to do, searching to do – you get the picture.
And you have to factor for the fact that everyone who calls you assumes you know who they are and what they want to talk about.
So you’ve got to be on the ball.
Recently I’ve been reflecting on the ways in which I’ve changed in my approach to work over those 25 years.
25 year old me loved the constant change, multiple conversations and emails and pinging from one thing to the next. But 45 year old me is much more reflective. I need space to do what is trendily known as “deep work”. I need to think about things. I often find that the best thing to do when a problem presents itself is….wait 24 hours. Often the answer becomes clear with a bit of time. I like to think I’m still good at what I do – better for 25 years experience actually – but I’m different, no doubt.
Now I’m just one person. Maybe this isn’t universal. But reflecting on that (see?) prompted me to think about how that kind of change might impact recruitment and how people build teams.
Of course age is far from the only diversity challenge. But I think it serves to make the broader point.
Because your culture and how you hire has a huge impact on who you get. Those dot coms who advertise their beer fridge and ping pong table and team nights out three days a week and all weekend hackathons – they’re just going to hire 20 year olds. I can’t think of any 50 year old I know (and I know a lot) who wants all that.
So if that’s your culture, you end up with a really narrow team. If we assume you’d be better with a team that has some high energy, fast paced 20-somethings, and some reflective 60 year olds, (and some high energy sixty year olds and reflective 20 year olds – not everyone is the same…) and everything in between and indeed older, then you need to think about how your hiring process and your culture and your on boarding works to allow for that.
It won’t happen by accident but if you shape your hiring in such a way that you can find and appeal to all types of people, you’ll have a much richer team as a consequence.Browse Jobs Submit CV Submit Vacancy Contact Justin
I've worked with Justin off and on for 7-8 years and in recent times he has become my "go to" recruiter, having placed 20+ staff, with the businesses I've lead . Finding a recruiter that values the strategic relationship, satisfaction and well-being of his client, over the commission of making a placement, is a rare thing. Combined with Justin's adaptability to the needs of those he is working with, his flexible approach and candidate quality - you have a winner. Justin takes the time to understand the dynamics and personalities within the businesses he is recruiting for and finds candidates that fit the qualifications needs and culture of your business. I'd recommend Justin and Vocative to any technology company looking to find great talent and work with a likeable, professional and effective recruiter
- IT Director
Alastair has been easy to work with, professional in what he does and very much on the ball when it comes to placements. I would recommend working with Alastair and look forward to doing so again myself in the not to distant future.
- Interim CTO
Alastair demonstrates the perfect mix of a professional and personable approach to drive successful outcomes for both clients and applicants. He spends quality time in understanding the challenge and provides excellent support with a real attention to detail. As a result is he perfectly suited to help navigate complex recruitment scenarios whilst building trusted and long term relationships. An absolute pleasure to deal with!
- CTO candidate
Justin is easy to work with with good communication skills. He followed up on interviews and was a good source of advice. I would use him again & recommend him to others.
- Candidate – placed as Senior Project Manager
Justin contacted me with reference to a vacancy at Atkins.He guided me through the process with excellent results. I can not thank Justin enough for his support, integrity and super service.during this time. Thanks again.
- Candidate – placed as Project Manager
Justin is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated professional. He has a unique knowledge and in-depth experience of the IT sector and candidate market. He provides a credible and commercial resourcing service to the business. Rather than throwing CV’s my way he absolutely gets our vision. Justin has a real knack for understanding the needs of the business and sourcing quality candidates to match those needs. His approach is refreshing and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.
- Candidate – Placed as IT Manager
I can't say that I enjoy dealing with Recruiters but Justin changed my opinion - honest, follows the client's lead, does the hard work and not a pressure merchant. Will use him again when I need to recruit.
- Client (Head of IT)
Having worked with Justin on a number of assignments both at my current organisation and a number of those that I have worked at over the past few years I am please to recommend him and his organisation as an excellent provider of quality candidates to fulfil your entire IT sourcing needs. Justin becomes an extension to your organisation when seeking new talent on both a contract and permanent basis as takes the time to understand your organisations workings before searching for and matching the skills you need. Justin balances the technical, cultural and interpersonal skills of each candidates so the fit your requirements very closely and prepares each candidate before they even walk through your door so they have the best possible chance when faced with attending an interview. Justin fast tracks the process of hiring new staff by only putting forward the right sort of candidates first time so you don’t need to go through hundreds of interviews before finding a shortlist of possible candidates that fit.
- Client (CIO)
Alastair was introduced to us as we had a senior recruitment need. I was really impressed with the time Alastair spent getting to know our business and our culture so that he understood the uniqueness of what we do. This was a new role to us and it was important to get it right. Alastair was able to balance ours and the candidates needs and worked with us not for us which is where other recruiters, I think, go wrong. I felt in control of the process from beginning to end and nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend without hesitation.
- HR Director
The terms under which Justin worked very hard to ensure that my weekly timesheets were processed so quickly, far surpasses all of the other agencies that I have worked for in the last 25years – top marks!
- Contractor – placed as Project Manager