Jobseekers, are you really available?

Greg Savage wrote a blog post today about one of his pet peeves, people being late. Read it here. It's called No, you are not 'running late', you are rude and selfish

This is my turn.. Jobseekers, hear this. Yes there is a skills shortage. Yes, your services are required. However, don't expect everyone (ie all employers) to bend over backwards for you. No one owes you a living!

Here is a pet hate. If you are a job seeker, ie you are actively looking for a role, YOU need to be flexible if you want a job. I find nothing more frustrating than calling up an applicant, and only getting a "sorry I cannot make it in to meet you during business hours, when else can we do it?" What's up with that? You applied to me? Do you want a job or not? I am a lot more flexible when I am headhunting people, ie I am approaching people to join us.

I understand it is difficult to find time to get out of the office to attend other interviews. However, it is your decision (most of the time) to be a job seeker, you need to invest. You have the responsibility to yourself to find ways to get to those meetings. It is a weird feeling, you can feel like you are cheating on your employer, but you have to do it. Everyone gets a lunch time right? Can you start early and leave early, or vice versa? Can you take an early minute? Or find another reason to be out of the office? My busiest times for interviewing are start of day, lunch time and pre home time. Come up with a way. If you are serious in looking for a job that is. If you are not, and won't make the time (don't tell me you can't I won't believe you) then don't waste my time by applying.

Also, what is with the different attitude when dealing with the employer versus dealing with the Agency? Seriously what is the difference? Both will make decisions on your future with that company. I'd treat both with respect. Yet I am continuously surprised at people who deal with me differently, when they know I work for the "employer" instead of working for "an agency". It doesn't make any logical sense? Jobseekers.. head that warning... Recruiters make decisions, Recruiters deal with multiple clients, Recruiters have networks. Why not keep them onside? It can't hurt, can it?

Vent over... ahhhh I feel better now.

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Comment by Sandra McCartt on June 7, 2010 at 2:27pm
It is kind of amazing isn't it, when someone responds to a job posting then tells you that the only time they can interview is on Saturday or after 6:00 PM. What is even more amazing to me is when they become incensed that a prospective employer does not understand that they are working and can not take time off from their present job to interview for a new one.

I'm sorry, if you do not have a vacation day left or can't take a personal day or something. Maybe a new job is not a priority. I bet you could get off to take your dog to the vet or attend a school play or go to the dentist. So maybe you need to wait to look until you do have some vacation time that can be used or can make yourself available to take a look at what should be one of your top priorities. Let me know when you can interview during the work week and we will move forward but even if you walk on water, you have to be able to walk on that water during business hours.

And by the by, this is June. If you can't interview until September call me in late August. If my clients are looking now they want someone on board within about 30-60 days max not next Christmas. Or don't tell me you can't interview until September then call me next week to find out if i have made any progress on your job search.


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