To support the hairdressing, beauty and barbering industries grow and prosper in the small business sector and address current employment challenges, the Australian Hairdressing Council (AHC) will launch a new industry specific recruitment site – HeadHunter Recruitment – on 8th June 2020.

Accessing and retaining skilled and reliable staff is a recurring challenge in the hairdressing, barbering, beauty and spa industries. Many businesses report being unable to grow, attract new clients or sometimes even maintain existing clientele due to a lack of qualified staff.

A recent market analysis shows that current recruitment websites do not deliver to the industry’s needs and expectations, supplying a high volume of candidates that do not have the relevant skills and experience required by employers, thereby wasting valuable time, resources and energy and adding more stress to the employment challenges in the industry.

HeadHunter Recruitment will represent the hairdressing and barbering industries, the beauty and spa industries, education and training and all allied stakeholders of hair and beauty including product companies and suppliers of associated products and services. HeadHunter Recruitment will be represented and powered by the AHC, yet run separately with its own General Manager, Dwayne Hawthorne, who is responsible for the operations and management of the business.

The state-of-the-art site provides a host of features for employers to make their search for staff simple and streamlined, including:

  • Resume matching
  • Inbuilt message centre
  • Custom dashboard, with full tracking of visits to each advertisement
  • Email templates for responding to enquiries
  • Text message communication
  • Candidate screening
  • Resume database search
  • The ability to add both video and images to job ads
  • Company logo displayed
  • Link from a business ad to an onsite company description
  • Ability to draft and save draft versions of jobs
  • Ability to post jobs for multiple locations.

HeadHunter Recruitment will also be one of the first sites in recruitment to provide in- platform video interviewing (available mid June), which will save employers much time and energy and also assist social distancing regulations during the current COVID-19 health crisis.

There are more than 65,000 hairdressing, barber and beauty employees in Australia plus hundreds of thousands of allied industry workers in Australia. The HeadHunter Recruitment platform will connect job seekers and employers in one place, addressing the specific needs of the hairdressing, barbering, beauty and spa industries. It is a solution that will ultimately become an employment and education hub for all stakeholders in the industry ecosystem and enable businesses to attract and employ team members with relevant qualifications to support the future growth of small businesses and benefit the entire industry.