I have been fortunate enough within my career to not be personally affected by a layoff, down sizing or restructuring. I started out as a college intern at a small niche recruiting firm and I had absolutely no idea prior to the internship as to what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Thirteen years later, multiple roles and one acquisition, I still stand with the same company that I started with as an intern.
The one thing that I have learned through all my years of experience is that while at times the recruitment process can be frustrating, it ultimately comes down to building good relationships and a solid reputation. If you respect the process and people involved, gain their trust and follow through, then you’ve mastered the art of recruiting.
For instance, I just had to layoff five of my consultants who have worked for me for several years. These were people I had strong connections with and on top of it, they were excellent workers. During that time, there were marriages, births, and more importantly, friendships that developed.
As I made my final call to my last contractor, I explained to him how this was just a hiccup in the road and that I would do my best to reach out to my connections and help anyway that I could. He responded by saying, “Hey it’s not your fault, you have been great to work with and I hope we have the opportunity to work together again.”
You never know when you may need to tap into an old relationship—respect all parties involved and you’ll only enrich your network.