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The Unemployed Life: First active day

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After spending a week moping and generally perturbed at the overall situation, on Sunday evening I fixed up my résumé and enabled it -- confidentially -- on Monster.

As I expected, this morning the floodgates opened with recruiters spamming me with positions. Note to one particularly dumbass recruiter: if you can't be bothered to take out the name of the guy you originally forwarded the job description to, I sure as hell am not going to respond to you! Only one recruiter actually sent an email of any worth. I've yet to decide whether to go that route, but if I do, I will be contacting him.

I also reopened an avenue of communication with a contract recruiter for a specific company that originally contacted me based off of a LinkedIn connection back in January. Of course, at that time I begged off because I am a loyal employee. They still have at least one position that pretty closely matches my skill set, so I forwarded a résumé and hope to hear back soon. It's a small, privately-held company, which is where I would prefer to be anyway.

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09 May 2011 - 11:31 AM
Despite my attempts, I have not been able to Woo JackOfAllTrades to come work in my neck of the woods. lol


09 May 2011 - 03:54 PM
You will find a job that pays you what you have earned. Hang in there bud.


10 May 2011 - 01:47 PM
Adam, if my wife would consider moving, I would be on it like it was Scarlett Johansson. I've been to VA a couple of times and liked it there (Busch Garden and King's Dominion FTW!). Leaving the God-forsaken state I'm in would be a pleasure, but it's just not in the cards. :(


11 May 2011 - 06:38 PM
Using Monster and Perfeshunnel Recruiters is like playing the lottery.


Companies looking to hire are just like you and don't want to get spammed by duh-masses who don't have the common sense to verify that they are a good fit or the presence of mind to delete the previous company's name from their plagiarized cover letter. That and if the company is on Monster or using an agency it has to pay (or pays even if it doesn't) a premium for the luxury of the inconvenience.

A more effective strategy would be to try to contact people inside of companies directly. Yes, this is uncomfortable. Yes, there will be rejection. Yes, some people may even get angry with you. No, HR people aren't actually human even though they are really good at pretending. The HR guy/gal isn't usually your best point of entry either. You need to get past the gatekeeper. If you can speak with a supervisor or manager of the team you would like to join it might be possible to persuade him/her to approach the HR nemesis on your behalf. Some companies profile some of their key players on their website. Other companies may have directories inside their automated phone answering system or organization charts in their front lobbies. If you are really lucky you may even be able to sweet talk a receptionist into championing your cause to get hired into the company.

Curtis Rutland 

12 May 2011 - 07:47 AM
Rather than one or the other, I suggest a multi-prong strategy. There's no reason not to have a recruiter working for you: sometimes they are asked to fill offers that haven't gone public yet, or won't go public at all.

That being said, there's no reason not to be out canvassing the area with your own résumé either. Call all the friends you know in the industry. Of course, I'm sure you know all this already, Jack, but for anyone else reading, it doesn't hurt to say.


12 May 2011 - 07:30 PM
I agree that "there's no reason not to have a recruiter working for you". I mean only to say that the percentage of skilled people that apply to agencies and actually get jobs is incredibly small. The recruiter isn't working for you, he's working to fill the position that will give him/her a commission/spiff/whatever.

It's interesting though that companies that hire exclusively through specific agencies still find ways to bring family, friends, and members of their church into the company without going through the agency or long hiring processes. If they want you; you're in. You just gotta make sure they know who you are.
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