Making blogging 'live'... Guest blog #2... Collaboration time…

In the second guest blog from the ‘making blogs real’ event a few weeks ago I would like to introduce a discussion piece by Gemma Cuff.  Gemma is well known in the corporate recruiter world as a combination of wit, charm and fun balanced off with some excellent recruiting skills.

This is a discussion pieced so do post comments of get in touch directly with Gemma.

Collaboration time…

So as Recruiters, we know we should be engaging more with our Hiring Managers, but that got me thinking… Who else should we be working in collaboration with to make the hiring process slicker, easier, shorter and dare I say it, more enjoyable for everyone involved?

In my life, there are many fingers in the recruitment pie. We’ve got the obvious ones; HR Business Partners and Hiring Managers. But then there are also some of the Execs, Country Managers and Team Members, and we’re talking on an international scale, not just the UK and not just EMEA.

Do too many cooks spoil the broth or not? And how do I/we make this work (or at least aim to)?

For the purposes of this blog, let’s take a look at HR.

I have worked agency side where very often HR are the gatekeepers and the bane of your recruitment life. I have worked in companies where HR are people teams, barely if at all involved with acquiring talent. I’ve also worked for companies where HR are heavily involved in recruitment, from budgets, interviews, headcount and control.

I had a conversation with someone in an HR team once who said they knew how to recruit. And this is how they do it: Get a job spec, post it on the ATS, send to agencies, get the CVs and send to the Managers, take part in the interview process, make the offer via the agency.

Is this recruitment? If it is, I’m doing it wrong and for that I am grateful…

Traditional HR – I’ve done a little bit of that, back I the day, and as part of that role I did that kind of recruitment too. It’s what put me on the road I am currently driving along.

But is it recruitment?

Is it talent acquisition as we know it?

In a word; no. HR are experts.

They are the gurus of every single policy, they are the gatekeepers to so much company information, they are necessary and vital. But in my opinion, this doesn’t mean that they should recruit. Talent Acquisition professionals are gurus in just that; acquiring talent.

So that begs the questions. Is it HR versus Recruitment? Is Recruitment really HR? Is it a collaboration or a battle?

To get in touch with Gemma go to Twitter or Linkedin.


I have background in executive search and selection, headhunting and senior level recruitment combined with people and business management experiences. My focus has always been on the IT services, technology and management consultancy sectors on a permanent and interim basis where I have developed a personal portfolio that covers areas such as EVP, social recruitment and the successful creation of talent pools as well the management and leadership of corporate talent acquisition teams.

I am an avid blogger, writer, public speaker and traveller of trains across the UK.

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