What to Do When You Ask a Recruiter to Recruit For You | No BS Hiring Advice

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells a familiar story about the manager and the recruiter.

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There's a firm that reached out to me. "I have a number of positions. I really need your help. Help me! Help me! This is what I need." Three descriptions. Great! I'm happy to help.
I called the hiring manager. No return phone call. I call up the hiring manager. No return phone call. I get an email from him. Sorry, I haven't been available. I haven't been well. I've been working real hard. Despite that, when all said and done, you know I could really use your help. These are the salary levels. I appreciate your help
I sent a couple of resumes. No response. I send a couple of resumes. No response. I've got to go, "timeout here." Who's the bad guy? Now some people are going to say, "you were nagging him."
I politely explaining I'm trying to help you do what you want me to do. I can use some additional information because, hey, look, you know, I know, that job description that's not really the job.
I can read between the lines but . . . oooh! Mind reading. Mind-reading. That's not really my strong suit, even after 40 years. So I just want to ask you, "Why can't you call back?"
Why can't call a recruiter back who you've asked to help and he's got a couple of questions. She's got a couple of questions. Just answer the stinking questions already! Give them some feedback.
If they're not getting it, then you get rid of them. It's okay. But once you start off by saying, "help me. Help me. I have a couple positions. I'm not any getting service. I could use your help." This isn't a junior person I'm talking to. This is a C level professional and I can't get a call back.
So, I'll just simply say if it's happening to me, I know it's happening to a lot of other folks and it's a setup! iI's a setup that you view me as the bad guy because I'm so pushy. I'm calling once a day. Oh, horrible.
So just call us back. Teach us what you really want.We don't read minds. Just let us know what you want and we're happy to get it for you. That's how we get paid. Right?


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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