Paul Bennett: NORTEC CEO

| October 15, 2014

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We sit down with Paul Bennett, NORTEC CEO, after a surf to talk to him about his history with the company, and the day-to-day operation of NORTEC Employment and Training.

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EST10 is a boutique recruitment agency specialising in Executive Assistant, administration and office support recruitment. We have an ever growing network of enviable clients and high-quality candidates, and will stop at nothing to help you find the best candidate for your role or the job of your dreams. Our experienced consultants work closely with our clients and candidates to provide a personalised consultative service and match the right candidates to the right roles. The fact that many of our temporary placements are transitioned into permanent work is testament to our ability to perfectly match candidates with company needs and culture.

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Most Common Recruitment Challenges and How to Tackle Them

Article | August 27, 2021

Recruiters have the best vantage point to an organization’s talent pool. From identifying requirements to sourcing candidates, there is a lot that you as a recruiter have on your plate. With so many responsibilities and evolving workplace scenarios, recruitment challenges have drastically increased. The workplace ecosystem is becoming complex every day as the world learns to work amid a raging pandemic. As people work and live in isolation, recruitment processes need to keep up with the need to maintain high levels of accountability and productivity. The Pandemic and a New Hiring Landscape In the light of the pandemic, organizations went from providing a uniform working environment at the office to navigating the intricacies of employees working from home. At home, employees work in an environment that is as unique as every individual. Covid-19 and its aftermath have driven employers to find new ways to counter the added complexity of the recruitment problems. For example, how were you identifying, sourcing, and retaining talent before the pandemic? And now, how do you do it remotely? This has emerged as one of the many unforeseen complexities in 2020. The Most Common Recruitment Challenges Today Here are the most common recruitment challenges faced by recruiters today and how to best tackle them. Reaching the right set of job seekers Finding the right talent has always been one of the most significant problems on recruiters' radar everywhere. However, identifying the ins and outs of a job position is only half the battle won. How do you reach the right talent pool and engage them in a meaningful way to ensure they successfully fulfill the requirements? Passive candidates, unmotivated job descriptions, using the wrong mediums, and even reaching the wrong candidates create a hurdle and waste resources when hiring. Expediting the hiring process It is no secret that a quick and smooth hiring process saves money while vacant positions cost organizations daily. To make this as optimum as possible on your end, refer to the top 10 screening mistakes by recruiters to avoid delays. The position and the industry you are hiring for may add to the long and grueling recruiting process. Sometimes hiring teams have a difference of opinions leading to candidates becoming unavailable or getting hired elsewhere. Ensuring a smooth interview experience According to a study by the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute, about 80% of job applicants who do not receive an offer are likely to reapply if the hiring organization left a positive impression on them. The opposite means losing out on potential candidates that refuse to accept an offer. Providing candidates a smooth interview experience can influence talent pools exponentially. Recognizing bumps and challenges in the recruitment process faced by applicants and refining it will require you to take a deep look within and encourage applicants to provide feedback. Outdoing other employers and recruiters Hiring can be as competitive as getting hired. With the many challenges you face and the struggle to not only hire but retain good candidates, you can rest assured your competitors face a similar set of problems. Good candidates with the right skill sets and experience can be far and few in between. They are also likely to be considering several offers from a range of employers. Therefore, you will need to fine-tune your process and optimize your recruitment strategy to stand out from your competitors. Effective Ways to Tackle Recruiting Challenges Challenges with the recruitment process don’t have to stop you from transforming the way you hire. A holistic approach to your whole process, from identifying skill gaps in the organization to overhauling the benefits package to quality training, can immensely influence your bottom line and position you as a coveted employer. Thoughtful job requirement and profiling Engaging job descriptions can attract well-matched candidates in one go instead of getting thousands of generic applications. It starts with identifying the gaps, speaking to different teams and stakeholders about what is needed, and drafting a well-thought list of job requirements. This way you can draft a job description that is precise, accurate, and that communicates to the candidates that are a perfect match. Multichannel recruitment strategy Quantity does not mean quality, but sometimes it can be the gateway to finding certified and qualified candidates. Crafting a multichannel recruitment strategy can help you target qualified candidates. First, enable a streamlined process by drafting a detailed and thoughtful job description that addresses significant aspects of the job profile. Then, to reach your target talent, adopt multichannel outreach that covers all the major platforms and job-seeking avenues that your particular candidates frequent. Other efficient talent sourcing strategies include automating the process and building a talent network. Dedicated career section and branding You already have a customer brand, and now it is time to focus on building an employer brand that effectively does the job of attracting a vast pool of candidates. The first step to this is dedicating a section of your website to careers in your organization. Then, prominently display your work culture, it’s values and mission. Showcasing the day-to-day of what it’s like to work in your organization will help potential employees visualize being a part of the team. This will also help create a powerful employer brand that thrives on collaboration. Short yet engaging candidate surveys According to the same study conducted by the IBM Smarter Workforce, 62% of candidates satisfied with the interview experience are likely to recommend the organization to their peers. Furthermore, about 38% are more likely to accept the offer. This makes it clear that candidate experience has a significant impact on hiring. The key to improving it is encouraging candidates to provide feedback with short and specific surveys. In addition, you will want to be receptive to finding not-so-favorable insights and valuable recruitment data and metrics that could give you an edge while hiring. Shaping a Holistic Hiring Approach The hiring process can be long and grueling. Still, with the right approach and awareness of the challenges recruiters face on-ground, you can transform how you attract and retain quality talent. The pandemic has created new challenges as well as hidden opportunities. Empower your organization with a recruitment marketing solution to make the most of these opportunities and enable a goal-oriented hiring approach from the start to the end. Frequently Asked Questions How do you successfully hire candidates who are the right fit? Craft a precise job description and select your advertising channels carefully. In addition, you may want to study the job hunting behaviors of your target talent and emulate the journey by meeting them where they are most active. How do you enable a collaborative recruitment process? Recruitment involves extensive teamwork. Where there are teams, there are bound to be communication gaps. Integrated technology can help you bring the different teams and stakeholders of the hiring process together. What are the best technologies to ensure smooth and hassle-free hiring? 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A stretch assignment leads to career growth

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Bartosz Kostrzewski is someone who doesn’t like to sit still. From his start as an intern to his most recent roles this has been a defining fact and strong motivator for him. Initially, he had a job in Market Intelligence. A job he was good at and was comfortable doing. And for him, that became a problem. “70% of questions that came to me I could answer easily. It was great, but it wasn’t really exciting for me anymore. I'm this type of person that likes uncharted territories,” he explains.

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The Importance Of Competency-Based Learning In Employee Skills Development

Article | August 27, 2021

The term "competency" was first defined in 1973 by the American psychologist David McClelland to indicate the human factors that define "competence." A competency is "each personal characteristic which—usually combined with others—allows the effective execution of a task in a given organization." According to McClelland, competencies are task and organization-specific, hence they exist only in reference to a specific work-related task carried out in a specific organization.

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EST10 is a boutique recruitment agency specialising in Executive Assistant, administration and office support recruitment. We have an ever growing network of enviable clients and high-quality candidates, and will stop at nothing to help you find the best candidate for your role or the job of your dreams. Our experienced consultants work closely with our clients and candidates to provide a personalised consultative service and match the right candidates to the right roles. The fact that many of our temporary placements are transitioned into permanent work is testament to our ability to perfectly match candidates with company needs and culture.

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