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REC takes helm with new surveys to steer recruiters through economic storm

With the current recession now taking its toll across all the sectors of the UKs economy including the recruitment industry, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is giving recruiters some expert guidance and advice on how to keep a step ahead.

This is through the launch today (Tuesday February 24) of two new research surveys, Riding The Recession and 7 Secrets of Successful Recruiters which have been produced by the RECs Industry Research Unit.

Both reports give a wealth of practical advice - based on the experiences of professional recruiters some of whom have already been through up to three previous recessions and the industrys high achievers whose abilities and success are based on their diverse business skills.

Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive, commented: We have a fantastic knowledge bank of dedicated professionals within our membership whose expertise and wisdom will be invaluable to those who are going through a recession for the first time.

For many recruiters, the next year or so looks increasingly daunting and challenging, but it does not have to be that way. Using the guides and some of the suggestions they contain will give recruitment agencies and professionals working in them the confidence, wisdom and - ultimately, business edge - to move forward and plan accordingly to counteract the worst of the current downturn.

Riding The Recession for recruitment agencies is full of useful information and suggestions of ways in which they can weather the worst of the recession through adapting their business practices in areas such as strategy, people, finance and sales.

Supporting statistics give a comprehensive background into which sectors are growing despite the downturn and those where the recession is beginning to bite.

It also looks at how the current economic climate will affect behaviours in both clients and candidates and how recruiters should prepare themselves to deal with these changes.

It also highlights through its contributors the lessons to be learned from recession such as benefiting from client loyalty, working hard to build the business and growing in a new market, making an acquisition or being decisive with people.

Successful consultants will be those with the ability to understand and respond to clients and negotiate with them so that costs of service are balanced by revenues, the report states.

Seven Secrets of Successful Recruiters not only gives practical tips based on the achievements of top consultants, but it also offers recruitment managers a guide to identifying and developing their top talent.

Roger Tweedy, the RECs Director of Research said: This is very much a self-help guide to support ambitious recruiters to fulfil their career aspirations. Because of the demands of the modern day recruitment industry, those who want to aspire need to be confident, driven and above-all well-rounded individuals with an impressive range of people and business-related skills.

The themes of the report are constant with much of the other work it is undertaking for the benefit of its members including championing recruitment as an increasingly professional and desirable career. It also supports much of the work being carried out in its newly established Academy for Business which encompasses its extensive qualifications and training programme, and also the RECs Business and Start-Up Services.

For copies of both reports, visit the REC website, http://www.rec.uk.com/about-recruitment/research/bookshop.

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