7 Ways Public Speaking Can Help Your Career

Guess what? The world’s number one fear is not spiders, global warming, nuclear war, space invaders, or even death. It is in fact public speaking. Surveys keep confirming that presentation skills are vital to success in business and life, yet the idea of it somehow fills us with terror. If you can become that person…


Top 5 Job Search Aggregators for a Smarter Job Hunt

Some swear by them, some say they are a waste of time. Love them or loathe them, job boards is the natural first port of call for most job seekers. They are great for putting your finger on the job market pulse and to get an idea of what is out there. Too many job…


Interview Tip: Don’t Give Answers, Tell Stories

Before a big interview, most people will spend time to prepare answers for likely interview questions. This is useful and can get you prepared for the basics. The trouble is that the interviewer is not looking for answers that are already on your resume, they want to hear something that adds to it. You have…


How Blogging Will Boost Your Career

What better way to beam out your personal brand than to start a blog? More and more people are setting up blogs and the trend is not going to wane. Some career experts argue a blog is a prerequisite for a successful career, I am not fully convinced of that but I would certainly recommend…

Talent Acquisition Timebound

NEWSFLASH: Recruiters Are Sales People

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Most people don’t realize that a recruiter is not actually working on behalf of them, they are working for their client. Recruiters are sales people and they achieve their targets by placing people in to jobs. Placing people means placing anyone, not you in particular – the commission check will look exactly the same no matter who gets placed.
Do they have mood swings?
One day your best friend, the next day they won’t speak to you. The recruiter can certainly seem like a great friend as long as you are what they are looking for and you are interested in changing jobs. If you are not right or you are not ready to move, you will experience not getting call backs and no email replies. Their interest in you dwindles very rapidly and your ‘friendship’ is out the window before you can spell the word fairweathered.
You gets what you pays for
You don’t pay for the service of being recruited and therefore you cannot expect the recruiter to be loyal to you. If you wanted an agent working on your behalf, the money would have to come out of your pocket – just like celebrities do it. You don’t pay a penny to get recruited, you are simply the product that gets delivered. The employer foots the entire bill so if anywhere, this is where the recruiter is friendly – to their client.
So they must be an evil bunch then?
Recruiters aren’t bad people (apart from the
Sales people in other industries are just the same, a car dealer has no time for a person that isn’t serious about buying a car. You will get a few brochures and they will swiftly move across the sales floor to hone in whoever is going to buy. The same thing goes for real estate agents, who you first have to convince you are serious about buying before they show you any houses. A lot of professions fall into this bracket, mainly because the commission structure really incentivizes closing a sale and not nurturing interest and new prospects.
So they aren’t loyal friends, what should I do?
Play the game just like they do. They aren’t loyal friends so you don’t have to either. Work with a number of recruiters, no one recruiter was ever going to have all good jobs to offer you. They will have each have signed agreements with a small number of clients that they work with. So by casting your net wider, you are helping yourself and your career. Don’t worry about letting anybody down, your career comes first.
But I have a great relationship with a recruiter
If you do have a good relationship with a recruiter, can you say why it’s good? I would venture to say that it is because you both bring something in to it. This can be the recruiter giving you heads up on new roles, and you giving the recruiter referrals, industry gossip and insider company information. You can have a fruitful relationship with a recruiter but only as long as you both have something to offer.
What do you think, do you have recruiter friends? Share your experiences in the comments.

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Talent Acquisition Workplace

How to Get Cracking on Your Personal Brand

Unless you have lived in a cave for a couple of years, you have heard about it. Personal branding is basically promoting your own name in your field, or personal marketing if you will. Look around you and you will see people with great brands. Politicians are masters at personal branding (and pretty good at…

Timebound Workplace

The Ultimate Java Online Job Search Guide

This resource page contains the best online resources for furthering your career within the Java job world.

The Biggest LinkedIn Groups:

  • Java Developers – a global group with 26,000 members
  • [url=]Java EE Professionals – just south of 18,000 members, plenty of recruiters
  • [url=″>J Architect – almost 13,000 members

The Biggest Twitter Lists:

  • On Java – Some interesting follows for the Java enthusiasts
  • Java Twitter Group – large group with Java industry experts
  • [url=”>Java Tweeple of India – list for Java folks in India



  • Java Blogs – aggregates posts from other Java blogs
  • [url=”>Javablog – development focused blog in the UK



  • Modis – big IT recruitment firm operating across North America and Europe,
    currently listing just under a hundred Java positions

The Job Boards Listing the Most Java Jobs


  • Monster – world’s largest job board, localized versions in most countries, the American version currently has over 5,000 Java jobs posted
  • – aggregates other job boards, also has localized across the world and claims to have 61,000 Java jobs
  • [url=”>Dice – the biggest IT job board in North America, 9,900 Java jobs listed
  • [url=”>Careerbuilder – the largest online job site in the US, 5,400 Java jobs listed

Please let me know if you have additions to this list!


How to Write a Resume That Gets You the Interview

Before you begin writing your resume, take some time for introspection, and determine why you are writing this in the first place. Where are you heading, what is the plan, what is the best job for you, who will read the resume, how will you get an interview from it? An effective resume will sell…

Employer Branding Talent Acquisition Timebound

Hiring Winds Blowing toward Referrals and Networking

How are the bad economic times affecting the way employers hire staff? There are a few clear trends that we can see and I have decided to look at the five main ways of hiring people; adverts, recruiters, internal recruiters, networking and referral schemes to see what’s hot and what’s not. Here we go: Advertising…