A Recruiter’s Nightmare Applicant


Blue Hag Of Winter

Recruiters' nightmare applicant

Job gypsies are a recruiter’s nightmare

I was feeling fine until I went to a seminar featuring a recruiter recently. There the point once again hit like a hammer that job gypsies are a recruiter’s nightmare. I did not even venture to shake the speaker’s hand afterward.

When time is not on your side

Let us sit down face to face with our pot of tea between us and talk about this reality.  Some of us would do well not to fight hard, but to fight smart. This is especially true when barriers such as spotty job histories stare us down in derision at our audacity to dream of victory over them.

We are seeing a groundswell of effort these days–revolts and new laws to push back at companies’ nonsense thinking about the long-term unemployed. People seek to change the rules of the game to make them fair to all the players, not just the dealers. Still, the changes will not reach everyone, especially the hardcore unemployed. Gainful employment for all is not important to corporations and the governments they diddle. Will not the poor always be with us?, they say. To them a certain percentage of unemployment is even acceptable.

The Ancient Mariner and the albatross bound around his neck

Ah, dear. I'll never place this applicant!

Work smart, not hard

Companies pay recruiters to find them the best talent they can get and the qualifiers for “best talent” include tenure of service. There is a pervasive belief that a person who has changed jobs three times in five years is unstable and therefore undesirable for whatever the reason. No recruiter will tie this albatross around their neck.

Some of us, therefore, would do well to go with either self-guidance or a coach and forget about working with recruiters until  work history proves the applicant  a safe bet or the challenge is surmounted another way. In any case, a savvy  job seeker must have a convincing personal answer for the hard questions in this area a recruiter will certainly ask. We are going to talk about alternatives in the weeks to come.

In the springtime of life, in the 20’s, outliving a not-so-great job history has viable odds. However, for an applicant in the harvest time of life, at 35-plus, the odds become friendlier with the house. A mid-career job gypsy’s best bet, then, is to work smart. That means to have great marketing and be very well connected.

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