A reader supplied this articles, on knowledgeable recruiters, in reply to one of our articles.
Their knowedge of the product or service that they are selling, i.e. IT Contractors, doesn’t impress him.
See if you agree with him.
Recruiters Know Little of the IT Industry
Any IT professional who has dealt with agencies should realise that they know little about the industry and it truly is a children’s puzzle to them of matching words in the CV to the requirement.
So the sort of thing that happens is that there is a requirement is for an Oracle developer and you send your glowing CV with your vast experience of Oracle development but don’t mention SQL as you think it is blindingly obvious.
So they reject the CV.
Insight Into How IT Recruiters Work
We may joke about IT recruiters but at least this article gives us some insight into how they work.
I don’t think it is practical to rewrite your CV every time you submit it (which could be several times a day). However, it is worth checking that all the requirements are on the front page.
By the way, on the subject of graduates, the best analyst/programmers I have known have not been graduates. A 2.1 is no substitute for aptitude.
It’s just a shame that there are not so many direct contracts.
IT Contractor Comment
I’ve worked with some very good and knowedgeable recruiters. See Justin Broadbent for example.
However, I have also come across many recruiters who just don’t have a clue about what they are actually selling.
As the reader abve says, when a requirement comes up many of them just do a straight match.
Becasue of their lack of knowledge of what they are selling, having SQL is just as important as having Oracle.
And they’ll exclude contractors who are top class at Oracle but haven’t bohtered to put SQL on their CV.
Of course, recruiters believe that they are not to blame.
What do other people think?