Tuesday, December 12, 2006

So who is The Worst Irish Online Recruiter?

So who is The Worst Irish Online Recruiter?

I was asked that question a lot lately since I wrote the last post with the Worst Irish Online RecruiterHeading in it. Most assumed it is BT with its strange online recruitment process that was mentioned in the previous posts. But it surely is not BT. BT is a telco. Recruitment is just the thing they have to do and it is not the activity that they want to make money on. They need to do recruitment as well as they need to water and maintain the plants in front of their building. If they do not care about the plants, BT will still be OK. The plants my look a bit down, but BT will not suffer muc because of it. Same is actually with their recruitment. If it does not work 100%, that doesn’t mean they will not be providing the great service that they provide. Their staff might look a bit ‘down’ as their plants do, and that is all.

The worst Irish Online Recruitment can only be the company whose main activity is the recruitment. So a recruitment agency or a staffing company. As hard as it is to be to choose the best recruiter, it is equally hard to choose the worst. You need the whole panel of judges to select that ‘Worst One’. The classification will put recruitment agencies in the following categories:
1. Do not have email
2. Use Gmail or HotMail
3. Do not have their web site – but have their own domain and email (All ‘Under Construction’ folks fall in there)
4. Have a Web site – that is a web page. One page with their logo, and contact details
5. Have a web site but no jobs listed on their own web site
6. Have a web site, and jobs are listed on their web site trough a link to the jobs site where they advertise
7. Have a web site with their jobs on it in such way that Google only ‘sees’ one job and one page
8. Have a web site with their jobs properly advertised and Google can see every single job
9. Have a web site with a lot of quality inbound links
10. Have a web site that has properly search engine optimized (onsite optimization here)

Note than those from 1 to 5 did not invest much really. But the 6 and onwards, they actually did pay (directors nephew usually) for their web site to be developed. In my opinion the ones following in the group 6 are the worst. They wasted the money in developing the web site, but when it comes to jobs data it is not hosted on their own web site but they send you to their vendors to display it to the visitors. What that means in the real life is that when they finally acquire a visitor, they send him/her avay to the job board, who will resell that visitor (CV) to their clients (employers) and the competition (agencies) gladly! OK, what page of a Business Plan do you miss if you manage to skip if you manage to define your business process so that you give your clients (of did you not get that a job hunter is your client in this century?)
The fact is that there is a percentage of the recruitment agencies in Ireland who just do not realize that they are doing something wrong here at all. The result is that therefore so many of them close their doors quickly, or get stuck since they can not really grow like that, since they give away all the benefit they bring to the recruitment process (job hunters) to their competitors via the job boards.

So where do you see yourself in the scale ablove?

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