Recruiters Top Ten Complaints

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

May 03

Yahoo, through Alison Damast, offers up the top 10 complaints about job applicants by recruiters. Of course, the comments are about students who are graduating with MBA degrees, but I also think that they apply to virtually every person working with a recruiter. I won’t repeat them here, but go ahead and read them on Yahoo’s post: Recruiters Top 10 Complaints. They are a very good list.

I’ve also dealt with recruiters in my career. There are a few complaints I have with them as well. In the interest of fairness, here’s Scot’s complaints with recruiters:

  1. Failure to Communicate receipt of resume. Something more than a machine generated response saying that someone, somewhere has received my resume for a position. It is human contact after all…
  2. Failure to Communicate the status of the position. After three months, I delete the entire communication thread about a position. I assume it has been filled and the recruiter hasn’t told me about it — or the management is incompetent and can’t figure out what they want and I wouldn’t want to work for them.
  3. Recruiters who don’t read my resume and attach it to a position correctly. As…I have no accounting degree, no desire to be one, and have no qualifications to be one — yet constantly receive communications from recruiters about all these finance positions because I have some responsibilities for budgets.
  4. Recruiters who don’t understand that I don’t want to relocate. I constantly receive communications from recruiters asking me to take six month positions in locations 3,000 miles from where I live. Oh, sure, I’ll give up all of my seniority, pay, work satisfaction, and all that for a six month gig at 2/3 the salary on the other side of the country. What a waste of my time.
  5. Finally, recruiters who hide behind the anonymity of the machine-generated e-mails that don’t allow a response. If you are trying to engage me, then engage me as a person, not a machine.

It’s a new world of career management and recruiting — everyone using new tools, new rules, and new ways of doing things. But in our effort to use all the new-fangled stuff, we forget that we are working with people.

People who have lives, day jobs, families, and interests that are not just all about the machine-generated e-mail parroting the latest contracting job available in Eau Claire, WI (which would be a hoot, since I was born there).

There are some really good recruiters out there — many of whom have great recruiting blogs. We need to adhere to what helps recruiters help us get positions. But recruiters have to work with us to get what we need to have the position be worthwhile. Or, at least decide to chat with us. That would be a start.