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Without influence you cannot effect change

Without influence you cannot effect change

I often hear comments such as, “In 10 years in recruitment no client has asked me which body I am a member of - or what qualifications I have”. If you think the last 10 years in recruitment are a blueprint for the next 10 – think again. Things are changing and recruiters must adapt to remain relevant, because there is no plan B. For the IOR it’s a simple argument, if you understand how to create a strategy to raise standards and be influential – you have the ability to effect change and support the industry.

To be clear, when I say & lsquo;influence’ - I refer to both sides of the coin - the client side within the hiring business and the recruitment sector. Being in both camps will help bridge the skills gap that will otherwise remain.

As a membership body in recruitment, if you are not operating within HR you have no more influence than your own members. For me, recruitment is a subset of the HR profession. So for the IOR to deliver real impact we had to create better recruiting qualifications and qualify HR Professionals also. The IOR is very much an outwards facing body, engaging with industry.

It may surprise you to know that the IOR will qualify around 1000 HR Assistants by the end of 2014 (with its Certificate in HR Practice) – all involved in aspects such as recruiting or supporting line managers. It is currently developing its Mid-level HR and HRD qualifications, all underpinned by British standards. In essence - we are creating your future clients.

The IOR’s HR qualifications teach HR Professionals:

The value of using recruiters on a retained basis, not contingency, in a mixed solution that can include direct hiring and internal recruiting teams.

Which skills they should look for in recruiting partners that will add real value to a retained relationship (Skills Listed Here)

How to build effective PSL's that are much smaller but create closer cooperative relationships.

To create a better unison within HR and recruitment there must be closer relationships and parity in knowledge and respect. We wanted offer a new perspective and to date we remain the only UK recruiting body delivering apprenticeships in recruitment (via our partnerships) and we will soon deliver HR apprenticeships also.

When I created the IOR I had one clear concept, to create a body that could deliver real impact and positive change. This would ensure we were on a course to Chartered status, something recruiters deserve which should have happened a long time ago.

by Azmat Mohammed - IOR Director General


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