Crazy idea from a recruiter

Alex Esplin alex.esplin at gmail.com
Mon Mar 25 13:41:20 MDT 2013


I'm in. Go crazy. :)

On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM, Robert Merrill <robertmerrill at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear PLUG:
>
> I have a crazy idea, thought I would ask you folks because you're always honest with me.
>
> As a technical recruiter, one of the interesting things I do is read many resumes very quickly. Similar to how, I'm sure, you can scan several lines of code to find potential bugs just through glancing at it, I scan document after document trying to find similarities between potential candidates and job openings that I need to fill.
>
> To be good at my job, I need to quickly find potential matches between candidates on many levels: technical skills, cultural match, probable salary range, etc.  I will often use a resume, online profile, social media or blogging sites, et cetera to whittle masses of data to potential candidates.
>
> Often, candidates are surprised to learn that the job that they want (especially when they apply for a job) and the job that their resume says they want are not aligned very well. So, here's the crazy idea:
>
> Would any of you be interested in letting me review your online profile or resume and give you my blunt feedback about:
> - The job I think you are "going for", this is what I see in your profile that I would call/ping you about if I had a match.
> – The salary range you should expect,
> – The kind of company you would be happy working for.
> – The job level or title you should be expecting. (Engineer, Sr. Engineer, etc)
> -- Any "gotchas" I see that make me wonder about you as a candidate (and light feedback about how to possibly handle them)
>
> In return, I'd like to blog about your profile/resume. By default, I'd keep you/your employer(s) anonymous, but I would note publicly the things I see, improvements to make, etc.
>
> I won't harass you or try to sell anything to you (or about you). The return I get is simply some interesting content for my blog (I'm relaunching connectedwell.com) and possibly some additional recruiter street-cred. It's not worth much, but every nickel helps.
>
> If you WANT me to conduit jobs your way that may be a match to your interests, I can do that, too, but I'm NOT looking to monetize you.
>
> How about this: If a money-making opportunity comes my way because of your profile (say, a company calls and says you are the perfect candidate for them), and you indicate you're willing to be notified, I agree to notify you both of the job, and if there's a profit motive for me, so everything's clear. At that point, I can hand you off directly to the company inquiring or I can liaise on your behalf, in which case I would likely earn a fee from the company if you are placed.
>
> This is all free-flow ideas at this point. I'm willing to see what terms YOU would be comfortable with as I would be using your personal information for my content... I don't want that decision to be something you regret.
>
> If you're open to doing this, reply off-list? I'll have to work up some brief terms or something to be sure I use your information only as you would want/permit, but then I'd look to post a minimum of a profile a week.
>
> If you have other comments/questions, I'm open to a discussion on-list... And the eventual degradation of the conversation to matters of more universal import such as trimming/bottom-posting, why recruiters are even allowed on this list, and the benefits/drawbacks of various brands of tin-foil when making hats. :)
>
> flameRetardantEnabled = ON;
>
> --
> Robert Merrill
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> http://connectedwell.com
>
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