During a recent long car journey home I caught up with long time friend and fellow recruiter I used to work with; Steve Williams of Highstar Associates (http://www.highstar-associates.co.uk/). Although we both do the same job we have very different backgrounds.
I’ve always worked in recruitment (http://www.linkedin.com/in/robmwright), joined the industry in 1998 as a temp controller, then a team manager of contingent permanent recruitment and now I’m a headhunter for NRG Executive (http://www.nrgplc.com/).
In contrast Steve became a recruiter in 2004 after 34 years with a major corporate and works for himself specialising in recruiting facilities management professionals (Steve was the Head of FM for his previous employer BT Cellnet / O2 – so he knows his stuff as he’s been the hirer).
After a conversation that ranged from the use (and abuse) of Twitter to wash-out holidays in Florida we signed off and agreed to have a catch up coffee sometime soon. As my journey continued I began to think about Steve and the work that he does and came to the conclusion that recruiters like Steve are the future of recruitment. Here’s why …………Specialisation
What’s so Special about Specialisation?
And the future?
The rise of social media, the development of new and better recruiting tools (e.g. Linkedin Talent Pipeline http://talent.linkedin.com/talentpipeline) and the In-House Recruitment Manager function getting better, slicker and more common in more and more industry sectors are just three obvious threats to those agencies stuck in the middle as generalist and vanilla.
So Recruiters .... find a niche, vocation, nook, cranny or place-of-one’s-own to specialise in and mine deep for the gold.
More power to your arm Steve - Long Live the Specialist!