This October, I will celebrate 20 years in recruiting. That’s a long time and I’ve seen a lot of things change in research, sourcing, professional recruiting and executive search. Over the course of this year, I will write a few blog posts sharing what’s changed since I got started in TMP Worldwide’s Retail Executive Search practice, f.k.a. Lemming/LeVan.The innovations in #recruiting that have come out in the last 5 years have made us more efficient, more productive and less prone to paper-cuts. Read more from @cmurdock:Click to Tweet
I remember my first week on the job like it was yesterday. Lemming/LeVan had just been acquired by TMP Worldwide, the parent company of Monster.com. The firm had just made the switch to FileFinder and they were still using note cards sorted in maybe six 3x5 card catalog cabinets. For those of you under 30, here’s an example:
As the Research Assistant, my job was to make sure we didn’t miss anything. Back then, there wasn’t really a Google to google on. We had Altavista and DogPile. We also had paper directories. Specifically, we used the 3 or 4 directories put out by The Chain Store Guide. Again, for those of you under 30, here’s a picture:
At the end of my first year, The Chain Store Guide put out a CD ROM version of their databases which wasn’t much better than scanning the pages of the paper directory. The search functionality was archaic when you compare it to what we can do today. It was slow because computers were slow and you had to search for each word versus multiple words in a single field. That’s right, you couldn’t use ‘OR’ or ‘AND’ in your searches. Of course, now the Chain Store Guide is online and fully searchable.If you’ve only been in #recruiting for last 5 years, you don’t know how good you have it. See how recruiting has changed from @cmurdock, Senior Partner at @IQTalent:Click to Tweet
Adapt to Survive
The Chain Store Guide, like recruiters, has adapted as technology has changed. Too many vendors don’t adapt and they get pushed aside for tools that have kept pace or accelerated change. Recruiters and Sourcers that don’t adapt may also find themselves getting pushed aside.
I’m now about to come across as an old curmudgeon, but if you’ve only been in recruiting for the last 5 years, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW GOOD YOU HAVE IT! The innovations that have come out in just the last 5 years have made us more efficient, more productive and less prone to paper-cuts.
So in conclusion, get off my lawn and where’s my Geritol?