Diary of a recruitment entrepreneur

MACSTAFF BLOG

March 8, 2017

Job Search? Job Done! Out Now :)

I am Macstaff’s Founding Consultant and Author of Job Search Job Done, Anthony McCormack. I’ve enjoyed success in the staffing and recruitment industry in North America, UK and Europe for 15+ years. In terms of a potted history, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1996 and, in truth, ‘fell’ into recruitment, which has been my passion and profession ever since. I cut my teeth in driving and industrial recruitment with Securicor recruitment services, now Randstad, where I learned to work hard, act quickly and give great customer service. I moved for career development in 1999 into specialist recruitment with […]
March 1, 2017

Social Media: Best friend or worst enemy?

So as always, but even more so when you are in job search mode, social media can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how it is used or abused! I’ll go through a few a few tools/technologies and specific advice, however the over-arching theme here will be to ‘control your online brand’. In the employment market you are the product / solution and you are also the marketing manager for said product. You’re going to want to ensure that ‘product you’ has a high perceived market value and is widely known as effective, reliable and in […]
February 1, 2017

20 quick wins for a killer CV!

So you’ve reviewed your options in the ‘planning your job search’ blog Jan 2017 and decided that moving is definitely your best option? So what next, dust off the old CV, add an entry and bang it out then, right? As somewhat of a recruitment veteran now of 15+ years, I can see that a fair proportion of the time, that that has exactly been the plan. Worse is if the candidate leaves a recruitment agent to update it for them before forwarding it on to the client(s), for speed. This tends to create a document that is potentially too […]
December 30, 2016

10 life lessons you can apply from UWCB

I recently completed the UWCB #Bath program, with the 8 weeks free training and fighting at glamourous event, as billed, this last 17th, December. This was one of 30+ other similar events happening throughout the country that weekend! I didn’t know anything about it until a female friend signed up for the one in Leicester … along with her Dad! I was certainly impressed and a little bit jealous 🙂 and started reading about UWCB and watching their videos online. I had established that one was also starting very soon in Bath and during that week I kept revisiting the […]
December 27, 2016

Prepare to nail your job search!

So you have drawn the conclusion that it’s time to move job? Are you going to plan your job-search before throwing yourself in at the deep end? Surely you just bang your CV out to job posts that catch your eye, and maybe a few agencies, and see what happens, right? From what I can gather, as somewhat of a recruitment veteran now, this is the default strategy for a majority of ‘candidates’. However, I would argue that your job and more importantly your career is actually a strategically important item. There is potentially a huge upside in getting it […]
December 1, 2016
A busness about to scale-up

Diary of a Recruitment Entrepreneur Part 4 (of 5)

I wouldn’t like to be overly dramatic and describe my recruitment entrepreneur’s year to date as a ‘rollercoaster’ – but, nine months in, it has certainly been a wiggly line! I am guessing that is par for the course though. We all know the intended route to success is from A to B, but we tend to find out that route involves several other letters along the way. Part 1 of my diary covered the leap of faith into the great recruitment unknown, Part 2 was a celebration of the ‘firsts’ of Macstaff and Part 3 was pushing through the […]
November 1, 2016

Diary of a Recruitment Entrepreneur Pt 3

My confession is that I had initially written off the idea of writing/publishing this journal of myself and my 2016 start-up recruitment company Macstaff at the 6-month mark. Pt 1 covering launch had covered the leap of faith of resigning my corporate agency job which was adrenaline fuelled. Pt 2 covered the initial flush of success from first job, first placement, first client payment etc. which was celebratory. Pt 3 looked like it had the potential to cover the daily grind, regular ups and downs and some set-backs which didn’t sound particularly noteworthy; HOWEVER maybe that’s why it NEEDS writing so here goes! […]
April 29, 2016

Diary of a Recruitment Entrepreneur Pt 2

In Diary of a Recruitment Entrepreneur Part 1 I had described the launch of Macstaff as a leap of faith and the fulfilment of a dream I had held over my 15+ year recruitment career to date.  The motivation was to offer first class representation in Construction & Property recruitment on an individual basis, and to regain back some work life balance while I was at it!  I had covered the finality of walking away from my recruitment agency career, dreading the resignation, and having a nagging fear of failure.  However these doubts have been forced into submission by a […]
February 9, 2016

Diary of a Recruitment Entrepreneur Pt 1

I am Macstaff founding consultant and Managing Director, Anthony McCormack. This is something I have been getting used to the sound of, just this last week, since waving goodbye to my PLC agency career and taking the plunge as a ‘recruitment entrepreneur’. I have learned a lot through 15+ years’ experience in the recruitment industry.  I have witnessed much industry change in this time and a variety of different styles and standards in my industry peer group.  Some may say the good, the bad and the ugly!  My conviction had been deepening that I could make it on my own […]

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