What’s in the water Gen Ys are drinking right now?
Last week I slammed the ham-fisted and unprofessional attack on the recruitment industry by a News.com.au Business Editor, barely out of her journalist nappies. This week we have more mud to contend with, coming from a person who has had about 5 minutes experience in the world of work.
On Tuesday this week Gen George, the 22 year old founder of online job marketplace OneShift, got in on the act.
Ms George released a statement containing, amongst other things, the following:
The recruitment industry is broken. It’s completely exploitative, and is responsible for huge amounts of dissatisfaction on both sides of the employment equation – jobseekers and employers.
If you’re still using big recruiters to find your talent, you’re relying on an outdated, needlessly expensive and ineffective process. Stop wasting your money.
Clearly the $5 million that Ms George extracted from ASX-listed Programmed (owner of Integrated Workforce) for 27.5% of her company has gone to her head. I also suspect that some of that cash has been invested in hiring a PR firm who has decided the easiest way to drum up a bit of free publicity for their client is to slag off the recruitment industry. It appears we’re a popular target right now.
To say that our industry is exploitative is an appalling thing to say, completely wrong, shows her complete ignorance of what a recruitment professional actually does and denigrates the important role our industry plays in the national economy.
How dare she make such an inflammatory statement without a shred of evidence to support it?
Who the ***k does she think she is?
Grow up, Gen George. Show some respect.
You want to be very careful who you carelessly criticise on your way up, because you never know who you will need on your way down.