Yep – that’s me! The low-hanging fruit on the LinkedIn tree.
What’s it like being low-hanging fruit and working in Talent Acquisition? Well, you’re popular with a variety of people. And come to find out, a lot of people don’t read your LinkedIn profile. Or if they do, they don’t pick up what you’re putting down. No clue as to what you do, where you are, or the industry you’re in. So you get a lot of pings, a lot of calls, and a lot of requests.
And this internet thing, it breeds familiarity. You feel like you know me. Maybe you’ve done a little stalking, a little googling, found my Facebook, read my blogs and tweets. The thing I’ve learned in all this time online? As much as you think you know me, if we don’t have some kind of acquaintanceship in real life, I probably won’t know who you are when you call. I talk to a lot of people on a daily basis. And I remember almost all of them. But if we’ve never met, never had a chat, rethink your expectation.
First in my queue are vendors.
Bless your hearts, I know you’re doing your job and working the system. I got you – you found me and think I’m an inroad to a sale. I’m not. Let me be clear, I am not an inroad to a sale. I may put things on a wish list but I’m not the decision maker. And I know you want me to forward you on, but I can’t, especially if we’re not looking for whatever you’re selling.
Then there are the people that just want a favor.
Just a favor. Unless you’re on Impractical Jokers, how many times do you randomly ask someone on the street for a favor? We haven’t met, no chat, and I have no clue as to who you are. But you would like me to do something for you. Read something, write something, pitch something, give you names of five of my associates. Yeah…not happening. All of my energy goes to my job and my family. At this time there isn’t room for extra.
Now I like hearing from jobseekers.
I’m happy to help you with your search, and I’ll tell you when I can’t. I’ll peek at your resume but you’ll get the 5-minute free assessment. I’ll tell you what I don’t do – for example, I don’t hire software engineers. I do source executives and temps. I know, I know…2 diverse worlds. But they’re my worlds. So if you want to tell me what you’re looking for, I’ll let you know if I can help. A win for both of us.
I also like hearing from recruiters.
You are trying to fill a job, I get that. Sometimes you think you’ve got the perfect opportunity, that’s cool. I encourage everyone to take a call, no harm in that. And if I’m not looking, I’ll tell you. But, I’m not going to do your job for you, sourcing isn’t just asking your entire network “who do you know?”. What about shifting the ask, and requesting an intro to someone I know because you already found them and need an in? That’d be good. You want to help me with my jobs? That’s kind, but I’ll call you when I need it, and I’m owning that eventually I may need it, but I won’t call until I know I really need the assist.
So is it okay to ping that low-hanging fruit? Maybe, but think about your ask. And always think about what is in it for the person at the end of the request…is there a better way to make your inquiry? An overture to make before the ask? And understand, before you act in haste or anger, that the internet is a bridge. You can build it up with reasonable and respective requests and burn it down with entitled expectations.
Note: The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Marriott International.
Kelly is the Recruitment Manager for Westat, a leading social science research organization headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.