Ever wonder what recruiters think of you?

I came across a great article by Sarah Needleman of the Wall Street Journal that had me completely entertained. If you’ve followed my blog over the last 6 months you’ll recall that I like trying to decipher “the recruiter” and explore the relationship between the job seeker and the recruiter.

Sarah wrote a great article on something that I hadn’t really considered, although there are a few recruiters that immediately come to mind when I read through this list (I’ll mention no names ;)). I’ll give you the skeleton here, take a few minutes and read her entire article – especially if you are working with a recruiter now! I swear its worth the time to read this ๐Ÿ™‚

A Job Seeker’s Guide to Recruiter Code Words

  • TMI (Too Much Information)
  • FD (Factual Discrepency)
  • Search Virgin
  • NonCom
  • PP (poor presentation)
  • รขโ€ โ€œ Sizzle
  • Serial Networker
  • Mortician
  • WD (walking description)
  • Purple Squirrel

So what best describes you (read the article for full descriptions)? Once you figure it out shoot your recruiter an e-mail and ask them where you fit (they’ll probably lie to you if you are a mortician, FD, PP, noncom, etc.).

Recruiters, is it true? Are we indeed stereotyped into these cute little tags?

3 thoughts on “Ever wonder what recruiters think of you?”

  1. You know Carl, I expected you to reply this way – I figure that the recruiters that work out of their home don’t get time to use this kind of terminology….

    I ain’t no recruiter so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about, but I figure if anyone totally disagrees with the terms they can e-mail Sarah ๐Ÿ˜‰

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