I work nationwide but do a lot in St. Louis. It is the smallest big city or the largest tiny town I know, and it is my home. I also work extensively on both coasts. I understand the feeding frenzy for skilled technical employees and my response to the insanity is to be more precise, more mindful, and pay more attention to the details.
I do not want to be the biggest guy on the block, which is a good thing, because I’m not. I’m an artisan doing small batch recruiting – much like the tiny brewers popping up all over. Much like those breweries, I care – perhaps more than the big guys. I think quality is more important than quantity, and I value substance over style – but I try to have both. I am choosy about who I represent on both sides of the equation. The companies I represent tend to be smart, do interesting work, and treat people well. I understand technology better than most recruiters (I realize this isn’t that difficult) but I usually end up being one of the best recruiters every candidate I talk to knows. I’m worth an email at least.
You’ll most likely not have to guess what I’m thinking.
I try to act without a twist.
I think there should be fewer stupid recruiter stories, and I act accordingly.
I advocate for people, positions and companies. I may be an acquired taste, but am rarely boring.
The ability to enthuse is paramount to success in recruiting. Positioning by Listening® is not just a catchy buzz phrase.
S = P x R