Respect Your Career

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I was recently asked the question as to why, candidates do not always here back from recruiters. They apply for numerous positions online, never to hear a yes let alone a No. 

It got me to go and review what my processes are and why this may be the perception in the candidate market place. 

I think we get it right the majority of the time, when time is available to us. Unfortunately for many recruiters, they are not given much time away from their core business requirements. 

One of the greatest balancing acts in Recruitment & Search is trying to keep everyone happy. 

4The Client who has an immediate need and is paying us a fee to provide a service placement. 

4The Candidate who is applying for numerous position with a large dose of blind faith that they are suitable for the position. 

4The Manager who is expecting quarterly targets to be met by the recruiter. 

4The Recruiter trying to keep everyone happy! 

Unfortunately for a generalist recruiter, working for a large corporate, working in a candidate short market, working on contingency positions rather than retained. The majority of your time will be spent employing every attraction device and listing on every job board in order to cast the candidate net as far and as wide as possible in order to secure resumes. 

Unfortunately as a candidate, if you are desperate and willing to apply for roles that are vague, ambiguous or not core to your professional abilities, then it is likely that you are going to end up in the delete folder. Sad but True.

If as a candidate you are unimpressed with the response or level or service that you are receiving, then do what you would do with any other decision in your life, get another opinion, do your research and make up your own mind. Find another recruiter. Don’t sit around and complain that your career is stalled because of a recruiter. Don’t complain that you are not making it to interview. Instead look at the potential road blocks. Have you called the recruiter and asked why? Have you had someone else review your application or resume? Have you researched and assessed the role?


 If you are applying to adverts that are being posted on generalist Job boards, take the time your career deserves and do some research into the recruiter and the firm that is posting.  

4 Have you researched to see if the recruiter has any recommendations? i.e. LinkedIn

4Are the adverts general and vague on detail?

4See if they are prolific with their job listings, which may be a sign of desperation.

4Look to see how many other agencies are advertising similar roles.

4Which agency has the relationship and which ones are chasing the work. 

These and other background checks should ensure that you are replying to high calibre recruiters rather than the desk jockeys that will be out the door and off to the next recruiter as soon as the budgets are under stressed. 

A good recruiter will have only a handful of assignments on the go at anyone time, any more will ensure that there level of service to their clients deteriorates.

I endeavour to write adverts that are specific and not misleading. I endeavour to contact as many candidates that I can. The truth is, however, that 99% of the people I work with do not have a successful experience in securing a position or career promotion through me, first time round, or even second time round. If I cannot honestly assist the person or their career path is not my specialty, I prefer to confront that issue immediately, refer them to someone else or counsel them on ways that they can improve their candidature, so that I may be in a position to assist them in the future. 

At the end of the working day it is YOUR career. Learn to respect YOUR career. If you are willing to flaunt it all over the place with anyone and everyone, then expect to be treated in the same way by anyone and everyone. 

As selective you are about the roles and career positions that you are interested in, be as selective as to who you choose to represent your skills in the wider marketplace.

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~ by Rob McClintock on November 9, 2007.

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