Fearless Recruitment – Say What?

When thinking about recruitment, fearless isn’t a word that comes to the minds of most recruiters I’m sure.   Most recruiters have been trained in a process, and have stuck at that process – advertise, screen, present – for their entire careers.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – to get the best talent for your business you need to be the best recruiter. You need to be a fearless recruiter.  You need to be open to new ideas, new ways of doing things – heck – even try something no one has done before.  Now, don’t get me wrong – don’t drop all your policies and procedures and go crazy here.  With recruitment – danger is very real. The implications of hiring the wrong person can be dramatic.  A quote that adorns my body from the movie “After Earth” is “‘Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice”. That rings true for recruitment as well as life.

Have a think about your recruitment strategy – what have you changed recently? What have you improved recently? And for some of you – have you even reviewed your recruitment strategy recently?  Or the worst – do you even have a recruitment strategy?  If these questions are making you feel uneasy, then you’ve got some homework to do. Don’t fear change – change is not a dirty word.  We all moan about the shortage of candidates – keep doing what you have always done and you will get the same results.  And you will get a lot of moaning.

As someone else said recently – the time of the recruitment conference is upon us. I encourage you to attend one, listen and take notes.  When it is break out time ignore your phone and TALK. Chat to people – what are they doing? How are they getting results? What is new out there to discuss together?  It’s amazing what your peers will share with you when you just ask.  It’s amazing when you ask some of the above questions and make actions from them.

Think about what fearless recruitment might mean to you… I will leave you with this thought: what results could you achieve recruiting without fear?

 

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Rachel Kemp is currently a senior recruitment specialist at Youi. She tweets fearlessly at @RachelMouse and blogs at recruitnginnz. She will be at #RHUBZN on 17-18 Nov.