Re: Recruiting dilemma

Subject: Re: Recruiting dilemma
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:53:05 -0500

Please don't take my previous note as a slam on businesses from India or people from India. I have worked with many over the years, and had very good experiences. I just wanted to point out that where once your call would come from Aerotek, Butler, Technisource, Hi Tec, Volt, or a host of names long ago with offices usually local to the local larger cities, today a lot of calls come from companies that don't have Bill, Tom, Harry, Sue, Mary, and so on. They have Praveen, Ahmed, Chandra, Santosh, and so on.

I have found this to be an issue in two instances: when the person speaking has such a thick accent you cannot understand them and when they send contracts that ignore most of what we take for granted in employment laws.

Otherwise, most I have found are very hard workers, try very hard, are very likeable, and very polite. I've worked in a few jobs where the majority of people were Indian, and have worked for Indian companies (ironic the Indian companies hiring Americans, since it was the opposite for so long).


The sad part is that recruiting is just a sales job and is marketed to young recruits as that. The most technical thing these recruiters know is probably booting their computer, logging into email, and running the company's resume search engine.

They probably have no idea what RoboHelp is, or any other piece of software or hardware on a requirement. Odds are they don't even know the correct spelling of the item, so if the requirement comes in misspelled, they will never find it in their searches.



----- Original Message ----- From: "Weissman, Jessica" <WeissmanJ -at- abacustech -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:40 AM
Subject: RE: Recruiting dilemma


Just to prove that there are exceptions:

I may be the only person on the list who got an excellent job writing APIs and product documentation for a serious startup through a Craigslist posting.

The recruiter fit some of the stereotypes you mention, as she was Indian and had a few facts wrong. She put me forward for this dream job, and stayed out of the way until the company was sure they wanted me.

True this was six or seven years ago, so things may have gotten much worse in the interim. And I was a slam dunk fit for the job and the company.

- Jessica
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References:
Recruiting dilemma: From: Chris Morton
Re: Recruiting dilemma: From: William Sherman
RE: Recruiting dilemma: From: Debbie Hemstreet
RE: Recruiting dilemma: From: Weissman, Jessica

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