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How about Sales and Marketing functions? How is this functional category evolving?
Good sales people are always in need, but very difficult to find. Many think they could improvise and become a good sales representative. But, this profession and “art” is not something one learns from one day to the next. “Either you have it in you or you don’t”. Therefore, there will always be a strong demand for Sales and commercially minded profiles at most levels. On the other hand, Marketing and Communication functions aren’t flourishing as some would hope. It may remain among the most attractive professions on the job market, there just aren’t many such openings in the Geneva Lake area, as much of the Marketing, especially for the Swiss market, is handled from Zurich.
Do you sense that clients put un-written emphasis on the age of the candidates they want to hire for positions ?
Everybody seems to only want a University graduate with 4-5 years of experience. And, we know, there are many more mid-level managers, with much more experience, available and willing to take these jobs, if given the chance.
Yes, this debate has been going on for the past couple of years. We need workers because of the upcoming retirement of baby-boomer generation. So, the situation will change. However, this reluctancy of past few years is still there. Basically, these candidates are perceived as expensive and less dynamic. But, it will change. On our side, we are not going to force the client, but will always propose the best candidates regardless of age.
There is a lot of recession talk now-a-days. Do you hear it as it pertains to the job market here?
Banking industry is definitely more careful these days. But, as I can sense it, not the other industries. We are, hopefully, more prepared than ever before. Last recession hit strongly on the moral of workers and the Economy as a whole, but as business and employment market evolve in this tougher world economy every year, both groups are probably getting more cautious and prepared for the next downturn. We can only hope to have learned enough from past experiences. But for ActiTalent, there’s a feeling that good sales people will always be needed; there will always be a demand for good accountants, and last but not least, as the International Trade industry has set its HQ in Geneva , the demand will probably only be growing in the coming years. If the hot commodities tomorrow are not “rice”, it will be “wheat”, if not “oil”, then “ethanol” and so forth. ActiTalent will be on their side to help them find the best talents and most appropriate future employees.
Thanks. In the end, let’s “connect” with you. We would like to know, who is the “person” behind the recruiter?
I would say I am Passionate in what I do, Dedicated, a strong Listener, with true interest in the Human Being, a business-minded Consultant and a motivating somewhat visionary team-leader with strong ethical values, hopefully contributing at my level to a better workplace in the future. My recruitment consultancy, obviously, reflects those values too. The bottom line being always that if you can have someone happy and in sync with their job, the probability that he/she is going to succeed and hence, be fulfilled personally, is obviously great.
Apart from its role of recruiting specialist, ActiTalent carries a strong humanist philosophy amongst its customers-candidates interactions.
Strong values are at the heart of its activities, setting a new trend in this field.
Aware that we evolve in a fast-paced, changing environment, and that roles are highly interchangeable, today’s employer may become tomorrow’s employee and vice-versa, priority is given to the needs of both customer and candidate. A careful listening is the key to a better mutual comprehension.
This philosophy is largely inspired by the General Manager and idea man Gustav Renlund, an engaged « world citizen » active in charity since years, and now dedicating a part of ActiTalent’s profits to the « Calcutta-Espoir Foundation» . Education being the key to human freedom and dignity, this Aigle-based foundation is building schools, offering the opportunity to Indian children to follow a regular scholarship, as well as balanced meals and medical care.
As a vice-president of the Swedish Club of Geneva, he acts as a privileged interlocutor when it comes to bridge his fellow citizens with local companies. His commitment to achieve better human understanding is not to demonstrate anymore.
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