In 1977 Elaine Craven opened Earl Street Employment Consultants on the second floor of 38 Earl Street with just one member of staff. We are now 42 years old!! Still quite young really.
Recruitment, like so many other industries is rapidly changing. The old traditional idea of someone sitting at a desk making phone call after phone call to potential employees, tirelessly searching to place their candidate in the perfect role is evolving.
One of the notable (and obvious) changes is that most business is now conducted online. We still receive a high volume of phone calls (and walk-in’s with our open door policy) but in today’s busy business world most clients and job seekers prefer to email. Websites highlight the services of recruitment agencies, and social media is now one of the biggest influences ever..
With the phenomenon of social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram etc not slowing down; recruiters need a finger on the pulse to keep up with the diverse and adapting industry of recruitment. Employers are recognising the benefits of social media, such as cost savings, increasing the pool and quality of applicants, and being able to target specific groups of candidates.
Today, most people have Smart phones, so applying for jobs and uploading CVs on the go are becoming second nature. The digital world means that clients and candidates can connect quicker than ever before. Recruiters and the public are embracing change and recognising this. Research shows that 73% of 18-34 year olds found their jobs through a social network.
Recruitment is a fast-paced industry and what the future will hold nobody knows! We do know here at Earl Street that over our 42 years experience the key is… adaptability and change.
‘It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, it is those who can best manage change.’ – Charles Darwin.