Kym Quick, the MD of listed recruitment company Clarius announced her resignation a few weeks ago. Her resignation was possibly not a massive surprise, but it was the reasons she gave in her announcement, which grabbed my attention.
“The world is changing and our industry is changing with it so it’s a positive thing for the business in terms of having the opportunity to re-evaluate and hopefully look at the future and where we sit”
For the last 12 months, possibly longer, Clarius’ performance has, by their own admission, not been fantastic. A business that was once one of the darlings of the industry in Australia, has seemingly lost its way somewhere along the line, as Kym pretty much said in her resignation.
Clarius has been a long-standing client of ours and, whilst I have never met Kym myself, my colleagues know her well and hold her in vey high regard. Her track record is certainly very impressive and she has achieved more than most ever will. In certain areas, Clarius is well in front of the industry, specifically their growth into Asia and now looking at the power of social media. But, by her own admission, she recognises that the industry is continuing to change dramatically, and it is testament to her that she feels Clarius would be better served with someone else at the helm.
Kym’s resignation message raises some very important question that everyone who is serious about a career in recruitment should be asking, now more than ever. Questions like “Is the person heading up this company understand recruitment today and is moving with the times?”……“Is the culture here one that is genuinely open to change and doing things differently?”……. “What are we doing differently than we did 12 months ago”.
Obviously there is a lot to consider when choosing who you work with. But surely the most important thing is that they are going to help you be successful….and that means moving with the times. So if you can’t answer those questions positively then you should be asking yourself one more……“Where is this company going to be in 2 years and where does that leave me?”
Congratulations Kym on a very successful career and best wishes for the future.