A recruiter in my office recently landed a VP search for a company I used to work for. I know a lot about this company’s dirty laundry, and the leadership is generally ruthless and unethical. I tried to warn the recruiter before he took the search, but he doesn’t seem to care about the background information. My real problem is that it’s now my job to generate candidates to fill this role. I absolutely don’t want to work on this search. Am I right to feel this way? What should I do?
Honey, it’s time to take a big girl pill. Unless I’m missing something obvious, you’re working for a search firm and getting paid by the placement, right? That means you have a job to do, so tuck your disapproval into your back pack and start recruiting.
This situation is not about you. It doesn’t matter how valid your perspective is, although you’re certainly entitled to your opinion and to act on it in any way that you please. Just like there’s no crying in baseball
, there are no victims in recruiting.
Situations like this test our abilities to recruit professionally. They teach us to step out of a personal frame of reference to recognize and build relationships between people who can fundamentally work well together in business. They teach us to speak the truth with respect and transparency to others: not just in terms of the situation that is, but also in terms of the opportunity it presents to the individuals and the business.
You may think that your chance to bring about positive change for this former employer ended when you left the company. I think that you’ve come full circle, and you are empowered once again to drive change – only this time in a much more strategic way than you could have done in your old job. Bring that mindset to your candidate development, and see what happens.
The best revenge is living well, don’t you think?
In my day job, I’m the head of Products for Improved Experience, where we help employers use feedback to measure and manage engagement for competitive advantage in hiring and retention. Learn more about us here