Come on Recruiters – It’s time to change!

A few weeks ago I received an email from an internal recruiter (from a major RPO provider) asking if I was interested in a job opportunity with them. They had ‘found’ my details on Linkedin and thought I’d be a good fit. Now, working in Recruitment for 20 years,  I would usually put this down to poor management – clearly the recruiter had not been trained properly to know how to search and approach talent. Firstly the approach was a generic, impersonal in mail, and secondly, had they looked at my background, they would have seen that the level of job wasn’t suitable. But I replied to the Recruiter and told him it wasn’t right for me- but Thank you.

However, this week, I’ve received the same generic email from the same recruiter for the same job. Now, I’m not only annoyed that it’s been sent to me again, but this type of recruiting is the type of behaviour that is really bringing the industry that I love into disrepute. This is why we see so many posts daily about how ‘terrible’ recruiters are and this type of ‘spray and pray’ approaches coupled with poor candidate experience will continue to negatively impact our industry.

But it’s not just the junior recruiters. I approached a search firm last week to discuss a potential candidate that I knew was looking and I thought it would be great for them to connect as I’d seen them advertise a suitable position. Isn’t that what we do – network, share great talent?  Firstly the senior search consultant had no contact info on his profile on LI – Another bugbear – how are people meant to talk to each other? But he did have an email – so I send him a mail asking for his contact details and explained why I wanted them. No answer. I then found the main office number, called that and spoke to ‘the receptionist?’ who advised that she would give him a message. After a few days – nothing. So I rang again (same response) and emailed again (same response)

Do they have no idea of the damage this causes to our industry –  I’m often performing interim Senior roles and will look to my network and to those organisations who I have been able to build a relationship with and those that come recommended.

Now when I started to write this I thought – maybe these are a few bad experiences, but I started to talk within my network and it’s not uncommon – In fact, this type of behaviour seems to be a regular occurrence and are often met with a shrug of the shoulders – Oh well – that’s just what happens. Well guys, it’s not good enough – So I’m calling out to you all – Please get your acts together and start to think about the damage you are doing.

I wonder how many of my connections experience similar situations.

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