More and more I am appreciating recruiters. I once was a recruiter myself and I had a less than subpar experience. I think I was always heartbroken that I never had enough jobs for well deserving people who needed work. Hearing their stories, their journeys, their life accomplishments, was rewarding in itself alas you always had to pick the best candidate.
However, as someone who has done 1000s of interviews on both sides, I am slowly appreciating external recruiters. They have to do their homework to secure the best candidate for the job. That means, they know the company’s weaknesses, strengths, and what skills are truly needed for a job.
Many organizations, I am finding, don’t know. They don’t truly know what the culture of an organization is and they don’t know what their strengths and weaknesses are.
I assisted a not for profit in Calgary to realize they were not providing the right value or dollar amount to the care they provide for animals. They stated they only need less than $100 to care for a sick animal. If anyone has worked in operations, we know this is NOT a good figure or this person is magical. Often times, we forget to add the cost of the facilities, the cost of the salary of the person to care for the animal.
I also acknowledge many organizations truly lack having a strong strategic vision or plan. It is never posted on their websites with the metrics truly visible. Which gives me such greater appreciation for the University of Calgary, who does post this visually for everyone to see. But if I as an employee, don’t know where you are going or if a funder doesn’t know where you are going, what your mission, vision, and value statements are, there is a flaw in the system that needs to be fixed.
To the many recruiters out there, thank you.