A reader writes:
Why are recruiters idiots, he asks in absolute frustration?
I talked to a recruiter today that didn't let me continue the application process or talk to me after learning I didn't have a specific experience on my resume. I'm a programmer, and this is experience that A) is not coding and B) is similar to other experience on my resume. It would be like me putting WordPress on my resume and the recruiter saying, "Well, I don't see MovableType on here so, I'm sorry, but..."
Granted this all means I'm glad I don't work there. Still, how does it get to this? Why do recruiters insist on falling back to cookie cutter molds for the people they are looking for?
People looking for a job are people. They have different experiences, knowledge sets, ways of learning. I have never understood why one specific thing should make or break an application process. Find out what the person is like from the resume and by talking to them, not by a word search.
Well, you're talking about some recruiters, not all. And yes, some aren't good at their jobs, just like you'll find people who aren't good at their jobs in every profession.
This is why I think it's good to talk to the hiring manager whenever possible; HR people and recruiters don't always fully understand what the hiring manager is looking for. The good ones do -- but again, they're not all good. (The hiring managers aren't always good either, of course -- but at least then you're cutting out the middle man.)
You can try to educate the person by explaining that the experience she's looking for has the same foundation as your experience in ___, and it's possible that might work. But it's also possible that she might be the kind of person who won't or can't think outside the checklist she's working off of.
On the other hand, it's also possible that they really do have a good reason for requiring some very specific skill or experience that you can't see from the outside.
But really, think about how much incompetence you see in daily life. It's everywhere. I suspect the rate of incompetence among recruiters is no more or no less than in any other profession. It's just more frustrating when the person in question is someone who has your career in their hands (understandably).
I'm sure that cheered you up.