So once again I am faced with the nightmare process for finding a contract....70% fishing calls, permy roles that agents are struggling to fill, roles clearly not in the locations specified on my CV, etc etc you know the drill....same old conversation repeated over and over again everyday potentially for months
I have an idea to potentially alleviate these issues and would be interested to get some views or suggestions...or has anyone done or heard of a contractor doing something like this? ...:-
Leave a message on the pay as you go "job search mobile" directing agents to my linked in profile where the top post has a short transcript of the basic questions repeated over and over. Reassure the agent that you are seriously in the market and that you are doing this to prevent them wasting their time.
The transcript would go a little something like this :-
"Two references?" ...
Available upon/after interview confirmation (but nothing to stop you contacting HR depts in the meantime).
No names of previous managers will be given untill interview stage is confirmed.
Explain firmly that there is no compromise on this.
"Describe your tasks and responsibilities on the last two projects you worked on" ...
"What are you looking for in your next project in terms of skills, experience, and responsibilities?"
"What are you looking for in your next project in terms of Company/Project size, ethos, working environment etc ?"
"What are the locations you are willing to work in?"
"What is your rate?"
Describe previous project rate and or lower/upper limit. If the project role on offer is in the target range then we are more likely to take things further.
At the bottom of the transcript provide a link to a free online booking service to schedule a call if the role is a good fit considering the above. Explain to the agent here that this is to avoid time wasting and missed calls. the agent will know that when they call it WILL be answered which gives them an incentive to make the effort to book the call and is also a more professional approach. Explain also that ideally the conversation should start with a brief description of the specific role they are working to fill.