Actually, many companies loathe
recruiters. I don't know of a single one who has granted any recruiter an exclusive contract. (And, for Pete's sake, why should they?!)
I have been on both sides of that hiring desk. I have been obliged to be polite to one recruiter after another who handed a sheaf of fancifully formatted but otherwise identical resumes to me. I admit, candidly now, that I never looked at any
of their offerings ... because there were just too many of them. A hundred pieces of paper; a hundred hopefuls; and more tomorrow. A very good chance that the same resume will show up simultaneously in three different stacks. I didn't have time
to troll through all that ... any more than you
have time to troll through the contents of your "junk" e-mail folder!
Therefore, I looked only at the very small number of resumes that came in directly
through the company's web site. And ...
... when a letter
showed up in the company mail, that was addressed to me by name and that contained a resume in it ...
... I ripped open that
Every salesman with any experience at all will tell you the same thing: you have to cause
"a meaningful sale" to happen. You have to accomplish that by truly understanding what "a person like me" actually needs, and
by recognizing what obstacles (e.g. "a hopeless(!!) slush-pile of unsolicited resumes") stand in the way of both
Every salesman will tell you: know your customer.
Every salesman will also tell you that theirs is
a very legitimate, and what is more, very necessary
business function. Willy Loman
aside... they are 100% right.
"I've looked at love from both sides now
," and believe me, it ain't pretty.
Trust me: put yourself in the pragmatic shoes of the hiring manager, and seriously help him or her out, and you will
significantly improve your odds. Because, that person really does need to hire someone ... "yesterday, please."