Monthly Archives: February 2012

Michael Jordan and Will Smith share their wisdom

Love this stuff… Watch it… get inspired too…

Recruitment Philosophy – What’s yours?

Changing jobs a couple of times in the last 2 years has made me really look at myself and my belief structure in this field, refine this, perhaps even formulate one (or two).  I’ve come to understand what I believe in, when it comes to Recruiting.

It’s not about just going to work, hiring people and going home.  I think people over complicate things to (sometimes) justify their own existence, pad out their “personal brand”, push their agenda or product, or suck up to “Recruiting aficionados”. And please don’t get me started on all those “Social Media is the greatest” conversations!

I’ve been able to break this down to a few key ideals which I believe in when it comes to this profession and what I do.

So what is it?

Dan’s mantra.

  • Recruitment is all about the conversation (medium is irrelevant)
  • Everyone (YES EVERYONE) is hired to solve a business problem
  • Fish where they are
  • Sharing and learning is essential

What’s yours?

“unfriending” what does it really mean?


I read this article the other day (about killings apparently because of Facebook) and it really disturbed me, it bought me back to a

conversation I had recently about people becoming disconnected on LinkedIn (I’m not sure about the official term for that)

Social Media is both all about personal communication and about anonymity.

You can communicate with thousands of people, yet you can post things without people knowing who you are, you can spurt hate out to the web, commenting on posts, tweets, anything.  I mean even I have a pseudonym, for those times where I want to stir the pot and not have an effect on my company. (no.. I have never trolled!)

It’s interesting to reflect that whilst the ability to be anonymous gives you the freedom to post as you want, however you want, whenever you want.  Your anonymity can be very personal for other people.  I had “someone” troll my blog once, (by “trolling” I mean, adding mean, cutting comments, just to be mean, not adding any valuable comments to the post) and it really did take up a lot of my mental energy for a few days

One of the most offensive things I’ve seen however seems to be the “Defriending”, or unfollowing option, whatever you want to call it.  It seems to be a bit more “personal” on Facebook or LinkedIn than on Twitter, Google+ etc

I must admit, I have “defriended” someone on Facebook, for personal reasons, and felt decidedly awkward when I received a new “Friend invite” the following week.  I actually had to “man up”, call the guy and explain myself.  “In Real Life” Communication, who have thunked it right?

The internet makes it easy to lose those social graces.  You can snipe easily at people, (as a father of 3 cyber bullying scares the crap out of me!), You can “unlike” people, and “write” them out of your life if you will at the quick of a button.  The idea of thinking of the repercussions of what one’s actions would have on someone else are disappearing in this easy comment medium.  Be responsible for what you say, and what you do people, there can be consequences, as that higher article proves.

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#SocialRecruiting, not the mesiah… just a very naughty boy!

Don’t get me wrong, you know I’m a fan of this genre of Recruiting.  That said, I am getting a bit sick and tired of reading blogs, tweets, opinion etc about how this is all completely changes the game and is the best thing that has ever happened to the Recruitment industry.

Is it a help or a hinderance? I’m comfortable sitting here on the fence, it’s a bit of both.

When I was a young lad (OK eye roll moment), we didn’t have the internet, resumes were posted in envelopes (yes people bought stamps) or faxed in (ask your parents) or occasionally hand delivered, printed on different coloured paper and cover letters were even sometimes hand written (no not in a cursive font.. with a pen!).  This bit here may rock your world.  Guess what? People still got hired, Recruiters still made their numbers.  Recruiters had their way of locating people, of knowing who’s who in everyone’s zoo.  However, our mediums of communicating with people were the phone, a letter, a fax or (heaven forbid) a face to face meeting.  We couldn’t poke, SMS, inMail, DM, Facebook or Tweet them.  It was a simpler life.

Now days, there are way more ways to skin a cat.  Social Media has muddied the waters a bit.  There are so many mediums now that you need to be across as a good Recruiter.  It takes focus, I mean it takes focus away… it can be a time suck, you find a rich vein of people in a certain medium and BANG… 3 hours have gone.

I met with a CEO a little while ago who was really excited by the fact that his new “Social Media experts” had made a Facebook page which had quite quickly passed 1000 likers.  They were pretty chuffed with themselves.  The nice guy in me should have let that pass and congratulate them and move on.  Sadly that nice guy must have been daydreaming about coffee or something, and that internal monologue came out loud… on its own. “Why? What are you doing with them? what’s the aim?”  That question really threw him.  There was no answer.  The answer was essentially, “well… we needed a Facebook page”   My point? Why bother?  If there isn’t a goal in mind, no rhyme or reason if you are not measuring something, how do you know it’s successful or not?

That said, it is very handy.  It helps locate, connect and even kind of engage, but it doesn’t change the historical idea that all the quality comes from the conversation.  It really does make our life a little easier, however it also makes it a whole lot busier. With more and more channels opening up which tell the world, they are THE new widget which will find you all the staff you need!  Where do you go? what do you do?  Which rabbit hole do you go down and follow, and when do you pull the pin and stop.  You’ve connected with so many people and you really need to respond to all the messages, tweets, DMs, RT’s, questions etc… Whilst this is all good from a marketing, and future placement/talent pooling point of view, how does it help you today?  I mean, after you’ve done that awesome search, found the perfect candidate, contacted them and hired them that is.

So, take it for what it is, it is another tool, another medium in your Recruitment strategy, don’t forget the others, trust me.  Take two maybe, and call me in the morning.