May 28 2007
My favorite quote this week comes from Brian Tome, one of the senior pastors at my church. He said this morning, “You will get a person’s best when you encourage and uplift them; you will not get their best when you criticize and belittle them.”
In response to your message however, with all due respect researchers should not be viewed as the low man on the totem pole, but unfortunately many recruiters like to place them there. I myself have made a 5-year career out of researching, and I have no desire whatsoever to “grow up” to be a recruiter. Ask folks like Maureen Sharib, Shally Steckerl, Jim Stroud, Rob McIntosh, Glenn Gutmacher, etc., all of whom have made very successful careers out of researching and sourcing, with Maureen and Shally being self-employed doing just that. There are entire training programs, such as AIRS, dedicated to training on research techniques. There is even a national conference that is being held in Atlanta later this summer entirely focused on sourcing and research. It is not simply the ‘entry-level’ position and the stepping stone that everyone takes to become a recruiter. Yes I will agree that many people who start off as researchers do move on to become recruiters. But there are a great number of people, myself included, who have found that our love is in research and are interested in learning what it takes to become really great.
I see that you have a long-standing history working in executive level positions in electronics. I would imagine that being such a senior level person, you encourage the people who work for you, no matter what level they are at in the organization, to strive for excellence in whatever they do. Regardless of whether a researcher is simply an entry-level employee or if that individual desires to make a career out of it, I would hope you would encourage that person to be the very best researcher they could be, even if in your eyes that is as “low-man-on-the-totem-pole”.
I appreciate your thoughts, and I hope that my viewpoint on this will help clarify this misconception of what researchers truly are.
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