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The Case for “The Desperate Job Hunter”

The Case for “The Desperate Job Hunter”




Employers and agency recruiters often treat certain job hunters as annoying. They aren’t. They are doing something that employers and agency recruiters say they want.


This video is a very simple one. It is about the insanity that you, representing a corporation for job hunters through, or you as an agency recruiter per job hunters through that I think is just goofy. Let me just lay it out for you. Let me use a story for myself.

When I was dating my wife, I had been trained and conditioned in a variety of ways to be an "attentive date." To care for what might be thought, to set up a nice evening for us… You know, be a good date Her response to that was, "Whoa! This is too much for me!"

For you representing the hiring organization or you representing an agency, let's look at the comparable thing . Job hunters have been trained to demonstrate that they are interested in the job. How does a job hunter really do that? Well, they respond to your calls, they send emails, on the interview, they talk about their interest. There are lots of different cues the job hunter were supposed to respond to and demonstrate their interest.

Sometimes, you folks respond to the frequent phone calls of follow-ups (you haven't given any real data. You just tell them that yoga back to them when you're ready to make a decision) and they are supposed to demonstrate continued interest. You basically treat this as an annoyance. Does it really make a lot of sense? Let's think about it. You want job hunters to be interested in your role, but not too interested. You want them to be kind of like my wife.

You want them to say, "(Said robotically) I am interested in the job," and then go away. And you think that's interest. Of course it isn't. And you wouldn't think it was interested they behave that way. They do what they do because the system tells them that they are supposed to show continued interest by following up with phone calls and sending periodic emails in the face of lack of consideration the most of you offer the job hunter. After all, you've led them to believe that you are ready to hire by interviewing them once, twice, 3 times… And then you leave them waiting to become anxious.

Maybe the anxiety is a tactic to make them want to job, but I don't think most of you thinking that way. I think that is the impact of your behavior, leaving them sitting there hoping that it is them that you choose. You leave them waiting for so long, building up their anxiety, so that they always check in to show that they are still interested.

Let's look at the game and how YOU'VE constructed it. For agency recruiters, I know you are the one who is the messenger or non-messenger for your client. I know your client is giving you nothing to really say. After a while it's hard to pick up the phone and say, "Nothing new. Nothing is changed since we spoke last." It's a week later and nothing is changed and the candidates started to lose interest in becoming fearful. They call the next week. "Nothing new." I understand the client is being ridiculous. If you challenge the client, you risk losing them by pissing them off. I get but also understand where the job applicant is coming from.

By the way, you guys create the results that you get. The result is the frequent phone calls. The fact that there is no new information, even if you as a corporate recruiter say to the job hunter, "I know we have gone a little bit longer than we expected. We expect to get this tied up by . . . " Even if that they slips a day or 2, you are okay. You've communicated something.

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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