Want to be liked by everyone? Don’t blog…

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These recent few weeks have seen me set up my blog and make one sweet post (as the fabulous @christopherHR called it – thanks!) and another about recruitment tactics used by agency recruiters and candidates. This last week in particular has been a real eye opener to how far the written word can go on the internet!

My second post had been up for a total of 28 hours and not one, not two, but three people had made comments either directly to me (away from this blog) or through my colleague to me about my post and how I should be careful what I say. They were all agency recruiters who (quite surprisingly) I’d never worked with before. Now to give you a bit of background, I was an agency recruiter not that long ago. I was that recruiter who cold called you, who rang you from my desk after being told we were doing a marketing morning, tried to take you for a coffee or similar. I wasn’t always successful with my business development, however I know all about coming onto a cold desk and having to build up business. For someone like me who simply loves recruitment, talking people into letting me do it for them seemed like something that should be so easy – I was eager, friendly and I’m pretty darn good at recruitment if I do say so myself. However, it was always a challenge and there were always 3 or 4 more recruiters (if not more) just like me looking for the same business. I know all about being top of mind and getting in front of clients as much as possible.

I’m not against agency recruiters, and I hope my last post didn’t make you think that. Don’t think I’ve jumped the fence into internal and I’ve now turned my back on agency forever to make snarky remarks and drag the profession down while I surround myself with endless vacancies and hiring managers cackling crazily to myself amongst cat pictures.

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I do think that agency has a place in the recruitment world. However I don’t think there is a place for lazy agency recruitment and I certainly don’t agree with spray and pray as a marketing approach – particularly when the only contact I’ve had with an agency is that email. I’d much rather work with an agency (and plan to continue to do so) who wanted to understand our business, our culture and our strategic people plans so when we did have the chance to work together they could do it really well. If they can handle the cat pictures and bad jokes I’d even be partial to a coffee or glass of wine with them too! I think that goes the same for most businesses.

While I do agree that you need to be careful about what you post online – especially as this blog has my name and my photo on it – as a blogger I want to create discussion and I want my blogs to make you think. So I won’t be trying to keep the peace in the future and some of the things I post you might not agree with. Please, add a comment if you’d like to keep the discussion going.

I don’t want this post to sound ranty (although I’m sure it does). Please do know that I am actually having a really good day today – I just wanted to clarify a few things.

Above all else, please remember everyone, the best thing about opinions? Just like mouths, we all have one.

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3 thoughts on “Want to be liked by everyone? Don’t blog…

  1. As someone not adverse to the odd bit of controversy, I say….blog on. Yes people don’t always like what you have to say, but if it is written with the intent to drive debate, then that’s just part of the game.

    Lazy consensus is too often the default position with social HR. That doesn’t help anyone.

  2. Rebecca

    Completely agree! I write my blogs with my opinion front of mind (as that’s the point) – not everyone has to agree, and if they don’t like it, we aren’t forcing them to read it!

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