I've been a Corporate Recruiter for many years, I know how to recruit and source. I'm seeking a new assignment right now and no this is not a plea for an interview.

Where are the REAL recruiters??? I receive at least 3-4 calls/emails from "recruiters", don't get me wrong I more than understand that they need to fill a job but LOOK at my resume. I am not an IT Director, Taleo IT Analyst or an Accountant!

I had one person call me and I had to explain to him , that I wasn't a match for his open position. He argued with me that it was...until I read it with him and he got it!!

I am seeking a virtual position. I can't tell you how many times a day I have to explain to the recruiter what that means and then recruiter insists I live close to the job

If I did any of these things, I would have been let go on the spot. I would have fired myself!! lol


There are new recruiters out there with no exp or idea of what they are doing. Lots of start-up recruiting agencies, looking to make a quick buck...commission only but only after 2 weeks they will see how you do and just maybe you can get paid..

I know I shouldn't complain at least someone is calling but what about the clients?? These types of "recruiters" don't establish a relationship with the client sometimes they don't even know who they are!

Is it just me?

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Comment by Amy McDonald on November 15, 2012 at 3:47pm

It's not just you! I had the same experience during the 4 years I took off with my kids. I just recently returned to the workforce, but got hundreds of calls over those 4 years from recruiters who truly had no idea what they were looking for, much less if I could meet their need! I blame training. I started out recruiting in a field that I'll admit, I knew almost NOTHING about. The difference is, I did know how to listen. My company trained me on what to listen FOR. I also new how to ask the right questions. My company trained me on not only what questions to ask, but HOW to ask them.  I had wonderful training on how to pick a good candidate from a bad candidate regardless of the industry and how to sell that individuals skills to someone else. It all starts with training. The new firms that are letting training go just to get a voice on the phone to make money are killing themselves in the end. Just my opinion. 

Amy Luking-McDonald



Comment by Karen A. Watt, CPC, CEO on November 15, 2012 at 6:08pm

Hi, I understand your pain and believe this has given our industry in Recruitment a very bad name.  We on the other hand know exactly what our clients are in need of and only source those candidates via job boards and one on one calls if their resume states the skills we are seeking, thats how we have done it for 20 years and it works everytime, we do not make calls to just make money, we short list based on the best candidates skills, abilities, personality, dress and attitude that will fit within that company.  Sorry you had to see how the gutter recruiters work, we stay far away from those methods.

Karen A. Watt, CEO, CPC

Excel Personnel Inc.

Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, British Columbia


Comment by Charlene on November 15, 2012 at 6:13pm

I agree it does give us a bad name. Thanks for your comments.

Comment by Amber on November 15, 2012 at 6:29pm

It's hard to imagine, but you keep hearing and reading about it every day. I think it is obviously a training issues, and the fact that many employers are trying to "save money". But those of us from any side of recruiting - coporate, 3rd party, etc - know that the real cost is in not getting the right people into positions.

Good luck in your search!

Comment by Raoul Q on November 16, 2012 at 9:54am

Being on both sides of the desk I can tell you as of late I have experienced a lack of professionalism by recruiters who do not know what they are talking about.  They attempt to recruit you with no knowledge of the firms they basic background of the position, duties or job description,   They seem to fail at follow up or clearly having no ability to effectively communicate.  I can honestly say that when I was on that side of the desk the only way for me to have established a high-level of client and candidate respect is to always do the ethical thing.  Sad to say that ethics is quickly fading from the industry.

Best of luck in your search. 


Comment by Cindy Cremona, CPC on November 16, 2012 at 10:07am

It's like sharks in the water. As soon as they smell blood (a recovering job market), they're milling about, churning the waters, geting in the way, then ultimately consuming themselves.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on November 19, 2012 at 6:55pm

Did you ever think that maybe there are a lot of plain ole stupid people out there and recruiting firms are hiring them.


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