There is an increasingly troublesome trend creeping into UK recruitment this month and that is sending in a CV without first talking to the candidate who owns it. Who owns the CV, then? I firmly believe it is the candidate and them alone. It is their life story after all, and I think they’ve lent it to us to advertise their wares but not without limitations.
Twice this last month I have received advice from clients saying that they already had the CV from another agent and yet I had spoken to the candidate and plainly I was the first to highlight the availability and suitability of the role.
This is an unprofessional recruiting practise (even if it drives the bottom line). It’s easier to just submit CVs and more difficult to have a conversation with a business leader. So, a senior person can gain the CV in the first place and a junior office can man the emails?
When I spoke to my second candidate, who lives in the north, he revealed that he wants to move south and will put his house on the market in January. Very recent news, so who knew or was it someone just taking a punt?
Whatever the reasons there is only one justifiable time to do such a thing and that is where the candidate themselves have given a blanket permission to do so as they have faith in our judgement and they need a new role.
Candidates should carefully choose who they work with and poor behaviours generate a picture of the style of the agent/company and therefore the candidate should be warned.
On the other hand, I may have to change my behaviours to keep up but, here’s the thing; I don’t want to lower my standards!