Today I met with an exceptional IT professional, a candidate who has extensive experience in healthcare infrastructure (a rare skillset in Canada) who is in between contracts. It was a great conversation, and after a good 90 minutes, I came out of the meeting with my head spinning.
You see, this candidate has had a terrible experience with recruitment agencies in Canada. And for the first half of our interview he was putting me in the same cesspool as the other 'recruiters' he's dealt with.
What he described of his experience with recruiters in Canada really p*ssed me off.
The past few recruiters he has dealt with have not even bothered to bring him in for a face to face meeting. One recruiter even had the nerve to send a resume he found on a job board to their client without even calling the candidate! Once an interview was secured then the recruiter called the candidate. Not for a face to face meeting, but to send directly to the client for an interview.
It's no surprise that this candidate is so jaded about the people in our profession who are using him to make a half arsed buck, who can blame him for lumping me (and all the other decent recruiters) with the rest of them?
My candidate said that recruiters are more than just human traffickers, they need to be advisors, relationship builders, and mentors of the recruitment process. Not just resume slappers with no regard to the person behind the resume. And I agree with him, 100%.
I get so mad at the 'cowboy recruiters' out there who don't do their due dilligence, who hide behind their computer screen; make no effort to build any kind of relationship with the people who are making them money, and consequently award those of us who are passionate about our jobs with a sour reputation in the eyes of job seekers. It is an insult to those of us who actually care about what we do, and a slap in the face of our industry.
My message to you cowboy recruiters out there is this: You have the ability to change people's lives. It is such a great responsiblity, too much to take lightly. You're not selling toilet seats, or amway products. You're forging wonderful careers of people who need your help. Be honoured by this, and take it seriously!
Or... find a new job.