These can range from identifying a talent pipeline for use in succession planning for key senior or specialist roles, to intelligence on hiring in new international markets,competitor organisation structures orsalaries. Alternatively Ruth can handle the initial part of a search by identifying talented individuals and engaging them with your business, then presenting you with a shortlist of candidates. Charged by the day this is a lot more cost effective than using a search firm.

Sectors and job roles:

Partnering with clients in a wide range of sectors from fashion, retail,hospitality, fmcg and supply chain to media, digital and technology. Job roles and organisationalstructures covered are varied and range from commercial functions, such as buying, merchandising,ecommerce and marketing, to operations, or corporate functions such as HR, finance and IT.Typically Ruth handles projects for senior management up to director level.

International focus:

experience of working globally across the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Asia and South America with in house recruitment teams to support direct hiring.

Workshops are designed specifically for your business needs, so each training programme is bespoke to you. Get in touch to discuss your own requirements, but some recent examples of workshops are:

Creating a Talent Pipeline — course overview:

As businesses grow and change in the economic climate it is crucial for the recruitment team to focus on building relationships with talented individuals for key roles within the organisation so that hiring needs can be met, both in the short and longer term.

This workshop focuses on:

  • Learning the practical steps the recruitment team can take to move from a reactive approach, focusing on filling current vacancies, to a proactive one
  • How to build a future pipeline of talented candidates
  • Reviewing what skills and experience the business will need as it grows
  • Identifying the current/previous candidates who are key to build relationships with
  • Growing the talent pool longer term
  • How to manage the information sharing and communication which engages candidates to keep in touch
  • Roles of recruitment and hiring managers in the process.

Effective Networking — course overview:

Many people find business networking daunting, but it is a key part of the role of the recruitment team as they represent the organisation and need to continually reach out to build relationships so that current and future hiring needs can be met.

The workshop focuses on:

  • Identifying what groups and individuals can be useful to include in a network
  • The range of tools and techniques the recruitment team can use to foster good business relationships
  • Sessions during the day will cover how to introduce yourself to new people both on and offline
  • Changing your impact and communication style when speaking face to face so others listen to you
  • Managing body language and non-verbal communication and building a long term relationship with useful business contacts.

Personal Productivity — course overview:

With business pressures and a small recruitment team, there is always a focus on maximising each person’s productivity. Everyone would like to find ways of getting more out of each working day.

This course covers:

  • How to establish routines, set personal goals and create an effective and practical working environment
  • Working with the delegates to give them the tools to help them maximise their personal productivity.
  • Setting and prioritising goals, the power of routines, scheduling yourself, keeping on top of current tasks and projects and planning for future ones
  • How to plan and manage an effective personal workspace
  • Managing email and tackling procrastination.

Stakeholder Management — course overview:

Managing stakeholders is an important part of the recruitment team’s role as effectively dealing with the needs of all interested parties is vital to getting buy in from the business and raising the credibility of the team. They are then able to deliver on hiring requirements and ensure that the most talented individuals in the market place accept offers.

This course focuses on helping the team :

  • Identify who their key stakeholders are, and how to manage their individual needs.
  • Ensure that the team understand how to flex their own personal style and approach to engage different stakeholders
  • Learn how to “push back” if required
  • Look at the different influencing and communication techniques to use within the work environment to build effective relationships

The workshop will give the team the confidence to act as trusted consultants and advisers to the wider business.

Direct sourcing and candidate engagement — course overview:

This workshop supports in house recruitment teams with increasing the proportion of direct sourcing. It will broaden their market mapping skills to target candidates globally for a range of roles as well as with how to approach and manage candidates during the headhunting and selection process.

This course covers:

  • World of Work: changes in technology, communication and economy which impact on recruitment.
  • Employer Brand: why would candidates join the business?
  • Direct sourcing: how to use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other online tools to identify candidates for a role.
  • Direct sourcing: how to be an effective networker.
  • Marketing a job role: creating an “elevator pitch” for headhunting.
  • Great candidate experience: introducing a consistent approach to managing headhunted candidates.
  • Techniques for getting your offer accepted
  • Tracking successes & creating a talent pipeline

Interview and assessment — course overview:

This course supports hiring managers with how to identify, assess and select the right individuals for their teams and business needs.

This course covers:

  • Importance of candidate experience during hiring process
  • Legislation impacting on recruitment
  • What makes a strong CV and how to select the best applicant to interview
  • Importance of preparation before interviews and what preparation is required
  • How to use different questioning techniques during an interview
  • How to structure an interview and manage it to market a business effectively
  • Taking notes at an interview and their importance
  • Different selection techniques and when they would be used

Brand You — course overview:

This workshop can be delivered at a range of levels within a business, from graduate entrants to senior managers, to ensure they understand the importance of fostering their own work identify as well as supporting them to develop their influencing and networking skills.

This course covers:

  • World of work: Changes taking place in the world of work due to economy, technology and communication
  • Why Brands Matter and what a personal brand stands for
  • The impact of LinkedIn and how to build up and use a network
  • How to generate a positive online identity
  • How to identify key stakeholders within business to help with current job and future career
  • Overview of different methods of influencing.
  • Networking for career progression
  • Opportunities to network and build Brand You

Projects are varied and Ruth is flexible to your business requirements. Some recent examples include:

  • Management of head office resourcing project for a FTSE100 retailer to target senior people to join during a relocation and change programme.
  • Introduction of a new managed service for a large financial services business to control all UK temps, including implementation of a recruitment system and negotiation of contracts.
  • Strategic review of an employer brand with recommendations for improvements, including careers site, social media, and recruitment marketing activity.
  • Research on organisational structure of recruitment teams within competitors with recommendations for creating new direct sourcing team for a large retailer
  • Review of job specifications, contracts and selection processes.

Ruth will work with you when you are undertaking a restructuring or redeployment programme to design what support you need. Recent projects have included:

  • Workshops for groups of individuals or one to one on how to create an effective LinkedIn profile and use social media, agencies and networks to find a new role.
  • Coaching individuals and groups on effective interview preparation and managing role plays to practice delivering a great interview.