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Recruitment really is a career of choice for local Singaporean talent

Date: 27 June 2014

It’s no secret that one of the main challenges of today’s global recruitment market is attracting high quality talent into the profession. Consequently, APSCo Asia has been promoting recruitment as a career of choice through a series of events aimed at local candidates in association with CaliberLink, the organisation which assists professionals to be more career resilient. And its most recent “Ask the Experts” seminar – A Career in Recruitment – which took place last week was a resounding success, demonstrating a real appetite from local talent to consider recruitment as a career.

The event was attended by over 112 individuals and included a lively panel discussion with James Brown from Phaidon International, Ace Cheng of Spearing Search, Emma Dale from Prospect Resourcing, Kathryn Woof of 33 Talent, Gary Lai from Charterhouse and Maryl Green of  S Three Group.  Attendees had the opportunity to not only find out what life as a recruitment consultant is really like, but also the skills and attributes local firms are looking for in their next generation of recruiters.

What was absolutely clear from the seminar was that there is often a misunderstanding about the exact nature of a recruitment firm’s role which has historically impacted the ability to source new recruits. However, connecting local talent and firms at events such as this provided a great opportunity to show the real side of the profession, the opportunities it has to offer, and dispel any associated myths.  This is a sentiment that panel member James Brown, echoes: “I felt it was important to explain the exact role and ambitions of a recruitment firm, as there can often be confusion between the client, candidate and recruitment consultant. If addressed properly at industry level I believe more would join the career path, together with a much improved holistic commercial relationship.”

Local talent attending the event appeared to welcome the honest and open approach adopted by the panel members who discussed not only the benefits of a career in recruitment, but also the pitfalls people should be aware of. Commentating on the key themes from the event Kathryn Woof says: “I think the fact that recruitment has highs and lows, but can ultimately be a rewarding career was a strong theme. Running your own portfolio of business and being rewarded for every piece of success was something we spoke about a lot, and that salaries can be great if you’re prepared to work hard.”

The seminar concluded with the chance for local candidates to network with recruitment firms looking to take on new consultants, where 22 positions were on offer. And feedback so far from panel members appears to demonstrate that the event really helped to promote recruitment as a viable career route. Kathryn Woolf, for example, commented that her firm has already received some CVs and plenty of emails from attendees asking for further information or advice. 

The success of the event was also demonstrated in a poll APSCo ran at both the beginning and end of the day. Before the panel discussion, 65% of those surveyed said they were either likely or very likely to consider recruitment as a career.  However, directly afterwards this figure had risen to 70% demonstrating that, with access to the correct information and an ability to hear first-hand from recruiters, local Singaporeans really are interested in working in the profession.

APSCo is extremely pleased at the success of the event and I am confident that some of the attendees will either make a conscious choice to develop a career in recruitment or at the very least, will understand the role of professional recruiters and the value they can add to employers and candidates alike.