If you're a regular reader you will know that my opinion of the recruitment industry is pretty low.
I just received a phone call from a young Indian lad at Petermps. You know things aren't going to go well, when their first question is how are you today ?
When he got to the point, he wanted me to go to a local branch of Pertemps for a general chat to see what they might have to offer.
I've met with Pertemps before. They sat me down at a computer and gave me a typing test.
Possibly as a mid- fifties man looking for work in quality control, my typing speed must have been an issue, because I never heard from that branch again.
I maintained a firm politeness with the lad, because he wasn't pushy, but I became tired of the conversation when he then asked me if I preferred an am or pm appointment, heving been told already that I was not interested in spending / wasting time going to an appointment where nothing specific was on the agenda. I used an analogy to help him understand, if I go to Tesco, I expect to come home with a bag of groceries, I don't go just for a look round.
Poor kid was probably being trained up and recorded for a performance review, so my cutting him dead will fail him in his objection handling test, but I do indeed object to being fucked about.
I really would like to chew Petemps out, but it would be just a waste of time, because that's the business they are in, wasting people's time. they will happily have you running about after employment you've no chance of getting or in this case attending appointments with no specific objective.
They have your cv and they have a list of jobs they have all sorts of software. Can't one of them match skills to employer's needs ?
And let's not have the "put the face to the name" bollocks. You will never establish a working relationship with a recruitment specialist (I use that term jokingly).
I was naive enough to believe that of some tart called Claire (at another agency). Tried to engage in a discussion with her having been called over to her office so she could photocopy my passport. She photocopied it, I never heard from her again.
Recently saw her Linkedin profile and had a good laugh at that, recruitment professional indeed.
I know at 57 I present a challenge to the recruitment industry, but how many times do you hear those motivational types say when the going gets tough, the tough get going ?
No, just ring around and do a bit of canvassing, find some more mud for your bucket. Fucking wastrels.
Open challenge: If you're in the recruitment business and want to make me eat my words, get in touch, we can have a chat about it. Yours - not holding breath etc...