Wouldn’t you want the X-men working for you?
Professor Charles Francis Xavier, the X-men’s founder, wanted people with that something “extra,” people whose special skills were manifest yet misunderstood. He built a tool to find these unique men and women. He broke down their skills, categorized them, and finally brought them together to maximize their potential.
Professor X was in the business of creating superheroes. He was a SUPER Connector! In short, Marvel Comics taught me everything I needed to know to be a successful IT recruiter. I was going to use this idea to build the perfect team.
Every recruiter can learn from Professor X. After all, this is the man – the mutant, whatever – who built Cerebro, a device that allowed him to use his mind to find exactly who he was looking for. We all have a Cerebro these days: the possibilities of social media and Google are nearly limitless. LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Twitter, Facebook etc. were full of potential people. This is our professional capital, and we must use it wisely. Once Professor X found the individuals he wanted, he had to make certain that what he wanted for them was what they wanted too. Then he had to convince them to join him. That is, he began to recruit them. That was the tricky part. How do we convince them to join? How do I speak to them?
Later, over the years, I have taken this method with me to the companies I have recruited for in helping attract the talent they need. Through reaching out to the network I built in the past I can find the employee needed now. I found myself in a world where people were comfortable when I called. They knew me to be sincere and knowledgeable. I get referrals daily. People return calls and emails. So, in my own way I became a professor X of recruiting talent with my very own Cerebro and the soft skills that one needs to get talent to respond.