After spending the day yesterday doing a full day in-house training program for one of my most loyal training clients in Columbia, MD, I wandered down to Washington, DC, last night (after an O’s game at Camden Yards, of course, w/friend and peer Dan Simmons) to attended the ASA Chapter Leadership Council Meeting they have every April for the leaders of their affiliated ASA state associations. It is a fantastic event that I have now attended the last two years as VP of ISA (Illinois Staffing Association), and an event I would highly recommend all state association leaders who are affiliated with ASA (American Staffing Association) attend in the future.
In the opening comments made by Tracy Rettie, Assistant Vice President, Chapter Relations and Education, she regularly referred those of us in staffing as an “industry.” That struck me as odd.
When I think of an industry, I think of smokestacks, widgets, THINGS.
What are those of us in Search, Staffing and Third Party Recruiting? Are we an industry? Are we a Profession? Why? Please help me understand what you think AND WHY. I would love the perspective, and I think it is an appropriate, and important issue for us to concern ourselves with.
Now for those of you who know me, well, you already know I have some opinions on the issue, but before I share my thoughts I would love to hear from some of you first.
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Can’t wait to read what you share, and who knows, maybe even our resident curmudgeon, Dave Staats, will even join in…don’t know about you, but I am always thrilled to learn from what Dave has to say!