Eight of Our Favorite Stories About Recruiters

Recruiters: Some people love them, some people hate them, most people are probably ambivalent about them, but one thing’s for sure: They’re a fact of life.

So, over the years we’ve posted a number of articles and videos about recruiters, how they think, and how you can approach them. Here they are, and if you have any additional thoughts about recruiters, be sure to post them in the comments below.

3 Responses to “Eight of Our Favorite Stories About Recruiters”

  1. I received a call from a recruiter who stated he had my resume and a position that would be perfect. I told him to send a description to me and I’d call him. The description clearly stated that candidates MUST hold a Top Secret Security Clearance. I called the recruiter who said that requirement was accurate. I asked if my resume stated that I had an active TSSC and he said it did not.

  2. jcpopescu

    My experience with recruiters leaves a LOT to be desired.

    Having been in technology for over three decades my experience has been the best jobs are those I found using my own resources dealing directly with the company. The worst ? A third party recruiter was involved.

    My biggest complaint is they come across as inconsiderate and even outright rude.

    It’s clear they did not read my resume prior to calling witness offering me jobs I have already stated I am not interested in relocating or eating all incumbent to an extended commute for.

    It’s very clear they are trying to maximize their margins by giving me the least of the job budget pie witness the first five questions , if not the first, will be what is my salary requirements or hourly rate. I have already stated, in my resume, a baseline is what is listed for the job, description, and location available from either salary dot com or the United States Department of Labor wage data tables .

    Which brings me to the reality they are just throughputting. Why do 100% of the recruiters I’ve dealt with request my resume in word format and in the past have rejected same resume in a very clear, concise, easy to navigate Adobe PDF format ?

    Simple: Word integrates seamlessly with CRM and candidate management software that slices, dices, minces, searches, sorts, and otherwise reorganizes a resume for keywords as well as whatever misbegotten and assinine “format” a recruiter wishes to use. Adobe documents can be secured against editing and selecting information. In other words: The resume must be used in it’s original entirety and can’t be manipulated.

    My advice and words to anyone even thinking engaging a recruiter: Lay down with dogs and expect fleas. I sincerely believe I would die of starvation before having to eat such words.

  3. SanityClause

    I had one recruiter sign me up for multiple ProveIT tests in areas I had already told them I do not have proficiencies with, on the off chance I’d get passing scores and be considered for such positions. I took the tests in the spirit of cooperation but did not take any of the assignments, I can see no gain in showing up for tasks I cannot begin or complete effectively, it would only anger the client and make me appear to be incompetent.