3 April 2013
Bogan's Rant - With Michael McShane - February 2013
I don't know about you but I have had some dead
set pointless discussions, arguments if you will, in my time on
this planet. Trying to convince the Mrs that working while on
holiday is fair and reasonable, complaining that there should be
more chips than air in a 'chip packet', explaining to a small child
that the AFL is more important than Barbie's Thumbelina… I could go
None of these hold a candle to the 'discussions' I've had over
the past couple of weeks about my attitude towards the recruitment
If you are indeed behind on the story of Bogan McShane, let me
take you for a walk down memory lane. It all started on the
12th of the 12th 2012, positively prophetic,
right? After hearing for the umpteenth time about a client being
royally shafted by a recruiter/recruitment company who they
believed was serving their best interests, I decided enough really
was enough. If nobody else was going to take a broom to the bunch
of muppets destroying the reputation of the industry then I was
going to go off leash and start a revolution. And by gees it has
struck a nerve with some.
I highlighted the issue of blatantly irrelevant and mildly
annoying emails. And then received some irrelevant and moderately
irate emails. I questioned why employers choose to deal with
recruitment companies who blatantly disregard their terms of
engagement. That's a bigger question. I pointed out that working
out if an ad on the internet was real was somewhat akin to
detecting counterfeit currency. And wowsers. There were a couple of
people with opinions about that.
I've been told that I have no respect for my profession, called
by anonymous numbers, sworn at, called some pretty colourful names.
This behaviour is not coming from employers or Joe Blow out there
looking for work. It's coming from individuals in the recruitment
industry. You know what I have to say on the subject? If looking in
the mirror is making you uncomfortable, perhaps it's time to change
your spots. Actually my response is more colourful but I've been
edited for public broadcast. ****ing censorship.
To the perpetrators of this tomfoolery, your angry responses
have me entirely convinced that I am doing the right thing in
trying to stem the tide of arrogant, disrespectful and selfish
people masquerading themselves as recruitment professionals. And so
thank you for your support. It goes a long way to maintaining the
rage and inspiring change.
We're building a new breed of recruiters. And I for one am
Today's pet hate?
'You know you're old if' fads. Remembering something that happening
10 years ago doesn't make you old. It makes you older than 15.
Hunting down freeze frames of 10 year old TV shows suggests that
you have too much time on your hands. Was that the point you were
trying to make?