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Greg Savage

Over a career spanning thirty years, Greg is an undisputed leader of the global recruitment industry, and is a regular keynote speaker at staffing conferences around the world.

After graduating with Honours in Psychology, Greg started his career in Executive Search in Australia, before he went on to manage the London office of the United Kingdom’s largest accounting recruiter for two years. In the early 1980s he returned to Australia to run the Sydney office of Accountancy Placements (now the Hays Group), where he was invited to join the Board of Directors at age 27.

Greg founded Recruitment Solutions in 1987, and rapidly built the start-up across Australia and New Zealand, culminating in eight offices, 200 staff, and annual sales of $60,000,000. Such was Recruitment Solutions’ success that, in July 1998, the company was successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, with Greg at its helm as both Executive Director and COO.

April 2001, Greg joined Aquent as Asia-Pacific CEO. In 2005, he was promoted to Aquent International CEO, and assumed responsibility for all Aquent businesses outside of North America, which then comprised of over 25 offices across Europe, the United Kingdom, India, South East Asia, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2010 Greg acquired the Permanent and Search business of Aquent in Europe, Asia and Australasia, via a management buy-out, and founded Firebrand Talent Search. He quickly created a global brand for this specialist Digital and Marketing recruiter, and successfully sold the business, in 7 countries, in January 2013

In recognition of his contribution to the Australian recruitment industry, Greg was made an Honorary Life Member of the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) in 2004. He was subsequently elevated to Fellow (FRCA). In addition Greg was the inaugural winner of the highly prestigious RCSA “Outstanding Contribution to the Recruitment Industry” Award 2011.

Greg’s annual speaking tours are eagerly anticipated by those both inside and outside the recruitment industry, and he still holds records for RCSA Event attendee numbers across Australia. He has also spoken at Recruitment Conferences in North America, Japan, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand.

An early adopter of social media for recruiting, Greg’s industry blog – The Savage Truth – is a must-read for recruitment consultants, while his Twitter feed similarly attracts thousands of followers from around the world.

Greg acts as a Non-Executive Director for six recruitment companies in Australia and New Zealand. He is Chairmen of two of these.

Greg now provides consulting, advisory and training services to recruitment, professional services and social media companies across the world.

Entries by Greg Savage

The Best Business Advice I Could EVER Give You

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 10:54 AM

This is a short post, which is ironic because it took me 30 years to learn what I share here.

Read carefully please. This will save you a world of pain.

  • When things are going well, when the results are good, when it seems you can do no wrong, be...
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A Lesson in Marketing From the Red Light District of Amsterdam

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 9:39 PM

Not so long ago, I was in Amsterdam. Venturing out from my hotel, which was in the very center, I was overwhelmed by the swarm of tourists and locals that plied the streets, wandering, seemingly, without purpose.

I sat at a café and pondered the mass of humanity. And clearly...

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You Own Your Career - No One Else

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Many people are advised that they should look for a company that "provides a career." Often I hear candidates say they want to leave a job, because their current employer is not "looking after my career."

Sure, it's important to work for a company where you can thrive, but you...

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Are You an E-mail E-diot?

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 3:34 PM

It seems the more ways they invent for us to communicate, the worse we become at it.

Email is pretty old-school these days (and I believe smart companies will replace it, internally at least, with a social communications chat-type format), but I am still constantly amazed and frustrated by the...

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Don't Be an Idiot. Resign With Grace.

(50) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 4:56 PM

You have got a new job! Well done. Now, don't spoil it all by making a hash of your exit from where you are now. I know, you are excited. It's hard to stay focused on the old gig, when everything is 'oh so cool' about the new one.


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People Don't Leave Companies -- They Leave Leaders!

(78) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 9:34 AM

I have employed thousands of people over the years. And every time one resigned, a little part of me died. (Okay, I lie. I have actually danced a celebratory jig around my desk on the odd occasion, but that's another post!)

Mostly, my natural reaction has always been a human...

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What a Total Jerk on Twitter Taught Me About Online Brand

(20) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:46 PM

The subject of creating a personal brand online fascinates me, not least because I see so many people making a total hash of it by the inane things they post on Facebook, Twitter, blog replies, and to a lesser extent, LinkedIn.

But recently I had such a powerful personal example...

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How Did It Get to Be 'OK' for People to Be Late for Everything?

(2298) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 8:17 AM

This post may offend some readers, recruiters or not. But only because it's going to cut close to the bone for many.

And I don't care if I sound old-fashioned, because actually it's nothing to do with 'fashion' or 'generation'. It's got everything to do with basic good manners and...

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