Jobseekers, are you really available?

Greg Savage wrote a blog post today about one of his pet peeves, people being late. Read it here. It’s called No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish

This is my turn.. Jobseekers, hear this. Yes there is a skills shortage. Yes, your services are required. However, don’t expect everyone (ie all employers) to bend over backwards for you. No one owes you a living!

Here is a pet hate. If you are a job seeker, ie you are actively looking for a role, YOU need to be flexible if you want a job. I find nothing more frustrating than calling up an applicant, and only getting a “sorry I cannot make it in to meet you during business hours, when else can we do it?” What’s up with that? You applied to me? Do you want a job or not? I am a lot more flexible when I am headhunting people, ie I am approaching people to join us.

I understand it is difficult to find time to get out of the office to attend other interviews. However, it is your decision (most of the time) to be a job seeker, you need to invest. You have the responsibility to yourself to find ways to get to those meetings. It is a weird feeling, you can feel like you are cheating on your employer, but you have to do it. Everyone gets a lunch time right? Can you start early and leave early, or vice versa? Can you take an early minute? Or find another reason to be out of the office? My busiest times for interviewing are start of day, lunch time and pre home time. Come up with a way. If you are serious in looking for a job that is. If you are not, and won’t make the time (don’t tell me you can’t I won’t believe you) then don’t waste my time by applying.

Also, what is with the different attitude when dealing with the employer versus dealing with the Agency? Seriously what is the difference? Both will make decisions on your future with that company. I’d treat both with respect. Yet I am continuously surprised at people who deal with me differently, when they know I work for the “employer” instead of working for “an agency”. It doesn’t make any logical sense? Jobseekers.. head that warning… Recruiters make decisions, Recruiters deal with multiple clients, Recruiters have networks. Why not keep them onside? It can’t hurt, can it?

Vent over… ahhhh I feel better now.


Posted on June 5, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Dan,

    We all know the feelings you have when candidates either are not or cannot be flexible for interviews.

    I think some of the responsibility lies with the Recruiter/Company as well. From a candidate's perspective maybe we are not telling them what a great opportunity a role is and therefore the candidate is actually not interested as they don't have all the details of the job.

    Have we made them excited about the role, if they are not really excited about the opportunity as much as we may want them to fit into a role – alarm bells should be going off and we need to assess if the person really does fit into the role or the company based on what they are looking for.

    Yes it can be hard to find good candidates, but it doesn't mean we should look so far out of our scope of search that we are talking to people who really aren't the right people for the role.

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