The Accidental Recruiter.

A neighbor with her own recruiter firm asked me to help with some “Java” searches over the phone and the rest his history.

Agency Recruiting Happens

After working with the neighbor, a different recruiter, introducing me to a agency VP with an opening; perfectly timed need to availability. Within a few days they took the training wheels off and I was talking to candidates, updating the VMS, ATS and making offers.

Being at an agency was the best on-the-job training available. When you support multiple account managers across a half-dozen verticals – there is something new everyday. They would walk into my office ans ask the same question: “You got time to chase this”?

The “this” being an open restitution from a new client. All IT and Project Management related. My previous government career in computers came in handy in a lot ways.

Corporate Recruiting Happens

Next I landed my first corporate gig (Thank you, Rex) and then contracts with companies like Ericsson, Interstate Battery and JPMorgan and a hotel.

Once you became comfortable with the ambiguity, vagueness and lack of control in recruiting; it is all cake. Seriously. Let go. Stop trying to control the madness. The recruiter’s role is very simple: find and present. That is it. The managers and clients do the hiring. It is Deadliest Catch without the blood or freezing water.

Recruiting is Its Own Thing – Who Knew

Then, Tony Beshara (The Legend) set me straight. He said something to the effect “You don’t want to go into HR, HR is like watching paint dry.” No offense to my HR peeps… but this meant, recruiting could be a career for me. His other point, he did not think me to be HR material!

The Job of Recruiting is Ever Changing

Today selling is as critical a job skill to recruiter as search skills become automated. Plus, candidates have mastered social media. Job-hopping is now considered “proof” of your value. Transparency starts to take hold in the hiring process. This is not longer your mamas search-jockey job.

Recruiting is rewarding most days and when it is not – you know tomorrow brings new opportunities to partner with hiring managers and candidates.

Sometimes accidents are the best way to find a new career.

Dirk’s Media Mentions:

Amazon Author Page for Dirk:

https://www.amazon.com/Dirk-Spencer/e/B01631E366
This has the TV commercial for Resume Psychology.
It also lists all of my books on one page along with the 5-Star reviews for each book. All of the reviews are organic.

Dirk is also the author of:

  • The Candy Maker Resume: Resume Writing Hacks
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692652698
    This book explains how to take a failed resume from zero to hero. You work through a Candy Maker’s resume (Sara Elf). You learn how to develop resume content from scratch helping Ms. Elf. 
  • Resume Keywords Decoded
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692771840
    Learn “what-to-do” and “how-to-do-it” to find the right resume keywords. The book includes quality check and tie-breaker questions to select the right resume keywords for your industry.
  • Interview Questions: “The One Interview Question”
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542524601
    This is a research project with a free e-book! This is a collection of what 63 interview experts said about their one “go-to” interview question. It is a quick read for insights to what interviewers want to know from their “one-interview question.”

 Dirk’s Books on Amazon World Wide:

Resume Psychology Resume Hacks & Traps Revealed: Resume Hacks & Traps Revealed – Beat the Machine. Be Seen. Get Hired!
Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/0692525602
United Kingdom – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0692525602
Germany – http://www.amazon.de/dp/0692525602
Spain – http://www.amazon.es/dp/0692525602
France – http://www.amazon.fr/dp/0692525602
Italy – http://www.amazon.it/dp/0692525602

The Candy Maker Resume – Resume Writing Hacks:
Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/0692652698
United Kingdom – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0692652698
Germany – http://www.amazon.de/dp/0692652698
Spain – http://www.amazon.es/dp/0692652698
France – http://www.amazon.fr/dp/0692652698
Italy – http://www.amazon.it/dp/0692652698

Resume Keywords Decoded & Demystified:
Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/0692771840/
United Kingdom – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0692771840/
Germany – http://www.amazon.de/dp/0692771840/
Spain – http://www.amazon.es/dp/0692771840/
France – http://www.amazon.fr/dp/0692771840/
Italy – http://www.amazon.it/dp/0692771840/

Interview Questions: “The One Interview Question”: 63 Experts & Their Go-To Question
Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1542524601/
United Kingdom – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1542524601/
Germany – http://www.amazon.de/dp/1542524601/
Spain – http://www.amazon.es/dp/1542524601/
France – http://www.amazon.fr/dp/1542524601/
Italy – http://www.amazon.it/dp/1542524601/

To your best sourcing, 
Dirk Spencer
Corporate Recruiter