I tried to post as a comment on Cheezhead’s blog but it wouldn’tÂ upload so here’s my 3rd (com)post of the week. It’s about the notion that the new Fordyce Letter Network and RecruitingBlogs need to be seen as opposing each other.
I like Jason. I like David. I provide content to both. Like some others I think a win/lose aspect is less relevant than what these two or any others can accomplish individually. I meet with other recruiters a lot some make a lot more than I do. Most make a lot less. None of that is win/lose and I NEVER run into any of them in the market I work and I really don’t compete against specific people for any given dollar either.
I think these social networks are becoming like what Keanu Reeves said about fathers in the film Parenthood. Something like “You have to take a test to be a driver. You have to get a license to go hunting but any *sshole can be a father.
Absolutely, Jason and David are qualified to be “fathers” in that analogy but I have seen guys on Ning with only themselves as members.
Jason has a base now. David comes in with TFL…They both can ‘win’ plenty if they figure out how to get people to keep coming back. Lots of marketing people talk about niches and sub-niches.
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For either of these guys and even others we don’t know yet I think it’ll be about editing and focus.
At the moment, I think recruitingblogs is neat. TFLNetwork looks similar and perhaps a bit more manageable but not necessarily better…but I find myself most often going to the front page of TFL itself because I know that’s where the actual contingency/engaged/retained search for a fee EPF recruiters go. The “winner” will be the person who honors that and then sets up other places for other businesses like research and contract recruiting etc. But who knows,really? Maybe I am just full of crap.. I mean, look where I just spent my lunch hour 🙂 (Written while on a totally unaffiliated blog AFAIK)
I gotta run. I need to go to Ning to set up the CurmudgeonHeadhuntersNetwork.