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Wed May 31, 2017, 02:41 PM

I'm a head hunter

Just discovered this group. I would be glad to offer advice to anyone. If I do say so, after 20+ years in this biz (most of it my own company), I'm an expert at interview preparation and follow up, putting together a resume, etc.

However, I don't find jobs for people. I find people for jobs, specializing in pharmaceutical, medical device, engineering, and manufacturing.

Post here, or email me, but might be useful for other people to read.

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Reply I'm a head hunter (Original post)
Bayard May 2017 OP
rzemanfl May 2017 #1
Jacquette May 2017 #4
Duppers Nov 2017 #15
rzemanfl Nov 2017 #16
drray23 May 2017 #2
jehop61 May 2017 #3
mercuryblues May 2017 #5
denverbill May 2017 #6
Bayard May 2017 #7
Duppers May 2017 #8
Bayard May 2017 #12
renate May 2017 #9
liberal N proud May 2017 #10
Bayard May 2017 #11
Dream Girl Jun 2017 #13
Bayard Jun 2017 #14

Response to Bayard (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 02:44 PM

1. Ask Kathy Griffin how that's worked out for her. n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #1)

Wed May 31, 2017, 02:48 PM

4. Lol Ikr!! Thought this was in reference to

 

my secret drea...uh..K. Griffin's little stunt. You do that on purpose OP? Tres slick...

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 01:45 AM

15. 😤 not cool

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Response to Duppers (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 08:23 AM

16. Six months later you tell me this? In what for me was the middle of the night? n/t

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 02:44 PM

2. I am curious about the success rate

for candidates that you carefully select and help with crafting their resume. How much more effective is it compared to not benefiting from professional advice when looking for job?




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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 02:48 PM

3. This is a site

For political though. Not a forum for private business. Will alert managers

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Response to jehop61 (Reply #3)

Wed May 31, 2017, 02:50 PM

5. And this is the

Career Help and Advice forum.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 04:56 PM

6. Can I point you to a thread?

This is a DU'er who might be interested in your help. Saw the thread just the other day. You might try mailing him.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029108451


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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 04:58 PM

7. Whoa, whoa, WHOA!

I'm not selling anything! For heaven sakes! As I said, I get paid by client companies in specific industries, not regular people. I came across this site and thought I might be able to help some DU'ers with my experience. I've done it before.

Forget I asked.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #7)

Wed May 31, 2017, 05:34 PM

8. It's okay. Thread not locked. 😉

Apparently whoever complained does not understand how things work or your altruistic motivation.


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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Wed May 31, 2017, 08:46 PM

12. Thank you my friend!

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 06:57 PM

9. you're very kind!

Thanks so much for the generous offer of your expertise!

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Wed May 31, 2017, 07:33 PM

10. I have been out of work for 9 months!

After 33 years in Engineering, the last 17 as a CAD Manager. I have spoken to dozens of headhunters, all of the tell me my resume is great, my experience is outstanding and they all have a position they would like to place me. Then nothing!

I have applied to positions through headhunters only to have them tell me that either the job doesn't pay what I was getting or I am over qualified. I haven't made anything for the last 9 months so wouldn't anything be better than nothing? How do I get past that?

I have a LinkedIn account, it gets some visibility and some contacts, then nothing.

On the up side I have an interview on Thursday for a great company. It is 3-1/2 hours long.

My career was 16 years in engineering in a manufacturing facility before moving to the RD&E facilities to support global engineering for a consumer products company. 33 years and going great until they eliminated the central engineering group.

My wife took a transfer after my position was eliminated, so if you have any leads in Savannah Georgia area, I would greatly appreciate the help.



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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #10)

Wed May 31, 2017, 08:44 PM

11. That's very frustrating

Can't tell you how many people I've talked to with similar situations. The days when someone worked most of their career for one company and happily retired are long gone, I'm afraid.

I understand that its also frustrating to not get feedback from other recruiters. I always try to respond to people, even if I can't do anything for them. Professional courtesy.

Again though, I don't find jobs for people. That's the old fashioned employment agency. I recruit candidates for specific jobs, and our client companies pay our fees for a successful placement with them. So the best way I could help you is if you email me, I can certainly forward you my regular interview preparation material. Very glad to hear of your upcoming interview! I don't say good luck, because luck has nothing to do with it. I say--Knock them dead!

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Response to Bayard (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 06:56 PM

13. I guess the big issue is age discrimination. I was unemployed for over a year and finally at age

 

55 was able to secure a decent job at close to what I was making. I'm in the Bay Area and there are tons of openings posted on likedinfor jobs I am well qualified for at significantly higher pay than I'm making. I've submitted multiple times and no bites. Is there a way to overcome age bias? How do I get found by headhunters?

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #13)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:59 AM

14. Handling Age Bias

Obviously age bias is illegal, along with sexual orientation, race, religion, and so on. But it still exists. Your best bet is to apply to larger companies that are more closely scrutinized, where there can't be a whiff of bias, as opposed to smaller ones that are more likely to get away with it. Its hard to say without knowing what you do, but if you could take classes for hard to find skills in your field, you are much more marketable. Skills that are in high demand no matter how old you are, such as certain software that is relevant to your work. Don't put things on your resume that don't pertain to the job you're applying for, such as a stint where you were dog catcher or worked at Walmart. Cut your resume off at 20 years of past employment, but under that state, "Additional experience and references upon request". If you had a stint of unemployment, put what you did in that time to stay active, such as pursuing more education. You don't want to look like you were busy at nothing.

Code for age bias are things like, "looking for an up and comer", "2 to 5 years experience", etc. Don't waste your time.

Finally, don't wallpaper your resume all over town. Nothing is more aggravating for a recruiter than to hear you've done that, which precludes them from talking to their client company about you. If they have a good relationship with their client company, they can make a presentation, submit you directly and make sure you get noticed, rather than your resume going into a black hole. Pick one or two good ones that seem genuinely interested in you, and have good reputations. I don't do candidate marketing anymore, so one of my specialties is going after people that aren't actually looking to change positions. The main place I find people like that is LinkedIn. Last time I looked, I had 7,000+ first connections on there, and that's where I start looking first. Be sure to put in specific words that will pull your profile up in a search. Skills such as mechanical engineering, MRP, aseptic processing. Be specific. There's a million project managers out there for instance, and a recruiter is not going to search thru all those. They're going to narrow it down to project managers with specific experience.

Hope that helps.

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