|Fishers of Souls, Adriaen van de Venne (circa 1589–1662) |
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
As best as I could tell, it was a marketing communications specialist position, 12 month temporary, with no benefits.
The pay? An hourly rate half of what a full-timer with 3-5 years experience earns. And I'd need to pay my own social security and employment taxes.
I said no.
Sure, the temp job might lead to a full-time appointment. But I wasn't interested in a "major employer" so stingy that it couldn't pay me in health insurance what it was paying the indecipherable recruiter to find candidates.
In my town, the well-known major employers are only a shadow of their former selves. They no longer rake in fat profits, yet they continue paying their CEOs absurdly high salaries.
But their third-world approach to sourcing experienced talent is beyond insulting. Outsourcing your recruitment basically tells candidates: "We have no interest in building relationships."
Problem is: that's what marketing is all about, relationships. Especially when you're selling $500,000 boxes full of mysterious digital gadgetry.
Relationships are essential. Taking the arm's-length approach to building a marketing team isn't the way to get it done.