It often surprises me that though we are in an industry which is highly regulated, still many in the Recruiting and Staffing Industry are unfamiliar of the Federal and State Agencies, Laws and Acts which oversee almost every step of the duties we perform as recruiters on a Daily basis. Unfortunately, many of us would rather turn a blind eye to the issues that Dictate our daily functions in Recruitment, H.R. and Employment rather than be aware.
I have personally heard many arguments from individuals that though they appreciate the knowledge that being aware of the industry standards may create a form of paranoia, and that worrying about every move they make would slow them down, maybe prevent them from functioning to the best of their abilities.
On the occasion of Mark Zuckerberg’s 30th birthday, I am yet again painfully reminded about the dilemma faced by experienced professionals in today’s job market. As plaudits and posts pile up to celebrate and commemorate the birthday of Facebook’s founder, highly talented professionals of every discipline and field go ignored by the nation’s employers because they are considered dead or dying.
The critical position for which you are recruiting has been open longer than anyone would prefer. The issues and challenges that the hired candidate will manage are an increasing burden on the shorthanded staff. No one wants to say so, but people are muttering that this person must not exist. You are starting to have a growing sense of futility in your best efforts to find the right person. Those directly affected by this open position are turning up the heat.
If you want to fill a job, hire someone with the skills to do it. If you want a companion, go to eHarmony – in your own time!
I had a friend who was rejected for a job that seemed perfect. She was told that they selected someone who was a better fit. There was no explanation. What does it mean – this fabled “fit”? One thing is for sure, it is an often mystical final step in the recruiting process that can turn superb qualifications and references into a pile of nothing!