Does it take a village? Or is it more of a fellowship of sorts?
I tried to get a team together for the DARPA Balloon Challenge. I posted everywhere, there were a few patient onlookers who mostly were curious how we would collaborate on googlewave to accomplish this crazy task. Find 10 red balloons hidden on street corners throughout the US in 1 day.
2 people were able to do so much. I have never been more proud to have a sourcer like Lisa Offutt working with me & for me on this challenge. We had another 2 or 3 willing participants help us run down certain tasks as well. MIT won the contest. The Geocaching club had 1.5 million members and they came up with 8 of the balloons.
At first, I was disappointed that more recruiters did not participate in the challenge, not to mention sourcers. How could so many spend a week trying to solve a SourceCon challenge, but a day to win 40,000 dollars was not that enticing?!?
I gave it some thought, and I decided that our industry is really a merry band of individuals don't you think? We distrust others n our industry site unseen. Recruiters are like tigers, polar bears, or great white sharks. We are not animals that hunt in packs most of the time. It is a lonely game, with our "prey" being the ones we talk with most of the time.
The truth is we don't like working with other recruiters. This is a universal truth, one we don't like to admit. Oh, I think we like working close to other recruiters, the camaraderie of the bull pen, the ringing of the bell, the high five, the "drinks on me" since I just made the last placement, etc. But not the actual work, that we like doing all by ourselves. We tend to have a bent toward being control freaks if the truth be told. Most would rather give a req to someone else than share it.
Am I wrong?