In a speech at the World Economic Forum on the 21st January, the Young Global Leader Rajeeb Dey said:
“For every person hired, an average of 80 are rejected. The Head of Recruitment is actually the Head of Rejection. Every rejection chips away at a candidate’s confidence, leaving them downtrodden and often depressed - not the best attitude with which to approach the next interview. This vicious circle has to be broken.
What we need to develop is a process that removes the innate structure of rejection seen in traditional recruitment and gives every applicant powerful development opportunities, regardless of whether they get a job. I call it UnRecruitment; the removal of our current employment single-mindedness, in favour of exciting training possibilities for all.”
The UnRecruitment concept centres around the desire to put power back in the hands of those applying for positions; the idea that candidates should no longer feel like the only thing to be gained from job-seeking is the job itself.
“In between unemployment and employment there is a gap, and it’s one that should be filled with self-improvement, self-empowerment and genuine learning. Though only one person can get any given job, everyone applying for it should be able to benefit from the process.”
According to Dey, this concept of UnRecruitment comes from blurring the boundaries of recruitment and training - from schemes that give the tools for employment to young people, and from businesses who are willing to be more transparent, open and creative with the process of taking on new people. Rajeeb is currently trialling this model at Enternships with a number of selected employers, with training partners The Spring Project.
“Together, we can create systems of training, insight and feedback that ensure every candidate that applies for a position gains value from it, and that every employer has access to brilliant, ever-improving talent.”
Link to original source: http://blog.enternships.com/post/41194349703/davos-2013-young-global-leader-rajeeb-dey-its-time
About Rajeeb Dey
Award-winning entrepreneur and Young Global Leader, Rajeeb Dey, 27, founded Enternships.com in 2009 as a platform to connect young people to opportunities in startups and small businesses; an almost forgotten sector, particularly for graduates.
Launched in May 2009, the site has been featured on CNN, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Esquire Magazine, ABC News, Growing Business Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Business Week amongst other media channels, and has showcased over 4,000 start-ups and SME’s to an audience of over 40,000 graduates and students.
Rajeeb is also a co-founder of Start Up Britain; the national campaign to inspire, celebrate and accelerate entrepreneurship in Britain run by and for entrepreneurs and supported by HM Government. It was launched in March 2011 by PM David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne and Secretary of State Vince Cable and aims to help more people to start and grow a business in Britain.
He is currently a Trustee and Investment Committee member of UnLtd, and sits on the Education Advisory Board of Channel 4, providing input and insight into Channel 4’s programming and commissioning process.
Rajeeb is the youngest Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, amongst 2012 honourees (aged 26). The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of more than 700 exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future.
Founded by Rajeeb Dey, while he was president of Oxford Entrepreneurs (one of the largest networks of student entrepreneurs in Europe), Enternships.com formally launched in 2009 and is growing rapidly. They have been trusted by more than 4,000 companies in over 20 countries, including organisations like Groupon, PayPal, Yelp and Huddle; and celebrities like Martha Lane Fox of lastminute.com, as well as James Caan and Peter Jones from BBC’s Dragons’ Den.
About The Spring Project
The Spring Project was set up in January 2010 by the founders of Elemental Practice LLP. The intent was to use the same expertise that Elemental Practice uses when working with the Boards and senior leaders of FTSE 100 companies and make it available for free to people at time in their lives when they most needed it and might most benefit from it. The Spring Project was devised to deliver ‘Radical Employability’ training to transform the situations that young unemployed people find themselves in. Over 2,500 people have been through the Spring Project’s ‘Radical Employability’ training so far. The Spring Project has pioneered the idea of unRecruitment over the last 3 years.
For more information, or to get involved in unRecruitment, contact email@example.com
You can follow the rest of Rajeeb’s journey at Davos on Twitter, @rajdey
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