If like me you’re looking for a job, you’re probably signed up to receiving emails for specific keyword searches from Seek and the Victorian government employment site, and you’re browsing jobs listed on Linkedin and other sites. Many of the jobs listed in Seek are short term contract roles.
When you see one of these jobs listed you apply for it and, most of the time, you never hear back from the recruitment agency listing it. This is because the staff in these agencies are morons who are intellectually incapable of comparing your CV to the requirements of the roles they advertise and determining if you are a suitable match for a role.
As a job seeker you’re further stymied when you see what you assume to be the same role advertised by multiple agencies, sometimes with a different title and/or slightly different wording. You can’t know if one agency is the preferred recruiter for an employer, so you don’t know which one to target. You also can’t know for sure if it is the same role or not, so you have no choice but to send your application in to every agency advertising the role.
This wastes a lot of an applicant’s time. You may feel very productive having sent in four applications, but then you realise you have really only applied for one job. If you hear back from any of the agencies, you wonder why one of their employees responded when the others didn’t, when looking at identical CVs. There’s no logic to it.
Here are four advertisements for what I believe is the same role, and I learned from one agency who the client was. The skills required include knowledge of Sharepoint 2007, HTML, Photoshop, MS Office and Google Analytics. One asks for Adobe Suite not just Photoshop. Two add ‘Senior’ to the job title. One replaces ‘Adviser’ with ‘Advisor’. Now that’s value adding.
I wonder how such employers feel about having the copy of their ads rewritten and altered by agencies, and about potential employees being mislead and having their time wasted having to apply multiple times for the same role. I suppose they simply don’t care how badly the agencies tread prospective staff on their behalf.
In one case the contract term is two months, but in the other three it is three months. The hourly rate varies from $33ph to $55ph. From my point of view, it was a shame I heard back from the agency offering $36ph for this role, not the one offering $55ph.
As an applicant, I have no idea initially who the employer is, or whether I will be employed by the employer or by the agency. I wonder if the $33 or $36 ph is what the agency would pay me, with the difference between that and $55ph what the agency would collect for renting me to the employer. Perhaps the $55ph is the real rate from the employer, and the agency advertising that would get simply a flat finder’s fee for introducing me to the employer.
I really have no idea. As a job applicant, I’d like to know exactly how this dysfunctional incompetent recruitment industry functions. Because I’d like to smash it wide open. I want employers to see the impact of outsourcing their incompetence to others. The result is that they are often not having the best candidates shortlisted for them because the applicants’ CVs are not getting through the moron filter.