Recruiting Leaders: Stay in the Saddle

Corey Burns candidate experience, Hiring Managers, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” and recruiting is not exempt from this axiom. At one point, I could speak Portuguese and German. Regrettably, I lost most of this ability because I didn’t practice over the years. Good news though, I can still get around with the basics and even order a beer…that’s pretty easy!

Recently, I picked up a challenging open req and at the start, all I could think about was the song “Back in the Saddle Again” by Aerosmith.

As I began the recruiting process, I realized something was off – I wasn’t as smooth with my delivery and navigation of the process. As I continued the process, I quickly got back to my normal self, but even a handful of months off from Recruiting caused my usual process to feel clunky. My value proposition didn’t feel fluid, my explanation of our benefits package didn’t roll off my tongue as smoothly, and I just didn’t feel as confident. In the end, this was a great wakeup call.

Just like any profession, as we grow within our careers, our responsibilities widen and we often become more strategic rather than tactical. Instead of hammering out tasks and making multiple small decisions throughout our days, we begin to take on more strategic initiatives and make fewer but highly important decisions (keep in mind I’m speaking in generalities). The consequence of this is deterioration of the skills we developed early on in our careers, if they’re not practiced.

While our roles typically expand with time, it’s wise we don’t stray too far from the action. I’m sure many of you have witnessed the consequences of leadership and c-suite not having a pulse on what is actually taking place on the front lines.

When this occurs, we often begin to see compromised decision making, culture shifts, and a number of issues that are symptoms of being out of touch.

There’s not much more to say other than to stay in the saddle, ya’ll!