Can’t Uber this….. A Recruiter’s Perspective

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Can’t Uber this….. A Recruiter’s Perspective

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Talent Acquisition Group at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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There was a really good article in Fast Company yesterday about UBER. It seems that the on-demand service is so popular that people are trying to offer different types of services using a similar platform.

If you need your house cleaned, you login to an app and an available cleaning crew shows up at your house.

If you need a babysitter for an impromptu date night, type in your address and the duration and a qualified sitter arrives.

Will recruiting go this way too? Could you log on and get a couple of mechanical engineers with expertise in aerodynamics? Or how about a chartered accountant who knows about managing the funds in a not-for-profit?

I don’t think so. It’s just not that simple. Many roles require more than a list of skills. They require a certain kind of communication style or the ability to handle sticky situations.

Or you are not really sure how to describe the person you need or what to call them.

Real recruiting is complicated. It’s a process that involves reading, writing, research, assessing, probing, negotiating, patience and perseverance.

There are an awful lot of variables in selecting people for jobs. And it’s pretty costly, if you choose the wrong one.

So it’s fine to use Uber to get to your meeting but use real people to do your recruiting.

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