Interesting how you can actually learn something meaningful from very trivial conversations!
Now that I think about it-it’s nothing new because Jerry Seinfeld made a fortune from a TV show which was based on the subject of nothing.

Recently I had an interesting conversation with a friend. That brief conversation was about nothing special but it made me reflect on the changes that have taken place in the recruitment profession. And now it has me thinking about what will happen next. Here is a brief dialog of that conversation:

Him: You go a minute?
Me: Yeah, what’s up?
Him: Do you know who Seal is?
Me: Is he the entertainer who is married to that super model?
Him: Yeah, how did he get those scars on his face, do you know?
Me: Not really sure, isn’t he from Africa, maybe it’s some tribal thing!
Him: That’s what my wife said, but I think he must have been in an accident or something!
Me: Accident? I don’t think so; he would have had plastic surgery with all his money!
Him: We (wife) just made a bet and she told me to call you to see who is right…I know I’m right!
Me: Ok, let me see how good I am in finding what I’m looking for… says that the scars are a form of Lupus. He has had for a while now.
Him: Lupus? I don’t think so…where did you get that information?
Me: It’s right here on the Internet…I just sent the link to you.
Him: Wow, technology is something else, isn’t it?

This is a perfect example of how the world has changed. Transparency, authenticity and instantaneous has become the expectation in how we interact socially and professionally. Information that was provided by only specialized individuals is now an instant away on the Internet for everyone to see.
What does any of this have to do with recruiting?

A lot!

If you are not committed to becoming technology compliant, then by default you have taken the fast track to recruitment obsolescence.

What’s recruitment obsolescence?

Recruitment obsolescence is having conversations about your superior performance in the days gone by while being a spectator on the sidelines watching life passes by. And using technology as a tool to move your own agenda along will be the biggest obstacle that will hinder most in an industry that is changing minute by minute.

Here’s the new reality. Top talents are no longer hidden behind the doors and cubicles of their employers; they have come to the surface to show their feathers. And the so called hidden job market is now on public display, like fruits in a grocery store. The cloak that once hid inside information of an employer has been blown away by the wind, and a more knowledgeable job applicant has emerged. As a result, the entry point to recruiting the top talent has shifted once again.

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Comment by Paul Alfred on January 26, 2011 at 10:38am
Nice thoughts Ken ... The entry point has shifted indeed ... Every recruiter is armed with the online tools- now we have to master the process of acquiring the Talent ... There are still alot of passive candidates in specialized fields (SAP for example) that are still not easily found on LinkedIn as an example as they are not making themselves public ... The key is reaching these hidden gems through the power of your online/offline network who ever does this consistently will be successful in the long run in this new era....
Comment by Ken Forrester on January 26, 2011 at 11:32am

Morgan, I agree.  Finding talent is easy and recruiting talent is hard.  But no one wants to admit it. They prefer to continue believing that recruiting talent can be done on the cheap.

Paul, we certainly have to change with the times.  But how we monetize what we do and what we can deliver is also a piece of the puzzle.




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