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I am currently looking for a job. I have my resume out on several websites like Monster.com and Robert Half.
So far, I had only gotten request for interviews from five different insurance agencies, even though my resume clearly states I am looking for a programming job. Are they that desperate?
Then today, I have been contacted by 3 different headhunters with opportunities for me. They have jobs that I could do and would be happy to have. The thing that I find odd is that all three recruiters spoke with a heavy accent, India Indian, not American Indian.
I am not being disrespectful; I admire their grasp of American English. It was, however, difficult to understand what they were saying.
This happened to me around 15 years ago when the company hit a dry spell after dissolving a disastrous relationship with one of the original partners. My 'interview' was in a large room with about 20 other people. As soon as I realized they were mass recruiting insurance salespeople, I got up and walked out. Free meal or not, I felt like the whole thing was misrepresented and a waste of my time. I'd rather write code for free than work in an insurance call center.
Luckily for me, the business picked back up and could finally start paying me again!
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head hunter is a polluted word these days. Recruitment is too .
It used to be that when a head hunter called you, you would have been proud, because your resume/career stood out and someone picked you to fill in a role that your specific skillset would be suited for. Today a headhunter is someone who searches across platforms for keywords and just calls up anyone (s)he can find. They don't even match up skill sets, look at what you're doing now or look at your goals. Often they even miss the mark of where you live and propose work on the other side of the country. It's just hard selling these days.
Then today, I have been contacted by 3 different headhunters with opportunities for me.
Just opportunities, not for you.
In fact, you're their opportunity.
In The Netherlands, a head hunter/recruiter gets approximately €10,000 to €25,000 for every person they can place.
And with a shortage of IT staff you can imagine they just want to place as many people as possible and grab that cash!
They just scan your profile, most likely LinkedIn, and send you an automated message.
I wouldn't be surprised if they send hundreds every day.
If only one person bites every month they make good money.
Because of their huge fees, employers are often less willing to pay the programmers a higher salary because they first want to earn their money back.
Also, because they spent so much on you, you'll be held to much higher standards than you usually would.
Many people lost good jobs because of recruiters.
They're a blight on this society and I propose we send them all to "re-education" camps
Like any other "profession", there are good and bad. Most sales jobs (head hunters are salesman) pay by commission and that explains their behavior (behaviour?). Free email and VOIP makes it much easier to bomb the senders of resumes, so the signal to noise ratio suffers.
On the other side, there is an HH here who is very active in the developer community, sponsoring developer workshops and such. Sends out a newsletter with general information along with job listings. Have sat in his presentations and they are very professional and career informative, not sales sessions. They obviously make their money by placements but seem to remain professional and are for developers only. I once told him that I was not interested in a job, find me a position.
My most recent (contractor) client would have nothing to do with head hunters for the reasons listed by other answers here. I think most good gigs are found via networking. Nepotism works best.
Since I have reached my "twilight of a mediocre career", I don't need such.
I don't pay any attention to indian recruiters. It's an insult to have to talk to them (obviously outsourced) after being the victim of outsourcing myself.
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