A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothes
At the beginning of 2019, I left DBR.
I did it because I no longer belong there. For a time, I felt like a wolf in sheep’s clothes. I wasn’t going to say anything about it publicly but its a big part of this story.
I don’t belong in DBR anymore because I’m not an inhouse recruiter.
This has been playing on my conscience for a while now. While at Indeed, I could kind of with it but as this year I set up my own firm and set out on my own. I can’t deal with the feeling that as a budding entrepreneur I didn’t belong there.
DBR is the world’s largest community built for inhouse recruiters.
I am no longer an inhouse recruiter.
I felt like a wolf in sheep’s clothes. I believe it is wrong that DBR is being run by CEO’s, HR Consultants and HR Tech peeps that don’t recruit. While their ethical compasses are obviously broken, mine is not. I should have left ages ago. DBR was set up for inhouse recruiters to talk to each other. We spent years fighting off the consultants and agencies. We strived to create a community that helped inhouse recruiters get better. An environment that helped them communicate and learned. We were annoyed that vendors controlled events and communities.
It turned a bit murky. What I thought was set up to stop the , Backhanders and special rules for friends became a breeding ground for it. That left a sour taste in my mouth.
I am not an inhouse recruiter.
I don’t belong there…. so I left.
I still fundamentally believe in the community and the mission. I believe that by sharing we will build a better world. I believe DBR at its core is a beautiful platform and community. I hope that there are the right people in DBR to help it grow and flourish. I there are people in it who can pick up the flame and help DBR continue to be a great place for recruiters.
EDIT – I was asked to take this down by one of the founders because they felt it was an attack on them. This is not an attack on anyone in running DBR. Just my thoughts out in the world on why I left.
The honest and (slightly) selfish truth.
As much as I loved my job as an recruiter my end goal has always been to start building my own business. Recruitment was a way to observe the businesses that interest me from within, learn how they operate and figure out how to build one better.
It wasn’t until we had a baby this year that it all sank in. Maybe the too many hours reading medium posts, books and yearning for a better life hit home too.
After I finished my career as a chef I wanted to recruit because I was really interested in people. Interviewing them, Employing them and understanding how they fit into businesses. This has given me an amazingly unique perspective on the world especially when it comes to business.
I am confident I know what people want now.
With a baby and wife, my goals had changed. What I had been planning for ten years time, needed to happen today. My main goal as always is to an inspiration for them both. We want to travel, help others, build cool things and make the world a better place
I want to channel my entrepreneurial skills to build businesses that are ethical and disruptive.
My Ikigai Is not as an recruiter but as something else.
I am not sure exactly what yet but I believe that I will find it on this road.