Continuously complaining about recruitment consultants? Stop whining and start reference checking.

by K B , updated on May 20, 2016

frustrationWhenever I write a post about recruitment consultants explaining standard practices or why bad stuff happens to good people, I get a barrage of abuse.

I have not published some of the comments as they have been anonymous.

I figure that it you’re proud of something you’ve said, you’ll put your name against it. But that’s a whole other story.

The truth is recruiters do some really bad stuff……and ……drum roll…..wait for it……. they do make some people happy as well.

As a starting point, think about this.

If you’re in a profession when you are dealing with peoples’ lives, and on average you are  only going to make 1 in 3 or 4 happy (or not), that fact alone, makes the odds stacked heavily against everyone loving you.

This morning I was really pleased to see Donna Svei’s post pop up in my inbox.

Donna is the Founder of Avid Careerist and has a blog with a lot of great tips to help you find a job. She talks about background checking recruitment consultants using LinkedIn.

So if you’d like to work out whether you are in the hands of a recruiter or a consultant, read Donna’s post here, and this one I wrote a while back as well.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna Svei June 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Hi Karalyn,

Thank you for featuring me. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who gets some wild comments when posting about recruiting practices :). I think it’s better to vet recruiters, and thus avoid their worst practices, than it is to send one’s resume anywhere and everywhere and then complain about a recruiter’s bad behavior.

Donna

Karalyn June 5, 2013 at 12:08 am

It’s a pleasure Donna. Love your blog.

The comments can get to be like a feeding frenzy sometimes, to no point. And people do not sometimes understand the difference between explanation and justification. So you try to explain and people say “making excuses.”

Simon Bennett June 28, 2013 at 5:00 am

Hello Karalyn,

One tip I would give when dealing with recruitment consultancies is to phone them. The good ones will be busy so you may need to try a couple of times, if they return your call or are prepared to take some time to explain why you are / are not right for a particular position then it is worth sticking with them. If you hear nothing back – move on.

Simon

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