I’ve been debating with myself whether to blog about this or not, but I find the situation so strange I hope to hear your points of this.
Some time ago I had an exchange with a company which I can only describe as a kind of outsourcing service. Only they don’t describe themselves like that. According to them their services is in the cross-roads of head-hunting and recruitment. On their website they say the place C-level executives and senior professionals and that you as subscriber get access to a vast network across different industries. Fair enough.
As I believe I have a CV that might be of interest for a future employee I sent them a mail saying I was interested in learning more. In return I got an e-mail saying that they hadn’t found me qualified so Thanks but No thanks. I queried why I wasn’t considered a worthy candidate. On their website they listed my as competencies currently sought after by their customers. The company came back saying my salary level was too low. No problem there, I’m fine with the idea of earning more. So, I resubmitted my CV, this time with a higher salary level. In the CV itself I hadn’t as much as changed a comma. This time around my CV was considered as interesting.
In fact they came back with returning e-mail and they couldn’t express exactly how valuable my background was for them. Odd, isn’t it? The same CV, the same person. Just added a “1” before my salary and suddenly I was the best candidate possible.
And they charge a steep fee for their services as well. Only I don’t really know what I would pay for. There isn’t really anyone that can “get” you a job is there? Admittedly it is simpler if you are well-connected. And to pay for services doesn’t bother me either, although in my mind services like these are paid for by the companies not the candidates. However, nothing of this is really the reason for why I feel uncomfortable, it is the fact that the same CV that was considered as unsuitable suddenly became suitable just after reviewing the salary.
If a recruiter could help me out – is this normal practise or don’t I understand the service offer?