Every now and then either a candidate or client make reference to commissions… something in the vein of “…. Commissions made, not bad for a couple of phone calls”.
It’s a curious world where its acceptable to openly judge/ make reference to another persons earnings for doing a job well (and in truth a bloody hard job, done incredibly well if a placement is to be made), barring celebrities, footballers and anyone else unfortunate enough to be in the public eye whereby its open season on the multi-millionaires / billionaires of the world.
But for the “average joe” on the street, I find it tasteless at best and just plain rude at worst; one wouldn’t stop the local checkout person and say “not bad being paid for just scanning a packet of crisps” or conversely at the other end of the market nor would you judge the earnings of a barrister/surgeon/airline pilot.
Why is this? well because the perception is that THEY are professionals… they have had to study hard, attend extended and further education, complete their apprenticeships, work long hours to climb the ladder of success to achieve their elevated position in society… but somehow along the way the world’s perception of recruiters is that they are the lowest of the low, some flesh-peddling people pimps who would sell their grandma for a couple of quid…and to be fair there are some dubious characters that do exist in the darkest of shadows of recruitment (as I am sure there possibly is in every industry) but to tarnish ALL of us with the same brush is as wrong as assuming that all Manchester United fans eat prawn sandwiches. It’s a lazy, ignorant and frankly offensive perception that I abhor.
As a specialist recruiter in hospitality, I have earned my stripes, spent over a decade in the sector working from barman to Senior Multisite management working for some of the largest restaurant operators in the country, and then a further 15 years in recruitment from a trainee through the ranks to finally owning and running my own premium management consultancy.. so know this… I have climbed the ladder not just once but twice.
So the million pound (or Euro, thanks Brexit!) question is “how can I change the perception of recruiters?”.
The Answer is “I can’t“. My actions, voice and attitude to how I conduct myself alone would be no different than throwing a single pebble into a fast moving river… but to ignore that inconvenient truth that recruiters are not best received by the majority would be apathetic, indifferent and as lazy as those who have garnered unfounded opinions of the sector in which I work.
So I stand proudly not as a business owner but primarily as a consultant, a would-be colossus, my legs bestriding the ever changing continents of both client and candidate needs. I listen, I advise, I assist and hopefully fix whatever the issue is for the day, and I do it with professionalism, passion but most importantly, integrity.
So before all those chose to scoff at these words, think on….I blame no one for their preconceived perception of me, my profession and the way that I work, they genuinely don’t have an understanding of what it is that I do…But once they have met me and worked with me, if their perception isn’t changed then I must blame myself.
If the non-recruitment population is to change the way they perceive the recruiters then the change has to start with us…Don’t let what may have gone before, dictate our collective futures…. Simply put be better; a better person, a better consultant, deliver better advice, don’t be a stereotype.. be an individual and care about what you do…
I dare you …I dare all of you!!
Blog written by Rob Mansell of Cherryred Recruitment
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