Farmer Wants a Wife – But These Girls Have “Retention Issue” Written All Over Them…

Maren Hogan Engagement and Satisfaction, Interviewing, Maren Hogan, Recruiting, Retention

Oh yeah, admit it, you knew the chick from Omaha would be writing this one. Have you seen the promos for this particular show? It’s called “Farmer wants a Wife“. Premise? Hundreds (okay tens) of glam pixies with very trim thighs don cowboy boots and chase chickens in an attempt to show an “old fashioned hunk farmer” that they are the right woman for the job. That is, the job of farmer’s wife. Um…yeah.

So what possible application can this have to recruiting? Just this – sometimes we’re so desperate toFarmer please a client or get a candidate the job he really, really wants, that we lose sight of a VERY important part of the job – making sure it’s the right match, not just A MATCH. The truth is you can get a fee for any old placement, and I’m sure not knocking that. But until you take a full on consultative approach (and I do not consider chasing chickens or mass emailing candidates consultative), you’re not going to find a long-lasting relationship that’s beneficial for all three sides (that’s you, the client and the candidate).

Kristin Gisarro brings this up a little bit over on TalentMash in her post about retention. She successfully argues that (competent) recruiters tend to be pretty darned good at retention efforts and it’s in their best interest to get even better at them. Making sure that the void you fill continues to tell a story, (through the super awesome placement you made) even after you’ve gone, is a great way to make sure that your match sticks.

Which is more than I can say for whoever becomes the Farmer’s Wife… As soon as he tells that city girl to fix him a chicken pot pie, the Springer scene is on…