21ST CENTURY RECRUITMENT JUST GOT BETTER!
Our Eye-Intro method ensures that you're hiring the most suitable individuals into your team, looking beyond the skills and experience listed on their CV's. If you're keen to transport your recruitment process into the next generation, this is what you'll benefit from:
Our industry-leading retention rates of 96% include a free 12 month replacement period as our overwhelming success rates speak for themselves.
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Finding the right individual to fill vacancies is just as important as finding the best company fit for the individual. Using Eye-Intro we ensure that both happen coincidentally.
Eye-Intro is a state-of-the-art technology that allows us to integrate our internal recruitment process in one advanced platform, giving you access to the most eligible candidates and giving candidates the best perception of the organisation.
Our industry leading 96% retention rates proves that through rigorous screening, interviews and online assessments, we’re finding the most suitable people to fill roles and the best company fit for candidates too.
How does our Retained Search (Eye-Intro) help candidates?
Use of our campaign management system – upload your documents, video introductions and complete assessments & key competency questions. Your interviews will also be scheduled here.
Vision Executives expert qualification – there are several steps for our qualification process before putting your profile in front of the client. We take our time to ensure the best company-candidate fit so as to not waste anyone’s time.
Key Competency Assessment & Video Introduction – these are a great way of introducing yourself on a more personal one-to-one basis, completing questions ensure you’re a good fit for the organisation as much as they’re a good fit for what you’re seeking.
Feedback Collection – find the feedback from your interviews all in one place.
Our industry leading 96% retention rates give us confidence that we’re going to fit you with the right organisation, that’s aligned with what you’re looking for as you’re next career move. We always listen to the expectations and desires of our candidates and are entirely transparent during the recruitment process.
If you’re seeking a new role and this sounds good, drop me a DM!
People are at the core of your organisation, so our integrated approach combines science and simplicity through a state-of-the-art technologically advanced platform to give you access to the most advanced recruitment process available globally. Our industry leading 96% retention rate provides your organisation with the opportunity to use technology to build sustainable teams, taking your team to the next level.
Our latest approach to recruitment provides our clients with the confidence and ability to take control of their hiring process, 24/7, from anywhere in the world with internet access, without demanding any more time and effort from them. We mange the process and it's displayed in a simple, cohesive format to ensure your reaping the rewards of our dedicated efforts to finding the most suitable candidates to join your organisation.
If you're looking for the newest approach to adding to your team, and are keen to find out why we offer a FREE 12 month replacement period, drop me a DM or email!
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People are at the heart of all organisations and hiring them is essential to the continuation and success of any business. Through our in-depth knowledge and expertise in the eyecare space, we understand the trials and tribulations our clients go through daily when it comes to seeking out individuals to join their teams. As a result, we have implemented science and simplicity in one integrated platform which is now the core of our retained search recruitment process.
This article will explain the features and benefits of using Eye-Intro, helping us to do a better job in bringing our clients the best talent on the market. Disagreements and uncertainty within the hiring team often leads to being back at the previously mentioned starting block or worse, hiring a compromised candidate.
Eye-Intro provides a robust 21st-century recruitment process, that reduces your wasted time interviewing unsuitable candidates, ensures that they stay long term and significantly reduced your overall cost of hire.
Most recruitment consultants are still using 20th-century methodology, which has time again been proven to be flawed. There’s no doubt that most companies might be able to find you a great candidate (on paper) but if said candidate leaves within the first 3 months, you’re back to the starting block and the whole process was a waste of time.
Organisations tend to hire candidates on their knowledge and skills, yet more often or not let them go based on their behaviours. So, if you’re not assessing behaviour and organisational fit prior to making the hire, you’re setting yourself up for failure. In today’s everchanging world, the eyecare industry and organisations within have changed, but when was the last time you reviewed and updated your recruitment process?
Recruitment has made significant technological advancements, however, all too often recruiters are happy just to send over CV’s via email and hope for the best. It’s easy to see how this can cause problems.
Candidates can themselves, or by other means create great CV’s, but often fall down during an interview. Even if they interview well, they often fail to deliver when they start the job or end up being a poor company fit.
How does Eye-Intro address this?
Our shortlist, delivery and assessment process is accessible 24/7, from anywhere in the world with internet connectivity, so you’re able to review and assess candidates from wherever you are and at a time that suits you. The process allows us to align your hiring team, so you all have shared expectations of what your “ideal” candidate is.
Our process isn’t just based on skills, knowledge and experience, but it takes into account other critical “softer” factors, such as behavioural traits, temperament, attitude, maturity, and judgement. It’s been proven important to not only hire people on past history and gut feel, but with greater insight into how they will work and act in their new role.
We also set key competency questions, which combats hiring them and realising they don’t do the job your way. We ask you to set a few relevant questions that you can delve deeper into during the interview.
Have you ever begun an interview, and found as soon as the candidate starts discussing their experience and background, you already know the next 30-45 mins are wasted?
To counter this, we ask all candidates in the process to record a 1-2 minute introductory video which gives you, the hiring manager an insight into their personality to ascertain if the time meeting with them is time well spent.
As a team, deciding which candidate to take through to interview stage can be challenging, so we have implemented a candidate suitability index. This allows each member of your team to score each candidate on pre-determined attributes and compare overall scores. Upon completion of shortlist review, you can simply set your availability and allow us to schedule the interviews.
And employee retention rates?
When it comes to research on retention rates through recruitment processes, typically 70% of individuals hired make it to their 1st year work anniversary, meaning 30% leave within just 12 months. If you had a business process that failed 30% of the time, wouldn’t you fix it?
Compared with this, Eye-Intro holds the industry leading position of a 96% one-year retention rate. We’re so confident in our process that we provide a free, no quibble 12-month replacement period to all clients.
Have you accessed our bad hire calculator? It’s a real eye opener which demonstrates the true cost of a bad hire.
We’re not looking to just send clients a bunch of irrelevant, non-properly screened CV’s. We aim to become your long-term recruitment partner which we believe is done through using advanced methodology and technology that works time and time again. Eye-Intro is the next step for recruitment globally and we’re pleased to be leading the way into fully integrating this platform as our standard way of working.
For more information or to partner with us, please feel free to reach out.
When it comes to navigating the world of recruitment, clients often like to visualise a comparison between working on a success-only basis and conducting a retained search. Understanding the differences and essentially, the benefits of working in a retained, up-front payment manner could make all the difference to your hiring process.
We’re all aware of the changes ongoing in the employment market now, which could impact your approach to seeking new team members. To assist in your hiring process, you could consider working with a recruiter so you can focus on what’s important. Most recruiters and the companies that they work within are not the same, meaning that their recruitment process also differs greatly. However, there is a commonality that they share when it comes to the payment side of things.
Success Only (Contingent) vs Retained Search (Eye-Intro Assignments)
Let’s digest it further to explain what they mean and the pro’s and con’s behind both approaches to recruitment.
A contingent search involves payment on success, meaning that your recruitment partner will only get paid for their time and efforts if the candidate joins the organisation. This is a common form of recruitment, however, does have its limitations and allows us to dedicate only a small amount of time to finding someone to fit the role.
Retained Search (Eye-Intro Assignments)
A retained search means that an exclusive partnership is formed between the client and the recruiter, conditioned by an upfront payment/deposit to secure their exclusivity and commitment to the search.
Working on a retained basis allows us to designate our time, energy, and resources into finding the best candidates for the role and to suit the organisation – we essentially act as an extension of your brand. This dedicated way of working allows us to comprehensively map out the market, provide rigorous screening and interviewing prior to presenting our shortlist of best candidates to clients. Our retained search differs hugely from other recruitment companies (we all say this – but it genuinely does) – scroll down to find out why.
Working Contingently – the benefits
Success only payment
One of the key benefits of working contingently is that no upfront payment is involved, which can be attractive to a few organisations. This method means you’re only paying for the service once the candidate begins their first day.
Access to great candidates
It’s not the case that contingent searches only bring in mediocre candidates, some can be exceptional. Our eyecare market expertise and the core values of our recruitment process still allows us to seek out high quality candidates and present them to your organisation. Again, however, it reverts back to timing and commitment from both sides to seek out candidates not available directly on the job market.
Working contingently – the drawbacks
There’s no guarantee
Unlike working retained, there’s nothing to guarantee that the role will be filled. We’re often working on several assignments and without a guarantee on your side, it’s difficult to dedicate the time and effort into finding the best individuals.
Lack of exclusivity
Working retained guarantees exclusivity on both parts, meaning you’re the only client who will receive the profile of our selected candidates. Although the contingent method means that profiles can also be shared with other organisations who are seeking similar candidates, much like you could use other recruitment agencies to find your ideal candidate.
Not as rigorous
Although we do our very best to approach every assignment in the most dedicated manner, when we have several retained projects ongoing, our service only goes so far when it comes to contingent searches. Potentially controversial, but you wouldn’t try something in a shop, without paying for it and just give it back without any money exchanged?
Working Retained (Eye-Intro) – the benefits
As a consultancy, we would never agree to work on a retained assignment that we are unable to fulfil, our expertise in the eyecare market means that we can commit to projects we know we will complete.
Proven 96% retention rates
Our industry leading retention rates are a huge benefit to working on a retained basis, we’re so confident in that we will find the right candidate to suit the role and organisation that we offer a 12-month FREE replacement period. This is huge compared with most recruitment companies offering 3 months. Our overwhelming success rates are based on our thorough searching and assessment criteria. (More details coming on this in our next article)
When working retained, we can almost 100% guarantee to our clients that the role will be filled. Our in-depth market analysis and ophthalmology expertise allows us to understand the intricacies of the roles, organisation and skills required from the candidates. Working closely with your organisation means we can promote your brand in an appropriate (and exciting!) manner to candidates.
Save upwards of £100K per hire
With our industry-leading retention rates, you won’t have the hassle of individuals leaving your organisation after joining, leaving you back in the same boat as before we came on board. Our guarantees mean that you’ll have significantly reduced commercial downtime. There’s huge time and money cost-savings here since we’re finding you the best possible talent in a timely manner. (More details coming on this in our next article)
Reduced time to hire
We only seek out the most suitable talent, steering away from wasting our own time and yours sending over “maybe” candidates. Our through candidate assessment and interview process means we’re only presenting you with candidates who are genuinely seeking out a new position. This is bound to significantly improve your interview-to-hire ratio and speeds up your recruitment process.
Your commitment to us is shown through your payment of a deposit, so our commitment in returned is our dedicated management of your hiring process, taking the weight off your teams. We’ll organise interviews for well-matched candidates and allow you to conduct post-interview scoring and we’ll even feedback to the candidates on your behalf. Letting you focus on what’s important is our main priority.
Why do we take an upfront payment?
We request a deposit/up-front payment for the search prior to it going ahead. Think of it this way – working contingently would be like taking something from a shop to try it without paying for it first – is that normal?
When it comes to the recruitment process, finding the way that works best for your organisation is paramount. However, explaining the benefits behind working retained in a thorough manner can help to instil confidence in the commitment from our side when it comes to filling roles.
We’re working on a series of articles, with our next one being shared in the coming weeks “Introducing Eye-Intro” which we hope shed’s light on even further benefits of our recruitment process. Follow and turn on your notifications for the next article in this series!
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It’s no secret that the focus of eco-friendliness and sustainability have ramped up in the previous few years. We’ve noticed that global brands have started looking at partnerships, supply chain and the operational side of the business and even begun experimenting with environmentally friendly products to make businesses more sustainable.
The eyewear space has been at the forefront of developing environmentally conscious products and reimaging their business practices for several years. Businesses have refocussed and senior management teams have been committed to tackling the environmental impacts of the eye space.
We wanted to highlight some of the most important movements that organisations have been making to reduce their environmental impact and become more sustainable.
Modo Eyewear – Pioneering the way for environmentally friendly eyewear
One of the organisations that are pioneering their way for environmentally friendly eyewear are Modo Eyewear who have been focussed on taking their eco eyewear brand to the next level. The brand began in 2012 and since then have been producing frames across four different ‘families’ of materials to include: bio-based, bio-acetate, ocean plastics and recycled materials. They’re increasingly developing new ways to make a difference and raise awareness for environmental issues we are all faced with. They’ve taken it a step further beyond the frames, using biodegradable and compostable transport bags.
O-SIX Custom Eyewear
O-Six are at the forefront of design and style for their eyewear range, allowing the purchaser to completely customise the frames that they are intending to purchase, even going so far as to add engraving to their lenses. One thing O-Six are doing to differentiate them from their competitors is to only produce eyewear when it is required, thus eliminating waste and deadstock from the very beginning.
Crann Eyewear – Native Woodland Trust
Crann Eyewear are well-known for blending elegance and edginess to their designs of lenses and eyewear. For several years now, they have been leading the way for sustainability in the eyewear sector by only using 100% recycled and sustainable materials. They have partnered with the Native Woodland Trust and carry the Guaranteed Irish licence mark.
Eyespace have launched lenses made from recycled plastic waste
Eyespace have been well versed in promoting their environmentally friendly production of eyewear for several years. They have been gathering ISO accreditations, including environmental standard ISO 14001 and are working towards B-Corp certification. They have recently launched a set of optical frames for their children’s brand which has featured styles made from recycled plastic waste. To accompany this, they have name each frame after and endangered sea animal to raise awareness of plastics going into our oceans.
Companies in the eyewear space have continued to develop new and innovative ways of using recycled and environmentally friendly materials to produce their products. Have we missed any new innovations in the eyecare space that you can think of? Share with us below!
This year, World Sight Day falls on Thursday 13th October and draws the world’s attention to the importance of eye care. The mission is to encourage those in the eye care sector to prioritise their own eye health and ask leaders to ensure that eye care is accessible, inclusive and affordable to everyone across the globe.
You might remember that last year, the team at Vision Executives complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge and raised over £1,500 between us to support several charities on World Sight Day 2021.
We caught up with some of the charities that we supported got find out how the money we donated was spent and this is what they had to say:
Himalayan Cataract Project
“We had a great year last year and we really appreciated your help in reaching so many people living with needless blindness. This link will take you to our 2021 annual report that will let you know what we accomplished last year. With the help of Vision Executives International Recruitment, HCP and our partners performed over 131,000 sight-restoring surgeries in Nepal, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Ghana, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Bhutan in 2021. We continued to travel to some of the most remote areas of the world to provide care. We wouldn't be able to do this work without the compassion of people like you.
In terms of stories, our favourite story from last year was a pediatrics story about
a baby named Beatrice who was going blind. She is now doing well - here is an update on her progress!
Here is a link to their most recent video.
We are over half way through the year and our work to reach as many people as possible with sight-restoring surgery is going strong. We have started several new programs, including one in the Philippines. Our Co-Founder, Dr. Geoff Tabin, recently returned from the Philippines where, with our partners from SEE International and a local Filipino team, restored sight to over 1,000
Next, Dr. Tabin and our teams head to Malawi and Tanzania for surgical outreach for waiting patients.
There is much work to be done, but I hope you and Vision Executives share our excitement for what lies ahead for Himalayan Cataract Project and our partners.”
Andean Medical Mission
“The donation was incredibly useful and we used it in screening of patients for surgery this October. I have a team arriving on the 15th October and we hope to be able to complete 100 cataract operations in two weeks.
Whilst we were screening we also vaccinated children against measles and polio. Measles as you may well know is a blinding disease in developing countries and so although its hard to measure the impact of this work initially, we will almost certainly have reduced the likelihood of these children losing vision from these completely avoidable diseases.”
The AnDean Medical Mission have a surgical trip in October and a subsequent one in May after the rainy season has passed in which they will continue training doctors, vaccinations, screening patients and providing low vision aids and glasses. The screening looks to find glaucoma and uveitis patients to deal with and treat medically to save their vision.
Sight for All
“We have just come off an 18 month process to be re-accredited by the Australian Government's Dept of Foreign Trade and Affairs. We receive funding from their program (called ANCP) but the accreditation is a full on process, reviewing the organisation from top to bottom, accessing our processes and policies etc. The impact of accreditation is two-fold; we receive funding from the Aust Govt to run projects but it also gives our corporate partners the confidence of our systems and legitimacy. The process is the same whether your are a multi-national NFP or a small NGO like SFA!
So we are pumped (but exhausted) that we have received accreditation for the next 5 years!
And straight after this, we launched World Sight Day!
So what have we been doing with the WSD funds? Generally, we use World Sight Day Campaign funds to support a number of projects over the year. In 2021 this included funding childhood blindness research in Lao, an eye clinic at the Westcare site in Adelaide (to help people experiencing homelessness or disadvantage communities) and towards an Early Childhood Eye Health Awareness Project.
For 2022 one of the key projects we have identified so far is funding to bring our Ophthalmic Country Officer Dr Baysa from Mongolia to Australia. Dr Baysa has received sponsorship to attend the annual major ophthalmology congress in Australia (RANZCO). We are funding his flights and accommodation to attend the Congress in Brisbane and then bringing him to Adelaide for an observership at the RAH and use of a Cataract Surgical Simulator, skills that he will use in treating patients back in Mongolia.
Depending on the funds raised, we will allocate funds to various other projects or to supplement other projects (eg to buy equipment that we can send overseas).”
At Vision Executives, we believe it’s also our mission to support the sector we work in through supporting worldwide causes that help individuals in need. World Sight Day is a fantastic way to bring awareness around the sight of all globally.
As part of the pledge this year, World Sight Day are looking to gain 5 million sight tests pledged to raise awareness and drive demand. If you’re an individual, head to their website and pledge to get your sight tested or pledge to take better care of your eyes here - https://www.iapb.org/world-sight-day/pledging-tool/
Nearly everyone in the world will experience eye health issue during their lifetime, however, more than one billion people globally do not have access to the services they require to see clearly. On this World Sight Day, we’re promoting The Love Your Eyes Campaign which encourages individuals to prioritise their own eye health, whilst advocating for accessible, affordable, and available eyecare all over the world.
Are you taking care of your eyes? Find out using their useful quiz - https://www.iapb.org/world-sight-day/quiz/
We are keen to hear from other charitable organisations that could benefit from our ongoing support.
There’s been a whole host of news that’s built up throughout September. We recently posted some news directly from the ESCRS and we wanted to highlight some of the other major news stories that have been announced during this month. Heading towards the autumn months, we’ve noticed that the eyewear market has been spoken about more so we’ll aim to highlight some of these news stories too!
Essilor to launch their autumn marketing campaign
In the recent years, digital and social media campaigns have increased significantly in the eyecare sector. Companies such as Essilor have been leading the way for organisations to follow suit in producing compelling and sales driven marketing content focussed around their latest releases. They’ve recently announced their plans to launch a national digital media campaign and hyperlocal social media drive in October focussed around its Eyezen single vision lenses. The campaign seeks to encourage conversations about Essilor’s Eyezen brand of lenses, whilst directing patient to their local, participating optical practice.
Patients aged between 25 and 40 living within a seven to 15km radius of participating practices will receive an Eyezen advert in their Facebook feed, where they will be able to make an appointment with their local practice.
Roche’s Vabysmo for Wet AMD & DME Approved by European Commission
Roche have announced this week that the European Commission have approved Vabysmo for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and visual impairment due to diabetic macular edema (DME). Roche have acknowledged that many people with nAMD and DME find it challenging to keep up with the monthly eye injections and physician visits which could and has led to undesirable results of undertreatment. For individuals living in Europe with such conditions, the approval means that the first new mechanism of action in over a decade could improve and affect individual’s vision with fewer injection required over time.
Vabysmo is the only injectable eye medicine that has been approved in Europe with phase three studies supporting treatments at intervals of up to four months for people living with nAMD and DME. The intention of such treatment is that people will require fewer eye injections over time, whilst also improving and maintaining vision and anatomy. This could lead to ideally less burdensome treatment schedules for individuals, their caregivers and healthcare systems.
Marchon and Paul Smith Sign Eyewear License
In January 2023, we can expect to see the collaboration between Marchon and Paul Smith in stores after recently entering into a strategic licensing partnership. Marchon will be responsible for designing, manufacturing, and distributing Paul Smith eyewear on a global basis. Excitingly, this is the first deal to be revealed under Marchon’s new President Thomas Burkhardt.
Researchers at Wayne State University Repurpose Drug to Treat Resistant Bacterial Eye Infections
The department of Opthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine have identified three non-antibiotic drugs that can be used to protect the eye from severe inflammation during bacterial infections. The findings are that the drugs are also able to be used to adjunct therapy with standard antibiotics to minimize infection outcomes.
“One of the ways to identify new drugs for any disease includes drug repurposing, where we can identify additional uses for already-approved drugs, enabling the quickest and cheapest possible transition from bench to bedside,” Dr. Kumar said.
Armani Group & EssilorLuxottica announce their 15-year licensing renewal
The companies have been longstanding eyewear partners since 1988, well known across the market for developing a solid, long-term collaboration as trusted partners. “The relationship with EssilorLuxottica has been a cornerstone of my path, born from personal and professional esteem, which has led to challenging choices. Such an important renewal is the confirmation of a mutual loyalty that makes me proud and that will lead to further, important innovations,” said Giorgio Armani.
With AAO happening tomorrow, is there any exciting news you expect to come from that? Comment below!
California Legislature have recently passed AC 2236, a bill relating to optometric surgery. This means that optometrist’s scope of practice in California has been expanded to include some scalpel and laser eye surgeries, along with medication injections. An #optometrist that’s already been certified to treat glaucoma to obtain certification to perform specified advanced procedures on meeting certain education, training, examination, and other requirements.
Advanced procedures to include:
👁️🗨️Laser peripheral iridotomy for the prophylactic treatment of a clinically significant narrow drainage angle of the anterior chamber of the eye
👁️🗨️Laser posterior capsulotomy after #cataract surgery
👁️🗨️Excision or drainage of nonrecurrent lesions of the adnexa evaluated consistent determined by the optometrist to be noncancerous, not involving the eyelid margin, lacrimal supply, or drainage systems
👁️🗨️Injections for the treatment of chalazia
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James Pickering is our Managing Director and an eye care recruitment expert who has developed an extensive client base and candidate network. He regularly writes articles about industry developments and has received numerous recommendations from industry leaders. You can also connect with James on LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest eye care news.