(March 13, 2009) It's been an interesting week,
Like a mold that you just can't seem to get out of the refrigerator no matter how much you clean, the comments for DRBC v2.08 continue to accumulate. I now get routine mail from readers who hope that I can help them stop the deluge of notifications that someone has added another comment. I tell them to go to the bottom of the post and press the stop following button. It doesn't work very often (the instructions, not the button, the button always works). Many people need to be told several times how to do this.
As the content in the comments matures it's interesting to see it taking on a sort of Noah's ark quality. First, there were just the boors. Then came horses, pigs. chicken and Cheech and Chong. As the survivors spoke amongst themselves, a conspiracy began to emerge. Like an attempted escape from Stalag 13, various Recruitosphere luminaries plotted the development of a new conversational group (network) featuring, you guessed it, them.
I'm sure that the original content had very little to do with the accumulated comments. Some combination of bad economics, job insecurity and the industry's need for a deep tutorial gave the adventure its energy. The real power in the comments comes from that tight group of potential escapees. What is really clear is that they enjoy each other's company. And they seem to know what they're talking about. Competence and camaraderie is fun to watch.
In the meantime, I've been swamped by vendors who want to demo sourcing automation products. Much of the work currently performed by hard working sourcers is going to become push buttoned in the near future. The time and energy associated with using the internet to source names is in the process of declining. Here's a great free tool for making search strings more easily.
My big take away is that while sweeping generalizations are great conversation starters, the truth is always more nuanced. It would be great to take Maureen Sharib's comments out of the post and publish them separately. They make a fantastic tutorial introduction to the world of telephone sourcing.
So, the next big frontier is how to make Recruiting a strategic function. This is hard when it's agency or contingency work. While Recruiting could be the way that companies really transform their operations, most of it is brute force tactical crap. "We're filling this position to these requirements" is a to do list, not a strategic plan.
I recommend taking a very close look at whatever you can find out about Novotus. This RPO is standing the agency business on its head. They take all sorts of work at a 6% fee and guarantee 100% fill on as many requisitions as you'd care to give them. As a result, they get invited to participate in the company's strategic dialog. The company gets really interested in seeing them succeed.
It's a good business model that simply requires discipline, sourcing automation, process control and commitment to delivery of results. It will be duplicated quickly by a variety of competitors and admirers. It makes me wonder if TPRs will be elbowing their way into the job application lines, trying to get in front of the Internet sourcers.
There are two key pieces involved in prospering during the rest of this economic turmoil.
Setting up a string to find information that is posted by someone on the internet is not hacking. It's like using the Dewey Decimal system to find a book at the library. It's not a trick.
I have read several of your postings and it seems like you are having a hard time being hirable because you are not up to speed on computer searching. There is so much information out there in the public domain Google developed a search engine so we can find what we are looking for without spending weeks. Hacking takes a lot more computer know how than most recruiters ever will have. I hate to see anyone become bitter by refusing to learn something that is new, then shoot themselves in the foot by calling it unethical. As the world changes we have to change with it or become lost in the dust of progress.
If we didn't develop new tools and learn to use them civilization would still be growing food by poking a hole in the ground with a stick to plant a seed. Give yourself a chance, learn something new and make yourself more marketable just as you would tell a candidate to go take a class so they would be up to speed on the latest technology.
Think about it, please, instead of calling it witchcraft could it just be something new that you should learn?