Canvas calling. Is it the way to get business in 2013?

Morning all, more of a rant than a blog. This morning I am rushing to jump on the tube, I am expecting a potential offer from a top client. My phone started ringing, it was a withheld number. I rush back up the steps at Stepney Green tube station out of breath pressed the green but and answer “JGB Partners” the voice on the other end “Hi Jim, how are you today? Would you be interested in outsourced RPO services?

“ ARRRRRRRRGGHHHHHH” I just missed the Hammersmith and City line, I have to wait another 15 mins. Do I want to ever to ever ever ever use that company that made me miss the tube? No. Am I now furious, late and negative towards RPO’s? Yes.

It made me think, how many recruiters are out there doing exactly that to how many clients every single day fighting for that one scrap of business and how likely are they to get it by calling and annoying busy people and, worse, being pushy. Does this make them feel the same way about recruiters as I feel about RPO’s today? Does this method of business development still work? I guess people have to start somewhere by building relationships but is this really the way?

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