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Finding the Firm That is Hiring | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 591 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to find out the name of the company that is hiring for that job when the Recruiter drops the ball. The audio has a “screw up” where there is a gap between the intro music and the show. Skip ahead, please.


I spent two thirds of my life as a recruiter. So talking about this, I will never suggest that you go around the recruiter because there are a lot of advantages that come with working with the search firm. But, if a recruiter drops the ball and you disagree with their opinion or action, I am offering a way to get at the hiring firm so that in this way, you have a chance to present yourself.

I want to help solve the puzzle that some of you have about finding a hiring firm. Here's a situation that happened to someone that I knew. I was coaching him and this happened a few years ago.

He saw a listing from a recruiter, contacted the person, but they didn't get back to him for 3 or 4 days. Even though they said they would get back to him the next morning. He called. No response. He called. No response. You really thought he fit the job. He asked me for advice. Here's what you do.

Sometimes, recruiters are little bit lazy. So they will copy and paste job descriptions and turn them into ads.. Why don't you do a Google search, taking some lines out of the job description and see if you can find the position. Sometimes a recruiter will change a few words in the description so you will start off with a broad statement, maybe in the 2nd sentence, or the 3rd sentence, not necessarily the 1st. You look at the requirements of the job and work with 2 or 3 bullet points. ESPECIALLY if there is lengthy text there. Enter into Google and see if something turns up for you.

You can try Indeed or SimplyHired and try the same thing but start with Google. That's what happened for this person. They were able to find the position and apply for the job (the firm didn't hire him). The recruiters judgment was correct. He wasn't really a fit.

However, if you believe you are and want to do this, this is the simplest way to find the firm involved . I see if you can find a third-party recruiter that is sufficiently lazy that they copy and pasted the job description that you can find it.

Remember, there is always the advantage of working through the recruiter. I want to be clear about that. If you can work through her recruiter, you are advantaged, the firm is advantaged, and there are lots of benefits to it for you, including (1) they are going to handle scheduling, (2) they are going to be the ones hocking the employer to see you, (3) they are going to be negotiating,. After all, they know the rough edges and have a relationship with the client. They can speak to those rough edges and handle them for you. There are lots of advantages to working with a recruiter.

However, if for some reason they dropped the ball, where they make a judgment that you disagree with, this is the way to find out about the job so you can apply directly.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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