I recently joined Recruitingblogs and thought I should give my two cents along with the rest of the world. I started my career as a Recruiter in a staffing company. Young and naive, I quickly learned that time kills all deals. It was embedded in my head day in and day out. We received extensive training on closing the deal today vs. tomorrow.
Well, I recently moved into a Corporate Recruiter position for a healthcare company and I have realized that corporations are a whole different ball game! There is no sense of urgency at all. The turnaround time on filling positions is about 2 months! That is 2 months that we don't have anyone handling the responsibilities associated with the job.
Needless to say, this creates stress on our staff as they carry the weight until the right hire is made.
I am inundated with resumes on a daily basis and I follow up quickly if I identify a qualified candidate but the hiring manager takes forever to make a decision.
Where is the sense of urgency?
Peter, thank you for your comments. First and foremost, we don't have a recruitment strategy and I am becoming disheartened at the lack of importance that is given to recruitment within our company. We are a young company and recruitment is not tied in to HR. Our higher ups would like to keep the two separate. Needless to say, there are a lot of hurdles to overcome.