I don’t work with HR – and I have the Little Mrs. wait in the car while I go into the bank and talk about the important stuff.
How old are you? Where have you been the past decade? Watching All in the Family reruns every night? They call me old school – but I’m starting to wonder if I no longer deserve that label. Perhaps you’re the one more deserving…….
Don’t work with HR? What clients do you work with? The mechanic down the street? Your cousin’s Insurance agency? Most companies large enough to use agencies are also sophisticated enough to involve HR in some capacity. Now I’ll agree – some of those processes are just a mess and I won’t be successful. But how do you know which is which until you check it out?
Yes there was a time when hearing “You’ll need to talk to HR” meant “See ya later!” but those times have changed. HR is most likely the department that can shut you down or welcome you to the mission. I prefer to think of them as the next (or even the first) step in securing a new client.
So when I see recruiters touting the old wives’ tale we were taught decades ago I just have to chuckle a bit. Throw in the “Well – if we can’t recruit for ya the way we know best – we’ll just have to recruit from ya!” line and you’ve got a real winning business plan! (Not!)
Well that’s all I have on the subject for now……Gotta call an HR guy to see if we can wrap one up this week!