Are you engaged?
No, I am not asking if you are getting married… I am asking if you are working with an engaged recruiter…. If not, it might explain why you are not getting better results. Please let me elaborate!
You decided to look for a new opportunity, you met a nice recruiter who said she/he had the perfect position, you listened to the job description and it sounded good. They submitted your info that same day, with curious anticipation you wait for that next call, one day, two, then a week goes by and nothing. A few more days, and WHAT THE HELL? Why aren’t they calling you back? Sound familiar? It happens all too often and let me explain why. One of two things have occurred.. One is that the recruiter has not heard back from the hiring manager/ talent acquisition person. Two, they heard that you were not a fit, and moved on to finding another person but didn’t take the time to let you know, after all speed is what matters!
This is very typical in a contingent search scenario. Contingent simply means the recruiter will only be paid a fee, if you get placed (hired) at that company, otherwise it’s zippo for said recruiter if you don’t get picked. That relationship structure rewards speed and volume, not quality and relationships. It’s designed to entice the recruiter into submitting anyone and everyone that walks, talks, or has a key word that resembles what is on the job order. Companies like this arrangement because they feel like they will get more candidates faster by having this type of arrangement with their recruiting vendors. They falsely think the competition with other recruiters will force them to dig deeper, work harder faster to make that placement.
Reality however, is a whole different ballgame. Let me explain… In the scenario above, the hard working professional is not getting called back because the recruiter is only compensated for the people or person the client selects. Therefore, there is little incentive to follow up other than as a professional courtesy. Also, there is no urgency for the client to respond, they are getting many resumes to sort through, most of them not on target, so it will take time for them to provide the requested feedback. Plus, at this point they (the client company) has little to know skin in the game, they have very little incentive to get back to the recruiter, also they are waiting for all those “A” players the recruiters over-promised them to arrive in their inboxes.
A scenario that can be frustrating for all parties! So the recruiter continues to do key word searches on resumes, and the client gets frustrated wondering why all the “A” players they were promised aren’t materializing. Meanwhile, 10 different recruiting firms are banging through as many as people as possible, with different recruiting messages, often to the same professionals, who eventually start to recognize this is the same position that everyone has been calling them about, and starts to wonder what the heck is wrong with both the company and the position that so many recruiters are working on it. Meanwhile, this is doing real damage to the clients brand, which in a small or tight niche, can be a killer. Finally, exhausted and frustrated, the recruiter quickly shifts their focus to the next hot job order that just came in, and soon forgets about this search. Sound familiar?
There is a better way! It’s called Engaged Search (my term). The difference with engaged search vs contingent search is that the recruiter and the company have a vested interest in filling the opening. The recruiter will have primary responsibility in filling the position, and are partners with the client company in filling the role, not just another vendor. The client receives weekly reports updating the status of the search, and the candidates get treated like professionals with timely feedback, interviewing information, and assistance throughout the hiring process. Engaged Search stresses quality vs quantity, with the focus on the clients and candidates brand in the marketplace as well as working as partners. Since going to this model, we have filled all five positions we have been entrusted with, and are working on a sixth. Feedback from the professionals we have worked with has been terrific, good fit or not, they appreciate hearing feedback so they can make an informed decision moving forward.
Make sure to take a minute and ask your recruiter how they are working the search, what is their relationship with the client firm, and how your brand will be handled. Some contingent searches are better than others, so feel comfortable asking “what is your relationship with your client”. This should give you some idea how the process will be handled. Then, make an informed decision on whether it makes sense to be represented by that firm. Remember, your brand is you. You are a corporation of one that is either highly valued, or shopped around. Hope this information helps you make informed decisions.
Cyber Security Recruiters
Okay... believe it or not I have other interests outside of recruiting. One of my passions has always been Home Theater. I was an early adopter when surround sound first came along, I had a patchwork of speakers from this brand and that, as well as a really nice Sony ES receiver that I picked up from AAFES. I loved it, and have been upgrading gear ever since. In fact, I have probably owned every brand of home theater receiver at least once including Sony, Pioneer, Yamaha, Denon, and Onkyo. I also am the proud owner of an Toshiba HD-DVD player, before Blu Ray stole the show (I still think HD-DVD was a better format and should have won). Lately, there just hasn't been much to get jazzed about in the world of home theater. Sure, 4K televisions are cool, and OLED is really impressive (also very expensive) but nothing has been like that first time I heard surround sound in the demo room at one of the big box stores... until now!
Recently while combing through my quarterly issue of Crutchfield, I read about Dolby Atmos. For those of you who don't know, it is a new way Dolby has been producing sound tracks for your favorite movies in the theater, and now they have brought that technology to your home via your home theater receiver. What it does with sound is amazing, I won't go into the technical details, but you will probably have to add a couple of speakers to your existing home theater to get the full effect. I (fortunately) was very lucky to already have the preferred setup (much by accident) and didn't have to upgrade anything other than my HT receiver which I did with the Yamaha RXA-760. At first I wasn't impressed, and couldn't figure out why it didn't say dolby atmos on my display. After some frustration, I figured out the problem,... when you buy a dolby atmos disc, it comes with another regular DVD disc as well, I didn't notice that, and didn't have the correct disc inserted into my B-ray player (oops, rookie!).
There aren't a lot of movies that have dolby atmos encoded yet, so I purchased the new Tarzan movie, hit play, dimmed the lights, and waited to see what happened. Early in the movie there is a scene when Tarzan's dad is about to get jumped by angry gorillas. He is below the tree house and the monkeys are swinging above him making well, monkey jungle sounds. I was instantly hooked, the sound of the jungle all around and above you really is a whole new movie watching experience. You definitely feel like you are in the action, not just watching it. There is another scene where soldiers are firing in all directions in a vain attempt to dissuade their attackers... the bullets fly all around you, it almost feels like you should duck.
Bottom line, it is the best thing to hit home theaters since the very first 5.1 system was displayed at Best Buy. It makes me want to watch my favorite movies over again with the sound cranked (sound proofing your HT is a whole another conversation). If you have a chance, pop into your nearest HT store and hear what you have been missing. I guarantee it will put a smile on your face.
Albert Lerberg was in ND Air National Guard where he served for 8 years. He has also held roles in sales for McLeod USA where he earned numerous sales awards. He has also was a recruiter in the healthcare niche for several years as well as a pharmaceutical sales professional. He started recruiting with Aureus Group where he quickly led the team in gross margin performance. In 2009 he opened Lerberg Group, Inc. which operates under the name Cyber Security Recruiters.