When Megan Förg relocated to South Africa from London, she had no clients, no candidates, and no resources beyond a laptop, phone and 3G dongle. But this didn’t stop her, because what she did have, was four years of valuable experience in the Recruitment Industry, managing teams of consultants both in Cape Town and London.
Today, Megan owns and runs a recruitment consultancy based in South Africa, providing contract and permanent recruitment solutions to clients and candidates globally. Megan Förg Consulting recruits for a variety of disciplines, including IT, Finance, Digital, Tech and Engineering, Marketing and Sales, HR and Office Support roles.
“We recruit for a range of clients, from new startups with less than 5 staff members, to multinational corporates.”
Making a Difference Through Meaningful Connections
High staff turnover can be detrimental to productivity and growth in a company, as well as morale in a team. When the fit between person and business is misaligned, employees become less motivated, less satisfied and less productive. The organization suffers from this lack productivity. And then of course the cost of constantly training and onboarding new employees has financial implications, too.
The result? Unhappy people, and low performing businesses.
“Recruiters and employers should be sure that the long term goals of candidates are aligned with the long term goals of the companies.”
Megan Förg Consulting specialises in connecting organisations with the right talent. By hiring people who hold the best skills for the role, and share the same values as the business, organisations are geared up to achieve their strategic goals. This means getting close to the client and the candidate – what they value, what they want, what they need – and making a match that’s in the best interest of BOTH parties.
Feedback to clients and candidates is important, which is why Megan Förg Consulting maintains regular contact with their clients and candidates. Clients are kept updated on the reasons why a placement hasn’t been made yet, and candidates always know how far they are in the job hunt process, and if and why they haven’t been successful in an application.
But that’s not all. Megan Förg goes above and beyond, coaching candidates on interview techniques and providing solid career advice.
“If I have a great candidate but no role for them, I’ll assist them with their job search by referring them to other job portals and other recruitment companies who I know might have more relevant roles for them than I do.”
According to Megan, it’s important to follow all steps in the recruitment process. This means no shortcuts when it comes to references, education verification, or anything else. Know the recruitment market, know which industries are busy, know your competitors and what they’re doing, and treat all candidates and clients as equal, regardless of placement value. Because who knows, one day your candidate might just become your client – so never neglect the little fish!
Sometimes You Need To Say “No”
Relocating, working remotely, and growing her own business hasn’t always been a piece of cake for Megan. She’s certainly come up against a challenge or two, and learnt a few lessons along the way.
“I’ve learnt that not everyone is transparent and honest, and that sometimes you need to say no. It’s also ok to tell a client that you actually can’t assist them with a particular job requisition due to skill shortage/low salary, instead of over-exerting yourself looking for that needle in a haystack, and possibly neglecting other clients and candidates as a result.”
Megan has learnt to be comfortable with asking for assistance where needed. She advises that it’s important to build good relationships with others who would complement your business model, and that a referral network in business is very powerful.
“It could be others doing the same as you, who could assist you if need be, and also other companies who you’d be happy to refer to your clients, and vice versa.”
Taking Operations ‘Out of Office’
Megan Förg is based in Plettenberg Bay. That’s right – work weeks are filled with the sound of seagulls and the feeling of sand beneath her feet. So how does she make a global impact from a little town in South Africa?
Well, the business operates almost entirely online, using platforms like LinkedIn and communication channels like email, phone and Skype. Working remotely gives her the flexibility and independence to work with all clients globally, and recruit for all disciplines in all industries.
“The world also seems smaller since we have so much more online reach than we had 10 years ago, so there are a lot more opportunities available that I can go after, which I wouldn’t be able to do if I was permanently based in one location, i.e. working in a company in CT doing recruitment.”
Through this sometimes lonely work arrangement, Megan has realised how resilient and self-motivating she can be. With little more than her own drive and ambition, Megan has achieved her personal career objectives, and continues to strive for growth and new goals.
“[Working remotely] allows me to be available for my clients and candidates almost permanently as I never really switch off completely like I did when I was a permanent employee in a company. This gives me the flexibility to live life, with the “maturity” to know when to put in extra hours.”
What Lies Ahead?
Megan is not stopping or slowing down anytime soon. In fact, her plan for 2018 is to have five dedicated Recruitment Consultants, each with their own niche portfolio of clients and candidates, recruiting into the IT, Digital, Finance, Engineering and Marketing/Sales/Support sectors in SA.
On a global level, Megan would like to build key relationships with clients in Germany and Switzerland, recruiting Software Developers into the Financial Services Market. She’s also looking to expand the presence of her business in the Medical Device market in Germany.
Megan is an inspiration for what we can achieve – the lifestyle we’ve always dreamt of, matched with a purpose that drives our work and feeds our passion. In the words of this awesome woman:
“Have a plan of what you’d like to achieve, and know how you’d achieve it. But also know that it’s ok if things don’t go according to plan, just be smart enough to make a new plan, and not quit. Be flexible, be kind, be honest.”