It’s My Own Fault!

December 11, 2009

Ok…so… I don’t usually post ‘job ads’ because it is just not how we do it. Sometimes a blurb here and there expecting nothing. On the other hand, I am always hearing about branding, name recognition etc etc. So I join likely LinkedIn groups and put the occasional general message out there about who we are and what we do generally and invite people WHO FIT THE  DESCRIPTION to contact us and get to know us a bit.

Sometimes I’ll say I won’t respond to people who contact me if they don’t have a full scope clearance (and if you don’t know what it is you do not have it). Sometimes I’ll ask that readers don’t respond to me unless they have this. Often both.  Invariably, a certain number of people think I meant to add “except you” and just forgot.

I create my own problem here. I can’t really blame them because I might even respond myself. It’s ok. I am just congenitally unable to ignore someone’s message. I guess this keeps me from posting as many of those messages as I should.

What is a bit frustrating though is when I hear people complaining or see blogs decrying the lack of response from recruiters. “Oh, he never called me back.” “Well, she never found me a job”. 

 Those folks need to realize that they usually do not fit as well as they think they do when they respond to an online ad and they are probably in competition with 500 other people posting the same ad and all the people who also know which company it is and are responding on the company’s website directly. They may even be submitting themselves via 10 ‘recruiters’ AND the company website for the same job and then become unhappy when they get only 1 response.

I love what I do and especially when I can call someone who had that kind of experience 5 years ago but is still willing to talk to me because he knows we all have faults but that he can see I am trying to focus on fighting my faults for his benefit and to show the niche I work one person at a time that it can be a good thing.

I even hope that rants like this one might help someone figure it out now and then. That, of course assumes anyone reads them. I should probably change the title to “Letters to Tom”.

Finally, If Barney sees this… You are the exception 🙂  Farhad, you are not.


One Response to “It’s My Own Fault!”

  1. Tom Keoughan Says:

    It’s hard for me to comment, Dave, because I agree with and have experienced everything that you’ve said. For the most part, I do get back to people (a congenital communicator, I suppose). The problem lies when I have to gently let people know that they are not a fit for a particular job. Many take this as a cue to go into SELL mode or start rebutting the reasons I gave them (which are usually considerably softened from the truth). I try to politely hold up an open palm but when they start rebutting and rebutting and rebutting and rebutting it’s almost as if they would prefer that I punched them repeatedly with the whole truth. Ugh, it’s also wearying.

    “Why are you calling me to ask me about that job in Chicago to see if you can do it while living in Boston?”

    “The more time I waste on this type of stuff, the less time I have to try to find you or anyone else a job.”

    Tom Keoughan

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