Why is it so hard to find a recruiter right now?
Because demand is so high.
Because hiring needs are so high.
And because as a business community, we’ve done a sh*t job in hiring strategy. The things that make it scale.
Don’t get me wrong: I love the fact that everyone needs to hire recruiters. (Awkward plug: we place recruiters internally. And provide OnDemand recruiting services).
👉Let’s be honest with ourselves: adding more human bandwidth is a reactive, tactical move.
And it all starts with a misunderstanding of what recruiting really is.
It’s not HR. Or Marketing. Or Sales.
It’s ALL of it. Wrapped into one.
👉When Talent Acquisition rolls into some other area, strategy goes to someone with a different job focus. Who is farther from the front lines of hiring. And doesn’t understand the challenges as well.
You’re asking leaders to solve completely different problems than what they’re spending their entire day on.
And how many jobs do you want one person to do?
What’s more: Hiring touches every single important function of a business at its most critical moments. Its most *vulnerable* moments.
i.e. when you’re short-handed and things are falling apart.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The 3 most important things in business are:
1. Creating a product
2. Selling the product
3. Hiring people to do both.
👉Chief. Hiring. Officer.