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Re: Are headhunters really that stupid? SockForToday March 26, 2012 02:17 pm
"I find it hard to believe they are still in business. I don't believe there is any need to pay someone to find a candidate to fill a lawyer spot in this economy."

I was laid off recently, and I've found that no one is paying to use a HH. Even tiny companies are just posting the positions on their web sites, with little or no effort at wider dissemination. This puts people like me in the position of having to check company websites every week, to see if there are new positions. And yea, I've got a list of 100+ hyperlinks that I click EACH WEEK. Greeeeaaat use of my time. I'm very close to concluding that it would be easier to start my own firm.

"But I think some HR people are too lazy to really vet attorneys, so the hiring managers probably rely on HH to create a pool of qualified candidates."

It's actually worse than that. Most companies (even smallish ones) require applicants to use an online portal for submitting their resume. This portal sends the resume through word recognition software for comparison against a list of desired words. If the desired words don't appear in the resume, A HUMAN DOESN'T EVEN SEE IT. Add to this that there's an HR peon (remember: "neither Human nor Resourceful") making up the word list, and I think you can start to see the problems.

No, I am not making this up. It's positively Orwellian.

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