Hey Lazy Boss! Get Your Positions Filled or Lose Them….

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

If you are a recruiter supporting an organization, then you know that there are two types of managers related to open positions:

Type A – Views an open position as a critical need and will stay focused, doing whatIceman he/she needs to in order to keep the ball rolling and close some business, and occasionally ride you in a nice way for candidate/sourcing status; or

Type B – Hiring for open positions is never a priority, and if you weren’t there to force the issue after things started looking ridiculous, the time to fill for his/her open positions over the course of their career would be 198 days. 

I’m reminded of the contrast in hiring manager urgency based on a conversation I had with a recruiting friend last week.  My friend was holding an order for a CIO position within a Fortune 500 company, the type of fill that would have made his year.  As luck would have it, they had the offer letter formulated and were waiting on the details of relocation for the selected candidate and ARRRRRRG… The company froze the position and decided they could make do internally until the end of the year.

Tick Tock.  You’re always on the clock in corporate America.

A cautionary tale to say the least.  Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.  And make sure you tell them that if they delay in getting their open spots filled, the Iceman cometh in the form of a hiring freeze. 

PS – Couldn’t resist the picture of Val Kilmer as "Iceman" in Top Gun.  Gen Y – have you seen this film?  Rent on a slow weekday to better connect with your GenX/Boomer boss or peers….

Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.