Tara LeFevre, Managing Partner JTL Services, Inc.
If you’re searching for customer service and someone to really focus on your needs then try a small search firm. In today’s business environment it’s pretty easy to find out what other companies are doing. With networking being the “word” of the new century, it doesn’t take much effort to find out what’s going on at XYZ Recruiting Firm. Being in the business now for 12 plus years, I have made some good friends that happen to work at large recruiting companies. All I will say is business as usual is still the norm. I guess that works in a “burn and churn” environment. That’s why the next call you might get is from your “new” recruiter at XYZ, because your old recruiter is no longer at the firm.
When you’re working with a company that’s business model is based on “numbers”, the problem is you as a client are up against their plan rather than yours! I equate this to what happens to be my favorite past time and that’s shopping.
I prefer to shop at small boutique stores that focus their attention on me and quality stuff, instead of filling their shelves with mass produced stuff and no one to be found. These large firms focus on the numbers and less on you. At the end of the day the recruiter on the job needs to show good numbers to their managers. The “good’ numbers consists of how many people did they recruit, how many jobs orders did they get, and how many send-outs did they have today?
Is there anything in there about you? Perhaps you’re the job order that they got, but the focus is not on you, it’s on the numbers. Have your ever heard the expression, “if you throw enough mud on the walls some will stick”? Well mud doesn’t look good under my nails!
When I first started recruiting that’s what I did. I worked the numbers instead of working for my clients. What I found is spinning my wheels all over the place took so much time and not enough progress for my clients! So needless to say I changed my focus on the clients that really want to work with me and their jobs? I started to get focused on finding the best talent for my clients and help them as quickly as I could.
That is why today I work with only a handful of clients and why my success rate is much better than ever before. My clients love the fact that I am always available for them and flexible to work the way they need me to work. Even in this economy it has been a winning year! Visit my profile.
JTL Services, Inc. has placed several information technology jobs in the past three months. In an effort to provide more interactive information on our website and blogs, JTL has empowered some of it’s top recruiters to provide blog content in their niche areas.
My name is Tara LeFevre, partner and executive recruiter with JTL Services. Part of our growth in this segment will include me providing up to date job information regarding the information technology job market. I am also seeking any public contributions as well.
Please stay tuned for more posts and in the meantime, feel free to contact me for recommended topics to blog about on this new information technology job blog.
With unemployment reaching over 10% in some parts of the country, hiring managers are becoming very picky on choosing a candidate. What is happening is that jobs are going unfilled because of their perceptions. Management thinks the job market is terrible and that all open positions should be easily filled instantly with top notch candidates. More and more HR personnel are shaking their heads in disbelief that some of the candidates that they have met with are not getting job offers. Candidates who just over a year ago would have been hired after one interview are now being passed up for the hopes of finding an even better candidate.
HR personal are getting a truck load of resumes from ads but very few people fit the bill. They are frustrated when they see a home run of a candidate but hiring managers think that there are so many great candidates out there because of the news reports.
The reality of the job market is that the best of the best are still employed and not every industry or vertical has been affected. Companies that are still operating have not let their best talent go. That is why you never leave a job on your own until you have another offer. Perception can and sometimes is everything.
In any economy when you meet a job candidate that can do the job that is required and has the personality fit that you are looking for then you should move forward with that person. The same thing goes for job candidates when searching and that is the first interview you go on may be the only interview you go on. I have seen more candidates pass up an opportunity for the hopes of another. There is no magic number of companies that you need to meet with before accepting a job. Sometimes candidates feel they need to interview at 5 different companies in order to decide which company is best for them. In today’s market however it is unlikely you will get 5 separate interviews and like the hiring managers of today, you probably won’t see 5 great candidates for the same job.