er working at a manufacturing company many years ago when a European company bought a majority share of stock, and sent an emissary to watch over operations more closely. Bathing customs differ from one part of the world to another we discovered, and it didn't take long for HR to field an arm-load of complaints. Due to the delicacy of his role and proximity to the new corporate owner, she arranged for him to have a one-on-one with the company President who outlined many of the social niceties of America, including bathing frequency and deodorant. Turned out he really had no clue that others could smell him rooms away, or that the rest of us didn't smell just like him. Go figure.
Sandra McCartt said:We had a situation like this with a candidate we placed as CFO of an exclusive private club. The girls in the office finally took a can of air freshner and started to spray it all the time. When he asked why, they replied that there was a strange odor in the office that was bothering them and thought it could be sewer gas but smelled like BO. He finally got the message because he did have a medical problem so fessed up. They made arrangements for him to see a physician and suggested that he might pay particular attention to getting suits cleaned more often and perhaps bringing a fresh shirt to the office if needed durning the day. the other alternative is to ask him if he has a problem and mention that you have a close friend with the same problem who was able to get it under control with doctor recommended deordant. You would be willing to ask him what it was so he could get some.
number (I place 90%+ of roles I am given) but then I have made a conscious decision to work in a specialist sector and work on an exclusive basis - almost exclusively.
I agree wholeheartedly that achieving 'trusted advisor' rather than 'supplier' status is key but it seems this is becoming increasingly hard to do. The increasing commoditisation of recruitment through job boards and what I call CV shuffling recruiters whose business model works on the subtle principle of mud eventually sticking to walls has misled many clients into thinking 'more is more' and that a recruiter is no more than a supplier like the proverbial photocopier toner man.
I have spent the last eighteen months placing multiple candidates for a company to whom I was recommended by a VC. I have never, ever failed to fulfil a search for this company despite some seriously challenging issues that affect their ability to recruit in their core market, placing 8 candidates in a variety of sales and senior (VP/C) level roles. I have a personal recommendation from the CEO on my LinkedIn page indicating he has referred associates to me as an excellent recruiter - I have even worked for one! Despite this the client has now gone with another agency introduced by new VCs on a retained basis (having refused a similar relationship with me despite my excellent track record)! They are still asking me to do all the tough stuff – I have a candidate at second interview stage as we speak - but the nice VP level positions have been taken away. What have I done wrong? And what price loyalty?
But heh you have to take it on the chin and move on. It’s tough though sometimes . . .
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"A Little Chicken Soup for the Networking Soul I found on an Island" - A week ago my wife, Heidi and I returned from a 5 day excursion in Jamaica with RecruitingBlogs.com (RBC) Founder, Jason Davis and his lovely wife Michelle, their friends, and Dennis Smith and his lovely wife, Kathryn. Dennis is not only among those who inspired me to blog, but a terrific friend. He was the fortunate winner of Broadlook's "Recruiting Video Contest" on RBC. We want to thank Broadlook and esp. our friend, it's CEO, Donato Diorio
for making this possible. Broadlook has shown consistent support for the Recruitosphere community and they have been a friend of what we do here at SixDegreesfromDave every step of the way. I hope everyone shows their recognition as well, and checks out Broadlook's excellent sourcing products - which I personally use regularly. You can check out the viral video everyone is talking about ... as Dennis Smith jumps a Cliff I soon followed after that might as well have been 300 feet - it was that scary and all the more satisfying.
Now, as I write this, a few might think this discussion is out of sync with today's economic environment. Surely, had I not bought the tickets before the recession, I question whether I would have taken the "jump" myself - but there is a lesson that is relevant to us all. I would never have known Jason Davis, Dennis Smith, or been a partner to RBC or been in Jamaica had I not ventured into being a networking evangelist three years ago. This trip and those who attended were all unquestionably a residual of networking specifically and the recruitosphere in general.
For those of you who open this newsletter but don't take advantage of it's quasi-weekly updated networking lists, consider the impact. This trip exemplifies the rewards developed as a direct result of networking. Networking Changes lives. For the many who have since been laid off, or fear it - I have said for years Networking is not a bandwagon you jump into simply when you need it. It is a vehicle you hitch a ride with in both good times and bad. You never know what country you will be end up with and with what new friends who bring meaning to your life, but networking has a way of creating opportunities you never expected nor knew existed. I didn't expect the changes myself. But they are just as available to you, esp. as you seek a lifeline to meet your family obligations, meet a mortgage and wonder why it is so difficult to land your next gig. The only thing stopping you, even in this terrible economic tsunami, is yourself from reaching out to the lifeline of networking with someone who knows someone else who can connect you to decision makers. In this climate, we learn no one is an island - unless we choose to stand alone.
I am hoping all of you are ready to welcome new friends and add them to your community. In these tough economic time, we could all use new friends, right? I know everyone says, "Ill do it later" - but what is two minutes of time when the appreciation is heart felt from the recipient? Make someone feel special like you did and feel it again passing it forward!
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