This weekend was like any other weekend for a guy with 2 young children. If you have small kids, or have had them, then you know exactly what I am talking about. The one small caveat is that now that school is in session and football is in full- swing, hanging out on the patio with friends and family replaces the swimming pool.
We aren’t to the soccer game stage because my son is only 1 ½, and my 4 ½ year old daughter’s activity of choice is dance which happens on Thursdays rather than the weekend. Birthday’s however – no matter what the age seem to highlight weekends. This particular weekend was a bouncy house party.
My daughter went crazy. I don’t think I saw her for 2 hours. Her energy level was so high, and I am still amazed how she went through the day without a nap. My son, however, is like I was when I was his age and much into my teenage years. He is a little shy and a little uncomfortable around the unknown.
The first thing he did when I set him down, was grab my wife and my legs and turn his head into our legs. He was scared. He didn’t know where he was. We were at the bouncy house for nearly an hour before he had the confidence to wander into another area and pull off our legs.
It was at that moment when I really started thinking about candidates and recruiting. Being unemployed can be like being at that bouncy house. It is the unknown that is hard. What am I going to do? I don’t know these people! What if they aren’t nice? Where do I start? What if I get hurt along the way?
No matter where you are in your life, you can relate. You could be a recent graduate, a parent with young or old kids, a so-called “empty-nester”, or you could be that kid. This is the reason why recruiters and HR professionals need to be so much more than pencil pushers.
Recruiting is about relationships. Recruiters are the trusted advisors & consultants. They help guide you along the way. What I have found from TRUE advisors is that they care. They listen and have your best interest in mind. They give you that gentle nudge that says it is okay to go out into the “jungle”.
Put yourself in their shoes. How would you want to be treated? How do you develop those relationships that you don’t have? Where do I start? An advisor is someone who can point you in the direction, not someone just trying to fill their position they have. They want to find the best fit for YOU, not for what you have open.
Now that I have said all of this- are you an advisor or a recruiter? What can you do to change your philosophy on recruiting? If you are a candidate- are you working with an advisor or just another recruiter? If you are working with a recruiter, it may be time for a change.