Nothing Common About Common Sense.

Common Sense

Especially when it comes to recruitment.

“Get out of harm’s way.”  “A penny saved is a penny earned”.  “A fool and his money are quickly parted”. “Easy does it”. “Forewarned is forearmed”.

These are all good examples of common sense, and likely advice that I have completely disregarded from time to time.  You probably have too.   How about your mother’s favorite “If all your friends jumped off a bridge would you do it too?”

The trouble is, that as a recruiter you can’t afford to “believe everything you hear”, fail to “put on your thinking cap”, or “save for a rainy day”.  “ A bird in the hand really may be better than two in the bush”, sort of along the line of “appreciating what you have before it’s gone.”

As a recruiter, you have options as to the recruitment tools you use – sort of a chance to “pick your poison.”  And while “penny wise could be pound foolish”  you still can’t afford to “play cards with a man named Doc.”

Is your best new hire sitting just down the hall, in need of training to take the next step in their career? Or should you go outside of the organization, post the job, use social media, search a resume database – and incur all the costs associated with your decision.   You will be approached with a lot of options, most good, some awful.  Just “beware of Greeks bearing gifts” or is it “look before you leap?”   Any thoughts on how to best develop a common-sense approach to Recruitment? Any principles you can share…?