The Recruiting Engineer

Over the past 3 weeks I have been searching for another cool assignment in the Recruitment area. But finding a contract recruiter assignment is not as easy as it seems nowadays, even if you are experienced and have a large network and on top of the latest technology.
There is a lot of people out there doing something recruitish 🙂
Job titles I stumbled upon while crawling the web for something recruitish are Recruiting Manager, Recruiting Coordinator, Recruiting Program Manager, Recruiting advisor, Recruiting Specialist. And this is sort of what they do:

The recruiting manager is obviously managing the recruitment department
The recruiting coordinator is coordinating admin and scheduling interviews
The recruiting program manager is taking care of the implementation of new recruitment tools
The recruiting advisor is advising hiring managers where to spend their budget on and what kind of hires they should be going for
The recruiting specialist is someone supposed to know everything on this topic

On my way back this afternoon of a meeting, about something recruitish, I thought of yet another job title: The Recruiting Engineer

About The Recruiting Engineer

The recruiting engineer from my point of view should be someone that will find out what the current recruiting efforts are in a company, no matter what the size of the company is. How many recruiters are there, what are they doing, what is the career site like, where is candidate traffic coming from, how do they treat candidates etc. Once the recruiting engineer has the overview, he or she should start visualizing, what could be a better, cheaper, more convenient way to do the job on time against a different budget.

The recruiting engineer is not a full-time live time job in one company.. The recruiting engineer comes in, stays a while, improves the recruiting efforts, and goes out again. The recruiting engineer is not part of the company politics, the recruiting engineer is there to upgrade recruitment without interfering in the internal discussions. The recruiting engineer will enhance the recruiting efforts from each recruiter, will add techniques and tools to the recruitment process when needed and explain the philosophy behind it.

This way the Recruiting manager will have an even better team of recruiters, recruitment specialists, the recruiting coordinator has even more to schedule, the program manager will know why priorities on fast implementations are there, the recruiting advisor can come with even smarter hiring strategies.

I just wanted to blog this, because I am wondering, should this be a role, and should we call it the Recruiting Engineer.

While writing this, my guess the recruiting engineer is someone, who is on top of latest technologies, has serious hands on recruiting experience and brags about it. He or she has seen how recruiters recruit, knows what does or doesn’t work and why. Also should be able to write and give training for smaller and larger group of people. Has something to say on every step of the recruitment process.

… that is it for now.


TruAmsterdam & the 4th RIDE

Thursday last week full of cool recruitment events in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

My day started early, preparing the venue for the 2nd TruAmsterdam, which was held at YER. TruAmsterdam is one of TruEvents where recruiters share there thoughts on recruitment. The visitors of this one day event came from Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, UK and Germany. The main topics were Mobile, Social Media, Recruiting Technology and Relocation Recruitment. The Trackleaders, were able to give us new insights on the various topics and started the creative minds of all attendees working overhours! So Cool.

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After a long day being serious about recruiting we all took off to the 4rd Recruitment Industry Dance Event: facts & figures: I rest my case and won’t write about this, just watch the video and make sure you get a ticket for the next RIDE!

#TruAmsterdam upcoming Recruiters Event! why?

TRU Amsterdam, June 23 and 24, strives to give track leaders and attendees the power to share and make the recruitment world more open and connected. Come learn, discuss, and network with recruiters and sourcers.

TRU Amsterdam offers: amplified reach
With track leaders from the four corners of the world, you will be exposed to several point of views, learn how things can be done differently, and how to get better results by working smarter.

TRU Amsterdam offers: enhanced engagement
This is not a lecture, this is not a classroom; this is an opportunity to engage with colleagues in the industry, to have a conversation, to have a debate, to have a better understanding of the industry

TRU Amsterdam offers: meaningful connections
Networking will be the word of the day. Whether you are exchanging business card, entering the information directly on your smart phone, or still using a plain old address book, you will leave TRU Amsterdam with a better connection that you came in.

TRU Amsterdam offers: deeper insights
Come and delve deeper into the recruitment industry. Ask questions, give your opinion, get an explanation, and leave with a better understanding of your own recruitment world.

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Don’t forget TRU Source:

#truSource is a training event for recruiters, in house and agency, and HR professionals responsible for finding the best talent. The line up features some of the world’s best sourcers who will share their talents and techniques on sourcing and profiling. This is an interactive and hands-on day that will suit both the novice and experienced resourcer and recruiter, and will explore all the channels. And of the day, you will know the basics of several sourcing techniques to help you find that right candidate for that job

And reserve your space here. Hurry up before you loose out on one of the most talked about unconferences.

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The TRU Amsterdam event is hosted by YER Amsterdam.

TRU is a production of @BillBoorman and @RadicalRecruit

Why I am attending this event? Well, because it is one of the better recruitment events these days… BE THERE!!!

RCE Global Recruitment Conference 2008 and W3recruitment

Tomorrow I will be live blogging from RCE Global Recruitment Conference
I am expecting a lot of international recruiters at this conference. Since I’ve seen many US Recruiters in Miami, I think tomorrow there will be lots of Recruiters from the other side of the world. Think I am gonna count nationalities again tomorrow.

Also I am very curious about their feelings around the global economic downturn, and what they think the 2009 Recruitment trends are going to be.

My top 3 Recruitment trends for 2009 are:

  • 1 Lot of movement on the Labourmarket
  • 2 Online presence
  • 3 No budget
  • Which will lead to better sourcing, quicker sourcing, cheaper sourcing.
    Which will give us more time and focus on selection
    Which will save us money right away and even more in the end

    Having said all this, be smart in spending your money on recruitment, but keep spending!