We’ve all seen the occasional Tweet or LinkedIn status update that has really pi$$ed us off… and sometimes opinionated dogma rears its ugly head in the form of a Blog so biased that you feel compelled to leave a comment venting your derision and indignation… ok… enough of the stupid big words… I’m about to get to the point.
Last week there was an article published by Newscorp™, that appeared on the landing page for news.com.au – covering The Australian, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), The Herald Sun (Melbourne) and The Courier-Mail (Brisbane) – just to name a few. This article – written by Victoria Craw – was perhaps the single most narrow-minded, sectarian and warped piece of crap I have ever come across in relation to our great industry… maybe she had a deadline… and nothing of quality to go with… I don’t know?
You would imagine that a journalist would exercise balance, check sources, investigate claims, maybe get a counter-opinion… wouldn’t you? Instead our friend Victoria has published a piece that apparently ‘blows the whistle’ on the true goings on in our industry – based on the testimony of what can only be described as a weak and anonymous source…
Sorry… some of you may not have had the misfortune of reading this drivel as yet… so … here goes… Former recruitment agent spills details on what really goes on in the industry…
It makes me feel dirty even providing a link to the article…
Now… anyone who has read one of my blogs before would know that I am an unashamed advocate for the Recruitment Industry… but I have (on more than one occasion), let fly about some of our failures… the cowboys… the fact that we have a huge responsibility to both our candidates and clients… the over-reliance (in some quarters) of activity based KPI’s… BUT… I stop short of allowing ONE person to voice a one-sided and prejudiced viewpoint that unfairly clouds the broader community’s understanding of WHAT WE DO WELL!
Ok… let’s look at a couple of points from the article.
- Former Agent – who worked at THREE different agencies, and didn’t want to be named… Ummmm… now there’s a credible source (my last statement was dripping with more sarcasm than a Big Mac™ drips with special sauce)… So, here we have a Former Agent… you have to ask yourself… why? Here we have a Former Agent who has worked at 3 different agencies… again… why? Finally, here we have a Former Agent who has worked at three different agencies and didn’t want to be named… now that’s just weak and… well… wrong.
- On fees… “…It’s a lot of money for what is sometimes just resume flicking… you’re thinking ‘oh my god I just billed $15,000 from this candidate I’ve never met who happened to email me…’” Firstly, how often does this happen? And secondly, on the rare occurrences that it does happen, it makes up for the hours and hours of unpaid work the people in our industry undertake daily with no reparations at the conclusion. Over 85% of all work undertaken by recruiters goes unpaid! – FACT!
- There are so many things I take umbrage to in this article… ‘Fleecing people out of their pay…’ BS!… ‘Fake jobs to drum up business…’ BS!… In fact, I struggle to find any truth at all in this article.
Look… I know that our industry is an emotional one. Hell… we are dealing with the livelihoods of individuals all of the time. We are working with clients to help them grow in a profitable and most times critical way on a daily basis. It is our expertise that helps define the labour market. We advise to government on policy direction in occupational, health & safety, pay rates, migration & visas etc. God Damn it we are a profession that adds immense value to the wider community! And I for one will be stuffed if I will allow a few bad eggs (and we do have them), a weak, pathetic whistle blower who doesn’t have the decency to comment on their back story (or even provide their name), and a journalist who produces a widely read article that is so ill-informed, so biased and so prejudiced to affect our amazing industry – my industry!
I invite you to comment below with your own view… or better still contact the journalist directly @victoria_craw (on Twitter) or firstname.lastname@example.org And if you do choose to stand up for your Industry – or support the views expressed in the article, please add those comments below… I’d love to keep this discussion going!