Re: tech writing recruiters

Subject: Re: tech writing recruiters
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Kari Gulbrandsen <kkgulbrandsen -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 09:15:49 -0700

The ideal recruiter is one who is under contract to the actual client. You
can sometimes recognize them because they will email you from an address in
the client's domain.

For most of the vulture recruiter emails I get (I hardly ever get calls
anymore, and those who do call leave messages telling me they're going to
follow up with an email and I wait for that), you can copy one of the more
job-specific lines from the position description they send you into Google
and more often than not it will take you to the listing on the client
employer's own web site. Then you can use LinkedIn or your own network to
try to find an inside contact.

Job shops often try to low-ball you for contract work. Recruiters trying
to find candidates for direct-hire positions make larger commissions if you
get a higher starting salary. If a recruiter doesn't say upfront whether
the job is contract or direct and won't tell you, you can assume it's
probably contract.

Gene Kim-Eng

On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 7:56 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?

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