1. Saying the very same thing the last recruiter said to the same potential clients and expecting to be the one who gets the order.

2. Having the same candidate my competitor has that we both grab off Monster each morning and expecting to be the one who gets the send-out.

3. Agreeing to discount my fees because the potential client has "multiple openings and I should be happy they are letting me in".

4. Arriving at the office after 8, milling around for 1/2 hr slurping coffee and chit chatting with other average recruiters about how "this recession sucks" ....spending the rest of the day "social networking" and then shooting out the door at 5:01 pm.

5. Not expecting my client to do what they say they are going to do when the were going to do it.

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Comment by Toni Buccarelli on January 7, 2009 at 6:33pm
Jerry - I love the hat!
Comment by Jerry Albright on January 7, 2009 at 6:35pm
Thanks Toni!
Comment by Becky Metcalf on January 7, 2009 at 9:35pm
Average and broke? ;) Nice take, Jerry, points well taken!
Comment by Michael Specht on January 7, 2009 at 9:54pm
The same could be said for most professions these days. It is a period of the quick and the out of business.
Comment by Jenny DeVaughn on January 8, 2009 at 1:46pm
LOVE this list. Is my TPR experience showing?
Comment by Thad Greer on January 8, 2009 at 1:50pm
That's why our industry has been bastardized. "If you're good at something, never do it for free." ~ The Joker
Comment by Lisa DeAngelo on January 8, 2009 at 1:51pm
What is "TPR"?
Great list; I have learned a lot!
Comment by Jerry Albright on January 8, 2009 at 1:52pm
As I read this again - I guess it's really just a "note to self" so to speak. I was just reminding myself of how easily failure can happen to the best of us - and I can't let it happen to me!
Comment by Salvatore Petrara, CPC on January 8, 2009 at 1:58pm
Hey Jerry;
I thought Darwins theory on evolution has quelled these folks last year?
When times are good everyone thinks they could recruit...
This is my 4th recession in the staffing industry. I get in the office @ 9:30... yet don't stop until late, late late. Hey you gotta make night calls!
In this field part- time efforts yield part time results, it is crucial to separate yourself from the pack...
Comment by Jerry Albright on January 8, 2009 at 2:07pm
I remember when I first started out on my own - working until 10 and 11 every night. For months. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves......

Thanks Sal!

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