Binders Full of Women

THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST!

I AM NEITHER REPUBLICAN NOR DEMOCRAT.

But I am a Recruiter and this is a RANT!

When I watched the U.S. Presidential debate two weeks ago between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama I started yelling at my screen.

Am I to believe that Mitt Romney, an executive with 25 years experience needed to get “Binders Full of Women” so that he could staff women for his cabinet? Really??? Really?? (said in a Seth Myers, SNL Weekend Update voice).

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Did Mitt not hire any women in his previous roles who he could have reached out to? Did Mitt not have numerous contacts from his 25 years of work in the private sector who were women ?

Also, who were these people who originally presented him with only male candidates? Were they also men? Was this just a big boys club? Bet it was. Because in over 8 years of recruitment experience there has only been a handful of times that I have only had men as qualified candidates. So either Mitt doesn’t know women, or his staff didn’t want to present him with female candidates. Either way… shame on you Mitt.

And so, executives of the world, here is my recommendation if you are looking for great talent.

Regardless of gender, look no further than your current organization.
At around the five year mark, people generally look to make a change in their career. Review your of list employees with five years tenure and have them taken for lunch. Find out their strengths, their interests outside of the office and where they want to take their career. Also, ask them what they love about the organization, and where they feel there is room for improvement.

Secondly, look at your high performing talent. What companies did they come from? Should your company recruit more talent from that organization? Sit down, and ask them who they know. Why? Because good people ALWAYS know good people.

And this is why I was so angry watching the debate. Good people always know good people. So why didn’t Mitt know a few good women? Why did he choose to surround himself with just the good old boys? Is it because with five sons and no daughters, that’s all he is comfortable with?

I am not American, but if I was… I would not vote for a man who needed to be brought a “Binder Full of Women”.

RANT OVER