Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Learn from recruiter blogs

For a different perspective on the job search, you can read what recruiters are telling each other.

Recruiting.com and ERE Blog Central are community blog portals with contributions from lots of blogging recruiters. You can read about recruiting as an industry, hiring trends, and—my painful favorite—stupid candidate tricks. Because so many recruiters contribute to the site, it's a great source. Watch who posts, and you may get useful leads for your search. You'll certainly get links to other sites that might be on target for you.

Recruiters do realize that jobseekers are reading their blogs, of course. Wired & Hired is Talent Zoo's response: a blog for candidates by recruiters.

If you're really lucky, you may even find a blogging recruiter at a company you're interested in. The most famous examples are Microsoft recruiters' blogs on marketing and technical recruiting.

Recruiting and the job search shouldn't be an adversarial process, but it too often feels that way. Reading recruiter blogs can give you a valuable insight into the person on the other end of that call.

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