Here is an interesting story I like to tell all my contacts in the recruiting fraternity-time and again!!
“People, People, People..".I cannot remember the number of times I have heard several CEOs (of prospective clients) say “ Are the bottleneck that prevents our business from growing”! We have a great product, wonderful clients, more enquiries coming in...and the if we need to scale up, we just cannot find the right type of folks joining us”!
While one admits it is not rocket science –some others debate recruitment is an art!
Either way, one has to be pretty sure what one is looking for!!
Believe me-it has been 18yrs into the business, most enquiries one comes across are ‘almost telegraphic in nature. A designation with about 2-4 words in it-and then almost reluctantly, (as if constrained by the twitter syndrome of restricting one’s expression to 140 characters)..one is fed some more generic and cliched qualifications-before signing off with ‘good attitude, communication skills...”
Well, if we are lucky, we would be handed down a ‘job description’ with verbose keywords, with a comment” we want someone very urgently..as of yesterday!!” One would be surprised how similar most templates are..running into a dozens of lines, triggering a vague suspicion if it was indeed a clever ‘cut n paste’ operation.
A typical contingency recruiter is brought in, along with a bunch of third party recruiters, to expedite the hunt- after an internal team has combed extensively the low lying fruit -only to get into a game of ‘who pressed the buzzer first”-as usually the credit is given to the first person who sources the resume!
Isn't there more to sourcing??