A Day in the Life of a Mood Group headhunter / recruiter.
Each day at Mood Group provides us something different. Every day is varied and variety is the spice of life, which keeps us pleasantly on our toes. Our days are structured, depending on our priorities and work in hand. We always like to catch up with the latest news from across our territories and in the sectors, we operate in. We like to keep abreast of who is doing what, where from various trade Magazines, Industry feeds and social media links. We feel it is paramount to keep ourselves abreast of our industry and territories. Knowledge is power and we like to understand how shifts in the market could affect us, our candidates, colleagues and our clients.
Mood Group has been in business for nearly 10 years and we feel fortunate that we have embraced all that technology allows us now. Smart phones enable us to communicate efficiently with our colleagues, clients and candidates, across the world in different countries and time zones. Our CRM system allows our candidates to follow and track their progress if they wish remotely, either with an assignment or checking their job application status. The team that we work with are spread around the world and we regularly communicate and collaborate, sharing information and updates. This ensures we leverage our data for the benefit of our customers and candidates alike.
As recruiter’s and head-hunters, we spend much of our day communicating. Words are our business and there is no substitute for the human touch. Some of our daily tasks include but are not limited to… talking with our colleagues, clients, candidates, suppliers, following up, making introductions, connecting, confirming, interviewing, reading, checking, chasing, encouraging, evaluating, preparing candidates for interview, negotiating, providing feedback, updating, preparing documents, writing adverts, reviewing CV’s, planning interviews, writing blogs and learning lots and lots every day. We are all always learning but for us being an International company, we also get to learn about different cultures, customs and behaviours, which continually fascinates us.
We, like many professionals spend thousands of hours a month reading information. It helps if you can read and interpret data fast. How that information is processed and handled can change lives in our business, so it must be treated carefully and with respect. Confidentiality is crucial to us at Mood Group and we are also GDPR compliant. The General Data Protection Regulation is new legislation set out to protect and provide transparency in collecting, storing, processing and managing personal data. This is all covered in our candidate privacy agreement. Mood Group provide advanced security to their candidates and clients and are all in favour of trading lawfully and fairly, especially in protecting personal data.
Our search strategy for the best talent, depends on the position we are recruiting for. Initially we like to select a polished shortlist of potential candidates which we present to our customers for their consideration. Mood Group has built up one of the largest specialised databases in Print, Packaging & Industrial Processing sectors across the MEA region. This has taken nearly 10 years of consistent, commitment and hard work by all. My husband and I spent 16 years, collectively in the Middle East and it will always hold a special place in our heart. We like to discuss and make sure we are not just ticking a box to say, that person can do the job well. People are unique and there is always a certain chemistry which needs to be balanced to create a good fit for our clients and candidates alike. This is what we strive for, for our customers. To bring the right people together isn’t just trial and error. We are only as good as our last assignment after all.
If not enough quality candidates are available by using this method, we will start the process or initial searches through our extensive networks and contacts. If we still feel, we are not exactly hitting the mark for our customer, we start to head-hunt and put out feelers into the market and communicate with our passive candidates whom might be interested to know of a new opening/opportunity.
As a recruiter, you can do everything correctly, but sometimes situations can change at the final hurdle, for so many reasons too numerous to mention. I have often said one day we should write a book about this subject alone! As we are in the people business, every situation and person is unique. You must be resilient and diplomatic and take the knocks along the way. Sometimes candidates get better offers and who can blame them in taking the best option for themselves and their families. A true professional will start all over again and have the confidence in their ability to satisfy the customer. No matter how you feel, you must get up, dress up, show up and never ever give up.
This can be disappointing too for customers, who have invested time partnering with the recruiter to select the best candidate for the role. If they have found the perfect candidate and wish to offer them employment, and do not move fast enough to provide the offer and secure them into their team, sometimes candidates go elsewhere. Good candidates don’t grow on trees and will only wait so long for decisions to be made.
Being recruiter’s and head-hunters is diverse and interesting. But having positive impacts on professional’s careers, can be hugely rewarding. When these relationships develop, and grow, so does our network and reputation. When leaders of businesses, along with movers and shakers, come to us for advice, it is a hugely rewarding part of the work. When Mood Group are given a chance to prove their professionalism, especially in difficult situations, we thrive.
Our goal at Mood Group is to strive to fully understand our client’s needs and understand their company culture. When we receive, a full brief document outlining the job description, expectations and scope of the role, we get excited and get to work.
We look forward to partnering with you and your organisation on your next talent search. To see what some of your contemporaries say about our work go to Marcus Doo’s LinkedIn profile below and scroll down to ‘recommendations’ link below for your ease;
About the author: Emma Doo is a Mood Group Managing Partner more information about Emma can be found on this link. https://www.moodgroup.co.uk/the-team/view/2/emma-doo.aspx https://mt.linkedin.com/in/emmadoo