Darren Taylor: The other day, I was having a chat with some friends about LinkedIn. One of them was struggling to find engaging content to post on their profile, and another one of my friends turned around and said to him, “What is the point of LinkedIn anyway? All it is, is recruiter bashing.” It’s kind of right. So today, I am going to break down the reasons as to why LinkedIn recruiter bashing has to stop. That’s coming up.
Hi guys, my name is Darren Taylor a.k.a The Big Marketer. And today, I am going to break down the reasons why LinkedIn recruiter bashing which is on an all time high, has to stop.
First off, for those that don’t know, recruiter bashing is exactly what it sounds like. It is laying into recruiters on LinkedIn for some of the tactics they may use when try and pull candidates into roles, and pretty much LinkedIn is filled with, maybe, daily posts across my whole timeline, my whole feed, of people bashing recruiters and laying into them and saying, “They hate recruiters.” So, let me break down why I think recruiter bashing has to end.
Then first reason I would say is because recruitment is sales. Sales is a numbers’ game. The more people you can reach and connect to a message with, hopefully more people you close into business, which is the same for recruitment.
The more candidates or potential candidates you speak to, the more likely you are to recruit them onboard, into a role they might want. If you’re not looking for a job and recruiters are getting in touch with you, just tell them you’re not interested.
That’s all it is. That’s all you need to do. If you’ve got your CV on job sites, online, take them offline or make your profile hidden. Manage you visibility in these job databases because that’s where they are finding you. And if they are contacting you directly, if you’re not on a job database, congratulations.
You are being head hunted. You are very good at your role, they think you are a suitable fit, and they are getting in touch with you. That is the nature of business. That’s the nature of sales. And guess what? If it didn’t work, they wouldn’t do it.
Another thing to consider is that for as many bad recruiters there are, there are also just as many bad candidates, believe me. I don’t work in recruitment but I can hear stories of people I have spoken to who do work in the industry. And they are time and time again clients who failed to turn up, failed to make contact, failed to make any communication in terms of their role and it’s an absolute nightmare. So, it’s a two way street. At the end of the day, people are people. There are bad people in every industry you can think of. And recruitment is not exempt from that, but who are all the candidates they recruit.
Oh, and by the way, I see so many conversations about people saying we should add value to LinkedIn or discuss things and topics that are interesting. Recruiter bashing is absolutely boring. I see them every day. So guys, just stop.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know there are bad recruiters out there. I have dealt with some in the past myself. But that doesn’t mean we should bash the whole industry and say that all recruiters are bad and that you’re “sick” of recruiters in general.
Now, I come from the online marketing industry, and believe me. I know there are tons of rogue operators out there. But, that shouldn’t reflect on me and the way I work, and the way tons of other agencies and consultants operate in a very professional working manner.
Recruitment is exactly the same. I have dealt with so many great, fantastic recruiters throughout the period of my career in online marketing. I know of some people who’ve placed me in jobs twice in a row. Fantastic recruiters out there who I stay in touch with even to this day. So, it’s not the same for all recruiters. They are not all bad people, funny enough. They are all actually trying to get the job done, they are trying to place you in a role that you’d like. And recruiter bashing on the whole is just getting boring. So guys, if you can, stop, and let’s all just get along.
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