Archive for December 11, 2007
Well, it seems that we managed to beat the BBC by 3 hours. Here is an article from the site talking about economy fears hitting recruitment. I imagine that although the environmental job market may be affected, that many of them are driven by policy changes, not the economy. Additionally with public and media sentiment driving the agenda, and climate change at the forefront of people’s minds, it is likely that jobs connected with this and related issues will continue to grow. After all, the more talented people we can get to help solve these issues, the more likely it is we can create lasting change.
It was good and interesting to note that in the recent Sunday Times Fast Track supplement, there were 17 recruitment agencies. Although I haven’t had time to check previous Fast Track supplements, I imagine that recruitment agencies flourish particularly when the market is buoyant and suffer when it is not – and that this is indicative of the frothy market we are seeing at the moment. Setting up a recruitment business doesn’t necessarily require a big capital investment – anyone can do it with a desk or a telephone. What is difficult is doing it well, carving a niche for yourself and separating your company from the crowd. I hope that our story, our focus and our values (see previous postings) help continue to distinguish us when the market turns.
Our first organisational value is to be passionate professionals and I was thinking about what makes a passionate professional and how, as a business owner, I might attract more to come and join us as we grow.
It seems to me that passion can lead to professionalism, but professionalism is unlikely to lead to passion. This is why we hire people with a passion for the environment, not professionals recruiters. To date, this tactic has served us well and clients enjoy working with people who share their outlook. Teaching professionalism is difficult with some, but it can be taught. Passion, I believe, is something that cannot be taught – which is why we’ll only ever hire passionate people.