How to get the most from an incompetent recruiter without shooting yourself in the foot.
While the job-search world is filled with competent and effective recruiters, my email from angry candidates who have dealt with the worst of the lot and responses to my LinkedIn threads shout there are a lot of bad recruiters and harmful recruiting practices candidates find demoralizing and frustrating. Continue reading 'Get the most from a bad recruiter'»
Why executives should avoid being part of the herd.
[Experience has taught me this sort of look behind the curtain enrages many recruiters who do not engage in these activities. This report is about some recruiters, not all. It is a warning to job seekers to avoid these parasites and put them out of business. It is not a condemnation of recruiters.]
Recruiter Cattle calls and recruiting open houses are on the rise. Are they great tools or just another way to get burned in your job search? You be the judge. Continue reading 'Don’t respond to Recruiters'»
How to train your recruiter.
All recruiters are not created equal. How do you find the right recruiter(s) for your company?
Bet you have asked this question. And bet you got a lot of different answers. That’s because there are so many different styles and needs reflected in the answer. There is a lot of confusion about what to expect, how they are paid and how to vet them. This post is targeted at employers looking to hire a recruiter or recruitment firm. The second post for candidates will follow soon. You will notice little overlap but both need to know about each other’s bar. Continue reading 'Employers ask, “How do I find a good recruiter?”'»
The scariest question recruiters ask is, “How long have you been with your current (or previous) employer?”
Many people believe the job search myth that it is acceptable, even expected, to change jobs every two years. Or that the current downturn in the economy somehow forgives the resume that indicates short stints at recent jobs.
The fact of the matter is, most recruiters (and hiring authorities) won’t even consider a candidate with a pattern of very short tenure. Their clients don’t want to hire them and recruiters do what they are asked. And lately, according to the Wall Street Journal, some employers insist recruiters only interview those currently employed. They won’t waste time interviewing you because they know they can’t place you. No amount of cajolery or conniving can change this outcome. Continue reading 'The damning question recruiters ask'»
Don’t say “no.” Say “Thanks for thinking of me. Here’s what I’d say yes to.”
It happens a lot. Recruiters contact prospective candidates for the wrong job. Often it is because they are fishing for leads or just don’t know how to read a resume. But sometimes, it is a recruiter with whom you want to have a decent relationship. And you don’t want to turn them away with a resounding, ‘no,’ you only want to educate them.
Or, it is an internal recruiter from a company with which you do want to work. It’s clear the recruiter just used a few key words to find your resume in their data base or worse, believes your success leading teams of 40+ is perfect for the first line management role she is chartered to fill. So, what’s a candidate to do? Don’t say “no.” It is negative and blocks further communications, instantly. In fact, the recruiter just stops listening and works hard to get off the phone as fast as possible once “no” is uttered. Continue reading 'How to say no to a recruiter'»