Re: tech writing recruiters

Subject: Re: tech writing recruiters
From: John Allred <jack -at- allrednet -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 11:35:47 -0500

Do clients ever give any recruiters exclusive status? Or, do they keep their own search going and merely augment their pool from candidates recruiters supply? I understand it's to my financial advantage to get a direct hire. I'm just wondering if clients reward recruiters they have an established relationship with.

John Allred

On 5/10/2012 11:15 AM, Gene Kim-Eng wrote:

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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Re: tech writing recruiters: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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