How Talent Lost Members Should Evaluate Job Searching Advice

Recruiter AdviceThe poet and songwriter Gil-Scott Heron once said “Good Advice is Hard to Come By and Bad Advice Surrounds You Constantly”.  That statement has never been more truthful than with job searching advice, for Talent Lost group members.

What you rarely read in any job searching advice is an actionable idea, just creative writing to drive traffic for advertisements.  Most of the advice is way too generalized and in some cases degrading.

Hiring managers only want to see a two page resume or do not put anything on your resume over 15 years, it has no value.  Can you image wiping out 20 years of work history and what you accomplished in your professional career because someone said it is not relevant anymore?  My degree is over 20 years old, should I remove that also from my resume for not being relevant anymore?

It is relevant what you did 20 years ago, and can have peer value.  My friend had an interview where the CIO mentioned they crossed paths before in their careers.  Both worked at Wang Laboratories in the 80’s one worked in NYC and one worked in Dallas Texas.  They not only shared a common bond but also a common professional environment.  While the technical environment is different today, the professional environment with which my friend worked was the same as the hiring manager.

I had another friend interview for a sales job and the hiring manager selected him for review because he worked at the US Chamber of Commerce, over 25 years ago.  The hiring manager mentioned in his previous sales experience how he competed with sales people from the US Chamber of Commerce for donors, again a common bond.

I can see Paul McCartney applying for a song writing job and has to eliminate all the songs he wrote with the Beatles and Wings because independent recruiter’s or HR believe hiring managers don’t feel that experience has any value today, yeah right.

It is not that recruiters are bad, they are great if you find a qualified recruiter however, what If your child recently graduated from college and landed a job as a recruiter would they be able to give you viable advice on what a Hiring Manager wants, I don’t believe they can.  If the same person worked for 3 years right after college would they be able to give you quality advice, the same answer is no they can’t.

In life you only hear what you know, if you do not know something they you cannot possible understand what someone is trying to tell you.  If I obtain a degree in business could I recruit for the medical industry?  I would not know how to interpret what the hiring manager is trying to say.

The only way one would be able to work in the recruitment industry is to use keywords and exact matches.  Knowing how to interpret the job requirements would not be the highest priority.  Find 5 resumes that have a high keyword search and basic heuristic values and then submit to HR or hiring manager, if one works I have a deal.  My goal is to make deals.  To be a successful independent recruiter my best asset is sales skills, the ability to find and secure customers job orders.

That model works for making money in the recruitment industry but is not favorable to Talent Lost members.  We need recruiters who understand our career work and accomplishments.  Before using any advice you read or hear look at the person’s credentials making the statements.  Can you believe they know what they are saying?  Do they have experience in the subject matter?  Are the statements made way to generalized?  If not, then the advice they are giving should be avoided by any Talent Lost group member.

In order for someone to tell you what a hiring manager looks for in an applicant they need to be or have been a manager in the industry they are talking about, who has hired people.  Every industry has their own criteria and generalize statements mean nothing to a Talent Lost group member, that type of advice is a given.