3 April 2013

Bogan's Rant - With Michael McShane - February 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 on.

None of these hold a candle to the 'discussions' I've had over the past couple of weeks about my attitude towards the recruitment industry.

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 excited.

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?