This posting is prompted by a casual discussion today with a person I like and respect. She pointed me to the website of Employment Office. The opening statement on their website is this:
Employment Office is NOT a Recruitment Agency – What does this mean?
It means we work with your in-house staff to provide the recruitment tools to enhance your processes, assist your budget and free up your time, whilst you maintain full choice and control.
First my thoughts—this is a blog afterall. Then comments on Employment Office. Keep in mind I am not paid to write this—I do it because it is fun. I write only of things that rouse my attention and which I deem may interest you.
Finding a job in mining is hard. Finding the right person for a specific job in mining is harder. I have no new answers to these perpetual questions: how do I find a job in mining?; and how do we find the right person for our mining job? But here are some ideas.
There are umpteen websites that purport to provide a link between those seeking a job in mining and mining industry companies seeking people to do a specific job. InfoMine’s CareerMine is but one example. Here you can, for a fee, post your resume in the hopes that some employer will find you. Or you can post, for a fee, your jobs in the hope that some suitable employee will find you.
You can find a headhunter if you are seeking a job There are some of good repute and proven success. They generally won’t charge you a fee–instead they charge the ultimate employer. But unless you are highly qualified, it is not a good way to go. They can help high level performers or those with rare skills and talent. Those of average skills need not apply. More often than not the headhunter finds you. I get at least one call a week from headhunters asking if I know of people with specific skills their client, a mining company, seeks. I have accepted good jobs via the service of headhunters who found me in the mass of the ordinary.
For companies seeking good employees there are many ways to go. Poaching from competitors is common. Listen to and meet people at conferences and thus judge them, take them to dinner, and get them to join you. Or you can elicit the aid of the human resources department. This is a tricky business. If the job is routine and the candidates many, it is a good way to go. If you are seeking specialists, it is a lousy way to go.
All of which leaves the question, why engage Employment Office. As the lady who brought this site to my attention said, “Most headhunters are doing a lousy job. They websites are prolific and demand a lot of work to get any results. The company human resource department are over-worked and ill-informed—they try to keep the company legal re employees—they care not for the hard work of finding the right employee for a job. Employment Office does the hard work of screening a vast number of job applicants, of interviewing them, of selecting good potential, and working with the folk who need somebody for a tough job to make the final decision.”
I had not hitherto been aware of this company or the function they perform. It intrigues me. And I have a gut feel they could be a great aid to the overworked person trying to find a good person for a specific job. I have no personal knowledge of what they do, if they do it well, or if they could work for you. I leave that to you and the competitive process.
If, however, you have any experience or opinions in this regard, please share them with us.