To my fellow 3rd party recruiters & sourcers,
Over 30+ years of working in this wonderful industry of recruiting has taught me a lot. Knowledge gained through experience, mistakes, successes and a lot of shared knowledge from peers, collegues and associates. It would be fair to have described me as a "lurker" and not a participator in the public exchange.

I am extremely grateful to all of you that have so generously shared your ideas, thoughts, tips and tricks over the years. Some of them have come from people with less experience than me....and nowadays it's hard to find someone with more years than I have! It's time to start giving back. I know have a lot of "stuff" stored in this brain but so far I've been better at answering questions than at starting discussions or writing a blog. Working on that.

My experience stared before the fax, computer, email and all the wonderful technology we have at our disposal now...Yikes! I know it's hard to believe I can still sit straight in my chair. Most of what I learned back in 1975 is irrelevant now. Things have changed and so have I. The one thing that has remained the same is that we are in a people business and regardless of the tools you use, we connect with people. Common sense, courtesy, sensitivity and professionalism never go out of style. Connecting doesn't make our money though does it? Knowling how to do it does. I'm not a million dollar biller..never was. But, I've made enough to run a business employing up to 5 recruiters at one time, and I'm still going. So, if I can help anyone let me know. In the meantime, I'll work on adding some value to the groups with a blog. I'm not going to be selling anything. The customers I want don't use this forum....Geeez, a lot of them aren't even using the internet a lot yet! I really just want to help.

This is my first blog and it is just to thank all of you fellow recruiters who have shared over the years. Unfortunately, we 3rd party recruiters are all painted with a very broad brush and I'm here to say there's a lot of good guys. That's why I love the job.

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Comment by Ambrish Kochikar on August 19, 2009 at 7:03pm
Thanks for your generous offer and for your post, Fran! It's encouraging to know there's someone I can reach out to who's been a pro at it for longer than I've been around. I'll look forward to reading more from you, hopefully soon. I joined this blog only recently and think the passion and expertise of most writers here are truly remarkable.
Comment by Fran Hogan on August 19, 2009 at 7:59pm
Great profile Sandra. You don't look like you've been around the industry since 1978! Nice to meet another survivor. Great suggestion, or should I say kick in the butt...I will make the discussions page a regular stop.

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