nyone whose first comment to a recruiter is "You're a conman pimp." is unbalanced and best avoided.
On the other hand, I went to two dentists in a row who told me I had multiple cavities that they wanted to drill. I hadn't had any cavities for twenty-plus years and I brush my teeth 3x per day, at least. I actually went to the first dentist for about 10 years, and then he dropped the cavity claim on me.... I sought a second opinion, and the next dentist told me I had 7 cavities, and pointed them out to me as 'the white spots in the x-rays'. Obviously, they were crooks.
I went to another dentist, recommended by a friend, and he said "absolutely no cavities... you have great teeth." I've had no problems with him for over two years. Next time some loony candidate tells you all recruiters are unnecessary middlemen, say 'thank you for your opinion', walk away and find a sane candidate who appreciates your value... and think of dentists. Sure, some are crooks, but they are essential to Civilization and good ones are very valuable. Be the good recruiter!…
th the doctor nor does a dentist take X-rays until after you have gone into their office. I don't know about anybody else but if I called a doctor or dentist and was told I needed to go to the lab for tests or X-rays before I was able to see either I would find another doc or dentist. If a doc, dentist, banker, architect, interior decorator called me soliciting me as a client then wanted my X-rays, test results, wanted to see my house or wanted the info about my property before I had decided for sure that I wanted to work with them they wouldn't get that information.
Let's not forget here, who contacted whom and how. If that banker sent you an email saying they wanted to possibly make you a loan, you emailed back that you were interested in speaking with them. They left you a voice mail trying to reach you and in the same message asked for information to do a credit check before you spoke to them. If a dentist or doctor emailed you soliciting you as a patient, you emailed back, they left you a message to go to the lab. In all of those situations a professional does not ask for personal information prior to at a minimum a phone call.
Keep in mind people, we work with hundreds of resumes. Each person only has one resume ( with a few notable exceptions). A resume to us is one of a hundred we may look at in a day, to each person it is their life story so they might be more than hesitant to put it in the hands of anyone they have not at least spoken with on the phone.
The act of sending a resume gives us de facto permission to represent, submit and act as agent for that person.
Let's be clear. There is nothing wrong with asking for a resume but asking for a resume from someone you are trying to recruit before they have a chance to speak with you is making the assumption that they want you to represent them,are interested in moving forward with your client and are in fact a fit for the job. Hubris in it's finest form or inexperience at worst. The objective in successful recruiting is to not risk making assumptions that get your nose slapped by either a candidate or a client.
The outcome of this example might have been totally different if mr. Jack Mehoff had taken the opportunity to speak on the phone for 10 minutes with a candidate he was trying to recruit who was expressing interest, give her full information about himself and the job before he asked her to give him permission to represent her. The outcome was, she thinks he is a jack wagon, he lost a potentially good candidate and she will talk about it. Timing and keeping in mind that a resume is a person's life story as well as permission to represent and not a word doc. Is in fact part of the candidate experience that we beat our gums about all the time.
Unless of course you are copying linkedin profiles and sending them to clients without speaking with the person. If you think there are not idiots doing that, you will run across it.
Recruiting is a different ball game from asking a person who reaches out to a recruiter to send you a resume.…