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Integrating Recruitment Into Every Facet of Your Life

by
Jeff Battinus
Oct 2, 2012, 2:25 am ET

I have been a recruiter for nearly a decade now. Being a recruiter is not for everybody; however, for me it is a way of life. I truly enjoy it, and finding this pure enjoyment in what I do professionally has made what seems like a difficult profession to most become relatively seamless to me.

Don’t get me wrong — I have my days. There are the standard frustrations, ups and downs, and the things that happen that make me take a step back and say “ the candidate did what!?” We are dealing with human capital, the most volatile and important resource known to man, and there is a certain degree of absurdity you need to work within from time to time.

I was doing some reflection the other day, as to why things seem to just come together for me so often with passive candidates, hiring managers, and other areas within recruitment, and I found one simple trend.

I never stop recruiting. When I say never, I mean that I am always looking to connect people to their exciting next step in their profession. I don’t just get a requisition and fill it. I am actively working to fill other companies’ positions as well. I connect friends, loved ones, and strangers with one another because I get a true level of satisfaction from it.

The side effect of doing this is that people are always introducing other people to me. These people refer more people, and it has a cascading effect. I always answer my phone, and am always willing to listen to and talk to strangers. I have no inhibitions or apprehensions of striking up a conversation with anybody, and it almost always leads into a game of referrals. Most importantly, it’s fun!

I make my contacts work for me; I make my personal life work for my professional life; my volunteer work assists my professional work; and vice versa. I also make my friends and acquaintances work for each other. I do this sometimes without knowing, and ultimately it reduces my stress level at work by working smarter rather than harder.

Recruiting is a profession for some, an art to others, but for me it is a way of connecting and ultimately helping people. It is essentially a way of life.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to offer specific legal advice. You should consult your legal counsel regarding any threatened or pending litigation.

  1. Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Jim. I get where you’re coming from. I like to bring lots of people together, too. It’s part of my nature.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  2. Rajpreet Heir

    Wonderful article! It’s great that you are recruiting constantly because speed is so critical for companies and candidates. How has technology changed the recruiting game? Does it help companies have fewer conversations with the right people?

  3. Jeff Battinus

    I think that technology allows for better outreach to a wider audience. That being said, too many recruiters rely on screening tools, and fail to understand that each candidate is a potential networking opportunity. Look at every candidate resume, contact every interesting candidate to engage in discussion. Use every time you reject a candidate as a way to build a relationship, not just a way to deliver bad news.

  4. Rajpreet Heir

    I one hundred percent agree. I think recruiters rely on screening tools and are missing opportunities when they don’t feed or water certain relationships.

    I’ve seen companies that use software which can be used to make candidates feel engaged without companies have to pick up phone and call everyone of them. If someone applies to a job, companies need to respond quickly–to capture passive candidates while they’re looking and to prevent candidates from telling their network about their poor application experience.

  5. Paul Slezak

    Jeff talks about being in recruitment for a decade. Every now and then I pinch myself when I realise I have been in this wonderful industry for nearly two decades! It’s a total way of life. I used to tell my consultants about the number of candidates and friends that I had pointed in the right direction of a new role. Whilst I may not have been the one to actually place them, when they found themselves in a position to hire staff for their own teams, they came straight back to me.

    Moral of the story … always be recruiting!

  6. Pepper Knox

    Outstanding and so true! It’s fun, natural, and so rewarding to see the candidate in their element an and a company benefiting from the experience, drive, & passion the candidate brings. It is refreshing to read and hear about other recruiters that are out there that feel the same and have good intentions! I get so many horror stories from candidate about there bag recruiter exeperiences.

  7. Pepper Knox

    Outstanding and so true! It’s fun, natural, and so rewarding to see the candidate in their element an and a company benefiting from the experience, drive, & passion the candidate brings. It is refreshing to read and hear about other recruiters that are out there that feel the same and have good intentions! I get so many horror stories from candidate about there bag recruiter experiences.

  8. Wendy Jones

    Jeff,
    I’ve always worked this way and I truly enjoy recruiting. Nice to see a kindred soul!
    Great article.

  9. Jeff Battinus

    It is so refreshing to see so many people who share the passion for talent acquisition!

  10. Keith Halperin

    @ Jeff: “Passion for talent acquisition”?
    I just like to “move the meat”…

    YOWZA!

    Keith

  11. Albert Porsche

    Recruitment process is important and helps people to find the right kind of job. After reading this article I must say that the author has truly connected the recruitment process to every facet of life. It is not a process only to hire people but to connect with them that increases the process of interaction. The author is really doing a great job by helping so many people.

    http://www.arithon.com/recruitment-solutions/

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