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Most recruiters these days aren't recruiters. They are job board
vultures who grab all new postings and then search job hunting sites
for matching resumes. They generally don't put the time into actually
looking at qualifications, rather they match buzzwords, punt it over
to you, and hope that you bite and can talk yourself up in the
interview enough to earn them a placement fee. where once recruiters
actually worked FOR the people they place (talking them up with their
company contacts, priming the candidates for the interviews, etc.) now
they just punt postings and resumes around.
Make note of positions you apply for yourself and make sure you do not
give any recruiter an accidental go-ahead to submit. I found that many
times they jump the gun as well to submit your resume without telling
you. I was overlooked for several jobs because they'd received my
resume numerous times from various sources. While it disqualifies me,
it doesn't hurt these "recruiters". I learned to avoid them completely
and do the leg work myself, as they're just doing what I'd do anyway -
look for postings.
On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM, Kari Gulbrandsen
<kkgulbrandsen -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am hoping to get some advice about job recruiters. I was laid off at the
> end of March. (Some of you may remember my tale of woe -- I managed to
> stick it out for 6 months before getting laid off. It was actually a relief
> with what I was going through with my commute and the situation.) Anyway,
> I'm looking for a new job, and I'm not sure how to deal with the recruiting
> situation. I am being contacted multiple times for the same position. Some
> of these are decent positions, so I would like to go with a recruiter who
> will be able to do me the most good or who I can develop a relationship
> Do I need to be concerned with being low balled or having my resume sat on
> (so they can get somebody else in the position)? Or am I just worrying for
> nothing, and that I should go with the first person who contacts me about a
> Any and all advice or anecdotes on how to proceed is welcome.
> Kari Kristine Gulbrandsen
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