Saturday, October 5, 2019

There's a sucker born every minute. Some go into recruiting.

1997. I was attending a vocational school night classes in Lacey, WA (since bankrupt) in an attempt to learn how to type and be a receptionist. I had two little babies at home and I knew I need to get some training and make some money. Natalie (I can't remember her last name) was the branch manager of our local Office Team. She came to speak with all of us students about "temping", why we should consider signing up with Office Team after our training and we knew how to answer phones and file documents. She stood there in her branch manager suit, all polished and professional, and I knew in that moment - I wanted to be Natalie when I grew up.

So began my path to recruiting.

I signed to be a temp for Office Team, and spent several weeks covering the front desk while their receptionist was on parental leave. When I was offered a role as a Staffing Manager, I couldn't run away fast enough. All the Staffing Managers I worked with went home crying every day - no way in hell I was signing up for that. Fast forward a few more months and I somehow networked my way into a recruiting gig for a local boutique firm hiring truck drivers. Thus began my recruiting career.

Twenty years later, I'm living the good life as a senior recruiter for a well known tech brand. I've learned SO much over the years, the most important lesson is that I'm actually really good at this. I often joke that I've been in recruiting so long that I literally cannot do anything else. Probably true, but besides the point.

In all my years I've seen disruptive new models come and go. There was the company that offered to pay you to speak to recruiters (it's ok they're working on a relaunch). The latest is a firm that is going to do some cool stuff with blockchain and prepaid visas. I listened to the amazing Chad and Cheese Podcast about this today and there was a reference to "Equifax for Resumes" which frankly freaked me the hell out.

Am I in a Black Mirror episode??

Y'all can read the posts and listen to the podcasts yourselves, but let me just say this - ALL of this seems to hinge on the willingness of job seekers to be, well, seeking a job. There's also apparently a claim that the 5% fee received by the JOB SEEKER is enough for a so called passive individual to make a change. There's also some discussion about how staffing agencies can actual leverage this tool - which is FASCINATING since the early premise seemed to be that staffing agencies suck or something (my words not theirs, simmer down internet folk).

Alrighty. All that, leading up to THIS - Turn Recruitment Into a Second Income.

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I'm CRYING, y'all.

So the basic premise (maybe?) is that you can do this really hard work on the side and by leveraging the fine folks behind this shiny new tool, make some side money. After all, You go and get a job requirement from a company, agree to your terms with them at a 20% fee.

That's all! Just go get a job requirement. From a company. Get them to agree to your terms at 20% fee.

Easy peasy.

Sure, working with this outfit reduces your fee, but they also remove all the risk and challenges recruiters face and skip right to the money making part (absolutely THEIR words this time, y'all. You can't make this shit up).

I gotta tell you my emotions are all over the place with this. I went from being mildly amused to pissed off to confused and now am squarely in the sit back and pop some popcorn camp. I think recruiting is BIG ENOUGH for all kinds of people to try all sorts of neat things and make great money doing it. What I DON'T like is anyone reducing my hard work to a simple transaction.

In a phrase, F*CK OFF.

I work REALLY hard to engage people who otherwise wouldn't consider a job change. I consult all the time with managers, convincing them to take chances on people who may not look "right" on paper.  I constantly peel back the layers to understand the emotional currency of my candidates, and try to help them navigate the really hard, complex interview process at my company. I GIVE A SHIT about my clients and candidates. I did at my last several companies. I'll do it again at the next one.

If you think you can distill all that hard emotional heavy lifting into signing up for a f*cking job board you don't know recruitment.

Now - if your premise (which is what I took away from the podcast) is that you're a supplement to recruiting firms / TA teams, that's cool. But that's not your premise, right...? You LITERALLY POSTED that recruiting is basically driving around and picking people up in your car.

To the founders, executives, writers, anyone involved that wants to discuss - let's do it. Amy@recruitinginyogapants.com. I'm open to a conversation - I'll give you my personal cell phone and we can talk all about it. We could even meet on the Recruiting Animal Show. Let's talk about how I can make great money with no qualification. Surely you didn't mean it to come across the way it did...

Right?

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    1. ;) I go back and forth laughing and crying myself
      - Amy

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  2. oh wow look at me, i'm an edgey female using curse words and telling hiring managers not to go with proven strategies and take chances on wild card applicants. i'm so cool. get back in the kitchen, honey

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    1. 1. it's "edgy"
      2. Proven strategies and wild card applicants are not typically used in tandem
      3. I will gladly debate you on this or any other recruiting topic any time, any place, including my kitchen. I'm a hell of a baker!
      4. You're so emotional.... bet you're a lot prettier if you smile. ;)

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    2. Oh wow look at me, I’m that nerd you saw in high school that grew up to be an adult nerd. I love trolling blogs, playing D&D while wearing my cape of super magical powers, and spending time with my girlfriend. She loves my nunchucka skills. I would let you talk to her but she lives in Canada but I have her pic from Glamour shots...GOSH!

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  3. I know I shouldn't be shocked or surprised when people comment on a post with "get back in the kitchen, honey." How miserable you have to be to put others down on the internet. It still blows my mind. The beauty of being human beings on this earth right now is that we all are unique and different and have opinions different from others... how beautiful is that!? But if you cant respectfully disagree with someone, you need to take a long look in the mirror and engage in honest conversations with yourself dude.

    Love the post, Amy. As a recruiter (not part time, not a side hustle, as my profession) I totally agree with what you are saying here. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. ;) Some people's children! Hey I'm not for everybody but I love commenters trying to put me on blast and refusing to even use their actual names haha!! All good! Thanks for the love xoxo

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  4. I think the anonymous commenter doesn't even understand what your post is about. It sounds like a person that doesn't like recruiters. Jaded jobseeker, perhaps? Likely, this person would be a different personality altogether if he was on the phone with you for a job.

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    1. Sorry I was in the kitchen ;)

      Yeah that's... a weird flex for sure. My posts are intended to be a little silly, a little informative... yeah this was a pissy one but I was MAD! LOL the big difference? I PUT MY NAME ON IT. Anyone anywhere can call me out on what I write, which is only fair!

      I think you're absolutely right! I hope the person reveals themselves so we can have a grown up discussion. I'll bake cookies. In my kitchen. ;)

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There's a sucker born every minute. Some go into recruiting.

1997. I was attending a vocational school night classes in Lacey, WA (since bankrupt) in an attempt to learn how to type and be a receptioni...