A while back I was made aware of a new website called Zubka, a job board with a web 2.0 twist. At the time and I was not convinced, and recently Louise made reference to them. What made me look again, was a recent email they sent and a client looking to start out on his own, but worried about restrictive Covenants in recruitment contracts.
My normal response to restrictive covenants is to have a back up, just in case your previous employer decides to take you to court. Because without your contact list you are going to find it tough at the beginning. I should know as it happened to me twice and I survived.
So if you find you cannot contact your old client list then Zubka could help, because here you have a list of clients or agencies who are willing to pay referral fees giving you an opportunity to earn some revenue while while your hands are tied for a year.
A word of warning is agencies that use the system will prefer to place someone and get a full fee rather than pass on a percentage, so choose carefully look at the agencies who are trying to fill positions they don’t normally recruit for as a starting point.
With good fees to be earnt from Â£1000 up it is worth taking a look, while you are waiting for the restrictive covenants to be lifted!
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This is certainly an interesting idea Stephen – just a quick note to point out that there is also another UK referral recruitment site by way of JobTonic – http://www.jobtonic.com.
Saw your post and thought that you might be interested in what we have developed which might be described as the 2nd generation on referral recruitment.
Prefio.com (http://prefio.com) is focused like a laser beam on a defined sector (commercial property / commercial real estate) and in the few weeks since we launched we already have hundreds of great referrers participating – all of whom are genuine vetted practitioners in the commercial property sector. There are many “quality” elements that we’ve built into the business but would want to bore you with them here. Absolutely central to our success has been to make the model compelling to HR Director and corporate recruiters in our sector and a key part of that has been building a really credible referrer base of relevance and scale.