Did you hear the one about the recruiter who crossed the road?
He wanted to recruit the chicken.
Because he knew the chicken would accept a poultry salary.
This morning I spent some time searching the web for recruiter jokes. This is the best one I could find.
Don’t get me wrong. There were lots of jokes but they were all cynical, rude and mean.
Now, it’s possible that the moon is in the wrong place and I am being too thin-skinned but I don’t think most recruiters are money loving salespeople who would lie to their mother to close a deal.
Real recruiters are advocates for their clients and for their candidates. They know how to listen to the back story. They know how to do research and how to use what they learn to make strong matches.
We take pride in getting thank you cards from candidates who have just gotten promoted. We are happier still when candidates call to ask us to help find people for their own team.
Sure, we have bills to pay and there is a certain pride and confidence that comes from making more money than before but not at the expense of people’s lives.
Real recruiters are happy to cross the road to talk to the chicken but only if the client can afford chicken. If not, we’ll head out to the barn for some goat.