Seven Lessons Judge Dredd Taught Me About Recruitment
Today is a day of action by fans interested in seeing a sequel to the 2012 movie Dredd featuring the legendary British comic character Judge Dredd.(If you don’t know who he is see footnote)
And what does that have to do with Edenchanges or recruitment? Well as a life long fan (since I was seven) of 2000AD and Judge Dredd I’m giving over this Wednesday’s recruitment slot to aid the cause … so here are seven recruitment lessons that I learned from Judge Dredd … it would be a crime not to read them!
Be warned that the quotes are taken from the 2012 film and as such might contain spoilers – you might want to watch the film first!
Lesson One – A fail is a fail
The actual facts of a candidate’s experience should be known, accepted and represented accurately. If they don’t have a particular qualification or haven’t got a certain type of experience then those are the facts.
Yes that may mean your candidate just isn’t right for the role (so find someone else) or you might need to find something else that they do have that can compensate for what they lack. Either way a fail is a fail and the facts should honestly be the facts.
“Her final score was only three points below a pass, it’s marginal.” Chief Judge Hershey
“It’s not marginal, she failed.” Judge Dredd
Lesson Two – There are no easy markets
All recruitment is hard and takes effort and dedication. Don’t waste time looking for the easy winnings but rather expect it to be tough, prepare accordingly and then work hard to apply your preparation and be successful.
“It’s all the deep end.” Judge Dredd
Lesson Three – Do the unexpected
To be successful in recruitment you have to be able to not only find candidates that your clients can’t but also that your recruitment competition can’t. This might well mean having the originality of thought and the nerve to do something original or unexpected to find the right person.
“You’ve given us two options; defend or hide.” Judge Dredd “Yes sir.” Rookie Judge Anderson “What about we attack?” Judge Dredd
Lesson Four – Team work is profitable
In recruitment it is very easy to work in isolation but the real money is most easily made working in collaboration with your colleagues. Whether that’s having a dedicated resourcer or simply a fellow consultant that you swap and trade candidates and clients with; for a fair split of the fee of course. There is a lot of profit to be made through teamwork.
“Wait.” Judge Dredd “Wait for what? Wait for me to change my mind? Are you kidding me?” Villain (who has a gun pointed at Dredd) Gunshot – villain killed. “No. Wait for her to shoot you.” Judge Dredd
Lesson Five – Choose what you go after
There are a lot of potential clients out there with vacancies but there aren’t as many potential clients out there with good vacancies. (The same can be said of candidates).
You can never work all the vacancies that are out there, even in a niche market, so you must always cherry pick the most profitable ones for yourself.
“We can respond to about six percent of all serious crimes.” Judge Dredd
“Which six percent?”Rookie Judge Anderson
“You chose.” Judge Dredd
Lesson Six – Judge the whole person (not the CV)
Something that elevates a good recruiter from the average ‘CV pusher’ type is being able to see past a CV and qualify the candidate on the phone, or in person, and explore if they actually have the right experience and skills combined with the right personality. Your clients want to recruit people not CV’s and a proper consultant will make sure that the person behind the CV is also a match for the role.
Additional Spoiler Warning – this is a quote from the end of the film
“So how did she do? Is she a pass or a fail?” Chief Judge Hershey
“She’s a pass.” Judge Dredd
Lesson Seven – Take the hits and keep going
There are knock backs, hits and constant disappointments in recruitment. To be successful you need to learn to patch yourself up, get back on your feet, and carry on.
Having a mechanism for copying positively with the setbacks can be useful whether that’s a good hard workout, a favourite sound track or someone who will listen to you moan for a few minutes before you get back on with the job.
“Okay basic field dressing” Judge Dredd (stitches up a bullet wound) …
and marches off to deal out more justice.
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Until next time; be successful!Stephen Hart Development Specialist, Edenchanges.com * If you don’t know who Judge Dredd he’s a future lawman who appears in the weekly British comic 2000AD and his own monthly title, (available from all good bookstores and via http://www.2000adonline.com/). There was a terrible film made back in the 80′s which is best forgotten about but last year’s movie was everything that us fans had hoped for – if you like action movies or superhero films worth trying it. Be warned it’s an 18 certificate for violence and theme reasons.