April 9, 2013
The problem of recruiting and retaining talent is not a new one, but it is an issue that requires urgent focus if procurement is to fight off competition from other functions and hang on to good people in this tough economic climate.
At a procurement talent event in March, AstraZeneca CPO Ashley Readshaw threw down the gauntlet for the profession to rise to the challenge of defining itself better and improving its image. “Procurement has a victim mentality – it is not seen as a stimulating career for talent,” he said. (more…)
April 9, 2013
As you all have gathered from my last column, I am a reality television addict. It doesn’t stop with Big Brother –
I am also a fan of talent shows such as X Factor and The Voice. I enjoy the way they work through those with questionable ‘talent’, through to the average performers and finally to the stars. For these shows, finding the talent is simple with people travelling from far and wide to get their chance.
Unfortunately for us in business, finding star quality is not that simple. We don’t have an endless queue of talent knocking at our door and the talent we want may not be looking for a new opportunity. (more…)
August 17, 2012
Recruiting takes time and effort, as does job-hunting, which is why I’m often amazed at the contents of covering letters.
First off, if you know whom you’re applying to, use their name. Letters I’ve had that have been addressed ‘To whom it may concern’, ‘Dear Human Resource’ or ‘Dear Lauren Currah’, when my name is Rebecca and said so on the advert, demonstrate poor attention to detail. (more…)
May 3, 2012
Are you a passionate, motivated and organised individual with a strong track record and good communication skills?
Then you are just the sort of person the majority of UK companies are looking for, as those are the top buzzwords found in recruitment adverts. (more…)
April 23, 2012
In recent weeks, I’ve covered five indirect categories that are central features of the purchasing landscape for most organisations , from stalwarts like office supplies to the rise of IT and waste management, and the challenge of sourcing professional services.
In this final post, I’m looking at an organisation’s greatest asset – its people. How do you ensure that you have the recruitment services in place to get the best staff at the best value? (more…)
May 5, 2011
The royal wedding may be over, but its ability to provide a tenuous connection to seemingly unrelated matters continues.
According to staffbay, there has been a 400 per cent rise in the number of people looking for a new job after the wedding and the unexpected good weather.
“It seems all play and no work has given people more time for career reflection or maybe they are just looking for a package that offers more paid annual leave!” said founder Tony Wilmot.
“During periods when we get more time off work, such as during the unprecedented bank holiday period in April, we are given time to reflect on our careers and the back to work blues hits us stronger than at any other time. This spurs us on to make changes in our careers and apply for new jobs.” (more…)