RE: tech writing recruiters

Subject: RE: tech writing recruiters
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>, Kari Gulbrandsen <kkgulbrandsen -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 15:18:49 +0000

Do you suppose there are any legit recruiters left? When receiving a call from a so-called recruiter, how would you differentiate one that is legit from one that isn't?

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From: techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Bill Swallow
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:14 AM
To: Kari Gulbrandsen
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Subject: Re: tech writing recruiters

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 with.
>
> 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 position?
>
> Any and all advice or anecdotes on how to proceed is welcome.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Kari.
> --
> Kari Kristine Gulbrandsen
> Reflective Editing | Enlightening Sciences
> http://ladykchronicles.blogspot.com/


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tech writing recruiters: From: Kari Gulbrandsen
Re: tech writing recruiters: From: Bill Swallow

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