Retirees as recruiters
Looking for a career post 40? Maybe you can turn to recruitment
You have been working for about 15-18 years. You have seen your role grow and expand and you have matured as an individual, but on the work front, there is a lot of operational maintenance and opportunities for growth may be getting limited – both laterally and upwards.
Even if you move to another company, after the initial months of being onboarded and throwing yourself into work, you may realise that there is nothing new being added to your experience. You are in a limbo as to where your career is heading. What can you do that will keep you engaged intellectually, put to best use- your network and knowledge and at the same time, give you back your zest for risk taking and financial rewards?
Does this sound familiar?
If yes, have you considered professional executive recruitment as a business opportunity? To help you understand why this could be a meaningful proposition for you, think back to your corporate life and ask yourself:
- How did you find people/talent for your team?
- What were your expectations from your recruitment partners and how well were they met?
- Have you ever wished you could recruit your team members yourself, but couldn’t due to paucity of time?
- As a candidate, how was your experience of working with recruiters?
- Lastly, how many times did you meet/work with a recruitment partner who came from a similar background and understood you and your need thoroughly and were able to meaningfully contribute to the discussions?
The truth is that there is a dearth of professional executive recruitment service providers in a vast market like India. And more than ever, with the war for talent brewing in many industries, this is the right time to get into the recruitment business and start mentoring the careers of people who lack direction.
You may ask, “I don’t have a recruitment/HR background, how will I recruit?” So, we will let you in a little secret – recruitment begins as a science. It’s highly methodical – you learn it by the book and over a period of time, you hone it into a fine art. And here is another open secret – anybody can recruit. Not convinced yet? Here are two great reasons why recruitment becomes a choice of vocation in your 40s:
Your experience: By the time you are 40, you have gained enough experience in the market – this gives you an edge over many recruiters who recruit with no industrial knowledge. You know the industry by its length and breadth, understand what talents and skills are required to fill a role, know how the remuneration cycle works within that industry and the kind of talent that is available in the market.
Your Network: During your tenure with a particular industry, you’ve probably met all the movers and shakers within your industry and that again gives you the edge over your competitors. Aside from the connections you already have, you’re decades ahead of the competition in terms of interpersonal skills. Take networking events, for example. You’ll often see familiar faces at these gatherings – it’s almost like you’re all in a support group together. Plus, consider all the referral opportunities that you have at your disposal. The six degrees of separation really don’t apply in your case.
There is also movement of employers preferring to work with niche recruiters
Niche recruiters are specialists – they don’t cater to all sectors; they cater to the industry/market that they are familiar with and confident about; and this is what makes them successful. They know the needs of their clients and understand talent in their sector and hence are able to understand the best talent for their clients.
– The author is Joseph Devasia, MD, Antal International India. This article was published in Itsmyascent.com on August 12, 2015