I was thinking about putting this up on my career advice blog for job seekers--but thought it was better for my fellow recruiters. Hope you can relate
A few days ago I was talking to a man who was referred to me by a social media friend. He was interested in having me help him find a job. We spoke about his background, and possible jobs.
His background was not similar to positions I recruit on regularly so I gave him a little advice about who he should contact for jobs. I recommended he contact some temporary services to get some applicable industry work under his belt so he could be considered for higher level positions soon. He said he had, and needed to get his resume to one firm he had spoken to awhile back. I told him to send his resume to me, and he said he would. Then he told me to email him if a job came up. Something was off. It sounded like he wanted me to keep up on his job search for him. While of course I need to contact someone if there is a job they might be interested in, I do like a little interaction on the candidate's part. It sounded like he was taking a "back seat" approach to his job hunt.
Now this guy has been out of work for over a year. Quickly I found out what the real situation was. When I encouraged him to be proactive in his job search, he explained why he wasn't too quick to apply for positions. He was drawing unemployment. Temporary positions would make it so he couldn't get unemployment anymore, so was it worth it for him to get a temporary job?
My response was, unemployment benefits run out--so do you want to be at square one when they are over, or would it be better to have some work experience sooner so that you can be considered for higher level positions down the road?
Here's where the Cranky Recruiter comes in. If you call me, it means you want a job. If you take up my time, take my advice. If you just want to sit and draw unemployment benefits, don't call me. I've got people who want to be employed as soon as possible--and they are the ones who I want to talk to. Not those looking to make sure they fulfill the "looking for employment" requirement for the EDD. And since I run my own desk, those twenty minutes cost me much more than my time--they cost me three times that--my time, my business and my taxes!