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Been done before I know.

These people are utter bellends they really are. When they actively pursue you by tracking you down via the company switchboard because they have seen you on linked in, they act surprised when you are not 100% committed to a move.
I am a specialist in my field, I enjoy my job and I'm good at it, actually very good at it. So why if they approach me should I not expect a very good rise to motivate me to move rather than the standard 10%?
So that's this afternoons interview canned.
Bunch of tits.

Carl.

Updated October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

It is an entire industry that is not actually needed in any way shape or form. I used to do that in London and Edinburgh and hated it.

There are a few good ones and a huge army of crap ones. The crap ones are so annoying.

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Cheers

Rich

I got a message on Linkedin about a job that sounded interesting. I phoned the consultant up and we had a detailed chat about the role and me. I sent him all 3 of my CV's and he then tailored them further to the role. We're meeting on Tuesday for a pre interview meeting and then on Thursday I've got the interview.

I'm shocked. That's the first one who appears to work for a living!

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Romantic BDSM

Gloucester's answer to Eddie Jordan

Just had the head guy recruiting for the role (in the actual company) phone me direct to ask what had gone wrong. After a chat and me explaining what I do he said they don't actually have that speciality in the company at the moment and agreed that I wasn't quite right for the current role with my aspirations. What it did give me the chance to do is sell myself into a future requirement and he left the door wide open for that.
This call was instigated by another guy in the firm who placed me for my current role as he knows I don't screw around.
I imagine that the first guy is now getting the hair-dryer treatment.

Carl.

Currently dealing with one guy that appears to know his stuff. Based on experience that means that 95% of recruiters are not worth the air they breathe.

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DeskJockey
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I've worked with maybe 2 or 3 very good recruiters over the years (as both employer and employee). The vast majority are clueless.

We had a CV in recently from one recruiter for a £40k/year Systems Engineer role that was a school leaver who had done 2 weeks work experience in a PC shop and he stated that he was ideal for the role because he "had a great interest in IT".

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Jobbo said...

Rev is correct, of course

A good friend of mine currently has CVs out with a handful of recruitment companies/agencies and to date four of them have, despite failing to even find her any interviews, taken to writing to her boss and asking if they need any vacancies filling. Thankfully she gets on well with her boss but this is really an abuse of confidential information. They neither asked first if they could send the letter nor waited until she actually had another job.

Utterly despicable behaviour which of course when you complain they don't seem to see as an issue.

NotoriousREV said...

I've worked with maybe 2 or 3 very good recruiters over the years (as both employer and employee). The vast majority are clueless.

We had a CV in recently from one recruiter for a £40k/year Systems Engineer role that was a school leaver who had done 2 weeks work experience in a PC shop and he stated that he was ideal for the role because he "had a great interest in IT".

Job on the spot, innit?

Just Jon Innit said...

NotoriousREV said...

I've worked with maybe 2 or 3 very good recruiters over the years (as both employer and employee). The vast majority are clueless.

We had a CV in recently from one recruiter for a £40k/year Systems Engineer role that was a school leaver who had done 2 weeks work experience in a PC shop and he stated that he was ideal for the role because he "had a great interest in IT".

Job on the spot, innit?

Sounds like a well suited candidate.

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DeskJockey
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Don't have time for them...

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NotoriousREV said...

I've worked with maybe 2 or 3 very good recruiters over the years (as both employer and employee). The vast majority are clueless.

We had a CV in recently from one recruiter for a £40k/year Systems Engineer role that was a school leaver who had done 2 weeks work experience in a PC shop and he stated that he was ideal for the role because he "had a great interest in IT".

That's actually pretty good - at least the candidate knows what a PC is, and doesn't want to be a chef...

Ahahah. This x eleventy.

Btw great news Jimmy.

I had one this week who put me forward for a healthcare role. Ignored my 7yrs in healthcare, told me to read a java book and blag it on that?! Forgot to mention that the job was 14hr 24x7 shifts. Forgot to check my salary.
Unsurprisingly the client thought I was the best candidate by far. They were disappointed when I turned them down, and are going to come back next week with a better offer.

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Si_ said...

They were disappointed when I turned them down, and are going to come back next week with a much better offer.

FTFY. Though I suspect it will be another £5 per week and a bag of revels, may be more if they can avoid HR though.

hardboiledPhil said...

A good friend of mine currently has CVs out with a handful of recruitment companies/agencies and to date four of them have, despite failing to even find her any interviews, taken to writing to her boss and asking if they need any vacancies filling. Thankfully she gets on well with her boss but this is really an abuse of confidential information. They neither asked first if they could send the letter nor waited until she actually had another job.

Utterly despicable behaviour which of course when you complain they don't seem to see as an issue.

Shocking. Although this is exactly why my CV doesn't have any reference details. They can get that stuff after interview if they want it.

If anyone does find an IT recruitment person that isn't a complete spanner, send me their details. Not looking forward to jumping back into dealing with them - one of the reasons I took my current job was my (then) boss' attitude to them. He just got accounts on the job sites and dealt with applicants himself - didn't think it took any more time or gave a lower average quality of candidate than going through agencies.

ExiledChris said...

Si_ said...

They were disappointed when I turned them down, and are going to come back next week with a much better offer.

FTFY. Though I suspect it will be another £5 per week and a bag of revels, may be more if they can avoid HR though.

Revels. Confirming Friday...

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Knackered old hairdresser's sh1tter

And another round of redundancies! Screw the Revels, I'm outta here.

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Si_ said...

And another round of redundancies! Screw the Revels, I'm outta here.

Yes, if there's another half decent offer it's worth taking.

Going to stay for now and see what happens.

Carl.

simongardner said...

If anyone does find an IT recruitment person that isn't a complete spanner, send me their details. Not looking forward to jumping back into dealing with them - one of the reasons I took my current job was my (then) boss' attitude to them. He just got accounts on the job sites and dealt with applicants himself - didn't think it took any more time or gave a lower average quality of candidate than going through agencies.

Currently working with one recruiter that may not be a waste of space. Depending on the outcome I may pass on his details.

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DeskJockey
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simongardner said...

If anyone does find an IT recruitment person that isn't a complete spanner, send me their details.

The agency I'm currently working through are very good. Happy to pass on their details if you like.

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