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Leolingham2000
Management Consultant
Kumar_abhijit
Recruitment

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Hello everyone
I am Kumar Abhijit and i must appreciate the site for the information and the useful resources it provides to its members.
With due respect to everyone in the recruitment industry, i would like to know that with recruitment consultanices (read small) growing like wild fire is it worth while to enter in such a domain.
and if one does so, what lies ahead of him.
Also clarify one more thing that on going through job portals one find requirements for Recruitment executive whose educational qualifications are mentioned as follows
"graduate/any graduate/MBA"
What exactly are they looking for and whether do they actually ned MBA's
Your help/advice will be highly appreciated
KUMAR ABHIJIT :D

RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT

YOUR QUESTION NUMBER ONE

You should expect this trend in all countries , where there

is a free market and growth opportunities.

-some are real consultants, offering varied services.

-some are just consultants, looking for investment opportunities.

-some are just in niche markets

-large chunk are ''fly by night'' operators.

In INDIA, with the economy on the growth trend and the reforms

are pushing business growth, which requires substantial

human resources. HENCE the demand for recruitment consultants.

ALSO the trend towards outsourcing is creating the demand

for more consultants.

The growth rate in consultants will not be maintained for long.

After 4/5 years, the only ones that will survive are

-large ones who are offer quality / varied services, with solid

customer service

-boutique consultants, who offer niche market, with specialized

-some few will survive , with lots of luck and not merit.

HERE , YOU HAVE A CHOICE,

-join the "fly by night " operators who offer hefty pay/

commission and make quick/ big bucks and no career

because your role is more of a salesperson than

a real HR career person.

HERE if you slow down or not perform to the target,

you could be out of the door, even if you have

a MBA.

or

-join established large consultants on a lower salary

and lay a foundation for a future solid career.

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YOUR QUESTION NUMBER TWO

MBA is not a must for this career.

BUT MBA helps you in a number of ways

-makes your entry into jobs easier.

-better understanding of the business

-better appreciation of the business process

-effective understanding of customer business

-good understanding of customer needs

-provide better HR services / customer satisfaction

etc etc etc

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YOUR QUESTION NUMBER THREE

WHAT DO THEY EXACTLY LOOK FOR

IN MBA, they are seeking

-a person who can put their consulting service in the forefront

-a person who can create a good first impression with the prospect

-a person who can convert a prospect into a customer

-a person who can create /develop/maintain customer relationship

-a person who can convert the customer relationship into cash

-a person who can develop a business to business relationship

-a person who can understand the customer business needs

-a person who can provide customers- advice on HR MATTERS

-a person who can DEAL with customers' senior management

-a person who can make effective presentaation to customer management

-a person who can create excellent proposals

-a person who has leadership qualities

etc etc etc.

regards

LEO LINGHAM

Hi,
this was really informative,but just like someone to help how can a small consultant grow and basically how do we hire people as recruiters for our consultancy :roll: as i work with a consultancy which is at start up stage and need tro hire team members pls help.Also any one interested can mail cv's to .Salary will be between 8k-25k per month depending on the experience of the candidate.
regards,
vividha.

vividha,

Thanks for the opportunity of writing this to you.

I AM GOING TO HIGHLIGHT TWO POINTS IN THIS MARKETING.

1.RECRUITMENT SELLING .

2.BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OF RECRUITMENT SERVICE.

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1.RECRUITMENT SELLING.

THERE ARE TWO ASPECTS IN THIS --RECRUITMENT SELLING.

a] SELLING PART

which includes 1]creating awareness 2]identifying needs 3]presentation 4]selling benefits

and 5] closing the sale deal.

b] RECRUITMENT / SELECTION

which is the actual recruitment / selection of the short list.

IN THIS GAME, NO ONE PERSON HAS THE

COMPETENCIES OF BOTH ASPECTS. THE INDIVIDUALS

TEND TO LEAN ONE OR OTHER.

HENCE MY SUGGESTION IS

-have four front end salesperson [give them any title as you like]

THEIR PRIME TASK IS TO CREATE RED HOT PROSPECTS/ LEADS.

These salespeople should contact at least 5-8 prospects everyday.

[THESE SALES PEOPLE SHOULD BE PUT ON

-reasonable salary

-incremental incentive on the number of prospects/ hotleads produced

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-have two recruitment specialists, who will handle the red hot leads

and conduct the business with the clients.

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THIS IS MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

OF RECRUITMENT/SELECTION.

RECRUITMENT / SELECTION SERVICES MARKETING

Recruitment / Selection marketing is a service and hene the concept of service

Marketing comes into play.

In service marketing concept,

You [personality ] and your company [image ] plays a significant part in the

Marketing of your services.

This means , you have to package your service as a champion package

-UNIQUE / different from others

-EXPERT / result oriented

-PROFESSIONAL / practical and competent

-SMART / useful and timely

-CUSTOMISED / tailored services.

Seven Steps

New business marketing , the following is a seven step process that you can use to develop new business and new sales for your service.

The Seven Steps to New Business Development

1. Opportunity Identification

2. Opportunity Preparation

3. Organizational Marketing

4. Sales Marketing

5. Prospecting

6. Personal Selling

7.ServiceforResellingThe Seven Steps to New Business Development

The following are some checklist ideas for you to consider for accomplishing each of the seven steps. The list is comprehensive, but incomplete. Each situation requires its own thinking, planning, and action.

I. Opportunity Identification

‑ Identify all segments that you serve (such as geography, markets segments , industry segments]

Identify all segments you don't serve, or don't serve well, that it is logical that you could serve.

Look at the customers, segments, services and determine what opportunities that presents.



Ask customers what they want and need (either in person, by phone, by survey, by focus group, or other methods).

‑ In addition, look for opportunities customers (or especially your

major customer contacts) may not think of or even know about you / your organization.

Look at your company's existing services, for what could be exploited or sold better.

Look at your company's special strengths.

Look at your own personal strengths.

Look for a few opportunities to concentrate on that have a high potential for large results.

2. Opportunity Preparation

Learn customer needs and technologies related to the opportunity, service, you have identified or focused on.

Learn technologies related to effectively selling and delivering the service, product, to the customer.

Like online servicing etc.

Prepare sales literature.[ QUALITY BROCHURE as well as WEBSITE ]

Prepare presentation materials and literature. [ MULTI MEDIA ]

Look for added value, which you or your company might add or increase, to improve on the service or make it more valuable or easier to use.



3. Organizational Marketing

The purpose of marketing is to get customers to contact you asking about your new service or to get them to feel favorably toward your organization and your new service so that when you contact them they are receptive.

Obtain reference letters .

Start by focusing on the segments with the greatest opportunities, that is, unless you determine that you first need to focus into smaller segments. This would be either because you need to learn more, or because you don't have the resources to support the larger opportunity segment.

After selecting segments for emphasis, prepare for advertising, direct mail, telemarketing, publicity, and other organizational communications as appropriate to support the new service or opportunity.

Select the most effective marketing communications approach (such as direct mail supported by follow‑up telemarketing), implement it, and support it effectively (in other words, if you get good leads, make sure you follow them up).

Develop relationships with industry and market "influencers" (such as experts, magazine editors, association executives, or people of renown in leading customer companies).

Take action to strengthen bonds with existing customers and obtain positive publicity from that relationship, such as publishing an article about how your service helped the customer, while at the same time making the customer look wise and smart.

4. Sales Marketing

The purpose of Sales marketing is to get prospects or customers to contact you personally, asking about the service, or to get them to favorably toward either you personally or your new service ,, so when you contact them they are receptive.

Select market segments / customer segments , on which to focus your efforts. They might be selected because they have large s profit potential, because they should be easy to sell to, because should be easy to partner with and learn from .

Network with customers and influencers. join customer industry associations (regionally and/or nationally). Become active in associations. Become a resource to associations and to target markets / industries.

Look for additional ways to leverage your selling

-such as giving presentations at association or customer company meetings or developing educational seminars.

Devise and implement a strategy to develop friendly business relationships with influencers and customers. This is so they are more inclined to give you business, time, and information, and to give you referrals and names of potential prospects both in their organizations and elsewhere.

Devise and implement a strategy to market yourself to potential prospect‑generators and referral‑providers, as a person and a company highly worthy of receiving referrals, so they are more likely to refer prospects to you .



5.Prospecting

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After identifying segments and prospect types on which to focus, look for and find lists Of matching Potential prospects, (companies, business units, or people) ‑ There are many sources of such lists both free and available for a charge: the list of largest companies in a number of categories‑available in local business newspapers, Dun & Bradstreet and other financial (and information company) lists of businesses and employers, the computerized D&B list, Corporate 1000 Directory (including names, addresses and phone numbers of key persons and divisions), association directories and lists, purchased mailing lists (by SIC code, location, job function, and business area), the Yellow Pages, and others.

Attempt to devise a strategy that identifies decision makers in these market segments.

Devise and implement a strategy to market yourself to potential prospect­generators and referral‑providers as a person and company highly worthy of receiving referrals, so they are more likely to refer prospects to you.

6. Personal Selling

Make an appointment with the prospect by making a "selling" phone contact, perhaps following an introductory letter. Make the letter short and powerful. Refuse to sell or give your specific "ideas" on the phone.

Even better, make an appointment by following up on a referral.

Carefully develop a short, powerful justification statement as to why it is extraordinarily important to the prospect that he or she spends a few face‑to­face minutes with you. A potential statement might be something like, "I have some ideas that have been of major benefit to a number of organizations like yours. I need just a few minutes to share them with you. Then you can determine if they might be applicable to your situation. It'll be entirely up to you. Is that fair?" (After getting a positive response, ‑ask for the appointment and set a specific appointment time and place. The more specific you can be in giving your justification, without giving away your "ideas," the more effective you will be.)

Gather as much appropriate information on the prospect as possible before you make the sales call. This impresses the prospect favorably, helps you to plan and carry out the sales call more effectively, and reduces the number of less important questions you need to ask. Thus, you are able to get to the point quicker.

One of the biggest mistakes in selling, and one that is made frequently, is to begin the presentation before the prospect realizes that he might have a significant problem or need, and before he is "interested" in a potential solution.

For more complex sales, make calls on, develop relationships with, sell to, and keep informed all decision makers and decision influencers.

7. Servicing for Reselling

Follow up after the sale to make sure that what was sold was dehvered properly and promptly.

Develop relationships with key customer contacts so they want to continue to do business with you, readily share information with you, recommend you, and give you many results‑generating business referrals.

Take action to strengthen bonds with customers and obtain positive publicity from that relationship, such as publishing an article about how your service helped the customer, while at the same time making the customer look wise and smart.

After providing service of great value, and after establishing a friendly, respectful, trusting relationship with as many key customer contacts as possible, then proactively (creatively and in most cases subtly) solicit numerous and powerful testimonials and referrals.

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OTHER USEFUL PROMOTION IDEAS.

I have used these concepts to create more visibility / greater awareness

Which produced more business leads.

1.Conduct open seminar for line managers/ general managers about

your services [ combine with another HR services like training etc]

2.Organize a morning breakfast session [ 7.30 to 8.30] for

HR managers / other about your services.

[ 30 minutes presentation and 30 minutes of Q&As. ]

3.Write free articles in customers/ other companies newsletters

on your services.

4.Write articles in business publications.

5.Join industry association and seek position.

6.Offer value added services like job analyes, writing job descriptions,

job specifications, writing job ads, etc.

7. Seek an opportunity in TV programs on CAREER SEGMENTS.

8. Add more services , which are close to your CORE SERVICE

- career counseling, career planning, etc.

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What Attracts Everyone [SERVICE MARKETING ]

Customers like to do business with people and companies they like, respect, and trust. It even helps if they admire you or feel obligated to or dependent on you. The following are some ways to earn these.

1 . They like you (because):

‑You are friendly

‑You care and have concern for them.

‑You make them feel important or good about themselves.

‑They feel comfortable with you

‑You bring them personal benefits

‑You participate with them in joint social activities

‑You bring them joy (for example, successful experiences).

‑You really listen to them.

‑You genuinely like them.

‑You respect them.

‑You appreciate them.

‑You understand them (demonstrating your empathy, and causing you to act appropriately toward them).

2. They respect you (because)

‑You know your business. ‑You know their business. ‑Others have recommended you. ‑You manage your time well. ‑ You don't waste their time. ‑You solve problems for them. ‑You bring them important added value.

3. They trust you (because): ‑You are honest. ‑You are dependable. ‑Your products/ services work. ‑You eliminate problems for them.

4. They admire you (because): ‑You are of high character. ‑You have high accomplishments. ‑You have a high reputation. ‑You have great knowledge. ‑You are dedicated to something important.

5. They feel obligated to you (because): ‑You have done them a great service. ‑You are holding a potential embarrassment in confidence. ‑You have invested much time and effort on their behalf. ‑You have done something for a friend of theirs. ‑They have made a commitment to you. ‑They have spoken highly of you to others. ‑You have kept a difficult‑to‑keep, promise.

6. They feel dependent on you (because): ‑They see you as a valuable consultant. ‑You have knowledge or expertise they consider to be valuable. ‑You have helped them establish a process you are needed to maintain. ‑You provide them valuable emotional support. ‑You provide them valuable political support.

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REGARDS

LEO LINGHAM

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