Welcome to my blog!

I am a seeker and finder of people.  Call me a Head Hunter or even fancier, a Talent Acquisition Specialist, but I call myself a Recruiter.  I have been in this profession for over two decades in various industries.  I’ve worked for agencies, I’ve been my own agency and I’ve worked for giant corporations. I’ve been on both sides of the desk, recruiting and selling recruiting services.  I didn’t grow up thinking, “I’m going to be a recruiter”.  It just happened, and I went with it.  It turned out to be the best career possible for me.  I’m an extrovert.  I love people. I need to be socializing constantly.  And I absolutely LOVE a challenge.  The position that is impossible to fill drives me to succeed.

My role as a recruiter has changed dramatically over the years.  I started off before anyone really knew how to use the internet.  We would post jobs in newspapers and hope for the best.  Today, I am a networking machine.  When I meet someone, usually within the first few minutes I know their name, what they do, where they work, and I am getting their contact information and starting to build a professional relationship.

I use social media tools such as LinkedIn and Twitter to connect and build my network.  LinkedIn is my number one source for information.  I am constantly on LinkedIn researching names and titles.  In essence, I feel I am a name collector.  I have names written everywhere- in my phone, on sticky notes in my office, in countless notebooks.  Everyone’s name sounds familiar to me at this point.  LinkedIn is a way for me to organize all of these names and use them to my advantage.  I connect with everyone and anyone I find who has an interesting title or background no matter the industry.  At the risk of sounding selfish, I connect with people because somewhere down the road, I may be able to use them or someone they know to fill one of my open positions.

Twitter is a social media tool I am relatively new to.  I am just getting my feet wet trying to figure out the best way to use it.  At one point, I had three Twitter handles, one for personal, one for my actual job and one for this blog.  I’ve since shut down the personal one because I wasn’t giving it any attention.  I am just learning how to utilize Twitter to really engage with the audience I am trying to reach.  I am learning about Twitter lists and how to use them to my advantage as a way of organizing people.  My goal for the next few months will be to really try and build a solid follower base and start adding relevant, interesting content to help build up my passive candidate database.

All of these efforts, collecting names, networking, connecting and engaging with people, are for one particular purpose- to find that perfect candidate- the “Purple Squirrel”.  For those that are not familiar with the term, the Purple Squirrel is a term used by recruiters to describe that absolute perfect candidate that checks off ALL of the boxes on that hiring manager’s wish list- i.e. the technical product developer with vulcanized, performance, waterproofing, cement lasted, hand-sewn in their skill set and 5 years of factory experience in Asia, who is also diverse and has salary requirements within the incredibly, ridiculous low budget who is willing to relocate on their own dime to live and work in the boonies.   They all want that, right?  Well, do you spend month after month searching, going without that support you need, spending unnecessary, unbudgeted funds to find this needle in the haystack or do you take your chances and hire that “not so perfect” candidate, the one that doesn’t check off every single box on the list, the “Purplish Squirrel” as I call them, and develop and groom that person into that perfect employee?   I try and convince my managers to take this leap of faith all the time.  Of course, occasionally, you get lucky and that Purple Squirrel does surface but for the most part, you end up chasing your tail when you could have already changed that req status to “Filled” months ago with the Purplish Squirrel.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please tell me what you think.  Thanks for reading!

 

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to my blog!

  1. Congratulations on your first blog. I enjoyed reading about your experience in recruiting and getting a better perspective as to what they look for. I had never heard of the purple squirrel before so I found that term to be very unique and interesting. LinkedIn is extremely useful for finding the ideal candidate. Even though I have a steady career, I still like to update my work experience as I continue to grow in my professional career. I find it easier to update as you go, then to update it when you are actually looking for a new position and trying to remember what I did.

    I found it interesting that you also trying to use Twitter to help seek out candidates. I feel Twitter would be perfect for the recruiting in order to help weed out the bad candidates. I feel that Twitter is a form of social media where individuals can be more expressive and give their true feelings regarding a certain topic. You would be able to tell if a potential candidate shows signs of being confrontational by how they interact with other Twitter users (Schappel, 2014). You can also see if they put down their current job or manager. That may not be the best person to hire, specifically if this position is more team related.

    Works Cited
    Schappel, C. (2014, June 12). 5 secrets to weeding out bad candidates using social media. Retrieved from HR Morning: http://www.hrmorning.com/5-secrets-to-weeding-out-bad-candidates-using-social-media/

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  2. I like the name of your blog! It is so intriguing. That must be such an interesting job to have and to get to listen to different people’s stories and what they want to pursue personally and professionally. Since you are a recruiter, how do you draw the line between getting to the them on a personal level compared to seeing if they are fit to work for a company? It is hard to remain unbiased?

    I really enjoyed you talking about how you use LinkedIn to build your network and connect with people. Out of every social media platform that I use (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram), LinkedIn is the only one I have not been able to utilize to help me professionally.

    Some information that I have found that might be able to help me better connect with professional peers around me is as follows:
    • Add connections and take a look at their connections.
    • Join groups that are of interest.
    • Ask previous employers or professional contacts for recommendations.
    • Seek out and comment on interesting articles in my current profession and ask industry experts questions.
    • Search for companies that are of interest (Snre.unimich.edu, n.d.).
    Is there any other information that you could supply me with or give me pointers as in how to enhance my LinkedIn profile?

    There are a lot of people I run into that just cannot get why someone would want to send a tweet. I personally use twitter for retweeting real estate related content. I would think it would be difficult to try and use twitter to pick through the good and not so candidates. I kind of feel that what people tweet is none of their employer’s business as long as it is not making them or the company they work for look bad or put them in a bad situation.

    References

    School of Natural Resources and Environment: University of Michigan. Snre.unicmich.edu. N.d. Retrieved July 19, 2016 from https://baileysblogweb.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/social-media-and-the-os/comment-page-1/#comment-15.

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