Recruiters, let me tell you something. We’ve lost the basics of recruiting. It’s been replaced with idealistic disillusioned recruitment methods. The problem with most Recruiters is that we get some social media knowledge. A little info or a nugget and we become experts overnight. The fact is, you don’t know what the hell you are talking about. None of us do. That’s why were frickin’ recruiters to begin with.
Recruiting is not rocket science. In fact, it’s very simple. It’s finding someone and getting them a job. But, we have over complicated recruiting with tools, social media, process, methodology and blah freaking blah blah frickin’ blah.
Again friends! Let me tell you something! We truly don’t understand Recruiting because it’s so simple yet we make it complicated.
Forget about technology for a moment. Forget about process, methods, and planning.
Let’s forget everything we know. And I mean forget all there is about recruiting and start over.
Yes! Start over!
I’d like to introduce the concept building a relationship. You know, relationships you have with your family, spouse, and friends? Yeah, well, it requires your voice, ears, mind and soul. You invest some trust with someone. The same goes with Recruiting. We need to build relationships with candidates.
Here are the 3 fundamentals of recruiting
1) Interact – Over the phone, or in person, recruiters should be talking to candidates.
2) Listen – It’s not about you. It’s about what the candidate needs.
3) Inform – Explaining our job needs, or selling an opportunity or a candidate.
Recruiters are required to interact, listen, ask questions, and then act. Pure and simple. It’s what recruiting is about.
I’m not knocking social media, process, and all these new dazzling recruiting tools. We truly need them. But that doesn’t replace the basics of Recruiting.
I plan on getting back to the fundamentals of recruiting. But after I tweet these jobs, work on my career branding and promote my online communities.