Ethics in Recruiting

Ethics in Recruiting

This month started with the revival of “Ethics in Recruiting“, a discussion group that proved to be very popular from 2004 to 2007.

As before, its focus is on the practices used in recruiting with a goal of coming to a consensus about good, ethical practices.

Realizing that there are recruiters around the world who are corporate, in-house, staffing, agency, and third-party or independent recruiters or consultants, who recruit for many industries, it is recognized that there are some practices that differ. There is terminology that may differ from one place to another. But the art of recruiting is essentially the same.

The intent is to include all aspects of the recruiting phases, from training and development, coaching, sourcing for candidates, screening and qualifying, shares and splits. Still related to the job is client development, guidance for clients, writing the job requisition as well as the description.

Salary negotiation and perks, signing bonuses, placement fees and “ownership” of placements is also an important aspect of the practice. Then there are factors such as confidentiality, non-competition agreements, discrimination, and contracts.

The welcome mat for inclusion is there for those who are animated toward coming to a common ground and pushing for a better image of the recruiting profession because of adherence to good business practices. There are organizations that have been in existence for many decades and that have their own Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct. There are organizations that provide training for all types of recruiters. Members of those bodies are extremely valuable and their input is necessary so that we can build toward establishing a single standard, if that is indeed possible.

Are people from the human resources aspect of employment appropriate members? Yes, because they’re part of the employment picture. Their voices are just as important as the others involved in the equation. Resume writers, career coaches, also add to the discussion. Membership is not restricted.

Let us continue the conversations. Let us return to hashing out the points that create the headaches and iron out the areas of contention. Let us work toward creating a single voice, wherever the practice, about Ethics in Recruiting.

Join us at the LinkedIn group, Ethics in Recruiting.

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