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

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.



I want to help solve the puzzle that some of you have about finding a hiring firm.  There is a situation that happened to someone I knew.  It was in my coaching program and this happened to him several years ago.  He saw a listing from a recruiter, contacted the person the person did not get back to him for 3 or 4 days, even though they said they were getting them the next morning.  He called. No response.  He did it twice more, without response.  He really felt he fit the job and asked me for advice.

I said, “Here is what you do.  Sometimes, recruiters are a 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, the recruiter will change a few of the words so try to start off with a broad sentence, like the 2nd or 3rd sentence, not necessarily the 1st.  You try to look at the requirements of the job and take 2 or 3 bullet points, especially if there is lengthy text. There. That entered into Google and see if it turns up something for you.

You can try the same thing with indeed but start with Google as your 1st choice.

What happened for this person is that they were able to find the position and apply for the job and the firm did not hire him!  The recruiters judgment was correct.  He wasn’t really a fit.  However, if you really believe you are and you want to do this, this is the simplest way to get in touch with the firm. See if you can find the third-party recruiter who is sufficiently lazy that all they did was copy and paste the job description and then you can find.

There’s always the advantage of working through the third-party recruiter.  And I want to be clear about this.  If you can work through the recruiter, you are advantaged. The firm is advantaged… There are lots of advantages for you, including the fact that they are handling all the scheduling for you, they are going to be the ones hocking or pushing the client to see you, they’re going to be negotiating and know the rough edges because I have a relationship with the client and speak to those rough edges and overcome the issues. There are lots of advantages of working with a recruiter.

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


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