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The Recruiters’ Village in Bordeaux, the job at the rendezvous!

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[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]On June 7th and 9th, the capitals stood in Pey Berland Square to host the second Bordeaux edition of the Recruiters’ Village.

Increasingly recognized, this event, initially organized in 2015 on the Lyon scene in Villeurbanne, aims to bring together companies, job seekers, training centres and employment agencies in the same place over a limited time in order to create meetings and exchanges.

In three years, the concept of the Recruiters’ Village seems to have made a place for itself in all its host cities as it attracts more and more people.

This second edition in Bordeaux has not escaped the rule. The agency Aglae, organizer and initiator of the event, planned to receive between 3000 and 4000 visitors. The first figures reveal the success of this day since the capitals would have welcomed nearly 3700 job seekers, according to Antoine Tallis, head of the agency. This is despite fewer companies and organisations than expected (46 occupied spaces compared to 60 expected). 1300 positions were to be filled but it is still too early to know whether the targets of 400 recruitments will be met and therefore whether the profiles received on the event corresponded to the proposed job offers.

In order to optimize the meeting between supply and demand, the Recruiters Village could count on its partnership with Pôle Emploi. Thus, the latter was in charge of cross-referenced available positions with the profiles of job seekers in order to target the most relevant audience. Antoine Tallis sees this as part of the explanation for such good results.

Coupled with important online communication, especially on the social network Facebook, the event was able to reach a wide range of job seekers, including young people looking for internships or alternations and therefore generally absent from the lists of jobcentre.

In addition, 7,000 copies of “The Recruiters’ Gazette”, a newspaper designed for the occasion, were also printed and distributed throughout the week of the event.

To contribute to the dynamics of the Village on D-Day, an interview tray has been set up. It has enabled the production of some thirty videos on as many companies present. These include Citya (real estate), Supplay (interim) and Veolia. While visibility and interactivity could have been greater with the use of live on Facebook – accessible to the general public for almost a year and widely democratized in recent months – Aglae preferred to play the card of safety and professionalism by ensuring that the quality of images and sound were mastered.

Satisfaction questionnaires have not yet circulated but Bordeaux Business has collected opinions for you from both recruiters and job seekers in order to draw a first portrait of the reception of this event.

Among recruiters, opinions agree that the day was a success. Few expected to see so much crowding and most said they were pleasantly surprised by the great diversity and richness of the profiles they encountered.

Jonathan Arnaudeau, head of recruitment at Brunet in Mérignac (BTP, Electrical and Thermal Engineering) noted a predominance of commercial profiles among the candidates to run. He admits that he had encountered many interesting profiles but, given the still modest size of his structure, many did not meet his immediate needs. As for the trainees and alternates, if the requests were not already waiting, Brunet is now certain to have found shoe at his foot. With such great encounters, Jonathan Arnaudeau is already thinking about coming back next year.

For his part, Alexandre Tourret, manager of Tout à Dom services (home help on Bordeaux) tells us that he met many beautiful profiles to follow and did not “feel like he had wasted his time”. Enthusiasm that he nevertheless nuanced by noting a weakness in communication on the profiles sought and positions to be filled since he says he had few candidates in line with his needs. According to his first impressions, less than one in three CVs was relevant. He also talks about a particularly high “cost per contact”, an investment that he is not sure he can repeat in the next edition.

Gregory Makiela, of recruitment firm Nextgen HR had come up with numerous job offers for any type of level (from employee to senior manager). He leaves with more than 300 CVs and some very good candidates. At the end of the day, he noticed with surprise a large majority of quadra and fifty-year-olds in professional retraining and looking for a new career. He admits to being rather perplexed as to the typology of the companies present. While the economic fabric of Bordeaux is rich in SMEs, he would have liked to have this category of business being a little more represented on the Village. On the contrary, temporary agencies and institutions occupied a lot of booths, as did multinationals.

Among these agencies, Proman also shared his very positive experience with us. Angeline Escure, Employment training mission officer tells us that he has exchanged with many candidates and gets to know many profiles in line with the positions offered, most in logistics but also, to a lesser extent, in the tertiary sector. She found the event relevant and already appreciates good spin-offs regarding the brand’s reputation and image. The format, allowing a direct meeting, was even conducive to junior and student profiles because the exchanges engaged gave the opportunity to eliminate the potential defects of their CVs. In return for this large number of requests, Proman had to leave his place on the video interview set!

On the job seekers’ side, the returns are a little more nuanced, in view of the world present on the spot.

While for Elodie, 34, looking for a position as a communication assistant, the layout of the stands was rather well thought out and encouraged a certain intimacy and exchanges with recruiters, she would have appreciated a better visibility of the positions to be filled and the companies to contact, on the website part in particular. In general, job applicants note the presence of a wide range of sectors but note the predominance of technical or low-degree positions.

However, it is also regrettable that some companies are positioned in the face of candidates, since some of them could not be represented by an HR Manager and therefore did not know all the positions available within their company. Others were trying to redirect qualified candidates on temporary assignments and positions unsuited to their situation. However, these direct exchanges have allowed some companies to focus on the personality of the candidates met, beyond the qualification of the CV, bouncing on a profile and valuing the know-how.

Jean-François Adrien, partner in the launch of a timeshare CFObusiness, made the trip with the aim of publicizing his solution but also seizing possible opportunities. He said he was pleasantly surprised by the welcome and availability of the people he met, as well as the kindness and advice he received from some of them.

Listening to his feedback, both professionals and candidates would like to see the panel of companies present extended to most sectors of activity in the next edition. Gregory Makiela, founder of the recruitment firm Nextgen HR, said he found the large number of low-skilled job offers damaging, while such an event, because of its notoriety, could afford to value executive positions, diplomas and experience, at the heart of a more than dynamic Bordeaux economy! To meditate for the 3rd edition!

 

Candice Cibois – Bordeaux Business

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