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Response Handling – The answer to Recruitment Headaches in the Current Financial Crisis!

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

The worldwide financial crisis, in my opinion, has created massive opportunities for response handling for the following reasons:

Shrinking Recruitment Budgets

Large corporates are embarking on cost cutting exercises, and recruitment budgets have been slashed to the bone, making the cost of consultancies prohibitive. However, the cost of response handling is negligible, in comparison, and would be a cost-effective alternative for any HR Manager.
Large numbers of people out of work, as a result of downsizing

Massive volumes of CVs are being received when positions are advertised in the press. How many potentially productive hours are being spent screening CVs? Unless you are being paid specifically to screen CVs, this is a counter productive exercise! You should be spending your day generating income. Leave the screening of CVs to me – that is WHAT I AM PAID TO DO!
HR Departments are consolidating their functions

Large companies are consolidating the admin and recruitment sides of HR, which means that, to a large extent, gone are the days of HR Admin Officers, Recruitment Officers, IR Officers, Training Officers etc. This consolidation is making it impossible for an HR Officer to screen hundreds of CVs AND attend to training, job evaluations, performance appraisals, salaries, leave, IR matters etc, effectively.

Err on the Side of caution

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

Last week I was at a stop street, when I was rear-ended so hard by another car, my teeth rattled in my mouth!

I got out and looked at my car, and to my surprise, the damage was negligable (or so I thought).

The other driver was very apologetic, and I almost let it go, without taking his details, as I made a mental decision that I was not going to go thru' all the hassle of making an insurance claim for a tiny little scrath on my bumber.

BUT, something told to take his details, just in case.

On the way home I noticed that the dashboard lights indicating that the boot was open had come on. I got out and checked, but the boot was closed and locked.

To cut a long story short, I then noticed that the right back side of the car was out of alignment with the bumper so I took the car to a panelbeater, and was shocked to fnd out that my valence (I had never heard of a valence before!) was totally buckled, and the damage amounted to almost R19 000-00!!!

Phew, thank heaven I took his details! I doubt my insurance company would have been too impressed with me, if I hadn't.

There is wisdom in the saying "Rather be safe than sorry!"


Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

What would you say is one of the most important aspects of networking?
Trust, of course!
Abagail Alfano of Pine, Louisiana lives in a Hummingbird fly zone. As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard. She has been studying them daily and one morning put the  water cup from the bird feeder, in her hand. They had gotten used to her standing by the feeder and they had grown to trust her, and as a result, they came over to her, landed on her hand and drank from the little red bowl she was holding.
I feed a stray cat. He is a real alley cat, but over the years he has grown to trust us, and he will even let us touch him – on his terms of course!  
If you approach a strange dog, it’s natural instincts will tell it to fight or flee ie. it will either bite you or run away. But, if u put your hand out for it to smell, talk to it gently and then slowly try and pat it, it might relax and begin to trust you.
The same applies to networking.
You would be very loathe to recommend someone you don’t know to a client of yours, because your credibility is at stake, if that person lets your client down.
But, by attending meetings and getting to know the other members of the networking group, you gradually build up trust in their service and their product.
This applies to every single one of us.   Every one of us has received an accolade at one time or other for going that extra mile, and in this way, even if we haven’t had personal experience of that particular person’s business ethic, we build trust based on our fellow members’ experiences because we trust them!