Latest news

When you network, do you net work?

October 16, 2014 3:02 pm

For many people networking is a daunting, and somewhat misunderstood concept. Often people have the best intentions in wanting to network, and will take the leap to actually attend a networking function yet they then speak largely to those people at the event that they already know, such as their colleagues and acquaintances! For a great deal of people out there the innate fear of standing alone, in a room of strangers, leaves them frantically surveying the crowd on arrival for a familiar face, then hunting them down like a truffle pig who just picked up the scent of their...

10 Things I Live by as a Recruiter today

September 30, 2014 3:35 pm

I realised the other day I have been a Recruiter for 23 years. It was supposed to be a 6 month stint, just something I’d do for a break from hospitality management… and more than two decades later (that makes me feel old!) I’m still recruiting. But I wouldn’t change a thing! Although I could write a book about the things that have happened both to me and across the recruitment industry in that time, I find the most valuable thing I can do to help other upcoming Recruiters is provide them with insight and advice – try and short...

Clicking away relationships – what defines candidate ownership?

September 1, 2014 1:12 pm

“Video killed the radio star…” will Social Media in turn kill your Recruiting star? With the continuing uptake of sites such as LinkedIn in an ever more connected market, is it still possible to manage a candidate’s career from “cradle to the grave” as we used to say? Like many recruiters out there, I have at times been left scratching my head when navigating the often treacherous path that is representing candidates in the digital age. You may have invested a great deal of time and energy in presenting a candidate to a client, only to hear “But Lisa, I’m...

“Your message will be converted to text”

June 19, 2013 9:10 am

I shiver when I hear this voice message when I’m trying to contact a recruiter.  So I am ringing a recruiter and get this message, what I want to say is “Hi, it’s Lisa Norris from Norris & Partners.  It’s great to be in contact with you again.  We have an exciting opportunity to manage a sales and marketing team for a national specialist and I remember when we last met you highlighted this would be your next career step.  I’m really keen to tell you more about this opportunity so please call me on ….”  In the message I...

It’s all about the next 5 years!

May 27, 2013 7:00 am

They say 30% of small businesses fail in their first year of inception and this figure goes to 50% by year three.  In recruitment I’ve read it’s one in four in their first twelve months, and up to 80% in their first three years if the owner expected a return!  Well in 2009, just over a year into opening Norris & Partners, I gave myself 4 days to get money in the door or it was going to shut behind us! So now I can happily say we’ve not only survived our first five years, but we’re rebranding and are...