Stop, I Beg You Fellow Recruiters … Please Stop What You Are Doing If It Is Not Working

It seems like every time I write an article for ERE or SourceCon I am annoyed with something. It’s like this place is my destination to vent. I’m not an ornery guy or crabby in nature.

I like most people most of the time and most people like me most of the time. Until, that is, I hear about the “war for talent” and the “talent shortage” and I react with sarcasm, or worse, and then some people don’t like me. Usually they are CEOs, senior leaders, and hiring managers.

Let me set the stage …

This month I hosted my first Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp and it went really well. A quick thank you to Shannon Pritchett, SourceCon Editor, Jim Durbin, Tim Sackett, and Maren Hogan for joining my speaker lineup.

We covered a bunch of topics including employer branding, LinkedIn, sourcing, recruiting, and inclusion of women and people of color in the workplace, recruiting to the Midwest and more.

I had a bunch of conversations with attendees and there was a common theme: some of what they are doing is not working.

And they know it.

But they don’t or can’t change it.

Here I go…


It’s been a week since the event and I can’t shake it … why do we continue to do things that don’t work?

Why are we stuck doing things those who were in our chair before us that did not work?

Friends let me be clear. If the answer is, “because this is how we have always done it” you need a fight or flight response.

Either choose to come up with new solutions, find best practices, A/B test some things, and “fight” what has always been done or … get the (bleep) out.

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Run fast. Run hard. And find a company who wants to use your knowledge, expertise and ideas.

I had a draft completed for my ERE Fall Conference presentation here in Minneapolis this October called “Blow Up Your Recruiting Strategy.”

This talk has a new meaning for me as I really want to challenge my friends and colleagues to be bold, to take some chances, and try new things. Take back your recruiting from marketing, legal, operations, or whoever thinks they know better than you do.

Here’s my challenge to you.

“If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it” is great but if it is not working for you … STOP.

Better yet … BLOW IT UP.


See you in Minneapolis.

Paul DeBettignies, better known online as Minnesota Headhunter, is a Minnesota Recruiter, Evangelist, and Advisor, who builds teams with startups and tech companies, and creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients. He’s also the author of Minnesota Headhunter, the longest running regional recruiter blog.

Paul is a frequent local and national speaker, trainer and subject matter expert on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics. Activities include presentations at Twin Cities Startup Week, Google for Entrepreneurs, Michigan Recruiters Conference, MN HR Tech Expo, Social Media Breakfast, University of Minnesota, Target, CHS, MinneBar and ERE and interviews with NPR, WCCO AM (CBS) Radio & TV, KARE TV (NBC), MSP Business Journal, Minneapolis StarTribune and

Paul is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing, and social media communities as a sponsor, volunteer, and mentor and is the founder of Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp.