kin' for my missin' piece
I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go,
Lookin' for my missin' piece.
If you are at all familiar with this Shel Silverstein book, then you know about the simplest of searches. Finding the missing piece. When I first read this book, I thought - oh, what a cute little story about a circle missing a pie-shaped piece. Then as an adult, as a parent and reading it to my child, it held a different meaning. Finding independence and being ok with it. Knowing that you can survive on your own. Knowing that one must take care of one's own happiness and not be dependent upon another to provide it. Figuring out that maybe there isn't a piece missing, that you are alright just the way you are.
Twenty years later with middle age settling in and a lengthy career in the service and recruiting industry, I see a different story. I see the story of a search - a search for the perfect candidate, the perfect client, the perfect job. And, typically, perfection is short-lived. Sometimes, you just need the "good enough" candidate and sometimes the smaller client is adequate.
Through swamps and jungles,
up mountains and down mountains
Until one day lo and behold...
The potential candidate said,
"I am not your missing piece.
I am nobody's piece,
I am my own piece.
And even if I was somebody's missing piece,
I don't think I'd be yours..."
Oh..., I'm sorry to have bothered you. Would it be alright if I just sent you an email with the particulars and then maybe you will think of someone that might have an interest? Thanks for your time.
The search is what drives some of us, not the finding. Because once the piece is found, our search is done, over, ka-put. I guess it comes down to the age-old question, "Which is more important? the journey or the destination?"
So, what is your missing piece? Is it the candidate? Is it a stable of candidates?
Maybe it is the perfect client? Or a whole database of clients?
Perhaps it is your own job that has become your missing piece. Perhaps your search has been for yourself, finding that right match or dare I say it? The perfect fit. Will you know it when it happens or will it be too small or too big? Can you make it work or will you move on?
Maybe, just maybe, you can roll by yourself.
"Have you ever tried?"
g 3rd party recruitment industry which is growing not contracting despite of all the tools you have mentioned. In fact at any point in time there have always been a set of state of the art tools which theoretically enabled companies to effectively recruit for themselves - starting in the 80s with the advent of the desktop PC and the fax machine. The missing element however, is the people in the recruiting roles in client companies and how they are compensated. Simply put, these are corporate HR types, not on commission. They may have the "recruiter" title and function but it is a different mindset. You can give these people all the tools in the world and they will not compete very well with the commissioned headhunter/agency/executive recruiter type. They never have and they never will.…
hey still do use agencies. You were not talking to the decision maker. Try a Hiring Manager who has a deadline on a project that is missing key elements. There is always a company who needs an outside Recruiter. …