Recently I have been reviewing the literature in some blogs regarding recruitment, job search techniques and recruitment agencies. I have been following these blogs using our facebook and twitter accounts. It has been interesting to hear
from recruitment agents and prospective employers but little is from the POV (point of view) of the job-seeker.
Following on from writing a previous blog post titled 'Honestly..not always the best policy' I did my usual social network advertising of the piece through Facebook and Twitter. From a tweet came 'The Undercover Recruiter', who asked
me if i could do a guest article on their blog. Of course, I said YES!
My article was about response rates to jobseekers.
I provided a semi-statistical analysis of the rates of response based on my personal job seeking experience. My main point in that article being that recruiters whether they be recruitment agents or prospective employers need to respond to applicants
as this is part of the feedback loop.
Maybe instead of writing people off for the smallest reason, recruiters need to do the work they get paid for. I realise from all this reading that it's a dog-eat-dog industry and
they're just looking after the bottom line i.e commission $$$'s and performance bonuses. It frustrates me then how they can go off at applicants for such small petty things like signing up with multiple agencies or 'jobhopping'. Jobhopping is fuel
for my next post.. For an industry that talks up 'communication skills', it says to me they don't 'walk the talk' when it comes to jobseekers.
I thought 'Communication' is about active listening, understanding your audience and conveying
messages in a constructive manner rather than a destructive manner. However, sometimes it is about telling the truth and making that plainly understood. I guess that knowing some of your applicants have had more lessons in communication than you
could be a bitter pill to swallow but that is knowing your audience and other stakeholders.
My experience with recruitment agencies, and it is broad and plentiful, is that the industry is full of hip youngsters who seem full of 'positive
vibes' and energy. Of course, there are those who are more mature or older and wiser and possibly a little more bitter for the experience. Typical though, the downside of all that energy is that they're totally distracted by the next job rather than
keeping current applicants informed.
Depending on the size of the agency, sometimes you feel like you get lost in the system. The agents will then ask 'who you are and what you are doing?' constantly even when you are just checking
in with them. I realise the jobseeker is just a number to most recruitment agents and agencies but the individual applicant for a job can be sitting there waiting for news and working out what to do next. This may not necessarily be good news just
'news'. The next job might be the difference between homelessness and being able to do the things we want to do.
It’s not a case of ‘putting all your eggs in one basket’ just what you do when you’re trawling
the job advertisements pages. I guess, since we're not the paying clients so we don't really matter that much to a recruitment agent. We can be proactive and/or problematic but please don't write us off. Seems like, in the world of recruitment sometimes
you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.