Once upon a time there was an industry. Like all industries it began as a mere fledgling, but then it grew and in many ways was a beautiful thing. In some other ways it developed a few traits of an ugly duckling.
As with any industry, unfortunately it is the ugly side that gets undue attention and consequently our fledgling recruitment industry suffered as a result.
If you’ve worked in recruitment for a while you may have developed a twitch. It’s a social twitch that happens when someone asks you what it is you do. Symptoms may include a momentary cringe, immediately followed by a rushed explanation as to the type of recruiter you are and not one of ‘those’ recruiters.
This situation has been born of the perception which developed as to what types of people work in recruitment and some common behaviour traits. Like law and estate agency, there have been many people to date who have done the job well. There have also been many that haven’t; such people are what we mean by ‘those’ recruiters.
Whether rogue behaviour by individuals or a cultural sidestepping of best practice at an organisational level, we are all familiar with some of the practices which have occurred. The extent to which this has been prevalent is a matter for further debate, but I would bet that most recruiters have witnessed or have heard of one, some, if not all of the following:
Not surprisingly this does not make for a good candidate or client experience. It furthermore diminishes the perceived service and therefore erodes the belief in value for money.
Every other recruiter however, can look forward to a bright future. The methods outlined above have never truly worked, but they sadly created enough short term gain to sustain their practitioners.
These days are over. Or at least they are in their twilight phase. No doubt the minority (and I believe it is a minority) who have practiced in this way will be pining for the ‘good old days’ over a glass of something in their nearest All Bar One.
The modern recruiter however, has everything to be proud of. It may take a little time but I believe that the perception of recruitment is set to change. You’ll be able to hold your head up proudly whenever you say what it is you do. But don’t wait – you’re a modern recruiter so start doing it now.
If you need a little confidence booster in this respect then keep this list list of reasons why close to hand:
You may still be a little nervous and have your doubts but I promise this is going to happen. It will do so because the tools of social media which are so rapidly changing the recruitment landscape in your favour are equally able to name and shame. The lid has already been lifted and is being pulled right back.
So we should all be proud; the duckling is rapidly changing into a beautiful swan.
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