Why O R?
I’m on record repeatedly as saying that the recruitment industry needs to up their game….and it seems I’m not alone.
Or am I?
So there has been a lot of talk….talked….about the IoR….otherwise known as the Institute of Recruiters….a yet to be launched saviour to the image of recruiters, taking them away from the “estate agent in the 80s” image. Or is it…..?
Now before I go any further, there is a caveat here, I’m working on a lot of third hand information, but I have no reason to question the accuracy of the sources. And that aside, we live in a democracy where people are legitimately allowed to raise questions and furthermore….when did I start giving a fuck?
So as I see it, these two dudes Dave Barber and Azmat Mohammed have decided that there is a need for some sort of standard setting in the industry. And they are probably not wrong. Are these the guys to do it? Well, I’ll leave you to make your own minds up on that one.
Dave Barber is shown on Linked-in as being the owner of a company called The Recruitment Guru which he describes as “the best business decision I have made”. A quick shufti at the website shows that there are indeed some vacancies with the self-styled guru of recruitment. Azmat Mohammed is a “Multi Award Winning CEO | Business & Technology Visionary”. A quick squiz at Companies House and a search of his Company name “ID Interactive”, however, shows that the company is currently subject to a proposal to “strike off” apparently following a failure to submit either accounts or a return since July 2009.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean anything does it? No….not in this day and age at all…but it does raise questions and it raises doubts. And when these are compounded by what appears to be an evasive approach to communications, then in my opinion, they are going to have an uphill struggle.
Take the communication that was received by Katie McNab when she raised the question on their registration. Katie’s question was fair. The response was fair. But it left me with more questions than answers. Why would two people living in Britain, using an org.uk website address, then go and register their business in the US? And why then would you state, ” the IOR wanted to be seen primarily as a professional body that has an international audience” but on your website profess to be “a professional body for recruiters in the UK”?
It is just all a little bit confusing……
In fact the whole thing is a little confused, apparently they are talking about working with Harvard University on an entrance exam. Well, Universities are commercial organisations that will go where they think there is a buck to be made, but if you were a premium brand University, would you take a punt on an organisation with no track record, no discernible presence (as yet) and no membership base?
I’m not convinced……..
Then there is this claim about a technical offering that is “probably the most radical the industry will ever see. It will make businesses more profitable and cut thousands off costs”. OK…..so I have a technological solution that is really game changing….that will cut thousands of pounds off costs….how am I going to bring this to market? Am I going direct to businesses or am I going to incorporate it in an Institution membership structure?
And I have to say my heart sinks…..
Suddenly, I find myself sitting on a cheap MFI sofa…..the Iron Lady is in number 10, Frankie Goes to Hollywood are number one….and this guy in loafers is talking to me about this bijou property with amazing potential and some original features…there is the smell of Brut in the air…
Time to get in my Cortina and head out for a pint of Hoffmeister….
Personally, I’d rather follow the bear……
UPDATE: So as Russell pointed out below, he raised this post on the IoR LinkedIn discussion board. And as Matt has pointed out, there is a reply of sorts on there, although Matt’s comment doesn’t seem to have been moderated yet. For those of you without access to the Group, here is a screen shot.