My name is Rachel Kemp. I’m a Recruiter. And I am going to blog….



I was always one of those people who swore I would never get on “that Twitter thing”.  I always wondered how on earth could I tell someone something or get my point across in only 140 characters?! And who on Earth would want to follow me (apart from those cat ladies – you know who you all are).  Me joining Twitter was a combination of peer pressure and the realisation that social sourcing wasn’t just a short term fad – and if I didn’t join I would be missing out on something very powerful (and possibly a few placements too).

It was in my time in agency land when the fabulous Kirsti Grant came to our offices to discuss social sourcing.  I was new to recruitment, brand new actually. From a background in sales and key account management here I was bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to take on the world of agency recruitment (ohhhhh…. if only I’d known).

Kirsti talked me and the team through all the different social networks, how they worked, best strategies etc.  Once she had gone through them all I thought to myself – how on earth am I going to get any work done if I’m always on social media?!  I joined Twitter begrudgingly and got tweeting, to what felt like no one. It wasn’t until I made my first Twitter placement a few weeks later that I realised just how cool this thing was.  I was making money from spending time online flicking around cat pictures, interesting articles and generally chatting with a huge range of diverse people.

Since those first days and weeks I’ve gone from not knowing the difference between a tweet and a twit (there is a difference – but you will find a few twits on Twitter) to today where if I I’ve missed out on something it’s normally as I haven’t been on Twitter for a while!

I’ve sat back and watched the HR community on Twitter in New Zealand and abroad go from strength to strength in the last 12-18 months (and possibly before – I just wasn’t around to see it!).  Some people in NZ have really championed this growth and I applaud them – the time and effort that they put into growing this community is amazing. 

So, I feel like I’m ready to take on the next step.  I’m going to join the world of blogging. While I feel again like the girl not really knowing what this is for and how to really go about it – I’m ready to take the challenge, go to the next step and blog. Phew.

My name is Rachel Kemp.  I’m a Senior Recruitment Specialist for a very fast growing business in NZ and I am going to blog. 

**Views are mine, not those of my employer. 




12 thoughts on “My name is Rachel Kemp. I’m a Recruiter. And I am going to blog….

  1. Hi Rachel I Noticed your testimonial on and you are listed as a recruiter recommending the software which seems strange as although workable looks suitable for A Hr Manager with only a few roles and candidates almost all recruitment consultants would use a database recruitment software to like Bond adapt, voyage, or influence (necessary for cv searching mass emailing texting interview arrangement workflow, alarms and much more and a multiposting software such as broadbean or logic melon both of which have over 500 job boards to workable’s 12
    Patrick Dickson
    Operations Director Staff 2000

    • Hi Patrick – I am on the workable site. Have you tried the software? It is phenomenal. We are currently reviewing our ATS system in my company. We don’t use workable currently, and my tweet that they have captured on their website doesn’t allude to the fact I do. I also don’t believe in posting to 500 job boards – I have far better things to do than to decline 1000 applications per week. I’d rather use referrals, my networks and job boards only when I need to for volume – and Seek and TradeMe are our biggest ones here in NZ. Watch this space, I might just set the Workable world on fire for bulk recruiting some day…..

  2. Hi Rachel thanks for reading my comment I only mentioned it as workable is attempting to sell its services to recruitment agencies and you are listed on their referrals as a recruiter
    leading people to believe that recruitment agencies use the service while the service seems suitable for a HR manager or internal talent acquisition specialist that does not have a need for a database and wants very simple user friendly website all the agencies I know have and need a database
    additionally as you mentioned “Seek and Trade Me are New Zealands biggest job boards” they are not listed and usable with Workable however they are with Broadbean meaning that It is easier for me to manager my advertising and applicant tracking on the biggest job boards in new zealand with a Uk Based website ( 1 click advertising and reposting etc) we don t advertise any one job on 500 job boards but having the option of using the best job board for your advert I would be very interested to know if you are you currently using Workable and How many vacancies on average that you recruit for

    • Hi Patrick. I am not currently using Workable – although I wish I was. I am an internal recruiter and do bulk advisor level recruitment as well as senior BAU roles. On average a month it’s over 40 roles. Get a demo from Workable will be the best way to see if it’s going to work for you 🙂

  3. that is an impressive amount of job roles but at that amount you would need their enterprise package at $399 that is around £250 PCM
    I Understand a Lot of technology and Software companies charge more in New Zealand
    however here in the uk
    i Can get the no1 job board with access to a database of 7 million cv’s and 20 job postings on their sit that has 4 million hits per month £160 PCM
    multiposting site £41 pcm
    website hosting £10 pcm
    own database/ Recruitment Software support for 10 users £100 PCM

    obviously there are upfront costs
    Recruitment software initial Setup £2500
    website design and setup £1200
    but those costs definitely seem good value after a couple of years

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