I realise that I’ve been going off on a tangent over the last week or so and not been posting so regularly. The election has occupied a lot of my time and energy. It’s over now, I’m not going to mention it for a while…..at least I hope not, because I really don’t want to talk about it….Anyway, on the positive side, it meant that I had some time to think about more traditional topics for posts….I feel I need to do some hard HR yards to make up for my lack of focus…..I consider it my punishment….
I know that a lot of you people out there, who I interact with online are in the recruitment business. I’m also aware that there has been ongoing debate about the relationship between HR and recruiters. To be honest, I struggle with this one……it seems a somewhat fatuous argument and driven by the typical kind of yawny bollocks that is all-pervading in our world.
I’m a generalist by inclination, but I’ve also run an in-house resourcing team. I’ve worked on employer branding projects, I’ve executed mass recruitment campaigns and I’ve run niche recruitment campaigns. I’ve dealt with many many people from the recruitment world and many from the generalist world. To be honest there are total twats in both camps…….and very few geniuses.
I think recruiters are sometimes guilty of taking themselves too seriously. I have another post coming later this week about that, but lets face it…the hiring process has been around for time immemorial. Sure you can tweak it a bit, a little nip and tuck here….a little suction there….but at the end of the day the base process is what it is. HR generalists on the other hand can go around looking down on recruiters with a sense of snobbery which is ill thought through and based in prejudice and ignorance (although I would say, NOT helped by some firms recruiting Consultants who shall we say are a little….ummm…..bubbly?).
I don’t like recruiting, it really isn’t my cup of tea. If you take a ridiculously short attention span and cross it with a prevalence to not suffer fools gladly….well you don’t have your ideal recruiter, but I understand the role that they do and the need they fulfill. There are certain things in life that just need to happen. I don’t like cleaning toilets either……which is why I have a cleaner, simply because shit jobs need to be done. But I’m sure recruiters feel that way about disciplinaries or organisational design.
Once again I think we are straying into the territory of boring self-centred arguments that mean nothing to the outside world and just help to demonstrate our neuroses for all and sundry. The voice of reason….moi?