Re: tech writing recruiters

Subject: Re: tech writing recruiters
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 08:06:25 -0400

Possibly one misunderstanding here is the type of job itself. If you are looking for direct employment (actual employee of the company with all employee benefits), you will find few recruiters. If you are looking for contract work, then you find lots of recruiters. Companies frequently get hundreds of resumes for any single job, so they don't need to recruit except for fresh outs at the college job fair.

If you are seeking contract work, unless you have established your own company, you almost always have to go through a recruiter and a job shop since laws, policies, and law suits have made it so that companies rarely will contract directly with an individual. Contracts often are offered as 3 months or 6 months but can extend out to a few years. Rarely do they go more than a few years.

Recruiters who call with temp to hire jobs are using a carrot. It entices you to take a job at a lower rate with the hope of direct employment. Usually, the direct employment never occurs.

If you are seeking direct employment, it is best to do your own hunting and make your own applications. But if you are not in your 20s recently out of school, or some fast rising star in your field, you may find getting direct employment a difficult task. If you are in your late 40s or 50s, you had better have a couple of patents, a bunch of trade fame, or something that someone wants badly. If you are just a regular sort of employee, odds are greatly against you getting a direct job at that age.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Caroline Leopold" <caroline -dot- leopold -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Kari Gulbrandsen" <kkgulbrandsen -at- gmail -dot- com>
Cc: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2012 12:19 AM
Subject: Re: tech writing recruiters

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.

Good luck.


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