New Year’s Resolutions For Recruiters

I.     I will do whatever is necessary to make the Year 2004 the best year of my career. I will divest myself of those activities that will not promote this objective.

II.     I promise to appreciate that, while my efforts will primarily affect my personal income, I am a part of a bigger picture and will do what I can to help my colleagues and my employer as well.

III.     I will approach every day optimistically, expecting that my activities will produce positive results rather than believing they won’t.

IV.     I will spend a part of every day improving my business skills, even if I have to provide the training materials myself.

V.     I will treat every client as I would want to be treated as long as the respect is mutual.

VI.     I will treat every job-seeker with consideration, realizing that their plight is urgent and, but for the grace of God, go I.

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VII.     I pledge to mentor colleagues as needed because I know that my firm is only as strong as its weakest link.

VIII.     I will participate more actively in those industry associations that elevate the entire profession. I promise to give more than I take.

IX.     I pledge to add value to all my relationships with clients, candidates, and colleagues.

X.     I understand that my profession is a vital resource to the country’s economic health and well-being and I will do everything in my power to maintain the ethical standards necessary to promote that reality with everyone with whom I come in contact.

Paul Hawkinson is the editor of The Fordyce Letter, a publication for third-party recruiters that's part of ERE Media. He entered the personnel consulting industry in the late 1950's and began publishing for the industry in the 1970's. During his tenure as a practitioner, he personally billed over $5 million in both contingency and retainer assignments. He formed the Kimberly Organization and purchased The Fordyce Letter in 1980.