Are IT Recruiters Worthless? (Part 4)

I've gotten so much good email on this topic that's it's sparking another post. I thought some of you might like to see how the stats are adding up in my email. I've gotten 187 emails on this topic, and of them, the opinions stated are as follows: I'm expressing what's on every DBA's mind -- 63% I'm getting what I give and need to treat recruiters with more respect -- 7% I'm not being hard enough on recruiters b

I've gotten so much good email on this topic that's it's sparking another post. I thought some of you might like to see how the stats are adding up in my email. I've gotten 187 emails on this topic, and of them, the opinions stated are as follows:

I'm expressing what's on every DBA's mind -- 63%

I'm getting what I give and need to treat recruiters with more respect -- 7%

I'm not being hard enough on recruiters because they're all idiots -- 11%

I'm not taking into account that the good recruiters have the same fight we do -- 1%

My stories are nothing compared to what the readers have faced -- 19%

I'm a complete moron for thinking I can showing up to a recruiter dressed in anything other than interview attire -- 4%

I should never jump through a recruiter's hoops -- 2%

And my absolute favorite...

I had one reader speculate on how many johns my mother had to service before giving birth to a moron like me.

Now, one thing you'll notice is that all those add up to more than 100%, and that's just because some expressed more than one opinion. And I didn't put all the opinions in there either, just the more interesting ones.

Anyhow... I do think it's interesting that so many of you agree with me. I've always wondered what others really thought about the recruiting process or if it was just me who couldn't stand it. And for those of you who don't agree, especially those of you who think I'm getting what I give, I have only this to say.

I'm sure that most of us didn't go into this process hating it, and being tired of recruiters. We've had it beaten into us. It's hard to hide your contempt for a situation when you spend so much of your time meeting different recruiters to discuss a job that doesn't exist, or is out of your skill set. I'm also sure that most of us didn't go into this hating to have another FNG recruiter tell us how to run our business. Sure, we represent their company in the loosest way possible, but like I've said before; they just started recruiting, and we've been getting tech jobs for a long time before they came along and will continue to do so long after they go back to retail. So I don't think it's arrogance or complacency that drives a lot of us to be fed up. It's just being fed up. We're tired of getting the run around. We're tired of being dragged all over town for jobs that don't exist. We're tired of being sent on jobs that have nothing to do with us. We're tired of answering 50 questions that are clearly stated in our resumes. The list goes on and on.

What I'm trying to say is, instead of calling me arrogant, why don't you try to see that we've all just come to the end of our rope. We can't stand it anymore. IT recruiters have enjoyed the same freedom that the cert prep folks have. They've taken advantage of an unstable market, and pushed a bunch of untrained recruiters at us who know far less about IT than we do. One recruiter wrote me and said that he was an expert in finding a job and we needed to listen to him. Well, being given a lot of bogus info on HR type questions doesn't make you an expert in IT recruiting, or even in landing a job. And being fed up with it doesn't make us arrogant.

Unfortunately I don't see a way around the process. HR certainly isn't the answer. If you think recruiters are bad, don't even get me started on HR. And I believe I said that I have found a coupld really good ones in my time. There are 2 or 3 that I use again and again because they know IT inside and out, and they know the kinds of questions to ask when they're looking at new resumes. The whole field isn't a wash, it's just the majority. But isn't that the problem with even the DBA field? How many DBAs are actually worth their certs? Like I said before, I've interviewed more DBAs than I can count, and most of them, even with 10+ yrs in the field don't even know the basics. It's pathetic. So why should I expect more from recruiters? I guess I shouldn't. I should just take my lumps and get through the process as best I can.

Anyway guys, unless something comes up, this'll be my last post on this for a while. I am going to go back over the last posts and see if there's anything I said I'd come back to and didn't, but I think we can call this topic more or less wrapped up for now.

Any final comments?

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