Questions tagged [recruitment]

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Should I attend a job fair even if I'm not currently looking for a new job?

I was recently sent an invitation to a local job fair. I am always interested to find out what companies are out there and what they are doing, so I am tempted to sign up for it. My thought is that it ...
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Recruiting company demands references [closed]

I was contacted by a recruiting agency about a couple of jobs, but as part of their onboarding process they demanded 4 references, with complete contact information. I told them that I would give them ...
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Unprofessional behavior of H1B recruitment manager; now employer trustworthiness is in question for me?

I am working for an IT consultancy firm in the USA with an H1B visa. They employed me at their client's location. While joining, the recruitment manager told me that I have to share some of the H1B ...
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The etiquette of connecting with recruiters on networking sites

I sometimes get contacted by recruiters on sites such as LinkedIn, asking if I am interested in a job they have available, and they usually want to make a formal connection on the network to share ...
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Is taking too many 6-month contract positions viewed negatively?

Is there a downside about taking too many short-term contract positions? I'm still early in my career (I'm 25) but I've only been in a perm full-time job once for 1.5 years. My other 2 jobs have been ...
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Is it normal to be given a higher salary (contract) than originally offered by a recruiter?

I recently accepted a full time w-2 contract position and have been working on-site for less than a month. When I initially received the first call back from my recruiter before my first interview, ...
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Recruiter said they'd put me forward for a job, but I'm skeptical. When/how should I apply directly?

I was browsing a job listing site and found an anonymous posting for a job I was perfectly qualified for. I applied for the job through the job posting site. Immediately afterwards I googled some of ...
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How to clearly distinguish people and strategic management from account management roles on CV?

I have about two years people and strategic management experience in my specific functional area (bizdev/account management for IT services) plus other years of junior management roles in previous ...
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What advantages does tailoring a resume have over sending out generic resumes?

Note: I am speaking from the perspective of a recent college graduate applying to firms with graduate programs/schemes. I don't know if this makes a difference or not! There are many, different, ...
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Would applying for jobs repeatedly with modified/updated resume annoy recruiters enough to ban the candidates?

I am talking of the situation when the application is rejected at the resume screening stage without human contact, not post interview. In the age of online applications banning would be as simple as ...
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Is it OK to bypass the recruiter when I don't hear from him?

I am working with a recruiter to get an out of state job. The company he found gave me 3 interviews, all with positive feedback. Things were moving pretty quickly, the 3 interviews were within a 2 ...
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How can I politely ask a recruiter of a start-up firm about on-time salary?

I have received an offer from a firm which is more of a start-up nature. Since they are willing to make a good offer I am a lil' apprehensive of the credibility of the same. I continue to wonder ...
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Why do companies fire and hire in parallel? [closed]

I've seen a couple of cases where companies lay off entire divisions because of corporate restructuring, legacy (or older) technology, etc. But at the same time they hire outsiders. Instead of ...
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Is a cover letter really necessary?

With so many posts about recruiters not really having enough time to look at the resume, I was wondering how ( or if ) cover letters really play a significant role in the decision process. How do ...
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Giving health information for health insurance to recruiter?

I am currently using medication for a non-life threatening, but serious physical health condition that can sometimes affect my ability to sleep well and thus affect my productivity. The medication ...
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Why does a my client insist on my incorporation?

I'm a software engineer out of Quebec, Canada. My current contract is going through a headhunting firm. I bill the headhunting firm and they bill the company I'm actually doing work for and take a ...
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How should I follow up (or not) with the recruiter after an internal referral?

I have been thinking about switching careers from a junior role in academia to private sector, and got into contact with a senior guy at a tech company I really like. We had an information interview ...
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Can the terms from a potential employer differ from the terms presented by a recruiter?

Recently, I was contacted by a recruiter for a position. After a lengthy phone conversation in which my technical skills and employment history were discussed, he offered a certain salary range. Once ...
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How to discuss a skill, technology or method on my resume that is superior to the standard one required on the job specs?

Let's say the majority of companies in the industry adopt a specific strategy, technology or method X to achieve their core business targets and it works just fine and is recognized as the industry ...
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would applying a job via linkedIn conflict with headhunter's commission [duplicate]

My headhunter sent me an e-mail saying that there is a job opening at xx company. Later I saw LinkedIn posting it (it was recommended to me "this companies are looking for candidates like you"). ...
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How to ask recruiter to speed the process?

As a soon to be a university graduate, I applied to a position in a large software company. I had interviews in March. Since then, I have been asking the recruiter (this recruiter is an employee of ...
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How to get information out of secretive recruiters?

About six months ago, I quit my job and turned to freelancing. I am content and I have enough work to go by, but don't rule out that I would like to have a day job some time in the future, when the ...
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In salary negotiation, does previous salary matter so much vs achievements and industry value?

I have been applying for a number of similar roles via third party / recruitment agencies and all of them have asked for my current salary - usually among their very first questions. As I wanted to ...
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Should you tell a recruiter what your salary expections are? [duplicate]

When sending a reasonable generic (ie not specific to a particular job) letter to a recruiter, should you mention what your salary expectations are? Or can this be used against you? - (ie recruiter ...
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Recruiter lied to me regarding relocation package

Recently I signed a contract with a new company. The recruiter told me that the firm would offer a relocation package when I had signed the contract. I believed him, signed the contract only to ...
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Is it required to be exact about previous salary when dealing with recruiting agencies?

All jobs I applied for have been through recruiting agencies and all of them are asking for my current/previous salary. It is much much lower than industry average (nearly half) and I don't want that ...
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Getting into the job market as an autodidact [closed]

As a self-guided autodidactic student with a lot of experience as a freelancer, what are the best ways to find a good job? Working on your portfolio such as participating in Google's Summer of Code, ...
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Should I answer personalized job posting emails? [closed]

I've got a few emails recently from recruiters (who I have not met before) about jobs which are related to my skills/fields. For example, one of them get my email address from my github profile (I'm ...
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Should I wait for Recruiter [duplicate]

I recently applied for an internship and was able to set up an initial phone interview with the recruiter. She liked me and said she would set up an interview with the manager of the division that day ...
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Do recruiters have to say where they get their contact info?

I've increasingly been getting recruiter emails at my personal email address, and on occasion even my work address (!). As I've never personally reached out to these people or companies, and I'm not ...
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How should, or shouldn't, I work with a recruiter who asked me to be hush-hush about his former agency?

In the past I've worked with recruiting agency A. Today I was contacted by recruiter B, whom I knew through recruiting agency A but has now left and is now working for recruiting agency C. The ...
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Counterpart of headhunters

What (or who) would provide commercial services to help a job-seeker find a job? That means, is there some kind of inverted headhunter who helps potential employees find companies (and not companies ...
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Am I entitled to the salary in the job advert [closed]

I have been offered a job but the contract shows a different (lower) salary to the advert for the role. What rights do I have to recieve the advertised salary? If I question it, does the employer ...
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Telling recruiters about other offers?

My question is about staffing firms. If one receives an additional offer besides the one the recruiter was able to get, during the "think about it phase", is it a good idea to tell the recruiter about ...
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Why would a company remain confidential before an interview?

I recently got a call from a recruiter who said that he was trying to find a good fit for a company's open position. The recruiter asked me some questions about what I am looking for but said that ...
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Recourse after recruiter has become unresponsive? [duplicate]

A little bit of background: I am currently employed and not actively seeking new employment. I generally ignore most recruiters seeking to have me interview for those "perfect fit" positions. This ...
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Does the external recruiter have to honor workplace communication policies when communicating with job candidates?

A an executive recruiter contacted me about a potential opportunity with a client of theirs. After general 'initial' screening, I was asked to complete a lengthy document answering questions as 'prep'...
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Is it common for a recruiter to lock you in so you cannot apply to companies that they work for?

I am completely new to working with recruiters. A recruiter for a big agency found this job for me which I am interested in. She wants me to sign some paperwork making me an employee of this ...
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Redundant position refilled

The company I worked for in the hospitality sector was taken over and I worked for the new owners for 3 months until the premises closed for refurbishment. On the last day I was informed my position ...
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Using recruiters in a jobsearch or not? [closed]

While looking for a new job, is it a good idea to have a third party between you and the company you are going to work at? In my opinion, the biggest advantage of using a recruiter is that he already ...
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Value of using a 3rd party recruiter's candidates, for employer

Recently I was conducting a job search and working with a recruiter I know, who submits my resume+credentials to various companies we discuss. Some of these companies are small, such that I'd never ...
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Recruiter contacts me, but then says I am not a match?

I'm curious about the reasoning behind this kind of habit. I've been contacted first by two recruiters, who seemed very interested and it appears they have a position that matches well. But then after ...
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Recruiter fell through, can/should I approach the company directly?

A recruiter contacted me on behalf of Company X. Company X was very interested in contacting me, and an interview was set up. Just before the interview, I was told an emergency came up with Company X, ...
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Is it possible to bypass a recruiter that once introduced you to a firm? [duplicate]

So 2.5 years ago while I was still attending university I was once contacted by a recruiter, who later introduced me to a firm (firm A) where I had a interview but I didn't take the job at the time (I ...
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Typo in a resume? [closed]

I am a graduating student in college and I recently started hunting for internship jobs as part of our university's academic requirements. I am currently looking for Internships related with IT ...
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Is it unprofessional to have a headhunter come to my current place of employment to talk with me? [closed]

I had a headhunter find me on LinkedIn, where I "build" my professional network, but he offered to come by my current place of employment to introduce himself and give me his spiel. Is this ...
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What should I do when my dream company is interested in me before my skills are developed?

There is a company I adore and working there would be my dream job. My plan was to continue working on my programming skills (which are currently underdeveloped) and then start contributing to this ...
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If I plan on staying at my job, should I approach my boss about being recruited by competitors?

I am very happy at my current job and do not plan on leaving it. In the past month I have been approached by two in-house recruiters working for two of our competitors asking me to interview with them....
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How to get an employer / recruiter to consider you for a role where you are lacking some of the key or desirable skills required? [duplicate]

I was a .NET programmer in a sole developer capacity for nearly eight years until i got made redundant due to a downturn in sales at the company. While at the firm i specialised in VB.NET, WinForms, ...
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Submitted Rate On Contract Position

My recruiter will submit my resume to a potential position with a rate to the hiring manager. If an offer is in place is it a good idea to renegotiate on the rate even though an initial rate was ...