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Not so "technical" recruiters

By Why Me Worry? ·
I have only once in my career came across a very reputable and knowledgeable technical recuiter who understood today's technology and actually bothered to read my resume and placed me in a company that was compatible with my skills and career goals. Lately, I have been job hunting again and have run into so called "technical recruiters" who are neither technical nor good at recruiting. They waste my time with positions which I am not interested in (after specifically telling them what I want and don't want), either due to job requirements or low salary. Are they so driven by dumping someone into any job for a quick commission that they don't bother to read resumes and listen to what we are telling them? OK, the market isn't so hot right now and some people will take anything, but come on, you wouldn't place a plumber to do an electrician's job or vice versa. A lot of these recruiters are either fresh out of college and think they are technical or are former telemarketers with the same arrogance and rudeness that made a lot of people hang up on them before they even threw out their sales pitch. How is one to find a good job if most large companies today don't advertise openly and only do it through these "headhunters" who waste a lot of our time or misrepresent the positions they are advertising?

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by wtapp In reply to Not so "technical" recrui ...

It is of little value to you relying on "technical recruiters" in the first place. The name of the game today is networking (and really has been). You need to find one or two of these recruiting wizards that you might trust, or ask a friend who they have used in the past. Get to know them. Make them feel like you are interested and share (network) your thoughts and experiences. You might even try offering to help them screen candidates or something else that is creative just to get first crack at some of the opportunities. Most recuiters change in a organization like we change wardrobes with the seasons. They have to push numbers and need to make mortgage payments like the rest. Companies seek these people who can handle rejection and stick to looking for fresh meat. Try to find at least one recruiter you can mentor and see if they can't fit your needs if they know of someone who is working in that area. Make sure the benefit is reciprocal.

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Same in the UK

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Not so "technical" recrui ...

Pimps tend to talk to HR, not IT. So being technically aware is not a job requirement, in fact it's probably a hindrance.
Just got a new start myself after a considerable amount of hunting and my experience was that they didn't have a clue about the required level of technical ability for a position. So they reduced to asking me whether I though I was competent for the role. The world would be much better off place without them in my opinion, they provide no added value for either their clients or their candidates except as a single point of contact.

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Pretty much my experience as well.

by stress junkie In reply to Not so "technical" recrui ...

I spent many years working in contract employment. I'll say that the recruiters that I met were pleasant enough. They appeared to be good sales people. However, they had no idea what the various items on my resume meant. They would frequently call with jobs that had nothing at all to do with my experience or skill set.

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