More tips for avoiding the zombie apocalypse of your career…(part 3)

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sorry folks.  I promised before there would be a better and current blog post cycle and I failed. However there is a very good reason. After nearly 9 months of unemployment, over 1000 applications and hundreds of interviews I finally landed the dream job in recruiting thst I have been looking for. Is it my dream job? No. That dream is running a certain film studio in Hollywood,but I am a realistic person.

This company, the more and more I spend time with our top brass makes me happy. Why? It’s really how the company philosophy is and the philosophy of our COO and CEO. I’ve been here two weeks and tackling everything … including taking on the sales side of recruiting in which I haven’t had the opportunity to do yet. I am currently writing this on my tablet at the family home of the owners outside of Boston. I have been here a couple of days with my boss and a few others in a massive amount of training.

Since I have been back in recruiting, I realized that there are a lot of things that drove me up the wall with this job. Some of these I have already addressed (which you can see here and here ). Considering now that I am handling candidates and clients and learning a whole new industry,  I thought this would be a great post.

1. Keep your recruiter informed.
If you are working on a contract at company ABC but it was company XYZ that contacted, interviewed you and is cutting your check, stay on your recruiters good side. Keep them updated. This does not mean tell them about every single sneeze you take, but if you feel uncomfortable working at the site TELL THEM. There could be a miss communication somewhere.
Even the best recruiters can mess up, without even knowing. I know of a case, years ago, where a friend was working a contract. She was told that the job would have XYZ job duties.  About a week after she started, she learned it was really ABC duties. She felt uncomfortable but didn’t want to say anything in fear of loosing the position. Some of these duties she hadnt had alot of experience doing in the past, but, suzie being suize pulled out all the stops to do the job to the best of her abilities.
A couple months went by of this into a six month contract. Then all of a sudden the client tells her not to come back on Monday. She leaves and calls the recruiter. The recruiter is confused at first because they just learn that Suize was doing ABC not XYZ. Not only could Suize have been making more money per the arrangement that the client had with the recruiting company, but the client trashed her to the recruiting company saying that Suize wasn’t performing well in the job.
Guess what? If Suize would have said something early on, the recruiter could have gotten her more money, fixed things with the client, held the client to the terms of the contract and Suize wouldnt have been miserable waiting to see if the axe would have dropped on her that day. Any recruiter worth their salt would have tried to fix the problem from day 1. In this situation it was not the recruiters fault because they were going by what was written in the contract, but the client was trying to work the system to get a skilled worker for cheaper.

2. Never ever in a million years call a recruiter and leave a message trashing the client (if its a contract job), their company, or their colleagues.
This happened to me last week. I was on the phone talking to a new candidate.  My phone rings but I can’t switch over quick enough.  Before I can listen to the voicemail, a client calls with a problem. While I am talking to the client, the same number calls again (within 5 minutes of the first call) and leaves another voicemail. I finally get to the voicemails ( within 1/2 hour of the first call left).
Bob (not real name) left me two voicemails, upset because supposedly no one ever calls him from my office. My boss overheard the voicemails. Even she was a bit taken aback. Bob went on and on trashing the recruiter previous to me. I have never spoken to him and didn’t even know who he was. Bob didn’t know there was a changing of the guard so to speak, which does not excuse the unprofessionalism he displayed.  Do you really think I want to send him to any client right now??

3.Do NOT APPLY TO POSITIONS that you are not qualified for.
In the last two weeks I have probably looked at a few hundred resumes. I have said this in the other posts, but I cannot stress this enough. If you are a chemist do not apply for a, say, police officer posting. We recruiters talk to each other regardless of what company we work for. Recruiters that I worked with at my last job still talk with me, we pick each others brains and try to top each other with “you wont believe the candidate that I got today” stories. Guess what? Three totally different companies in three totally different fields.  How is it then we all know candidate Bob McCreamcheese? (Totally made up name). Because Bob had a resume that stood out, in a bad way, and applied to jobs each of us were managing. I, probably better than most, understand the job hunt/trying to keep food on the table desperate moments, but one of the reasons that Bob has not found a job yet is because he is blindly applying.

Let me put it this way. You are in a candy store and can have ANY candy. Lets say you are allergic to peanuts, but you really want something with chocolate. You wouldn’t sit there trying piece after piece of candy till you found something that tasted good, now would you? No, because not only could you get yourself sick from all the sugar, but you might accidently eat peanuts and REALLY get sick. Plus there is the fact that you are wasting time and money to figure out that you wanted chocolate. If you did your research and paid attention before you walked into the candy shop, you would know that the chocolate bark is good, but it has nuts so you can’t eat it, but the dark chocolate fudge doesn’t have nuts, and its super yummy.

So why would you blindly apply to every single job that you see? You are not only wasting time of whoever on the receiving end of your application, but, much like you might have an allergic reaction in the above scenario,  you could be doing more harm than good. Job hunting is NOT a numbers game. It’s a strategic one.

More to come!!!

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