RE: the ghost of CVs past...

Subject: RE: the ghost of CVs past...
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 17:14:15 +0100

Sean Brierley:
>As I am finding out, recruiting agencies are not always particular with how
>they use your resume/CV. Finding a job is not easy. I notice that some
>reruiters specialize in tech writers, and others are more generalist. All
>seem to be region-specific. I'm not sure to what degree they go to bat for
>any one candidate, nor am I sure of the fees they receive.

I don't actually care what fees they receive. I am unimpressed, however,
with any agency sponsoring more than one candidate for the same job at the
same company. (They rarely like to admit they're doing this, of course, but
you can sometimes pick it up from the interviewer.)

>How does one go about finding a good, solid, recruiter/head hunter?
>Thoughts? Suggestions?

This is what I've done, and it seems to work: I went to,
and searched for jobs that seemed to match what I wanted to do/what I could
do. Then I fired off my CV and a covering e-mail explaining *why* I thought
I was right for the job. Then I emphasised to the agencies who called me
back that they were only to send out my CV with my permission and after
they'd told me the name of the company (which they are, recently, markedly
reluctant to do).

After a while, I found I'd built up a kind of relationship with the agents I
liked and got on with - the ones who were prepared to listen to me rather
than just look at lists of tools.

I have no relationship with other than being an
enthusiastic user of the service, but I do recommend it: you can search by
area and by contract/permanent/either and by type of job. You can look at
only the most recently posted jobs, or all the jobs posted that meet your

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Digital Bridges, Scotland
Unless stated otherwise, these opinions are mine, and mine alone.


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