The Dumbing Down of Recruiting - Originally posted on Jackye Claytons blog, "The Pursuit."
"Much to learn you still have...my old padawan."
... "This is just the beginning!" –Yoda
I didn’t walk 30 miles in the snow uphill both ways but I am
a bit old school. When I started recruiting, there was no LinkedIn, Monster,
CareerBuilder or other social media outlets that are used so highly today. When I started in this business, the word
“recruit” was a verb.
Recruiting and sourcing has taken a dramatic turn, adapting
with today’s technology which has changed the game. For experienced recruiters, these tools are
used to enhance the hunter skills that are embedded deep within the psyche of a
true recruiter. Technology, while it is
so necessary to do our jobs, has changed the way we play the game as well as
changed the definition of what a recruiter does. Often we call it “Post and
Pray.” I also refer to it as the
“Dumbing down of Recruiting.”
The Word “Recruit” is a
If you are not enhancing your recruiting hunting skills as
well as the way you use technology to find candidates, you will become obsolete
faster than you know. The landscape looks completely different (as it should)
then it did 10 years ago but in some interesting ways. Look at the list below. These were requirements for me and other
recruiters to keep our jobs.
- Meeting Candidates
- Checking References
- Face to Face Interviews with Recruiters
- Building Candidate Pipelines
- Daily/Weekly Communication with Candidates
Placed AND Sourced
- Obtaining Candidate Referrals (Who do you
- Understanding the Environment of the
Company you are recruiting for
- Skills Testing
- Getting placements based on recruiter
recommendation rather than resumes
- 35% fees!!
Yes **Padawan, we used to get 35% fees. That was when recruiters were looked upon as
valuable and resumes were faxed or mailed. (I told you I was going to show my
The point is this. We are in the people business, Posting
jobs, using job boards and scraping the internet should be a part of your recruiting
strategy but not the entire strategy.
Meet your candidates. Get
referrals. Understand the market. It may seem silly but face-to-face is making
a comeback. OK so I am old school, but give it a try.” If no mistake have you
made, yet losing you are ... a different game you should play.” – YODA