Let's just say I've been thinking. So in late October, I was on an ERE panel, along with Cheezhead (an awesomely smart dude, sharks) and Shally (sharkiness personified), talking about Web 2.0. Mainly, we talked about blogging and Twitter and whether or not it was worth all the fuss.
Since then, I also presented to the Seattle Staffing Management Association about nearly the same topic. Again, the discussion turned to how social media, web 2.0, cloud recruiting and thus and such can really be part of the routine for a "typical" recruiter.
And then, while playing around with a beta search engine, Viewzi, I came across this posting from John Sumser. OK, so I will admit to a bit of self-serviness because linking to this post also reveals the kind, kind words John showered upon me (and my panel-mates). But I didn't buy any shoes this week, so I will permit myself a wee bit of back-patting. Insightful. Brushing the dirt off my shoulders.
OK, if you can get beyond how sharky I am, John poses a few interesting questions for those of us stoked up on new technolgy:
I wonder when it became the recruiter’s job to lead the organization into new
technology usage. Isn’t the job to staff the existing organization? Aren’t other
people supposed to be moving the technology ball forward? Are Recruiters really
supposed to spend their time at the cutting edge?
Very good questions. Enough to stop a shark in her stilettos. I will answer these questions over the weekend -- I think I have a response, but I want to think some more. I do think it's our job to lead the organization into new technology usage. Recruiters should be early adopters. John challenges me to think about why. Stay tuned for my response.