Now I believe that most recruiters truly understand that they need to get to know their potential and active candidates but more and more I'm finding that people have truly forgotten how to speak to people. I've come to notice a tendency from far too many people to e-mail or instant message first. Now don't get me wrong, I love me some technology, I have always appreciated the nickname I was known by at my previous company (IGB - Internet Geek Boy) due to my prowess with finding information on people, companies, etc. I also insist that my team mates have their IM on during the day so that we can attend to issues asap that may arise. It's not unuusal that a traveling nurse calls in with an issue and one of the recruiters will IM me with questions, it lets us get real time answers to our valued field employees. I also believe in e-mail for a number of reasons. Documentation, lack mof response from a call, etc. However with my professed love for these tools and for social media in general I'm finding more and more that people just don't know how to talk to someone. I can't tell you how many times I've heard back from team mates over the years "I e-mailed them but I haven't heard back from them". The first words out of my mouth is usually "Did you try calling them?" or "Did you go see them?". I can't tell you how many times I've heard the answer ummmmm No. I know it's quite an unusual concept and calls for some effort but e-mails and IMs as much as they are a blessing are also a curse. It's so much easier to ignore or oops, miss an e-mail or an IM. Sing along if you've heard this line before "oh I never got that, hmm I'll have to check with IT" or "yeah my e-mail has been acting funny lately". Now I'm sure I've been guilty of this behavior myself but I strive to remind myself regularly to pick up the phone or if it's an internal employee I need info from, to get off my seat and go see them directly. Nothing new as far as a concept here just a moment to stop and remember what works and how to get things done. So I'll cut my first ramblings off here with a final reminder to all, especially those in our community, we're recruiters, don't forgot to talk to people.