ss speaks with an employee. To one audience, the person involved is described as a woman, in the other he is a man. Time and again, male participants (and, in some cases, women as well) judge the resume more harshly if it is a woman's, or say the speech was strident if given by a woman but assertive if given by a man, or that the female boss was pushy while the male boss was concerned.
Women in these studies are typically judged to be less capable than men with identical qualifications, but it's not impossible for them to be seen as competent. The problem is that if they're understood to be capable, the majority of respondents also see them as less likable. "The deal is that women generally fall into two alternatives: they are either seen as nice but stupid or smart but mean," says Susan Fiske, a psychology professor at Princeton who specializes in stereotyping.
And unlike racial bias, there's little evidence that these attitudes are softening.
According to Eagly of Northwestern, the problem isn't that women aren't traditionally understood as smart, but that they traditionally aren't understood to be "assertive, competitive, take-charge" types. More than intelligence, she argues, this "agentic" quality is what we look for in leaders, and, as both surveys and experimental studies have shown, we find it deeply discomfiting in women. Whole article here.
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ut case who seemed normal and capable through the first two interviews. Just had one blow up that was a 200K offer, the candidate started insisting on going back in for another meeting but kept changing the travel schedule and asking to speak with more and more people. After three changes he sent an email that he had changed his flight to later and had decided to take another job. Why later instead of canceling? Who knows. There were alarm bells going off during the last two conversations with him that i ignored because there was already an offer on the table. Hindsight i should have stopped the process the second change of travel when the problem was boarding the dogs. Arrrgghh.
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the recruitment strategy of the company. The only recruiters that can "easily" become a business partner are the corporate recruiters (and very few really are true business partners). For any external agency it would almost exclusively be possible if they do either an RPO or have so much business (>50 jobs a year) that they can really learn the business and the markets to provide that added value.
Another thought is that how many agencies are really capable to deliver all the talent you need? I believe highly in specialization of recruiters which has great benefits but as well means they can't do everything. As a company do you want to work with 1 agency that most likely will never deliver on all jobs or work with more that are specialist?…
ere (like myself) that write resumes for a living. We research the field (hello, I'm on a recruiter website!), stay up to date on trends/technology and participate in various continuing education programs to offer clients the best written representations of themselves. Sure, some are capable of writing their own resumes. But, I would venture to say, most are not qualified to create an outstanding document.
The misconceptions that recruiters face: "Can't an HR person do the job just as well?", "You mean you get PAID to do that?" are the same that resume writers face. As a recent commercial clearly illustrates, "You wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, would you? So why are you trying to do theirs?" Hire a professional if you want professional results.
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quate to people who fish with a shotgun. If they scatter gun shoot into the pond they will kill something eventually. I took issue with one of them not too long ago. He was appalled that i would dare question his recruiting ability (4 years in and calls himself a Sr. Recruiter, no doubt in his firm he is probably the Sr. recruiter). His feeling was that a CFO level candidate who did not appreciate a ton of mass mailings concerning a staff level position had issues of their own and anybody should be delighted to connect with a recruiter at any time. Whatever made him think that sending mass emails made him a recruiter is beyond my definition of recruiting. My take was, "Pal, you are not a recruiter, you are a computer operator."…