This past weekend, a recruiting colleague- and friend, Rick Farquar passed away. With more than 25 years of executive search as owner of Environmental Transportation Consultants, Rick was a big guy who really loved civil engineering and recruiting. He touched many lives over the years. No doubt that his clients and candidates (many who had become friends of his) will miss him. He cared about everyone with whom he came into contact.
People also got to know him by his comments on LinkedIn Groups. And, reading group postings, his loss is felt by many he never met. We connect in this world of social media and have established professional relationships and friendships with colleagues we may never meet in person. Not meeting in person makes these relationships no less important than those with colleagues who sit in the office next to us.
Recruiting is a profession that is much more than a business. If done correctly, it involves understanding client needs, culture and personalities and trying to make the best match with a candidate. Those of us who love our jobs understand that we are dealing with people’s lives. We try to get to know our clients and candidates and, many become long time friends. Rick did this well. He will be missed.