Virtual Recruiters Galore
Which explains why every time Virtual Organization Recruiter places an ad for a "virtual organization recruiter," we receive tons of responses from "virtual recruiters" with varying numbers of years of experience recruiting talent in a virtual environment. In fact, one of our "virtual recruiter" candidates even stated, "I've been a virtual recruiter since the 1970's when there was no such thing as the internet."
And guess what? He is absolutely correct about having been a "virtual recruiter" since the 1970's because I, being one of these old-timer recruiters back in the 1980's, was indeed one of these "virtual recruiters." Although there was no Web to speak of then, a lot of us operated strictly in a virtual environment. Even though we had a local business office, all we really needed to operate nationwide was national advertising (in the Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers), a telephone and a fax machine. The office was only necessary for support staff and also for interviewing local candidates for local positions. (In fact, I knew of many top gun recruiters-lone rangers who only had a P.O. Box for a business address.) And therein lies the source of the confusion--and disappointment--for these virtual recruiters when they apply with Virtual Organization Recruiter.
Time to Answer the Question
Alright, enough of the suspense, let me go ahead and answer the question:
A virtual recruiter only works in a virtual environment. That's all!
Whereas, a "virtual organization recruiter": 1) works for a "virtual organization," 2) operates in accordance with the "virtual organization management" discipline (i.e., uses best practices, policies and procedures for operating in a "virtual" or "virtual organization" environment), 3) operates in accordance with the "virtual organization recruitment" discipline (i.e., uses best practices, policies and procedures for recruiting personnel who will be working in a "virtual" or "virtual organization" environment), and 4) only recruits personnel who will be working in either a "virtual" or "virtual organization" environment - in other words, NO recruitment of personnel who will be working primarily in a "brick and mortar" environment.
From Virtual Cakewalk to Virtual Spacewalk
And that explains why many of our colleagues are so disappointed when confronted with the realities of life as a Virtual Organization Recruiter. What they originally assumed to be a Virtual Cakewalk turned out to be a Virtual Spacewalk, effectively rendering them ill-prepared--mentally, psychologically, and technically--for the "virtual organization recruiter" landscape.
There Is Still Hope for Making the Transition
However, that being said, all hope is not lost with respect to making the transition from virtual recruiter to virtual organization recruiter. All it takes is a sincere desire to make the transition, a bit of humility, and a strong commitment of time and effort to do so within a reasonably short period of time. After all, nothing worthwhile takes a few minutes to achieve or accomplish.
on The New Virtual Organization World Consortium