It’s your turn this week. I’m after your feedback and am hoping to get some good commentary action going for those of you brave enough to add you voice to The Whiteboard. I’m in the middle of writing an article for the careers section of a magazine, and they want me to write about Careers in Recruitment.
I’m not particularly stuck, as I can usually rustle up some kind of spurious opinions on almost any topic, but having worked my way through this article I couldn’t help but constantly come back to the same question: Is there really such a thing as a career in recruitment?
There are those out there who have regularly stated that no such thing exists.
There are others who claim that anyone who hasn’t built up and sold a recruitment business by their mid-50’s hasn’t had a career in recruitment.
Others claim that those who have sat in one place, stuck to a desk, failing to climb the ranks towards management have not had a career. But what if they did it out of choice? What if they were smart enough to recognise their lack of leadership skills were more than balanced out by an innate sales and matching ability that would make a nonsense of walking away from a $1m desk, and instead build up a rental portfolio on the side while their managers fight and scrabble their ways to the top?
Even the well-trodden path of agency recruiters “developing their careers towards internal recruitment and HR” is proving a rocky and winding path, as many find themselves disillusioned with the onerous administrative and process elements of that side, and come back to the agency dark side.
Trying to regard a career in recruitment is as problematic as trying to describe the taste of water. In an industry famed for its low barriers to entry, the musical chairs games that recruiters indulge in during their careers means the industry is probably best described as being fluid.
So really, whether or not there is such a thing as a career in recruitment is the wrong question. The career is in the eye of the beholder and one man’s career is another man’s job hop. What I think it comes down to is what do you personally regard as a career? If you sell up at age 40 and move into another job entirely, you’ve still had a career in recruitment, right? Or if you retire at 65, still flying solo on a desk, the go-to guy for your local specialisation, you’ve had a career right? More so than the guy who worked his way up to General Manager before entering more altruistic endeavors? And how about those who dip in and out of recruitment, bearing a CV studded with stints in real estate and telesales with recruitment roles reappearing every time the jobs market picks up again.
What do you reckon?
In other news, but very much related to this topic, we are today bidding a fond farewell to David Gordon who is swapping the hipster end of town for the swanky end of town and returning to the fold of Emergent. David has done awesome work this year in developing our virtualRPO brand and getting it into a strong position for continued growth. Thanks DG, we hope you have enjoyed your secondment at Rice, and if there’s a DG2 out there, ready to continue the v.RPO journey and
revolution, let me know. Please note: growing a beard is not a stipulation or policy of Rice (especially if you’re female) But DG did excel himself in that area: