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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Recruiters are full of Crap

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara

Subject: Recruiters are full of crap

Recruiters are so full of crap though.” Sara says, talking to Ann about her recent job searches.

I know the feeling. I'm not sure you can take anything they say seriously.”

The one I talked to the other day said the guy he wanted to pass my resume along to would be 'salivating'.”

Hope you've got durable paper.”

Well, this was a couple of days ago and I've heard nothing. Maybe he salivated right through the resume and lost it.”

Typical. Recruiters are like men, they never call when you need them.”

Ha! That's for sure. It's annoying to have to trek out there just so these people can talk to me. I'm so glad I don't live in the suburbs or something, I can't imagine paying the LIRR fares every time a recruiter wanted to 'get to know me'.”

I had to do that before I moved into the city. It sucked. It's $12 round trip off-peak, and that's not factoring in having to take the subway.”

Ick. I had this really bubbly ditsy recruiter call me once. She saw my resume on monster, and called me, and we talked. Then she had to put me on hold to ask her supervisor something. When she came back, she was totally confused about who I was or why I was on the phone. We hung up shortly after that, but then the next day she calls again! I have little recognition of names usually, but her voice was so recognizable because it was so bubbly. She'd gotten my resume off of dice this time, but she seemed to have no recollection whatsoever of having talked to me the day before. It was hilarious.”

Damn! That's an awesome story. Did she ever end up getting you an interview?”

Nope, I never heard from her again.”

Aww, I thought you were going to say she got your resume off of careerbuilder the next day.”

That would've been great.”

I had a recruiter interview in this really dingy office once. The entrance to the building was just a door's width between two stores on 38th, and the lobby was probably smaller than our living room. When I got upstairs in the slow elevators, I was in an even smaller lobby.”

Similarly I went to this interview where they were redoing the office, so I get off the elevator, and I can't get into the actual office, there is no receptionist, and there is all sorts of construction going on. I ended up following a worker in, and turned a random direction and asked someone to direct me to the person I was looking for. It was eight in the morning too so the office was very empty.”

Hopefully you won't have to deal with too many recruiters, and will find a good job pretty fast.”

Yeah. Although there is some joy to being able to lay around and not do anything. And I've rediscovered the joys of being up really late.”

That just means that you'll have even more trouble adjusting to a new job.”

Yeah. Probably.”


Artful Dodger said...

Ick, recruiters. Been there done that, hopefully you find a better job than before. Last time I went to a recruiters they gave me a job. Though I think they felt sorry for me because I went on by B-Day. I took a test thingy and missed one part, and the recruiter lady keep making me take it over again till I remembered every answer and aced it. Though that probably doesn't help you much.

Anonymous said...

I'm an HR Manager and as recruiting are a part of my duties I don't take offense to this post. I hate being a recruiter when I have to make the calls. I love it when I can get someone a job, but when I can't or can't hire them after the interview I just feel like a fraud.

Instead of having to visit everyone, I would ask what specific job they have in mind, a website you can visit, and if they're really pushy about meeting you (which means they're probably trying to make some quota and less in your benefit) say that you're currently traveling out of town and if you can set up another time (later that week) and if they still want to see you then it's possible they're legit.

Good luck!

Sara said...

Hey Mandroid, glad I didn't offend, I certainly didn't mean to come off that way.

Obviously I've come across good recruiters too(They aren't as fun to talk about), but that's good advice about trying to postpone a meeting. I usually have some success weeding out some by which job titles they are contacting me about, but at least if I have to meet them, i can try to schedule two on the same day so i'm not always running around for nothing.