Has anyone from New Zealand paid and registered for this year’s RCSA “International” Conference in Port Douglas? I put inverted commas around the word international because it is something akin to how the US national baseball league is called the “World Series”.
You can dress it up how you like but it’s not really international is it? It’s just Australian. Nothing wrong with that but the “A” in RCSA doesn’t stand for Australia. The Association is supposed to represent the New Zealand recruitment industry as well. A regular reader of The Whiteboard was moved to comment on Twitter this week:
“RCSA conference… hmmmm no kiwi speakers, sponsors or obvious involvement targeting the NZ market. Good value? Debatable”
To be fair here, this did generate a response from Ross Clennett, one of the speakers, who revealed that James Cozens from kiwi recruitment firm Attwood Cozens will be there as one of his panelists “discussing their innovative recruiting for NZ SME sector”.
Well James, we wish you a safe and enjoyable trip, for it looks like you are our sole standard bearer for the New Zealand recruitment industry. Do us proud.
This brought to mind a post I wrote in September last year which questioned what was the actual point of having the RCSA in New Zealand. At least in Australia they deliver some form of Government lobbying around issues affecting the recruitment industry. You also need to be a member to tender for selected Government recruitment contracts.
Not so in New Zealand. But apparently my post did stir the consciousness of the RCSA New Zealand board members, who (I was reliably informed) were most put out at my questioning. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to completely stir them from their fug and no response was forthcoming.
I noted another blog post from back in April last year, by Aaron Dodd of Mindset Group, who was querying the lack of social media involvement or innovation from industry bodies like the RCSA. A couple of months later the RCSA appointed a new CEO, Steve Granland, who inexplicably arrived on the scene bereft of any Linked In profile. One year on you can see how he is getting on with Twitter here.
For me, it seems obvious that the RCSA is unwilling, or unable, to respond to our fast-evolving industry and remain relevant to us recruiters. Certainly in New Zealand we are woefully under-represented, which is a real shame, but no-one really seems to care. Even in Australia there are panelists presenting at the event who are not themselves even members of the RCSA.
If you are a New Zealand recruiter who is attending the event as a delegate then do let us know all about it. But I’d have to ask the question “Why?”
And I would have to ask the same question of any New Zealand recruitment companies still paying membership fees for this Association.