The recent post in which I shared an email from a worn-out staffing company staffer who said staffing is the hardest job he's ever had struck a responsive chord, or a sore spot perhaps, with many of you. Many thoughtful, detailed comments flowed in, with advice for our staffing company friend, as well as broad thoughts about the industry in general, and the types of people who succeed in it.

It also generated another comment. In the form of an email. Another email from the staffer in Michigan. Because of the comments he made the first time around, we obviously can't use his name, or identify his company. But I do want to share this again. And this time I guess he knew I was going to use it.

First of all, thanks to so many of you who wrote in to Staffing Talk with words of support for me. And for those who were kind of criticizing me I understand that too. I probably came off as a little bit of a whiner and that's not really me. If I had known my email was going to be published...and so many people would read it...I would have been a little more careful. I would have also paid a little closer attention to the punctuation stuff. I tried to do better this time.

I would love to be able to simply show the Staffing Talk Article to my boss. And have her read all the comments. But I can't really do that. I did have a conversation with her about the do not use candidates..and if we can communicate to them somehow that we are not going to ever hire or use them. Her first reaction was, "I don't want to get sued." But I think she is thinking about it. Several of you suggested some things I can add to her.

Thanks Steve Cary, for even writing out a specific line on how to accomplish that, "The clients I’m currently working with have an expectation of ‘XYZ’, and as that doesn’t describe you, there is little chance I’ll be able to assist. You may want to reach out to (insert local job development organization here).” I think that is perfect. I'll suggest it to my boss if we have the conversation again.

I have also been thinking a lot about the specific comment made by Mark Boeder. Yes I have thought many times I might be better suited for another industry. But for several reasons I have stuck it out. I totally appreciate what you wrote that "it is not not the recruiters job to NOT DISAPPOINT candidates" That has helped me think about the job I do in a different way. I really do like helping people find work, and I really do get enjoyment from helping increase their chances of finding work. So maybe I;m not in the wrong line of work. I actually used to be a social worker in my past job, and I see some similarities.

I noticed nobody had any good suggestions for the reports, documentation, payroll processing and other stuff like that. But I guess every job has parts of it no one really likes. I guesss this is just that part for me. Probably you to.

As Kimberley says, staffing is always full of challenges and will never be boring. That I can agree with for sure! So for any of you who are reading this also, thank you so much for your comments and suggestions. I guess this is my little moment at being famous, but you don't really know who I am, so that's kind of weird...good luck to you all too.


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