(Nov 14, 2008) I spent an amazing couple of days with Dave Mendoza, our resident networking genius, sourcer extraordinaire and all around good guy. Dave organized a group of us (including Dan DH Harris and Sean Rehder) to spend a day engaging an amazing organization on the full range of Staffing and Recruiting Issues.
I tackled the big picture and "why" questions of Recruiting Strategy. Dave focused on microsites and the general "How" question. DH dug even further into precise sourcing tactics. Sean gently touched on the "architecture of community".
It was amazing to be in a place where those ideas resonated. It allowed me to see that a fully implemented Recruiting Strategy has (at least) four main components:
We were fortunate to be in an environment where everyone clearly understood that transactional reactive recruiting is a great way to make long term mistakes.
It also became clear that the downturn will be a great time for retrenchment and reconsideration of strategy and the architecture used to implement it. I am seeing more and more firms trying to get their arms around the process of identifying all of their potential hires well in advance of the requirement (even years). They are using economic slowness as a way to retool for the future.
Lots of people in our industry are on the receiving end of difficult economic news. While there is general agreement that those who survive the next 18 months will be long term winners, it's still hard to see who they will be. There are lots of financial pressures on organizations that looked strong yesterday.
The cool thing about Mendoza is his resilient focus on doing things for others. He tends to stay away from the sort of patronizing help that feels like pity. Rather, he thinks long and hard about how to help other people make money.
We talked at length about how Recruiters might productively use the downtime.
Here are some suggestions (blame me for this, Dave just got me thinking):
Are you doing something productive with unplanned free time? Take a moment and let us know.
John Sumser has been chronicling the Recruiting Industry forever. You can catch his work at JohnSumser.com. He's the CEO of the Recruiting Roadshow. These days he's been working out the kinks in a new process for developing a top level Recruiting Strategy