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Up in the Air

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Up in the Air

George Clooney’s latest movie is an appropriate metaphor for post-bubble America. Called Up in the Air, it tells the story of a human resource professional who works for what might best be described as a LOO-a Lay Off Outsourcing firm. Clooney travels 10 million miles by plane doing the dirty work of firing employees companies no longer want or can afford.

The story is a downer-Clooney not only does a dirty job, but he gets laid off by his love interest who turns out to be married with kids. A secondary theme, however, does offer us some hope. It explores our current fascination with best practices and subtly offers a way to make them work better.

The movie’s plot centers around a bright recent graduate who has a neat idea to automate the downsizing process thereby saving the LOO a ton of travel money and the wear and tear on its consultants. Our hero knows better, of course, and by the end of the movie, Clooney has taught her a thing or two about the human side of their work. More importantly, he personifies a value we often overlook in our efforts to improve performance: character matters most. Especially in recruiting.

Character in Recruiting

The dictionary defines character as “The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another.” While that may be accurate, I think it’s much too neutral. To me, character has a decidedly positive overtone. It is the combination of qualities or features that represent the best of a person or group.

The irony, of course, is that we spend countless hours attending recruitment conferences and training programs that teach us the best practices in our field, and that effort leaves us little or no time to focus on character. Yet, character is the secret sauce of best practices. The best practices work best in the hands of recruiters who are at their best as people. Implement the best practices with a recruiter whose character is deficient, and they may fill their reqs, but they will never recruit the best talent.

Why? Because character operates like a magnet. It attracts those who have it and repels those who don’t. And the best talent are almost always people of character. They not only perform at their peak, they help others do so, as well. Or to put it another way, they focus on both doing things right and doing the right things.

The best talent have their pick of employers, and not surprisingly, they want to work with the best of their peers. While they may know a colleague or two in any given organization, they will often judge the character of its overall workforce by the character of its recruiters. A recruiter without character, therefore, can be an expert in social networking; they can make Twitter sing, they can write job postings even the most passive job seekers will read, but they cannot recruit top talent. Their nature actually pushes push them away.

Happily, the converse is also true. Recruiters of character have a powerful advantage in the War for the Best Talent. They bring in top performers because they are top performers themselves, and because they have personal attributes that resonate with those individuals. They transform the recruiting experience from a transaction between strangers to an interaction between those who share a commitment to being their best.

What does that mean? What is the character of recruiters? I’ll explore the elements of character in general and how they apply to recruiters in my next column.

Thanks for reading,

Peter

Visit my blog at Weddles.com/WorkStrong

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    Our Featured Employment Web Site

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet.

    There are 50,000 job boards and career portals now in operation in North America and an equal number operating elsewhere around the world. The key to recruiting top talent online, therefore, is knowing where to find and how to select the best sites for each of your requirements. WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide profiles The Top 100 employment sites on the Web today and provides The Best & the Rest, a listing of over 10,000 such sites worldwide. It’s all of the information you need to determine which job boards will deliver the optimum yield for you. For example:

    ConstructionJobs.com

    http://www.constructionjobs.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes-All

    Distribution of jobs: National-USA

    Fee to post a job: $301-350/posting

    Posting period: 60 days

    Can posting be linked to your site: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    Number of resumes: 75,000+

    Source of resumes: Direct from candidates

    Top occupations among visitors: Engineering, Management, Operations, Sales & Marketing

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    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes


    Get a Free WORK STRONG Wristband

    These are tough times for everyone in the workplace.

    It doesn’t matter whether you have two or thirty-two years of employment experience, today’s world of work is a risk-filled, even threatening place. And it is also the place where you spend one-third or more of your day.

    So what should you do? Give yourself “career security”-security you can count on even in the toughest of times.

    And the best source of career security is Peter Weddle’s book, Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System.

  • If you’re in transition, it will resuscitate your career even as you hunt for a new job.
  • If you’re currently employed, it will help you strengthen and protect your career for whatever lies ahead.
  • Click here to get a 34% discount on the book at Amazon.com!

    Or, if you’d like A FREE WORK STRONG WRISTBAND, order the book directly from WEDDLE’s by calling 203.964.1888 or clicking here.

    Don’t delay. Give yourself the power and promise of career security. Get Work Strong right away!