Bogan's Rant - With Michael McShane - February 2013
Cut the crap -
Give it to me straight
Have you ever looked at someone, not just a quick look,
but a real, jaw open, no blinking, awkward eye contact look and
thought 'Who the heck do you think you are, you elbow licking,
Elvis impersonating, Clown worshipping, Galah!?'
Well I do. Often.
And I don't think I'm alone, despite you selling me out to
stand in the middle of the firing squad by myself. And today I'm
delivering my Bogan's Rant straight to their door.
Let me start with a pet hate - The Suit with
I don't know how many times we can cover this and how many
times I can sigh into my cuppa at night as I'm proven right. Our
friends, the recruiters who wear suits full of some deep seated
heavy issues have struck again this month. Phone calls from
confused candidates and frantic clients have been flowing in.
People asking for our advice and our help to stop what in some
cases could be construed as harassment.
I can't give you the specifics you crave, because, well I
don't like lawyers any more than I like going to the dentist or the
surgeon who will tear open my ankle this Friday. What I can do is
light up the BBQ and share a yarn with some Macca, Bazza and John's
thrown in as substitutes.
So Friday I get a phone call from Bazza. He's ticked off
at a phone call from Tom asking which of the four recruitment
companies that sent his resume forward he'd like to represent him.
FOUR! He'd spoken to exactly one!
Then Shazza, who has been a client forever rings me in a
tizzy saying 'Can you believe this clown!?!' Okay, that's not
exactly what she said, but Shazza has a very descriptive vocabulary
that would make Gary in Maintenance blush.
Shazza had an email from a very Special recruiter with the
CV of John. Special knew that Shazza had no roles on for John, but
he wanted Shazza to take John's CV anyway and 'Do what she wants
with it' because he 'still had KPI's to meet' and John's CV seemed
as good as anyone else's to send. Are you serious!?!
Needless to say she was less than impressed and I had to
spend half an hour learning not to swear like Shazza again before I
went home to the kids. Rugrats are sponges that learn too
Another pet hate? Coat hangers! The stupid things always
get stuck on each other!! I've been told this isn't the forum for
that discussion so we'll move on.
And just as you're starting to think I'm barking mad like
on off leash unregistered dog we'll circle the ute back to a point.
They call recruitment a self regulated industry. Guess what. I'm
the self appointed Regulator and I will be encouraging you to pull
your head in.
To all the people out there with heads as big as their
sense of self importance 'Pull ya head in and join us in the real