I love reading “The Top XX things about XX” because sometimes, I find them interesting. So when I went to the article “Five Lies You’ll Hear at Work“, I wanted to see if the list applied to where I work and just to get an idea of author’s thoughts.
Most of the time the author will take the time to make comments about each item in the list to give their own personal opinion or supply research they have done about the item. Then you come across an article like Five Lies You’ll Hear At Work that will give you the list without any other explanation or comment on each item. Why? What’s the point? It is like someone said “Hey, you have not posted today” and so they came up with a list and threw it up on some public site and went about their day.
I am not the best writer, which is why it takes so much for me to blog, but I have learned that if you are going to post something, make it worth your time as well as the reader’s time. Maybe this rant is just me wanting to post something to my blog because my to-do list said to. I will let you decide and I will scratch it off my list for today. *smile*
Being on LinkedIn I always get request from recruiters/headhunters about a job matching my abilities. What I find most of the time is that they have not even viewed my profile. There are a few that will view my profile and the job they are looking to fill does seem to match my current skill set. What I don’t get is when they send you a message about a position and you reply with anything other than you are interested, they will not respond to you again. What happen to the days where you build a relationship with people? I thought that was the whole purpose of LinkedIn.
The reason this topic popped into my mind was a recruiter recently contacted my about a position within my skill set but would require a relocation and to be honest, I am pretty happy in my currently position. I replied with that fact and with the note that I would be more than happy to pass the job opportunity along to other developers I may know. The recruiter followed up after a few days to see if I was able to forward it along and if anyone had any interest. Even after telling this recruiter there was no interest because of the relocation, she still continued to keep an open communication channel. That is something I respect while understanding that they get paid based of placements and really have to make as many contacts as they can. This can make it harder to be personal but the fact that she kept replying to any questions I had has made me make a note to keep in contact if anyone I know is ever in need of work.
So just a quick note to recruiters, a little communication and personal touch will go a long way into building your contacts with skilled workers and maybe lead to more of your positions being filled or maybe even a contact with HR departments in other companies to supply more jobs for your contacts.