Something about Recruiters and Head Hunting Firms…

Posted on: May 25, 2005

Don’t worry it, here’s why

Author: AIF
Date: May 24, 2005 11:42 PM EST

It is one recruiter. There are several more that probably have the same job. I’m in HR. Companies usually give the same job order to 3 firms. They don’t trust just one firm to deliver results.

My experience as a candidate with headhunters has overall been unimpressive. There are a few good ones, but most will waste your time and pump up jobs to try to get you interested and you waste a vacation day to find out the job is nothing like what they described. One of the more reputable HR search firms regularly changes job titles on their emailed list from HR Manager (of which I would have no interest) to HR Director. When you get the job spec it says HRM, not HRD. At least they are honest when you discuss the particular opening, but it is a bait and switch approach. And that is one of the better firms….

Most will tell you the exact same thing: Best boss I’ve ever met that’d you be reporting to, they are looking for the boss’ replacement in 18 months, and the company is great and wanted to make a decision yesterday (and then you spend 4 steps and 4 vacation days to get an offer lower than the headhunter claimed the range was).

Good news, the economy is getting hot. Be selective. Interview search firms as much as they (and companies) interview you!


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