Welcome to Recruitment First Aid - the NEW answer to your hiring problems
When recruiting, do you identify with any of these statements?
We get poor-quality job applicants.
Job applicants are too many or too few. Or irrelevant.
We are struggling to improve the diversity of applicants attracted through our advertising.
We experience candidate ghosting post-application.
Non-attendance of candidates to interviews is a rising problem.
Losing candidates somewhere through the recruitment process has been identified as an issue.
The business has some inexperienced (or obstructive) line managers who are hindering the recruitment process.
We experience so much rudeness from disgruntled applicants that rather than send rejection emails, we've stopped communicating.
I'm not sure we understand the current recruitment marketplace, trends and challenges. It's changed so much in recent years.
The company work policy is 100% in the office and I'm worried that this is putting people off. I don't know what the solution is.
We're a small business with very few add-ons so we can't compete with firms offering lots of benefits.
Every time this particular job vacancy comes up, we struggle to fill it.
It's so frustrating that job applicants don't read the advert, applying even though they're not relevant.
People turn up to an interview completely unprepared.
I have never had any training to write a job advert so I simply cut and paste the job description.
We don't use recruitment agencies because they're useless/too expensive. We've had a bad hiring experience with them in the past.
All of the above statements are ones we hear from hiring managers, HR departments and recruitment agencies regularly.
Why is recruitment so challenging?
Because you're dealing with people.
And because the world is constantly changing.
You are trying to reach people of all ages, geographies, demographics, skills and experiences, many of whom are bombarded with digital messages every day.
In today's hiring market jobseekers will pick and choose where to apply for a job based on many factors, many of which you probably haven't even considered.
And that's assuming they even know you have a job vacancy that they're suitable for.
If you've been skilled enough to attract the right sort of people, it's still very easy to lose them through your process if they think it's too cumbersome, too slow, non-inclusive, or unfriendly.
So, if you're feeling at a bit of a loss and need some help from an expert, we're here.
How Recruitment First Aid supports you
You stay in the driving seat, entirely responsible for your company's hiring responsibilities, but use us as your critic, talking through challenges, identifying issues (maybe you didn't even know you had) and helping you to resolve them.
An extremely cost-effective way to solve your pressing hiring problems now and in the future.
How does it work?
You book a video call with us.
In that call, you present your challenge and have the time to glean support and solutions from an expert. Maybe even some hard truths.
You decide your budget, but it is possible to achieve great things in a one-hour consultation.
For example, we unearth some deeper issues which need work. Maybe testing your application process.
Or you decide at the end of the call that you'd like us to write a job advert.
In these instances, we can quote accordingly.
We are committed to keeping it affordable so that hirers in organisations who feel out of their depth or too busy can access an expert without the high cost of the traditional agency fee.
We have no problem justifying our placement fees, by the way (see Why Are Recruitment Agencies So Expensive?) But those services are not accessible to anyone on a tight budget. Maybe someone who has lots of experience and doesn't want to relinquish control, but acknowledges they need help from someone they can trust.
What makes us think we're up to solving your problems?
The Clarity team has been hiring since 2005, with a team whose recruitment skills go back to the 90s, we're hiring professionals with a brilliant reputation.
Check Google if you don't believe us.
Never beginning a piece of work without exploring the hiring business and the opportunity, working as a partner we are proud to offer frank and confidential feedback from start to finish, ensuring a successful outcome.
It's the reason many businesses return to us time and time again. From office administrator vacancies to board-level appointments.
And why we sometimes turn work away. Because if a business has major hiring problems, and isn't prepared to acknowledge them and work on fixing them, we can't help and won't invest our time.
Our expertise comes from formal training, many years of hands-on hiring and continuing professional development in the form of training courses, seminars and networking with other recruiters. It means we stay current. Always current.
Accountancy recruitment is our specialism but don't let that fool you into thinking that the principles are any different across specialisms. Our work over the years has crossed many industries and business sizes including not-for-profit, incubator life-science businesses, manufacturers, large distributors, global names and many SME owner-managed businesses and accountancy practices.
Whatever your business size or sector, your challenge remains the attraction and retention of skilled people.
Short term wins
If you've got a pressing hiring problem, let us help you solve it, quickly.
You'll get tips and learn skills you can use to replicate the success you had the first time.
Why is this not a training session?
Because every hiring problem is unique.
This service is bespoke for that purpose. And confidential.
Training courses won't review your adverts, test your application process or identify where you have created obstacles. A training course won't check for inclusive language or flag glitches in your systems.
How much does it cost?
Your online video consultation will last for approximately one hour and cost £200 plus VAT.
After which you'll receive an email outlining the issues discussed and proposed solutions.
If your budget is £200, the service terminates after this hour * but if you want additional support, we're happy to book longer calls or a series of calls.
We won't cut you off if you're on a roll, but many customers will have an 'aha' moment and feel equipped to go away and solve the problem on their own at this point. You may or may not, depending upon your experience, confidence levels or time constraints.
But, you can expect that a single consultation will provide you with some valuable insight and tools to be able to improve your hiring process.
How Do I Book?
Click this link
You'll be able to view Clare Wight's calendar and secure your one-hour slot. Clare is our founder and Managing Director and has been recruiting successfully since 1999.
Maximising That 60 Minutes
You're encouraged to supply details of those intending to be present so we know who and what to expect in the meeting.
Feel free to supply anything you think will aid the call, like a general outline of the challenge, the job spec or a link to your online advert.
Please know, that there will be zero pressure to use our services any further, so please book with peace of mind that we will not be 'selling' during the call.
The intended outcome is that you’ll have several takeaways and market insights to manage the process on your own and get the results that you need.
All advice you can use for the next vacancy and the next ….
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Clare Wight is the founder and Managing Director of Clarity Appointments, an independent recruitment specialist. She served as a Regional Director for The Employment Agents Movement, supporting other independent recruiters.
She remains an active member of Recconnect (formerly Members Only), a recruitment leadership network promoting high ethical standards, collaboration, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Her entire career has been people-centric and she believes business owners are more fulfilled and higher-performing when they provide emotional and professional business support to other business owners, even those they deem to be competitors.
She does this actively, whilst challenging and updating her skills and knowledge of the recruitment sector, enabling her to offer the best advice to firms looking to make their next hire.