Make love not war

Make love not war

When I started my recruitment career (last century!) it amazed me how super proficient recruiters were at berating other recruiters and taking every opportunity to bring down the competition. I was talking to another recruiter friend last week and we were discussing just this and she felt the tide had turned and now we are more collaborative; I hope so. 

What is it that drives us to treat our industry peers with such arrogant disdain? I am assuming we are now much better behaved but something tells me we have a little way to go.

So what do we have to gain from sharing a little love? 

I’m glad you asked - here’s my list.

 - Shared insights and knowledge about the market. After all, knowledge is power and the more you give, the more you get. 

 - Collaboration can lead to splits and more deals. As more and more micro agencies pop up it’s harder to compete so why not join forces. Half of 100% is better than all of 0%. 

 - It raises the whole industry standard for which we each receive a gold star. And more money. 

 - Ultimately we promote more enjoyment in our industry and together remain stronger for longer.

 - In case you have been living under a rock and haven’t noticed, we are under enemy fire from tech companies, in-house recruiters, and generally anybody with a recruitment axe to grind. Why fuel their nasty ambitions to divide and conquer and see us push up recruitment daisies.  

I’m not suggesting we all need to sit around and sing Kumbaya, and it’s great to see we are perhaps doing more supporting than slating, but I think we still have a little way to go.  

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.  

Thanks for reading!


Belinda Kerr


Sterning group