Speed dating – Growing Talent style!

The toughest thing to overcome when looking for employment after a period of unemployment is being judged on your label(s).

 

By that I mean recruiters/employers ofter see your label(s) and the assumptions they make about the potential impact of those label(s) without speaking with you to understand the facts.

 

For example, a homeless, single parent who is unemployed will often be perceived as someone who is unstable and unreliable with zero transferable skills into the world of employment.

 

In reality, homeless doesn’t always mean ‘sleeping on the streets’ – although I think sleeping is the wrong word.  No one can sleep soundly on the streets with all the dangers that environment presents.

 

Single parents, in my experience,  have an array of skills which add value to employers.  All are great problem solvers, they are life coaches, highly organised solution finders with strong time management skills along with the drive and attitude to succeed to be positive role models for their children as well as establish a career path for themselves.  Any employer can train in their area of expertise but they can’t train ‘attitude’.  They are missing an excellent talent pool.

 

At Growing Talent, based on my own experience, we do not allow traditional recruitment methods.  There are no cvs nor job descriptions.  Employers select based on their belief of someone’s attitude to grow into their vacancy.  As every applicant has usually more than one barrier to employment, we partner with JobCentre Plus to ensure a financial safety net if someone is selected but doesn’t complete and secure the provisional permanent job offer.  This removes the ‘fear’ from those unemployed people who really want to work but have that nagging ‘what if’ in their heads.

 

So, to ensure employers and applicants are on the same level playing field, we have a speed dating session.  These always start really quietly.  Within 10minutes everyone is relaxed, laughing with each other and showing who they really are.

 

In small groups, applicants spend 10 minutes at each employer table finding out a little about the company and permanent jobs on offer.  The employers have the same window of time to find out a little about all applicants.

 

Some examples of previously employer speed dating events:

 

Employers select their shortlist from this event.  Shortlisted applicants attend a 1-2-1 meeting on the employer site where the job is based to learn more details.

 

At the point any offers are made to go on the Growing Talent journey with the employer, everything is known upfront about the end job.  There is no mystery around salary, bonus, benefits, hours, shifts etc.

 

How often do you go for a traditional job interview and leave as mystified as when you went in?

 

Growing Talent removes any doubt for both sides and everyone loves the spontaneity of speed dating – who not use it in recruitment?

New Year = New Opportunity!

At the start of 2017, there were 27 people who really wanted to change their lives and get into permanent work – but being unemployed – they had no idea how.

 

At the same time there were a number of employers including some from the world of hospitality, business moves, recruitment, data management and business services looking to add new talent to their businesses but not knowing how to confidently recruit people with knowledge of their current and future potential as well as their commitment and reliability.

 

Growing Talent is the bridge between the two.  A supported journey for both sides to evaluate the other delivering sustainable recruitment and no surprises!

 

All 27 people mentioned above at the start of 2017, completed Growing Talent and went into work.  Their employers were confident they had the right match for their roles, teams and business.

 

To date, Growing Talent has seen 121 people from diverse backgrounds go into permanent jobs changing their lives and their employer’s perception on the talent that is missed in the ranks of our unemployed population.

 

It’s so difficult ‘selling’ your skills and potential on a faceless cv.  It’s even harder if confidence has dropped due to unemployment.  Some of the success stories of Growing Talent below………

 

Richard – mid-30s and never worked.  Dropped school at 15.  Secured a role with Harrow Green – still working there almost 2 years later.

 

Dan – a graduate who didn’t know what career he wanted.  Joined a front of house team on a corporate site as a Welcome Host.  18 months later – on their fastback programme progressing to team leader.

 

Chris – a little over 3 years ago, had a series of temp jobs in retail and some volunteering.  Was unwell with depression.  When asked why he should be given a chance on Growing Talent, he replied ‘I honestly don’t know’.  He joined a business solutions organisation on a corporate site.  After two years he moved to a hotel reception role and is now Supervisor there  managing a team!  He’s also started a degree course in his spare time.

 

If you are looking to get into work in 2018 and don’t know how – check http://www.growing-talent.co.uk.

 

As an employer, if you don’t recruit through Growing Talent, do you want to continue missing out on great talent like Chris, Dan and Richard?  It costs nothing other than time, open mind and commitment.

 

What are you going to change in 2018?

How do you recruit the perfect candidate without incurring any cost?……

Growing Talent!

Sounds simple doesn’t it.  A try before you buy for both the applicant and employer based on personality – no cvs, employment history etc.  With 116 success stories, we want more.

 

Amongst this 116 are people from diverse backgrounds – homeless, graduates, no education, solid employment history, no employment history, mental health issues etc.  This unique business funded initiative has seen diverse success studies.

 

There is a wide talent of unemployed people hungry to work and willing to learn.  Employers can’t see this talent in a short interview/assessment.  So we are spreading the work with a poster campaign.

 

Some things really aren’t too good to be true!  You just have to give it a go and see for yourself!

 

Although the cost table below shows HR Review’s breakdown of traditional recruitment costs from 2014 – it’s logical to believe these have risen over 3 years.  One solid fact the display below shows is Growing Talent remains completely free!

 

 

Check out http://www.growing-talent.co.uk and @Growing_Talent for more information.

 

Is it too good to be true? Actually no – it really is free…….

‘How do you recruit the perfect candidate without incurring any cost?’

‘How can you be confident your potential new hire is right for your role, team & business’

Answer:  Growing Talent

Growing Talent is a business led and funded initiative to bring the unemployed and employers with permanent London-based jobs together.  Over a 12 week, mutually mentored period each gets to know the other well resulting in confident recruitment.

 

With four programmes planned for 2018 – who not get involved?

 

GT16            17 January 2018

GT17            18 April 2018

GT18            18 July 2018

GT19            19 September 2018

 

For more information, checkout http://www.growing-talent.co.uk.

 

Cost of recruitment – what does it mean?

Often the true cost of recruitment on a business is hidden.  It’s a combination of several things.  One of the latest UK stats I found was a guesstimate of over £30K!

http://www.hrreview.co.uk/hr-news/recruitment/it-costs-over-30k-to-replace-a-staff-member/50677

The two main factors that support this research is:

  • The Cost of Lost Output while a replacement employee gets up to speed
  • The Logistical Cost of recruiting and absorbing a new worker

On top of the cost and inconvenience to a business of advertising, sifting, shortlisting, interviewing, feedback, employment documentation – contract of employment, right to work in the UK etc and the ‘new joiner’ processes – raising a new profile for IT, issue a laptop/phone etc is the cost of the recruitment agency.

 

Average percentages of fees to be paid to an agency are:

Salary                                                   %                                Fee due

£15K                                                        14%                                  £2,100

£20K                                                        18%                                 £3,600

Over £20K                                               20+%                             £4,200

 

Using this method, apart from the cost, you won’t know if you’ve made the right choice until they’ve been onboard a while and are trained in the job.

 

With Growing Talent, a unique fee way of finding and growing new talent, you will be confident of your new hire as you train them in situ before hiring.  What could be simpler?

 

 

 

Need talent in your business?………

Why not ‘grow our own’!

 

As the feature photo from Preparing for Shtf’s website illustrates, great veg are the result of careful nurturing over weeks/months.   The results are better than any ‘brought off the shelf’!

 

At Growing Talent we believe the same is true when looking for talent.

 

Businesses who partner Growing Talent recruit people they wouldn’t normally with solid sustainable results.  Retention and commitment increases. As does, team spirit, morale and productivity.

 

Growing Talent, the B2B forum that brings the unemployed, employers and JobCentre Plus together, is completely free to use.  Funded by business for business to take a leap of faith.  No cvs and no job description. Why pay for your talent when you can Grow Your Own and get great diversity at the same time?

 

Over 111 people have secured permanent jobs.  Some have never worked before.  Some are graduates and some have solid employment history at all levels.  The nurturing selected individuals receive in situ gives the opportunity for them to showcase their skills, potential and fit with the business without trying to ‘sell’ themselves in a traditional interview.

 

With many success stories, we begin the next round on 18 September with the first stage selection.

 

If you need to recruit – why not ‘grow your own’? It’s easy partnering Growing Talent.

 

Final thought:  A recruitment company charging 18% on a £20K salary will cost £3,600.  Growing Talent is free!

 

Recruit a different way………………..

As part of the preparation for my presentation to an employers forum later this month, I decided to do a comparison of the key stages and costs between Growing Talent and traditional recruitment.

 

As you can see from the table above, the results are clearly in favour of recruiting via Growing Talent.  Time and money is saved and matches made are sustainable.  None of the Associates who completed Growing Talent and moved into permanent employment has returned to benefits according to JobCentre Plus’s records.

 

There are multiple benefits including the orientation week, holistic week, employer selection and training before hiring, dedicated mentors, Mental Health First Aider, personal finance, fitness, nutrition training that traditional recruitment doesn’t offer.

 

All of this at zero cost to he hiring employer.

 

So why aren’t more employers recruiting using Growing Talent?

 

Any thoughts?

Growing Talent 8 – Open for Employer Jobs

Anyone who is unemployed will easily tell you how difficult it is to secure a job.  Trying to ‘sell’ themselves at an interview with little experience or a large gap on their employment record is really difficult.

 

What doesn’t always spring to mind is how difficult it is for employers to select the right fit for their team/business from a characterless cv or ‘pressurised’ interview.  Recruiting in the traditional route is costly – not just in terms of money.

 

Growing Talent takes away the ‘fear of the unknown’ for both sides.

 

A supportive, medium for both parties over 12 weeks resulting in cost-effective, sustainable recruitment.

 

No cost to either side.

 

The only programme out there to focus on the holistic side of life/recruitment.

 

If you are recruiting, why not send your jobs to Growing Talent ?  Nothing to lose and everything to gain including savings on recruitment fees.

Just do it!

Over the Christmas break I undertook some ‘administration’!  Finally sorting through those bits of paper, electronic files and e-mails in the hope of making identifying information more efficient in 2015!

I managed to do this but a valuable by product was finding a page of quotes some past and recent graduates of Growing Talent had sent.  They made me realise that even when politics raises its ugly head in trying to do something new, the value to people in the ‘just do it’ mantra I adopted many years ago makes it more than worthwhile.

‘There are no limits to growing talent.  Attitude, dedication and determination will decide your destination.’ – previous to Growing Talent this person had little education and zero commercial work experience.  They had researched and helped build a family website over a few months.  Now he is an integral part of the team of this manufacturer in Southwark.  He undertakes payroll – having passed all three levels of Sage, company records and administration.  His personal confidence has soared.

‘Be flexible and adaptable to new changes.  This will be a stepping stone to a great future.’  This accountancy graduate had a troubled early life having arrived in the UK as a refugee with her family.  Living in temporary accommodation with her family the uncertainty of home/work didn’t detract from her determination.  She is now working her way up a global management records company with her eye on their accounts department.

‘Stay strong! Remember why you are doing this and what your end goal is.  Make use of every opportunity you find’.  A graduate in communications with a passion for art and photography, this person was outwardly confident having been encouraged by parents, each with their own business, to succeed in everything from an early age.  However, on leaving university the jobs didn’t come and the confidence dipped.  They are now working in recruitment as a consultant and have set-up their own on-line business as well.

The guys wrote these quotes to encourage those following them on Growing Talent  Having been with them on their journey start to finish and still in touch with them know, it encourages me how much Growing Talent meant to them, what it has done for them and what the skills learnt on the programme will do for them in the future.

Having re-read these and remembered the individuals’ powerful journeys I am determined to ‘just do it’ when met with the ‘politics’ of partner organisations.

If you have read this, take the time to think of the difference you have made to others both at work and at home.  Be enthused at the impact you have on others and ‘just do it’ next time you are faced with a challenge!

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