Always Remember That Recruiting is an Honorable Profession

March 6, 2014

Fireman. Astronaut. Police officer. Nurse. Doctor. Bigger. We’ve all heard little kids talk about what they want to be when they grow up. Rarely do we hear that they want to become a recruiter. And yet we should. Don’t believe me? Ask the Spanish-born philosopher, astronomer, scholar, and physician Maimonides. Well, you probably can’t as he died about 800 years ago. But I digress.

Maimonides believed that helping someone become self-supporting wasn’t just the right thing to do or, as he would have expressed it, a righteous act. Instead, Maimonides believed that helping someone find a job or otherwise become self-supporting was the most righteous act that one could do for another.

Corporate and third-party recruiters can easily get through a day without considering that their work is righteous. Banging your head against your computer screen when your applicant tracking system refuses to cooperate is not conducive to feeling righteous. Finding out that your highly paid social media consultant has 89 followers on Twitter is not conducive to feeling righteous. Spending four days out of the office at a recruiting conference where every presenter seems  more interested in pitching their services than in providing actual content is not conducive to feeling righteous. But helping people find jobs is, and we always need to remember that.

I had the good fortune of attending the 2012 LinkedIn Talent Connect conference. The keynote presenter was Cory Booker, then the mayor of Newark, New Jersey and now the junior U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Being the organized guy that I am, I arrived at the hall in plenty of time and so snagged a front row seat. Booker also was early and was making some small talk with the folks at the front of the room. He asked me what I did for a living and I told him that I was one of the owners of College Recruiter. He didn’t pretend that he knew all about it so that was cool. He did ask how many people used it and I told him about our traffic. He thought for a minute and then asked me if I realized what a wonderful service we were providing to all of those students and grads because we were helping them find rewarding careers. I had thought about us helping those people as well as our employer clients, but I hadn’t really thought about it in terms of the sheer volume. Thanks to Senator Booker, every day I remember that what we do in the recruiting world is righteous. Never forget it.

-- Steven Rothberg is the president and founder of CollegeRecruiter.com, the leading niche job board used by college students searching for internships and recent graduates hunting for entry-level jobs and other career opportunities.

On Monday, May 5th, College Recruiter and LinkedIn are hosting the second annual College Recruiting Bootcamp, a one-day conference for hiring managers, corporate recruiters, and corporate staffing leaders who want to learn how to recruit college students and recent graduates more efficiently and effectively. Sign up here to attend in person.

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