The topic of the next Silicon Valley Recruiters Association upcoming event comes at a very interesting time here in the world’s heart of tech. We live and work in an area where innovation is king, numerous new hot start-ups sprout up daily, and when company growth happens, it happens lightening speed FAST. Recruiting for Recruiters has been a booming business for many years, particularly for staffing agencies, yet it just now seems that the industry leading tech companies are taking a proactive approach to attracting recruiting talent and building out teams specifically for this purpose, referred to as “R4R (recruiting for recruiters”), within the industry.
To me, this actually doesn’t come as a surprise. If you are a Recruiter, there is usually an automatic (and comedic) perception that our networks are unlimited. There is of course some truth to every stereotype; we do network for a living, so odds are if you have been in the industry for a while and are passionate about what you do, you will have a few other recruiter friends who you can refer into the growing company you have recently joined. However, referrals eventually run out. Additionally, the talent acquisition field has become much more strategic in recent years than it has been in the past. Depending on the stage of the company you are joining, you could be doing a whole lot more than just interviewing candidates in your role, which will require a totally different level of expertise than say, a junior recruiter with less than two years of experience. In more and more companies, Recruiters are no longer an administrative support role, but rather now, the true gatekeepers for both creating and preserving company culture. At many early stage start-ups, they are responsible for creating entire hiring/on-boarding processes, wearing multiple hats, and having a seat at the table for all things related to people. Hiring the right people tends to be a recurring theme as top operating priorities for CEOs across a variety of industries, therefore hiring the right Recruiter to spearhead these efforts is extremely important. We should really give ourselves more credit!
As R4R efforts in the Bay Area and other cities continue to expand, I am thankful to have had the opportunity to be leading the Silicon Valley Recruiters Association and for our group to have attained a following so quickly. Our mission is to connect the Bay Area’s Recruiting Professionals (both Corporate and Agency Recruiters) for networking and educational purposes. The group serves not only to grow the knowledge of our members, but to also position each other to learn who is who within our local talent acquisition community, which has already proven to be quite valuable to have direct access to. At some point, everyone is ready for their next recruiting opportunity, so doesn’t it seem much more effective to be able to tap into a network of who you already know in your R4R efforts, versus sending out a dozen unanswered InMails via LinkedIn?
Our next event will take place this coming Thursday, 10/15 at Betts Recruiting in Palo Alto. The focus of the evening will be on how to effectively Recruit for Recruiters. We have Leah Thomas, R4R Program Manager at Russell Tobin and Associates, and Jennifer Gabriana, Corporate R4R Recruiter at Uber, participating on our panel for this, offering varying perspectives on R4R strategy. Attendees will also participate into break out sessions, sharing ideas on their company R4R strategy, best practices, and additionally, how they like to be reached out to about new opportunities.
We expect this to be a great evening for the Silicon Valley Recruiting community to come together and on behalf of the SVRA board, I look forward to seeing everyone there! If you are interested in attending, space is still available to RSVP.
Co-founder, Silicon Valley Recruiters Association