In no particular order:
I pretty much compiled this list from a variety of sources: from my own personal interests to trending technologies I hear about to descriptions of dream jobs at some of my all-time favorite websites.
I have a feeling a post like this could possibly burn some potential future opportunities. However, I feel like it’s something that is of concern to me and any other programmer or software engineer.
I’m talking about recruiters.
I don’t have anything against them, really. I can see how they can be useful. If you are looking for a job, they can potentially hook you up! It is their sole focus and responsibility to fulfill the staffing needs of businesses and companies.
But I’m not really looking for a job. I have one, and I really like it here. So it’ll be a little bit harder to get me to leave it or even remotely consider a position somewhere else. And yet, I get several LinkedIn connections or emails from recruiters. And these messages are usually the same:
I’m working with < Company XYZ > and they are looking for someone with < list of skills and keywords that are on my LinkedIn Profile >.
Would you or anyone you know be interested? Let me know!
I usually don’t respond to these requests anymore. They are so canned. I don’t get enough information about the company to get me interested.
Now I’m not saying this to discourage recruiters from reaching out to me. On the contrary: I want to learn about a company that could potentially be a good fit. However, as I am currently employed, I simply do not have the time and wherewithal to further investigate or entertain these requests. I really wish I could!
The only ones I really do respond to are ones that really read my profile and make a more informal connection. I have a bit on my LinkedIn profile that one my weaknesses is that I’ll be susceptible to the zombie apocalypse. I put that in there to weed out keyword hogs, and to also just show off a sense of humor. Anyone that mentions or responds to the zombie bit already skyrocket their chances for me to become interested.
So the recruitment game has been around for a while, and I’m sure the recruiters have probably optimized the search and matching processes. It feels like it’s a numbers game for them. Put out a blanket number of connection requests, get a few bites. But I feel like with the increase in efficiency really has a huge impact on quality. You can really miss out on some really great potential recruits because of the canned tactics.
I have no idea what the solution is. I’m just giving my personal feedback on it all. I mean what other incentives are there for me to respond to recruiters? None, really. I hear they are paid by the companies a finders-fee? Or even a portion of the placed person’s salary? I could just be ill-informed. Otherwise, I have no motivation to really respond to recruiters. I have a job. I don’t have time to entertain them all.
What would get me to give them a chance? I don’t know. Money? Give me $$$ to grant a phone call? That’d be neat. What if I get hired? What do I get out of it? Okay, if I accept a job, it’s because I would actually like it. But I still feel like if a recruiter is going to potentially poach someone who is currently employed, they need to sweeten the pot for me to consider the time and effort to interview and move.
What are your opinions on the matter? Do you have a good relationship with recruiters? A good experience with any?