I have heard this saying a few times now, and most recently in a health book I have been reading. What's the difference? It finally hit home. We are all in a constant dance between being the student and teacher depending on the relationships we hold.
As recruiters when we build a relationship with a client who is ready to expand their reach and achieve their next goal be it another company or role, our insight to market dynamics and industry flux is key. Our clients are our students and it is our responsibility to best prepare them for achieving their next move. This isn't always an easy role to fulfill, it means giving feedback and guidance - some that may not be that easy to hear. The point isn't to tear down, it’s to build up. To be a catalyst in the formula, the relationship, that propels both the client and ourselves to the next level of success.
Then there is the turn around, being open enough to realize that our clients, peers, events, and experiences might just be the teachers we've been waiting for. We all know the saying, "we were given two ears and one mouth", it's about listening. Really listening. Recruiters must always be in a state of seeing, defining and utilizing. To be in a state of “readiness”. The key is to add the state of “awareness”, opportunities are abundant around us whether they be new business clients, executive placements or business ventures. Once our awareness is turned on, the potential is endless!
So ask yourself, are you ready?