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Don't Call Me

Published January 10, 2008 10:30 AM by Toni Patt

Recently I've noticed an increase in the number of calls I've been receiving from recruiters.  Out of curiosity, I started listening to the messages. I like to know which facilities are chronically short staffed and which are suddenly hiring. Besides, there's nothing wrong with comparison shopping. 

Just for the fun of it, I returned some of the calls. Every recruiter was similar to the others.  Everyone wanted a resume before they would tell me anything. They all made references to opportunities in my area but were short on specifics.  No one would even tell me the type of facility or which part of Houston these jobs were located.  After a few calls it became apparent everyone was trying to fill the same openings.  

I could save those recruiters a lot of time if they would listen to me. I can tell them why no one in Houston is interested in those jobs. The first one, just outside of Houston, is actually a little over 150 miles away and would required relocation. I don't care how much the sign on bonus is, I'm not relocating. Apparently no one else is willing to do so since the position is still open. The second is with a company that has a bad reputation in the local PT community. The third is a one-man show in a nursing home in a system that is always trying to hire therapists. 

I asked a few of them about positions I knew were available. No one was willing to call the facilities on my behalf. One told me I was mistaken, that particular facility didn't need anyone. Another told me not to try because the competition was too hard. Every single one of them had a reason to discourage me from being interested. They all had something better they just couldn't tell me about without a resume.   I guess those places don't pay the fees recruiters charge. Or, maybe the recruiters are more interested in making money than helping me get a job I want. 

My favorite was the man who called me on Friday about a position that I was interested in. He was going to set things up for me. By the next Tuesday the position had been filled. Instead he had a position that was only 23 miles away from me. The first one was about 10 miles. He just couldn't understand why I didn't want to drive an hour to work every morning and pay $8.00 in tolls round trip. Coming in second was a company that tried to get me to interview for a position that had already been filled. 

I don't know why recruiters do this.  It is misleading and dishonest. Bait and switch doesn't work in the job market. All it does it make them less believable the next time. All I had to do was ask a few questions to reveal the deception. I'm not saying every physical therapy recruiter does this. I can only speak for the ones I spoke to in the last two weeks. I wonder if these individuals really think I wouldn't figure it out. This kind of thing doesn't help therapists. I'm sure there are many of us out there looking for jobs and getting this very run around. I have a suggestion for those facilities having so much trouble getting staff. Look at yourself and clean up your act. Offer a decent salary and good working conditions. You're not going to have any luck using these recruiters and being dishonest.

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