'Recruitment is broken'… Three little words that make for a bold opening gambit. But after 6 years helping companies create effective hiring procedures and interactions with countless job seekers, it's a statement I stand behind.
A big problem with the labour market is that individuals searching for jobs are too often ignored by recruiters and hiring companies after first interaction. Instead of respect and empathy, unsuccessful job seekers get the cold shoulder with little thought given to the time and effort they've put into applications, interviews and assignments.
The power imbalance that exists between the hiring managers and recruiters on one side, and the talent on the other, has led to a widespread lack of trust in the recruitment process. In our opinion at ReEcho, this lack of trust has been magnified by the proliferation of job boards making empty promises of dream careers.
Yes, recruitment is broken. And with the monumental impact of COVID-19, lockdown and the end of government-backed job support schemes on the labour market, it's now absolutely vital that we fix it.
We've been lucky at ReEcho to have worked for the most part with hiring companies that treat job candidates like humans. But I've always been keenly aware of the fundamental imbalance between hirers and hirees. Perhaps it's due to my own background.
Years ago, I had set my heart on teaching yoga, a discipline that's all about balance and finding harmony between mind and body. I actually started recruiting to pay for the teacher training (only one of the two required a certification… turns out yoga is a very serious business).
Fast forward a few years. The yoga teaching was on hold and I was running a recruitment firm – quite haphazardly it turned out. But one client turned to two, two grew into more and so on. I am so grateful to all those who have trusted us with their hiring needs along the way.
During this time, my team and I were seeing the same issues crop up time and again for talent, hirers and recruiters. I've outlined some of the biggest issues we encounter below:
So how do we fix these problems? We've been quietly building a three-sided platform that brings together talent, top-rated recruiters and employers to create more balanced, human and valuable hiring experiences for everyone involved.
Individuals will be able to:
For recruiters, we will provide the tools needed to deliver substantially better candidate and client experiences, on a system set up for informed and live communication and collaboration. Ultimately, recruiters will be able to build more successful business from their phone, as we highlight their strong performance to others.
For employers, we will continue to make hiring processes smoother, faster and more effective, making sure that the best talent is accessible and ready to be successfully engaged.
Ultimately, we've built ReEcho to provide a better experience to candidates, recruiters and hirers.