We live in a fascinating world and each and every one of us has a fascinating mind that is unique. We see things differently but we recognize them as the same. For example, when I look at the color blue, it is not the same as the blue that you see but we will both recognize it as the color blue. We see things and perceive them differently but we are trained to look at them one dimensionally in the English language as what they are accepted to be.
Is the Color “Light Pink” or “Bubblegum”?
At the same time, some people have better vocabularies than others or specialties in certain areas and can get more detailed such as using bigger or more specific words. I recently stumbled upon an infographic of how men vs. women see colors. While a man sees five different shades of pink, women see Carnation, Strawberry, Bubblegum, Magenta and Salmon. In this generalized example, the women are just more versed in colors.
Staffingtalk.com Asks if Recruiters Need Their Own Language
The same can go for any other specialized area of the English language. I read an article this morning in Staffing Talk by David Gee where David spoke about having a standardized, universally recognized language for recruiting terms. In a discussion he had with an executive recruiter he described their different understanding of the term “self-motivated”. While David thought of it as someone who could get things done, set challenging goals and satisfy desires or expectations without relying on the influence of others, his acquaintance looked at “self-motivated” as a possible negative. It could mean that the person does not accept authority and will try to escape if they feel trapped by their boss or their job.
What Color is a Tree?
I feel that saying that someone is “self-motivated” is equal to saying the leaves on the tree are green. Everyone will agree that they are green on a basic level but if you really know your colors, you’ll describe the different shades of green and really have a deeper appreciation for the tree as a whole. A good artist will know the different shades of green and be able to replicate it on a canvas while a non-artist will take out a green crayon to color in the same picture. A great recruiter needs to be an artist and for that, a specialized language of terms and labels in necessary.
On a basic level, a recruiter can say we are looking for someone who is self-motivated among many other requirements but when self motivation is one of the top requirements, there needs to be a way to say it without a whole dance and explanation. A professional recruiter should have the tools (or terms) to describe a candidate’s traits like an artist can paint.
Join the conversation and leave your thoughts in the comments below or continue David’s conversation on Staffingtalk.com.Picture Credit: robin.elaine