It is my observation that the recruiting industry, more so than most other industries or professions, is rife with folks who are hell bent for election day to build a better mousetrap. I think that's great. All professions evolve with time, technology and new ideas. But...only in the recruiting industry does one see the new "Mousetrap Builders" hyping their latest, greatest idea about how to turn the industry upside down by postulating that all life forms in recruiting as we know them are DEAD, DYING, UNSUSTAINABLE except of course their talent community, twitter outreach, social media revolution, niche as an expert in green widgets, analysis of social networks or whatever the hell they thought up when business sucked under like the Bermuda Triangle.
A Flash for you GURUS. My Mousetrap works. It works because i put it in places where i know there are mice. I set it everyday. I put the cheese in it. It's been catching mice for over 30 years. Yours may have more bells, sirens and whistles on it. You may twitter about it, blog about it, throw it in a talent community ( whatever the hell that is). I think that's dandy if it works for you, get after it. Niche it, twitter it, blog it, post it, rave about it. I hope you make as much money as i have over the past 30+ years, enjoy your career and grow up to be one of those pedantic thought leaders who write "how to" books. Or for god's sake, invent the "Hooker" ATS that really is fast, cheap and easy.
Would it be too much to ask that you just hype your revolutionary end all to be all answer to the recruiting world without having to make idiots out of yourselves screaming about how thousands of recruiters are going out of business," sourcing is dead"," job boards are dead"," third party recruiting is "unsustainable", "great candidates don't respond to ads", "passive candidates are better than active candidates". Blah, Blah and more blah. If it works for you...do it.
In the real world, My Mousetrap Works Just Fine. Job Boards are making money, sourcers are making money, thousands and thousands of recruiters are reporting an increase in business.
Until all business grinds to a standstill because global warming melted all the icebergs , recruiting is about a company needing a person that they can't find or don't have time to find. That would be why God made recruiters, or maybe it was the other guy.
However we do it, that would be the basic of what we do. So if you think my mousetrap is dead or dying, lean over here and have a little bite of cheese , it's snapilicious....
thanks Jacob, i wonder does this make me internationally infamous? Having been a "local character" for years i am delighted to have made it across the pond. I love you Brits, so much more gracious than us mutts. Also thanks for giving me a great title for a blog or two. "Texan Talkin" AKA I just say what everybody is thinking and is too nice to say. You can not imagine how long it took my mother to convince me that Southern Ladies should really say "Bless her heart, she means well" instead of "That old hide needs to be bitch slapped".
Speaking of Texan Talkin, one of my clients is a Chartered Public Accountant who lives in London. He is financial advisor to one of the Saudi's who used to own a piece of desert where the city of Riyad now stands. During a trip to Texas my client and I were meeting with an oil and gas group. All were taken with his delightful British accent until at the close of the meeting he looked at one of the lady executives and said, "It's been delightful speaking with you, i will speak with my employer and knock you up in the morning." There was a long pause , several very blank stares and a few looks of shock. He looked confused, gave me a questioning look. I explained that he meant he would come to her office. Ushered him out the door and explained that the term "knocking someone up" in Texas meant impregnating someone. He never batted an eye and in all seriousness said, "Oh my, i would not want to happen to either of us, that nice lady is much too homely to be considered for breeding."
Such is the British logic. I love it.