Thursday, April 19, 2007

Applicants are people too...

At this time of the year, it's likely that employers are seeking anybody to fill their jobs. There are a few types of applicants: those that plan ahead, those that plan way ahead and those that suddenly realize that "Wow. I guess summer is here and I need a job." You may even find people who didn't know that your job opportunity was just the thing that they weren't looking for. As a recruiter, you need to be savvy enough to address all of these types of people and remember that all of them want to be treated with respect, interest and just like a guest in your home, they want to feel cared for.

However, in the seasonal world I know it's tempting to stop recruiting the moment the season starts and when the off season arrives believe that it's time to take a break. But, in order to get the best candidates, not just those who can fog a mirror, it is imperative to always be a recruiter, all of the time. You never know when you might just find that perfect person to work at your lodge, camp, resort, ranch, etc. Good recruiters are recruiting all of the time.

Think of your own life. Doesn't it seem that when you are not necessarily looking for the love of your life, or the perfect job, or finding that place that you can call home, it finds you? Life is all about seeking opportunities and taking some risks, for in doing so you will find your reward.

Be good recruiters. Remember that paper or on-line applications represent people and they simply want to move their lives forward and have some adventures along the way. Don't dash their dreams by not acknowledging their interest. Be thankful. Say hi, write that email, give them a call that says "Thanks for applying!" Of course, you'll find people who aren't qualified for your jobs, but be nice about that too. Move them on to something that suits their skills better or advise them to acquire different skills so they can get that job in the future. Be brave enough to tell someone no. It's a whole lot nicer than letting them float in cyberspace wondering if their application got through in the first place. Be kind.

Successful recruiting campaigns are based upon and supported by recruiters who possess the following mindset. "Who can I meet today? Whose life am I going to change by providing an opportunity to work at my lodge, ranch, resort, etc.?"

Because really, isn't that how you would like to be treated?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hang in there HR folks...

Since this is my first Cool Works (tm) HR post I thought I'd start with a mini-introduction of me. My name is Kari Quaas and I'm the newest member of the Cool Works team. My previous life was spent in the cruise line industry with titles ranging from Driver/Guide to Assistant HR Manager with safety and training in between. I am very familiar with this time of the year when things are moving a mile a minute, the phone rings off the hook and you're thinking to yourself, "Will this ever end??!!" I'm here to say that this too shall pass. Enjoy this time of craziness because it will only make the not-so-crazy time all the more precious.

I thought I would share a poem with you that I found as I was starting college. My hope is that you'll take a moment to read and appreciate the words....and then get back to work!

"If there ever were a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily - but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your aspiration, something that's your dream.

You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch. Dream big.

Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be good days. And there will be bad days. There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up, and call it quits. Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying. Persist.

Because with an idea, determination and the right tools, you can do great things. Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart guide you. Trust.

Believe in the incredible power of the human mind. Of doing something that makes a difference. Of working hard. Of laughing and hoping. Of lazy afternoons. Of lasting friends. Of all things that will cross your path this year.

The start of something new brings the hope of something great. Anything is possible. There is only one you. And you will pass this way only once. Do it right."