Monthly Archives: February 2014

LinkedIn adopt a Facebook tool that is long overdue and an abundance of LIONS!

Maybe I am behind the curve here and this facility or option has been available for a long time. But until today I didn’t realise that LinkedIn now had an option to block people from viewing or interacting with your profile.

Now maybe it is just me that has the occasional stalker on LinkedIn, but regardless the ability to block them from ever being able to see my profile or my activity ever again is actually rather satisfying.

Let’s be honest about this there are a whole multitude of people who have intentions which are far removed from doing honest business, from enhancing their sector or professional knowledge and essentially contributing to what is undoubtedly the worlds premier professional social network. I know that the many of the spam and phishing emails I receive come as a result of the openness of my contact information on LinkedIn. On average I receive about 25 invitations to connect from fake profiles. I know this because I use an online image checker to verify the authenticity of their profile image.

Those LION (LinkedIn Open Networker) Groups are partially responsible I am sure, anyone can join and anyone can message the group. I realised a long time ago that LION generally means multilevel marketing, work from home scams and all the other detritus of the world wide web.

On a more serious note almost all of my female colleagues and associates tell me they get marriage propositions and similar from suspicious characters all over the world. So I am sure they will be relieved by this option greatly.

Now I’m just waiting for them to introduce an option whereby I can restrict pictures of Lions, Word Puzzles, Maths Conundrums and other general pollution from my timeline.

I am a huge fan of the natural world and having seen Lions in the flesh sleeping in trees and prowling the bush in places such as Uganda and Rwanda I think that is where they belong. Either that or with some soothing and intelligent voice over courtesy of Sir David Attenborough. Not all over my LinkedIn profile.

So I toast LinkedIn on the introduction of this facility and look forward to even greater safety features in future. Deleting all the fake and duplicated profiles would be great. But considering that the families of the bereaved find it almost impossible to get their relatives profiles removed I won’t hold my breath for too long.

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What is wrong with recruiters?

This is a live example of a job post advertised on LinkedIn:-

“Sore Managers for Luxury Retail Brands

XXXX XXXX – Senior Recruitment Consultant at XXXX  International Consulting Pvt. LtdTop Contributor

Looking for people with excellent communications skills and very good understanding of sore operations..”

Now maybe I am being pedantic here, but is this really acceptable? Several questions present themselves with this example:

  1. If you were a client would you really want this recruitment consultant representing your business, at any price?
  2. If you were a candidate would you actually respond to someone who advertised for candidates with ‘excellent communication skills’ who themselves couldn’t be bothered to actually proof read and spell check their own advertisement before posting it globally for the world to see? How can this recruiter actually quantify or test communication skills?
  3. If you managed this recruiter would you question the integrity of your business and the validity of your training and development?
  4. If you were the recruiter who actually posted this vacancy and someone professionally commented on this grossly sub-standard work would you consider editing the actual advertisement and then re-posting or would you just ignore the advice?

I see this kind of work everywhere. Any random search of any job board brings up endless examples of appalling attention to detail, an absolute lack of personal or professional integrity and generally what can only be described as shoddy work.

Consider this for a moment. The actual job advert is in the public domain and is essentially the branding and PR of a recruitment business. Advertising of any nature speaks volumes about your business, how it functions and how it behaves. If a recruiter and a recruitment business can’t get this very public basic process right, what else in their business don’t they get right? What processes behind the scenes are subject to shoddy work, a poor attention to detail and a general apathy about quality?

Is it any wonder clients expectations of many recruiters are so low, that they insist on huge PSL’s and low fees with very little in the way of actual quality process, service or delivery?

Who is to blame for this? Is it the recruitment industry itself? Or is it the fact that many of our customers consider this to be acceptable?

Will organisations such as The Institute of Recruiters and their drive for professionalism and qualification gradually eradicate poor quality of work of this nature?