"I'm a recruiter and candidates don't like me or they're indifferent," admitted Jim Durbin (@smheadhunter), Founder of Social Media Hunter, as if he was begi...
I must stand up and explain that this article/video paints a seriously negative lop-sided picture of recruiters.
First, candidates love dealing with a professional recruiter who displays a level of openness, honesty, and integrity. Many candidates hate recruiters because their experience is working with a recruiter who projects a slimy, used-car salesman attitude that you can't trust, and you realize only cares about making the fee on their placement.
Second, it's the bad apples in the recruiting industry that give the entire industry it's black eye. Many 3rd party recruiters are not well trained, have no clue what they are doing, don't understand recruiting, referrals, and interviewing. They are not bad people - they just don't belong in the recruiting industry. In a rising tide economy, most recruiters who can match resumes with job specs will make some amount of money. My favorite analogy is the plumber who is also the tax form preparer during tax season.
It's in bad job markets and stagnant times where you see the best recruiters rise to the top. It's those recruiters who have sustained 5-6 recessions and still make 6-7 figure salaries that are the ones you want to connect with.
"Candidates don't like me" is an excuse for being unprofessional in working with candidates.
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