Justin and the Recruiter (was "Resume format")

Subject: Justin and the Recruiter (was "Resume format")
From: Charles E Vermette <cvermette -at- juno -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 09:17:26 -0500

<<< Was this recruiter definitely rude and defensive, or is it just my
neurotic opinion?>>>

Justin, I've dealt with *hundreds* of recruiters. Here's what separates
the good from the bad:

* The good ones have *relationships* with their clients. They know their
client's needs, and *talk* to them. If they have a client that's right
for a job, they know it - and know how to approach the client. They won't
ask you to rewrite your resume - they'll just do it, and do whatever
else they need to get you in the door.

* The bad ones are just body shops. They're pushing you at the same ads
you're answering on Monster Board (ever wonder why so many say
"principals only?")

* The *worst* of them try to push themselves off as quasi "Career
Counselors" - which is what this one was doing. (I avoid these people
like the plague.) If she was going to edit your resume *anyway*, you
shouldn't have been doing numerous edits. She should have got the info
she needed to sell you and done her job. (and BTW - she wasn't being too
diplomatic by telling you the format was "terrible". )

In short - you were right to be wary of her, but wrong to insist on
making the changes yourself. For one thing, it *is* her job to do that,
and for another, you *were* questioning her competency (yes, you had
reason to do so, but it was still impolitic to say so at that stage in
the process.)

Having said that, occasionally a bad recruiter gets a good lead. In the
future, make up your mind *early* whether the opportunity is worth the
effort/hassle. If you decide it is, bite the bullet and work with the
recruiter. If you decide it isn't, simply say that you've "decided to
remove yourself from consideration, thank them for their interest, and
apologize for any inconvenience."


Charles E. Vermette
85 Washington Park Drive, Norwell MA 02061
e-mail: cvermette -at- juno -dot- com
web: http://www.charlesvermette.com

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