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2000-05-17 15:44:38+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I got a call from a recruiter yesterday. First off, why do these recruiters all have cheesey names involving "millenium"? I know, it's ironic, I guess "fly by night" would be too close to the mark. Second, why don't they have a script that runs their contact list names through things like IMDB, maybe the Dr Dobb's index, things like that? It wouldn't take any more of their time, and it'd sure narrow down the topic of discussion quickly, probably even save them time long-run (not to mention cut down on hang-ups). I suppose asking that they actually understand any of the terms they're bandying about would be way over the top. Strike three: Their web pages should not be "under construction" done with cheesey Microsoftisms. I'm confused, what exactly are they supposed to be adding to the process?

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:29:59+00 by: ebradway

I've been getting considerably more recruiting calls (and emails) since I put 'Web Architect' and 'PKI' on my resume. Heck, I even screwed up the formatting on that particular resume and still they keep calling. I don't bother talking to the small recruiters. It takes enough of my time to field calls from the big guys (IBM, Dell, EA). Ironically, I once deflected a recruiter call who was looking for programmers to work on Apache...

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:29:59+00 by: Dan Lyke

Especially in this day of quick turnover the recruiting fees are a strike against anyone entering the hiring process, it's not like they're any more aware of the job market than the candidates are, and it's not like they're doing that much filtering, given what I've gotten from talking with them and what I've seen from the other end (must. sit. on. hands. lest. I. say. too. much. and. alienate... people.). I do see a possible purpose for a recruiter willing to filter candidates appropriately, willing to put the time in to learn the needs and abilities of clients on both sides and do more than just keyword match, and network more extensively than both sides could do themselves. That, alas, is not my impression of any of the ones I've talked with.