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Opening Night Sets The Scene For Women in Recruitment

Opening Night Sets The Scene For Women in Recruitment

The evening showed there is an appetite for a regular forum writes Recruitment International’s Teri Etherington.

Last night RI held its first Women in Recruitment event which was hosted by Barclays in their atrium on the 30th floor overlooking Canary Wharf. The views were amazing and so were the women present. With owners, board members and those wanting to be board members it was a great start to what we hope will become a regular networking group of aspiring women in recruitment. I personally had some great conversations on a variety of subjects one of them being flexibility in the workplace. I did speak with quite a few mothers who juggle working full or part time and balancing that with children. Flexibility itself is something that we will see more and more due to the use of things like Social Media and smart phones we are connected to work 24/7 many of the women I spoke to checked their emails before bed and first thing in the morning. When board members and recruiters have this sort of access and we all speak to clients / candidates and answer those emails or phone calls when we are not & lsquo;supposed’ to be at work flexibility should be there, surely?

Saying that there didn’t seem to be a lot of flexibility already implemented, I would be really interested in hearing from anyone who has any level of flexibility in their current workplace.

The conversations I had were highly positive, I think everyone in the room felt empowered to achieve their goals (whatever they may be) and the idea now is to continue with the momentum and try to really drive some change. The tone for the evening was set by Farida Gibbs, from Gibbs S3 who challenged the audience on many levels. RI will be hosting another event as well as looking at a LinkedIn group and a mentoring program. Overall the goal is to ensure that the women out there who really have the desire to succeed in recruitment have all the tools available to do just that.

We welcome all thoughts and suggestions so if you have an ideas or you want to get involved in any way please get in touch.

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