Category Archives: I Love the 90s!

Are You the Recruiting Version of Vanilla Ice?

If you are old enough to remember the late 80’s and early 90’s there is no way to escape the fact that ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was a HUGE success. Vanilla Ice shot onto the scene as a guy who could rap, had a distinct look, and could do the running man like nobody’s business.

But then people realized he stole the beat for his one big hit from David Bowie and Queen and found out he was not what he sold himself to be (a hardcore guy from the streets, instead turning out to be more of a regular guy from the ‘burbs) .

In doing so he ended his career prematurely and hindered the career of others who were just as if not more talented than he because of the stigma he left.

A lot of recruiters follow the same arc – they have a bit of success early by trying to be someone they are not and then ultimately fail because they have no credibility left when they are ‘outed’ as fakes or just bad people and make it harder for the rest of us who try to do things the right way.

If you have been around long enough in the recruiting business you have talked to the candidate who has told you that they no longer deal with recruiters because of what happened with the last one that called on them.

As a profession all recruiters need to be mindful that our interaction with candidates impacts us, our organization (or the organizations we do business with) and any other recruiter that might call on them in the future.

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!


Got Game? No? Then Don’t Even Try (How Hot People & Top Candidates Are Alike)

One of my favorite movies of the 90’s (and in my opinion, one of funniest of all time) is Friday. It stars Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, and a slew of other folks and one of the best exchanges occurs when Craig (Ice Cube) is talking to his mother about ‘having game’ (ie his ability to pick up women).

Mrs. Jones: Craig, you know what your problem is? You have no game.
Craig Jones: What do you know about game? I got ALL the game.
Mrs. Jones: Now your father… he has game.
Mr. Jones: [coming out of the bathroom] Don’t nobody go in the bathroom for about 35, 45 minutes. Somebody open up a window.
Craig Jones: You call that game?

If you think about it ‘having game’ translates into the recruiting world as well. Having the swagger, sales skills, and confidence to ‘pick up’ and develop a relationship with a candidate can go a long way.

Ask any very attractive candidate (ie hard to find skill set) how many recruiters they have calling them on a daily basis and I am sure it probably rivals or surpasses the attention a very attractive man or woman receives from the opposite sex.

How do you get ‘game’ in the recruiting world? I wish I had the magic bullet but a lot of it revolves around having  basic people skills, the ability to show your personality (if you have one) and the ability to understand what drives a person.

What are your thoughts? What does it take to ‘have game’ in the recruiting world?

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!