Here is a new trend. Actually it’s an old one but it wasn’t as common then as it is now. You get all your recruiters a job board license and tell them to fetch some active candidates and they come back with nothing. Recruiting managers are baffled. How can so many recruiters not-find-a-single-resume-from-all-the-paid-job-boards? Well…that’s because all the active candidates on the job boards are 3rd party resumes. In fact, it’s so bad now these staffing companies have gone to putting up old resumes without phone numbers and a “temporary” email address.
If you’re a recruiter that has access to expensive job boards, then you know how frustrating it is to keep constantly getting 3rd party candidates and to add to the problem, if you email the candidate you are guaranteed to get on their spam list of “available candidates”.
These agencies have come up with some creative names similar sounding famous people to grab your attention. Names like Brad Putt, Tom Banks, and I even saw Tim TeHaw.
Here is my advice. Never email them. Just call them first. If you decide to leave a message, then don’t leave your full name or your company name.
I hope that enough recruiters will complain to their account reps about this blatant bait and switch tactic. In fact, I think the future job boards will be destroyed if they don’t act quick enough. Most of your high skilled professionals are starting to avoid job boards because of all the crap they get called or emailed with. Same thing for the recruiters too, we are getting tired of all these 3rd party resumes. The job boards have recently turned a blind eye to these imposter resumes because it adds to their resume volume. It’s a very bad path that is hard to turn back from unless something is done soon.