As most recruiters in New Zealand with the slightest touch of a finger on the pulse know by now, the much vaunted ASB talent acquisition team is being deconstructed into its’ component parts and decentralised into the business. Not axed, or disbanded, or removed in its entirety as the good old recruitment rumour mill started reporting of late. Just decentralised, as is the wont of corporates from time to time.
This has had an impact close to home, with my own wife being a part of that team, but the most talked about impact has been that on the position of the team’s highly-regarded leader, Matt Pontin. As one of New Zealand’s most active recruitment innovators, Matt has always striven hard to push at the boundaries of the bland, the normal and the prescribed in recruitment process. So it’s a shame that, with many of his ideas in this area remaining unfulfilled, he has become collateral damage in the shaping of the new model at ASB, and now has the shoe well and truly on the other foot, as a job seeker.
However, in a brave move that is a classic case of putting your money where your mouth is, Matt has taken to social media in a bid to secure his next work gig. Good on you Matt. It’s one thing to talk the talk around social recruiting, but another thing entirely to stake your reputation on the phenomenon that you’ve hung your hat on.
So, we now have here in New Zealand our very own social recruiting experiment, and one that many in the global recruitment community will no doubt be watching very closely. Already the #hiremattpontin campaign has gained significant traction on Twitter:
You can even jump on TradeMe where Matt has listed himself under “Other Services” and describes himself as “...a Talent Acquisition and Talent management professional who loves to shake things up and do it a bit differently.”
You can say that again.
So, what do you reckon will be the outcome of all this? It will interesting to see what method does, as will surely happen, eventuate in Matt landing his next role. Maybe a recruitment agency will come across all of this, have the perfect role for him, get his CV and secure him a job. Or maybe Matt will prove once and for all that we are now in a brave new world of recruitment where the rules have changed, and the best recruiters truly are those that can master the complexities of social recruiting.
Once again, good on you Matt. Brave move on your part, and now we in #NZRec can sit back and enjoy front row seats to see if this really does work. I bet it does. How about you?
Update: Matt apparently has secured five interviews in 24 hours since launching all of this…