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Subject:Re: tech writing recruiters From:Caroline Leopold <caroline -dot- leopold -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Kari Gulbrandsen <kkgulbrandsen -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Fri, 11 May 2012 00:19:47 -0400
The best advice I heard about recruiters is this. Recruiters place 5% of
the total jobs. Therefore, you should spend 5% of your time using
recruiters to find work.
I've dealt with recruiters quite a bit and it hasn't been positive. What I
am beginning to notice is that companies use recruiters for the really bad
jobs. Or the 1-year contract positions that turn over constantly.
Recruiters are loyal to getting you placed in a long-term position. They'll
place you at any job, no matter how soul killing or relatively low paying.
On the other end, my partner had a recruiter place him in a programmer
position at 20% higher salary than he'd get on his own. This recruiter was
young and green and he was her first client. And it's a good job less than
a mile from our home. She bought my partner lunch and a beer to celebrate.
We still talk fondly of that young woman, who worked like a champ.
Therefore, using an N=1, I say you go for a recruiter that's fresh,
idealistic, whip-smart, and energetic. Or just job hunt yourself. You are
the most motivated party in the equation.
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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