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POLITICAL POLARITY: How is it affecting your recruiting?
by Nanci Lamborn – BrightMove Recruiting Software
When I decided to actually venture into the shark infested political waters and write this post, the
results of my online search for recent articles or news stories related to this topic turned up
absolutely nil. And it’s certainly no wonder. Our nation is becoming perhaps the most politically
polarized group of citizens that we have ever seen in our history. And we all know the two things
they say never to discuss in mixed company, right?
I’ll be breaking that rule of etiquette for now. So, how is the current political climate of polarity
affecting your recruiting desk decisions?
Picture this: a beautiful resume comes across your desk for a hard-to-fill role. The candidate is
perfect – excellent skill set, great educational background, stable work history… but then, you
see it. There on the very last line of the resume.
“COLLEGIATE ACTIVITIES: (Fill-in-your-unfavorite-political-party-here) Student
A very interesting thought process begins here, at least for some based upon my informal
inquiries. The recruiting hat may be removed and replaced by the hat of the individual recruiter’s
preferred political party. So why does it matter? I asked around for some opinions, and the
feedback is most certainly worthy of further analysis.
When some individuals who personally claim a staunch allegiance to a specific political party
step outside of their often politically sterile work environs, there can occasionally be a personal
tendency to assign traits of intelligence, reason, and analytical mental process to a specific
political party. How many times have you heard, “That (blankety-blank-political-party-member)
is a complete idiot!” We have all heard this at least once recently, perhaps even more depending
upon your particular circles. It seems that some have crossed from simply disagreeing with the