Re: What would you do?

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From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
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Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 22:34:46 -0800

This is very common for me in Sacramento where recruiters for contract positions with the State of California and the county claim to be "preferred vendors" and are based in India with a domestic presence somewhere in the country. The county and a local community power company told me that they do not outsource, yet most of the presented positions and interviews I have had with the county are from Indian companies and the community power positions quit showing up after I contacted that company. I don't know what sort of company you are working with but here my experience with a similar problem.

The Indian companies that do most of the recruiting seem to almost always want "puffing" in excess of the truth. "Stretch your experience with this," "build up your employer for that," "can you say you have experience here?" The truth is, the Indian companies are taking over the IT market in government and high-tech, so if you cannot comply with what they want, they will find someone who can. Honest business may have to follow suit to compete.

I am too honest to work in this market anymore and I don't know of any lateral move I can make. Sacramento county, the State of California, and high tech companies work with the Indian contractors and the Indian companies are who is hiring. They are also pushing out local small business recruiters. Until government and high tech employers put a stop the outsourcing, the dishonest representation will continue. As it is, government hiring is complacent to outsourcing because the Indian companies maintain a domestic presence somewhere. Technology companies have always used international employment.

For some reason, the most common recruiting firm I have seen lately is 22nd Century Staffing Inc. (TCSI) I mis-dialed a recruiter once and got their Indian call center. They confirmed that I was calling the right company and that they were based in India but I talked to someone who did not have a good grasp of American English. She kept asking me for information so she could route my call. I told her I didn't want to talk to an Indian call center. When I have talked to several other recruiters from TCSI for the different positions they have contacted me about, they all tell me they are an American company based in Virginia and all of their recruiters have been Indian. The company offers higher than average hourly rates and does not provide any personal interaction, like interview preparation or follow-up.

Here is what the company says about itself, "22nd Century Staffing Inc. (TSCSI) is the fastest growing staffing company in North America and the only firm of its kind specialized in all type of staffing services. TSCSI with its Headquarters in Ashburn, VA with presence in 30+ states of the Nation. TSCSI has over 50+ Information Technology & General Staffing Services contracts in place with numerous United States Government and Private sector Agencies."

What other people say about them is consistent with I am learning.
https://www.indeed.com/cmp/22nd-Century-Staffing-Inc./reviews?id=0c7e12f8924ca9a2
https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-22nd-Century-Staffing-RVW6940731.htm

They do get some good reviews on glassdoor from "employees," however, they have a lot of recruiters who are also employees looking for more people. The positive reviews for TCSI are often anonymous and contain English errors that are typical in recruiter emails.

I don't know what to do when the recruiters want very specific skill sets and ask me to lie on my resume. I don't lie.

On 2/8/2017 11:12 AM, Keith Hood wrote:

I have been corresponding with a recruiting firm about a possible job as a
SharePoint administrator, and they asked me to change my resume. The job
description includes some things that I have never worked with, such as
Infopath. The recruiter asked me to edit my resume to show experience with
about half a dozen things I've never done, to match things in the
description, and email him that new version.

I won't say what I've done or not done - I'm interested in your thoughts
about it.
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