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:
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.
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