Buzz buzz. This'll be fun. In the middle of the day from hell I had today, my mind drifted to a more secure, happier place, and began to use itself again to think. Unfortunately those thoughts are always that great. I do amuse myself though...
Here I am neck deep in URGENT requisitions, you know the kind where the world will end or the company will go broke if I don't find a two toed camel herder with 6 years java development skills. I have my C level executives calling me, wondering where they all are. I have my team, well a team in transition, one person about to move to HR, one going flat out and 2 part time people just finding their way. I have interviews to organise, interviews to do, I have screening to do, I have offers to make (and some weird questions to field from these offers, I mean seriously, if I'm paying you $1000 a day, don't bitch to me that it isn't enough) and of course I have to prepare for an external audit on Monday. Give me that bottle of acid.. I'm thirsty!
And then as one of the offers I have on the boil is about to go south, because of a silly business decision, i get a cold call... da da daaaaaaaaaa. I'm an easy target, my name is on the corporate website, I'm tweeting jobs, I'm all over job boards etc.
- welcome to .... Recpest speaking
- Hi, I'm blah, from blah blah Recruiting, can I speak to Recpest please.
RP - Yep, just said that.. you are.
?? - Oh hi, how are you?
RP - Awesome! Friday arvo and I'm talking to you! How could I be better?
?? - OK, ummm I saw your ad on job board A and just wondered if you need any help?
RP - I thought you said you were a recruiter?
?? - I did, I mean yes I am
RP - OK, so your not a two toed camel herder with 6 years java development?
?? - No, but I have some great camel herders I am working with from an assignment we did for a company just like yours.
RP - Do they have 2 toes?
?? - No
RP - Do they have java experience? But they are keen to learn
?? - No
RP - So how are you going to help me then?
?? - Well I have these great candidates that....
RP - yeah you told me that, but do they match the brief you said you called me about?
?? - Not exactly, but they will be a great cultural fit for your company!
RP - OK, and what fit will that be?
?? - ummmmmmm but we have cheap rates.
RP - Let's not talk about money yet. Did you find these people?
?? - No, my researcher did in our database
RP - OK but you interviewed them though, face to face?
?? - No, I did a phone interview with them.
RP - You did?
?? - Well no, one of my colleagues did that.....
RP - OK, can I ask you a question then?
?? - Sure.....
RP - You said you were a Recruiter....
?? - Yeah
RP - What Recruiting do you do?
?? - what do you mean?
RP - Tell me what out of what you just said, shows me you DO Recruiting,
?? - Well we aren't here to talk about me...
RP - Serious?
?? - Yeah, I'm calling to see if I can help you out.
RP - In what?
?? - Your Recruitment needs
RP - But we just established you don't do Recruitment.
oops, was I bad?
Seriously, can the real Recruiters please stand up.
My natural superiority complex bubbled up then. My view on Agency Recruiters v Corporate Recruiters solidified. (opposite to the one I hear a bit that Corporate Recruiters are failed Agency Recruiters)
Corporate Recruiters (Not the HR wannabe, why do I have to do this interview when I can sit in my ivory tower and write a policy) are the REAL Recruiters, Agency recruiters are the second cousin that everyone bitches about but don't like to invite them to their house.
The amount of times I am told by Agency recruiters that they have a database of 60000 people and that is how they will find me the best person... OK how is that Recruiting? That is just scraping barrels. Tell me how YOU are adding me value. That isn't
I have to know my market, our place within it. I need to attract people, or find them, nurse them through our process, sell the why us concept. I have to process all the applications that come from the job boards, I need to screen them, I need to interview them, I need to test them and do their reference checks. Then, I need to ensure the offer is accepted and that they actually start. I have to deal with grumpy hiring managers, I have to deal with the business repercussions of bad hires.
So, I suppose I'm saying my version of Recruiting is a bit different to this guys. To be honest, I am finding more and more this is the prevailing sentiment from the calls I've received lately.
My dear Agency cousins, if you're calling me saying you are a recruiter. Prove it!