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Steve Spalding

Steve Spalding is a consultant, writer, thinker, Netflix watcher, Audible listener, and all around Internet-type person. You can find his ramblings about entrepreneurship and the web at How To Split an Atom.

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Entrepreneurship, For Managers

Anatomy of a Failed Recruiter


Other than writing pithy blog posts and tweeting, a big part of what I do to pay the rent is consult. Over the years I’ve become a lot better at it and have, through trial an error, gathered a few nuggets of wisdom that have helped me become not quite as awful at my job. The following is part of my Living in the 21st Century series, this time dedicated to shedding a little light on how consultants can fail. At one time or another I’ve done (or seen) most of these things, which is why it gives me such great joy to shine a spotlight on them.

A recruiting colleague recently suggested that many of the following items apply directly to recruiters as well as consultants, specifically in the area of business development, and that I should adapt this list as a cautionary note for recruiters, and particularly for the business owners who manage them.