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I have recruiters call me with jobs 'they' think I can do. I look at the e-mails they send me and do not see any of the software I have experience and knowledge of. The recruiters find 'one word' in my LinkedIn profile and extrapolate that I can do the job they want filled so a credit comes their way. I have posted that I do not wish to relocate, but most recruiters ignore that statement. What gives?
The employer or recruiter has your resume, but still expects you to fill out a long job application, or visa versa. They have your job application, but also want a Resume or CV. Seems like its like they are checking off boxes even if the request is a waste of time for you and them. Sort of like a teacher who sends home, home work for the sake of home work. Even if its not related to the work done in class.
This year my uncle, a CAD Design Drafter makes what should be his 40th year anniversary in the drafting field. A well earned achievement comprised of hard work and dedication that should be celebrated, but sadly for him, he’s currently unemployed. Working since the age of 18 he’s made every effort possible to stay with one company for as long as possible but as we all know, there are always the dreaded layoffs, usually from lack of work, eliminated department or the end of a temporary position.
Throughout my career I’ve on occasion shared my uncle’s grief in regaining employment, like many others in the professional and technical field. The hiring landscape has changed dramatically. Gone are the days when a person driving around and looking for work could just go to a company’s office, fill out an application and sometimes actually speak with someone that same day or at least get a call days later for an interview. Today, you’re required to submit your resume to a job posting site, respond to an online opening or like many, just wait for a job recruiter to find it on behalf of a client seeking to fill an opening.
If and when a recruiter calls it’s nothing to get your hopes up about as generally it’s for a position that you’re not qualified for or have a degree in. Many times both my uncle and I have gotten calls from recruiters whose clients are actually looking for an engineer. This would be like calling a registered nurse for a physician job. There are calls and email from recruiters for jobs across the country, far beyond a daily commute, without expenses for anything, even they don’t have a clue of how that benefits anyone.
Of course the real problem with many job recruiters is they’re just simply unreliable. They lack the common courtesy of keeping you updated, even if the result isn’t in your favor and their client decided to “move forward” with other candidates, they just abandon, ghost and leave you hanging. Quite a change from their initial call when you’re given a good dose of false hope and that the job is all but yours and expect a call real soon.
Unfortunately job recruiters have made themselves the new “used car salesmen” of the job field, sniffing out candidates like an ambulance chasing attorney, yet often times clueless. Some get paid simply by sending resumes over and could care less whether you’re qualified or if they get a response from their client. I know, one big excuse is that they have so many clients and candidates to keep track of that there’s simply no time for follow up calling. Funny how they had plenty time to call, usually for several minutes at first but have suddenly run out of time for updates.
I really wish companies who over rely on recruiters could experience the annoyance and frustration of dealing with job recruiters as job seekers. I also wish recruiters would know how it feels to look for work and have someone call, feed them encouragement and then, left hanging. Being a job recruiter must be one of the easiest jobs in the world, and by that I mean literally, by getting contacted from recruiters in other countries who apparently can’t read maps. It’s time for these recruiters to take their responsibility much more seriously. They’re in a field that literally can affect the lives of many people who rely on their services and like them, need a job to maintain their lives and their family’s as well. We’re not just names on a nicely typed resume, we’re people too. While I can understand how job sites connect people nationwide to positions they may never know existed those “middle men and ladies” should not be the weak link in the communication process. Now is the time for improvement, not denial.
I feel like employment agencies and prospective employers are not actively reading resumes. They are skimming them, seeing a skill or something they need and not actually reading what the person is looking for. My current job is working in sales, administration and human resources. All of them send me job offers for sales, sales, sales and don't read my cover letter or my summary stating that I am seeking a job as an Administrative Professional, not Sales. it just amazes me.