What I learnt about recruitment from being a hooker …

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Not the Pretty Woman type of hooker before you get excited / tune out . I refer to the type that spends his Saturday afternoon throwing around a funny shaped ball and often ending up under a pile of ugly men …the rugby type.

For those that still don’t know what I am talking about….hooker is a position in rugby. It is unglamorous, you get beaten up a lot and it is generally a fairly thankless task. That is why few people who play rugby want to do it.

But, there is always a mug / idiot / psycho who puts his hand up to take on the role. At school, that was me (although I like to think I am none of the above). The reason I did was based on the advice my Dad gave me. He recognised that not being the tallest, strongest, quickest, most skilful child I was going to struggle to get on the school team…..unless I did the job that no one else wanted to do. He was right and I spent the next 15 years playing hooker and reaching an ok standard. I got a bit bigger, quicker, stronger and better but I am pretty sure the main reason I was able to achieve that was because I consistently did the job no one else wanted to do.

The same argument applies to recruitment. Nowadays there are many different types of jobs in recruitment and some are easier than others. For example, starting a new desk from cold is a lot harder then sitting on a bunch of PSA accounts filing jobs; hence why a lot of people don’t want to do it. That is fair enough. I believe everyone should make their own career choices and do what they feel happy with.

If you only want to do that ‘easier’ role – well guess what, so are most others. So opportunities will be more limited as will your earning potential. So will the ability to differentiate yourself when you look to move. But, for those recruiters who are willing to put their hand up for the tougher gigs…the cold desk, the start-up, the turnaround then you will be in greater demand, have more choices, and in turn you can command a higher salary.

A good recruitment team, like a good rugby team, takes all sorts to make it work.  But if you are one who is willing, even enjoys, doing the jobs that few others want to do (and you are good at it of course) then there will always be a home for you.

When I said “I’ll play hooker” it gave me 15 years of opportunities and enjoyment that I would never have otherwise had.  Maybe something to think about when your deciding what type of role you are prepared to do and what career opportunities you want in the future.

Luke Collard

3 thoughts on “What I learnt about recruitment from being a hooker …”

  1. Luke, Thanks for yet another wise article. Maybe, had you been living in Victoria in your youth, you would have made an excellent rover (say) in Aussie rules and not have needed to subject your body to so much trauma at the lead then on the bottom of collapsing scrums.
    There has to be lesson somewhere in there for recruiters. Perhaps it is to play in a recruiting game that is somewhat kinder to the players and gives then opportunities to score more often.

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