After almost five years, I have returned to the IT staffing industry in order to be a founding member and recruiter at Kranect. I have found the industry somewhat changed in that social media and technology have changed how people interact when it comes to jobs. For example when I was last recruiting, Twitter was barely in existence, Facebook was just becoming available to non-students, and LinkedIn wasn’t the recruiting tool it has become today. People were still on MySpace for goodness sake!

In many ways, though, things are the same; a little bit of respect and honesty go a long way, and there is no replacement for actually talking to people in person or on the phone. People are still utterly unpredictable, which I have always found interesting and refreshing.

Lately, a lot of my time is spent learning how to use new software, being distracted by it, and becoming more effective using the trial and error method (a.k.a. the hard way).  The crux is how to use these new tools to enhance my ability to connect with people as opposed to having them get in the way.  It seems, too, that there are recruiters before me who have muddied the waters with disrespect and unprofessionalism. This might be the biggest challenge of all. How does one prove that she isn’t like the others? She’ll have to show them, and that takes time, and nobody is perfect.  Occasionally, things don’t go smoothly in an interview or someone takes feedback too personally.  But I get by with a little help from my friends, and that has made all the difference.  Every time I turn around, someone is trying to help me succeed, which is another refreshing aspect of humankind. 
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Comment by Peter Ceccarelli on September 14, 2012 at 6:10pm

It really hasn't changed as much as you think it has.  The tools you mention are just that.  Tools.  This is still a people business and it does require actually speaking to someone on the phone or in person.........eventually.  How you find them is the easy part.  How you engage them and gain their trust is also the easy part if you're ethical, concerned about what their value system is (means you ask good questions and then shut-up and listern), and just be sincere and authentic self..........then you'll win everytime.  If you were successful in the past.  You'll be just as successful today.  In my opinion there is way too much time and emphasis focused on the "tools" to find people.  Most are a HUGE waste of time.  Stick to the basics...........talk to a lot of people and again, but your honest self and the success will come.  Good luck and welcome back to the crazy world of recruiting. 

Comment by Kelly McKinsey on September 14, 2012 at 6:27pm

Thanks for the warm welcome back, Peter! Your comments are very encouraging and helpful. I might have over-emphasized the part about social media changing the IT staffing scene. Indeed, I see more similarities than differences in past versus present, but it's still an adjustment coming back. There really is nothing quite like recruiting!

Comment by RecruitingBlogs on September 15, 2012 at 4:26pm

Welcome back Kelly...there is a lot to consume but it really is all about your ability to connect and work with people.  There are just more ways to make the connection and stay in touch.  I still remember faxing, mailing, and delivering resumes...!  Work the basics as hard as you can and let the technology fit in where you need it.  May you make many placements...Noel

Comment by Kelly McKinsey on September 18, 2012 at 10:30am

Thanks, Noel! Great advice. I appreciate the well-wishes!

Comment by Malia Jorgensen on October 22, 2012 at 10:46am

Totally can relate!  I just started back in IT recruiting after 6 years of being away.  Technology has changed everything, but what I have found is that the basic respect for people can still be had.  If we are sincere in how we talk with potential candidates as we reach out to them and our interactions in the follow up - can make a huge difference in how they perceive us. Best wishes!

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