Recruitment is changing

“Sorry, I got too excited”, the recruiter blabbered.

Joseph Allen

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In Manchester, we have a Community Slack which I recommend. It is a fantastic place of joyous discussion, job offers, pet projects, pets and beyond. It’s also a great place to find a job.

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One day on Slack I got a phone call from a recruiter who had sent me a message minutes before which I had not yet replied to.

“Sorry, I got too excited”

Although jarring I gave them a chance to start again but it came with no apology or change of tune. Poor representation is costing the company, good applicants. From faking family illness to contacting managers to reach candidates. There seem to be no tricks some recruiters aren’t willing to use. The lack of self-awareness can be cringe-worthy. But it’s not only their fault.

LateRooms made me redundant, so I did something I had not tried before. I posted my CV on a jobs board. 9 am on the dot I started getting phone calls, and the first two hours of my morning were full of repetition. By 11 pm I took my CV down, not because I had a job, but because of the repetition. Had my network been stronger I could have handled this process alone. I instead searched the jobs board. When I applied I got a phone call from a recruiter representing the company. In three hours I’d learnt not to trust recruiters, and not to trust job sites. Does this sound familiar?

The loudest group of recruiters use what I call a “shotgun” approach. This is where the recruiter sends Automated messages to candidates on LinkedIn. These sometimes get my name wrong, leave in templating language and more. What works over this is intentionality and respect, a “sniper” approach. When a recruiter contacts me in a relevant and genuine way they have my attention. Some recruiters even embed themselves in the Meetup culture. They become close friends, who happen to be recruiters.

If you clicked this to read about why recruiters are bad I apologise. I’m not here to complain about recruiters, my complaints go higher. The burden of responsibility lies on those running the recruitment agency as well as the company enlisting them. If you reward “bums in seats” this is a race to the bottom.

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Joseph Allen

Manchester based Data Scientist, Digital Artist, Front-End Dev