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If I receive another irrelevant CV again……….

October 30, 2012
Fill more client vacancies in less time! from Munir Mamujee
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Dear Hiring Manager. If you are fed up going through CVs, why not give us a call…..

October 30, 2012
Online Recruitment Advertising Solutions from m2r from Munir Mamujee

A week in Bahrain – 18th October to 26th October 2010

November 20, 2010

Well, it’s that time again. As you know, I visit Bahrain three times every year to meet new and current clients and gather information on their current jobs in Bahrain and forthcoming vacancies. With our new and innovative low cost recruitment service, this trip was always going to be a bit special. I was not mistaken.

Monday 18th October

Following a BA flight from Manchester via Heathrow, I landed in Bahrain and into heat, humidity and solace. For the first time in my life, my case was the first onto the carousel and therefore I was the first out into Bahrain. After purchasing 8BHD worth of Zain credit I was hoping Martin, my driver, was waiting to meet me. Unfortunately he got his times wrong so I had a wait. Firstly outside but after the humidity began to hit (after 5 minutes) I belonged to the God of aircon. It was great to see Martin, not only because I was tired but because he is a great guy and really looks after me.

I arrived at my hotel, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain and after a speedy check in, I was in my apartment. My home for the week. It may cost a bit more but for ease, hospitality and comfort, I would not stay anywhere else. Oh yes, they are also a client and reciprocal business is never a bad thing.

A pint in Sherlocks and then bed.

Tuesday 19th October

2 meetings today followed by the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) networking lunch. I attend every time I am in Bahrain, it is nice to walk into a venue and be recognised and welcomed. As well as meeting regular faces, I always come away with new contacts which (I hope) will turn into clients. It was mentioned again about honorary membership, I hope this becomes a reality.

The previous meetings were in Manama with one of the major hotel groups and then down to the circuit where I have just placed their new Commercial Director. The hotel is undergoing a major refurb and it was fascinating to see the work and I look forward to see the end result. Bahrain International Circuit, the home of the Bahrain F1 grand prix, is always a pleasure to visit. Being a fan, meetings in Sakhir tower always fill me with pride and I can’t wait for the race in March as I have been given tickets to attend. I feel very proud to receive these and a testament to my hard work. The meeting went well, agreed a new contract and presented a gift to the HR Director as a token of my esteem. I was then provided with transport back into town which I was extremely grateful for.

After the BBBF lunch, I has sufficient time to catch up with events in the UK office before attending ‘Gulf Night Out’ at the Gulf Hotel. I was the guest of the GM and also GM of Gulf Brands International, I was not prepared for the sight in the hotel garden, over 400 people enjoying the fantastic food serves by each of the hotel’s many restaurants and some light hearted entertainment. To round off my first full day, eating excellent food in excellent company, outside in a t-shirt (bear in mind October in the UK is not particularly warm!!) was a delight. After stuffing my face I retired, well aware that I had 7 meetings the following day.

Wednesday 20th October

Yes, you heard right. 7 meetings. Well, the trip is not a holiday. I plan on developing clients in Tahiti by the way…..

First meeting was with an existing client, pitched our online recruitment advertising service (did I mention it is unique to the Middle East?) and it went down very well. I was given some senior vacancies, discussed family and left invigorated and it set the scene for the day. Coming from a cold, rainy climate, it helps when I get the opportunity to work in sunshine and warmth.

Second meeting was new business, a referral which ended with a gift by the CEO and a lift back to my hotel by him also. So, it went pretty well.

After this was lunch at the rather excellent Thai restaurant at the Gulf Hotel, with a client who had organised most of my extracurricular activities in Bahrain. (Cheers Ron.) This was followed by a meeting with the HR Director of the hotel, again, good to put a face to the name, after all, I have placed candidates with him and then some brief chill out time before a do at the British Embassy.

This was the SIG event organised by the BBBF and it was a great event for networking in great surroundings, although it was incredibly humid! Again, the more times I can show my face, the more credible I become. Hence the interview in October’s GFI and agreement of a 12 month contract with Arabian Magazines, courtesy of my good friend, Nick Cooksey.

To round the day off, drinks with the new Commercial Director of Bahrain International Circuit and the new F&B Manager at the Capital Club (both recruited by me). If anyone wants cheetahs at their wedding, ask me. Jamal, sorry!

Thursday 21st October

Final day before the weekend. (For those not in the know, weekends in Bahrain are Friday & Saturday). 5 meetings followed by dinner with a very important client. Already looking forward to my first ever weekend in Bahrain but I have work to do first!

Our unique low cost recruitment service really came into its fore today. ‘Entrepreneurial’, ‘innovative’ and ‘a breath of fresh air’ are just some of the comments made today. I even got a call from the GM of a hotel in Bahrain who had seen my video about the trip, so all in all, a good day.

My first meeting was a referral and I had to sell and maintain credibility in the face of adversity. I came out with an order (not the first of the trip by the way!) and new found respect for recruiters. Why oh why are there companies in my industry that ruin it for the rest of us????

The second, third and fourth were with existing clients, both very very important to me and both general trading families. They appreciated the portfolio that I can put together, all the press cuttings, awards and recognition received for our Middle East work went down really well. If I am not going to shout about our success, who else is? To be fair, I did show our portfolio / brag file in every meeting and it always received the response I was hoping for. It is always nice when clients ask how they can help me in a meeting, it really shows that we have mutual respect.

The final meeting was back at the hotel, relaxed, informal but still productive. I really seem to come into my own when I work in this region, I am not being boastful but my passion is obvious.

Dinner was at Al Arisha, a Lebanese restaurant in Umm Al-Hassan. I have had Lebanese food before but not like this. The atmosphere was relaxed, the food and service was excellent and the company equally as good. I will certainly go there again. If I can find it.

Weekend – hurrah!!!

Friday 22nd October

Now this is a novelty. Being away on business and getting a lie in. After the five hour meal the night before and a rather hectic couple of days, it was needed.

A client and fast becoming a good friend, had arranged for us to go to brunch at the Movenpick, near the airport. To say that I was most looking forward to it was an understatement. Having never been to a brunch before, I was not sure what to expect. I have heard the stories and did not want to become one of them. I was very pleasantly surprised and more to the point were my hosts. If you have never been, then go. They even have Babybel in the cheese room!!!

After bumping into some friends back at the hotel and wondering why there was no football on – it was a bit weird having a weekend on a Friday, it was off to get ready for another do, this time, Wine & Dine at the Gulf Hotel, again as a guest. The star of the evening was Franco Tommasi, Italian vineyard owner and producer of some exquisite wines, located near Verona. Along with him was the Italian Ambassador and his wife and I was privileged to be seated on their table. Surprisingly enough, I enjoyed great wine and great food, the only worry was that bestowed by my belt. A nice end to my first full weekend day in Bahrain.

Saturday 23rd October

Nothing to do today! Now that is a bizarre feeling. So I went to the souk and behaved like a tourist. For the first time since I have been working in Bahrain I have actually been able to properly chill out. It was a great feeling and I was going to take full advantage. The souk is excellent, I really like experiencing the original culture of a place, I cannot get over the fact the people in my industry recruit into a region / country / kingdom and base their knowledge on Google. Well, I suppose this is why we have the clients we have and have won the awards that we have.

A nice day, then a meeting with a client over some drinks, pitched our recruitment advertising service and again, went down well. Back to work tomorrow. On a Sunday. Still feels weird.

Sunday 24th October

Only four meetings today and then dinner with client / friends. However, all the meetings today are new business so I had to make sure that I was firing on all cylinders.

I was thankful for (kind of) having two days off, at least I could recharge. The meetings ranged from full on grillings to a chat, it is the chatty meetings that worry me as you can never gauge how well they have gone. But after three years of recruiting in Bahrain, I would like to think that I am beginning to get a handle on things.

Even when I sat at the wrong table believing the guy was my contact, it was laughed off when in other cultures this would have been a massive faux pas and would have ruined the day.

The meetings went well, generated business through our low cost recruitment service as well as receiving traditional assignments. It seems as if the last three years are beginning to pay off.

Oh and dinner was great. Copper Chimney in Bahrain is great for curry, huge portions and great value for money, I wish I was on commission!!

Monday 25th October

Last day. Boo. Has it been productive? Yes. Final 5 meetings, lunch at the Capital Club and dinner at Sato.

First was with a current client, again I pitched our new service, went down well and our innovation was appreciated. The second meeting was back at the hotel and then the third was across the road from where I had just been. I suspect that my journey planning was not as good as I thought. However, the third meeting was in the most exclusive private club in Bahrain, who are a client. The views are spectacular and I love the whole atmosphere. The new F&B Manager was recruited by me and he treated me to lunch, beautiful venison burgers coupled with that view, an excellent combination. It was a shame that I had to cancel my next meeting due to time, Shariq, my apologies once more.

The last two meetings were with the same client, quite fitting as they had really looked after me during my visit. I was presented with a gift and the opportunity to see how much I knew about their team, talk about being on the spot! Thankfully I guessed right, much to my delight / amazement / relief!

So, all that was left now was to check out. Not quite.

I had recently placed the new Assistant Bar Manager at the Margarita Mexicana and I had to go and say hello before I left. He treated me to some potent but tasty cocktails before I headed to Sato for a farewell dinner. Now I have had Teppanyaki in the UK but this was something else. A fitting send off.

After my final sumptuous meal of a busy week, it was to the airport where I discovered that copies of the October issue of GFI were in the Dilmun Lounge. So, I proceeded to open some of the copies to the page which had my full page article, including photo, just to see if I got any acknowledgement from my fellow would be passengers. I didn’t by the way.

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Well, that’s it.

The guys in Sherlocks think I am a regular. There are now 2 books on Wakefield sitting on coffee tables in Bahrain and our profile continues to grow.

Another week done, next trip Jan, then March, then October etc etc etc. Long may the adventure continue.

munir@m2rglobal.com

m2r visit to Bahrain – 18th to 25th October

October 8, 2010

Using job boards to recruit staff – www.onlinerecruitmentadvertising.co.uk

October 8, 2010

Why are companies not insuring themselves against sudden employee attrition?

October 4, 2010

Unless someone can boast the pleasure of having Mystic Meg as an acquaintance or can interpret what the remnants of their morning cup of tea can reveal, the future will forever be full of twists and turns that not even the most diligent person can be prepared for. What we generally do to make sure we don’t get bitten when something unexpected happens is insure against all of the possible eventualities. Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Pet Insurance and Life Insurance all allow us to have the peace of mind that fate, despite its many attempts, will always be on the losing side.

Whatever it costs we are willing to part with our cash to ensure that nasty things don’t ruin our lives, irrespective of the fact that the nasty thing rarely ever happens anyway! We insure our car year after year, costing us tens of thousands of pounds over the course of a lifetime, but more often than not never make a claim, even refusing to make a claim for smaller dings and scratches so that we don’t jeopardise our No Claims Bonus!

So why in that case do companies not have contingency plans in place for when unforeseen employee attrition happens, which can occur at any time. When you actually think about it most employees nowadays are able to discontinue their working relationship relatively abruptly, immediately leaving the company in question in a hole, having a vacancy to fill with no one on hand to come in to do the job, ultimately costing said company valuable money.

So what happens at the moment? In most cases there will be an immediate scramble trying to negotiate extortionate rates with the local rag for a miniscule advert, which may still not be in the public domain until the following week. And even then it is not guaranteed to generate a response that will be of both the required quality and straight away. Other options include making a call to a recruitment firm or hitting as many job sites as possible. The recruitment agency route will mean them starting the ball rolling trying to source a suitable candidate from their more than likely tired database, once again time consuming and not to mention expensive should one be found that takes the position.

Whilst online job boards are statistically the best place to source potential employees it has to be done in the right way. Advert writing isn’t the most straight forward thing and making sure all the correct information is in along with being attractive to prospective candidates can be difficult at the best of times. Not to mention having to do all of that and squeeze it into a space no larger than a credit card.

I suppose the real question is which company can afford not to put contingency plans in place? We spend our whole lives planning for the future which we have no real control of. Whether it is in our personal or professional lives it is always best to make sure that we can maintain a degree of control over our futures and putting contingency plans in place is paramount for our success to not be damaged by unforeseen circumstances.

If you have any concerns after reading this about what you have in place to deal with staff attrition both expected and unexpected then get in contact with me and I will run through exactly what can be done to ward off this issue. You can call David on 0845 3884145 or email david@m2r.co.uk for a free no obligation discussion.

Come on, you wouldn’t think this hard about inuring your car would you??

(c) www.m2r.co.uk

m2r secures funding to aid global expansion

August 17, 2010

Great news! We have recently secured significant funding from HSBC to allow us to build our UK team with a view to selling our Low Cost Recruitment service on a global scale.
We are looking to have a team of minimum 10 sales professionals who can sell across the world within the next two years and be number one in the market. International expansion could also be on the cards, we are certainly aiming as high as they can.
As you know, we recently launched an innovative recruitment model and have seen interest not just from the UK but also in the Middle East, mainland Europe and the Far East. We have helped businesses fill a wide variety of roles, from warehouse positions all the way to international sales positions, as our strapline says, we can fill any role, anywhere.

Latest press releases

August 14, 2010

http://www.pressbox.co.uk/detailed/Business/m2r_launches_new_Middle_East_website_524858.html

http://www.pressbox.co.uk/detailed/Business/Low_Cost_Recruitment_Service_Launches_524878.html

Please contact munir@m2r.co.uk for further information.

August 13, 2010

Low cost recruitment, high value service
With 85% of job seekers looking online for a new position and 65% finding their new job online, companies are increasingly turning to this form of recruitment advertising to fill their vacancies.
However, they are then entering a minefield of cold calls, unsuitable and irrelevant CV applications which undoubtedly waste a vast amount of time and therefore, money.
This is where multi award winning recruitment company, m2r Ltd step in.
The innovative UK based company have launched a new service aimed at helping businesses recruit the right staff without having to endure the stress of handling multiple applications and phone calls.
This service, costing from £175 per week, has already received great response throughout the UK and Middle East and is now attracting attention from the Far East and mainland Europe.
Managing Director, Munir Mamujee, is delighted with initial reaction. ‘We can offer an alternative to traditional recruitment advertising methods where not only will we take all the response, we will also sift and ensure only suitable applicants land in your inbox. No other form or advertising can offer this.’
Visit http://www.m2r.co.uk / http://www.m2rglobal.com for further information.
Notes for editors:
For more information please visit our websites at http://www.m2r.co.uk and http://www.m2rglobal.com, email munir@m2r.co.uk or call us on +44(0)1924 888185. m2r is the registered trademark of m2r Ltd.
m2r Ltd has been established since 2001 and has won multiple business awards for its work in the UK and overseas. This low cost recruitment service offers companies the opportunity to fill vacancies at a very low rate, we write and place the adverts on relevant sites and then take and sift the response before delivering only suitable CVs to the client. We charge for the service, not per vacancy. Therefore for multiple hires or in a high turnover environment, this service offers excellent value for money. This service can be used by any size company, on any vacancy, anywhere in the world

Latest Press Release

July 13, 2010

http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/en/news/3800/News-m2r-Supports-Local-Recruitment?menu0=group3&menu1=news

Wakefield recruiters m2r are seeking to help local businesses by offering an innovative solution which will save time and potentially money

Having been in Wakefield for over 10 years, m2r aim to develop their local presence by showing companies that they do not have to spend fortunes or rely on ‘the bloke in the pub’ to fill vacancies.

Managing Director Munir Mamujee commented:

“Some time businesses go to the extreme and spend next to nothing on their recruitment. They employ friends, family or someone from the pub. Then they wonder why their business is failing. Others spend fortunes, thinking that using a company in London is the best solution. We want to show both ends of the spectrum that there is an alternative which isn’t free, but is certainly cost effective at less than £500 and will eliminate cold calls, unwanted applications and all associated stress.”

m2r are currently in the process of moving all of their outsourced operations to Wakefield in a bid to show local firms that they do not have to go outside of the ‘merrie city’ to find exceptional companies that will meet and often over exceed their needs.