29 October 2012
Where your CV has been sent this week – And other horror stories….
Gather around kids and turn to the flashlight app of your
favourite digital device, as we share with you this week's horror
story "Where your CV has been sent this week".
It was a cool day in an otherwise warm month when young David
decided to drive his vintage car to work. Donning his work clothes
and heading towards the door, David loudly declared "What a great
day outside!" David is an Idiot. The universe quickly squashed
David's dreams when he discovered a flat tyre .
David kicked the cr*p out of the car, changed tyre, regained his
cool and then returned to his regular drive. He arrives safely at
work and walks to the building without annoying the brown snake
that has been playing chicken with him for the past month. This my
dear friends is where this story really begins.
Anyone need a bathroom break before we continue? Anyone?
David walks in to his office smiles and waves like the Penguins
taught him to do, saunters to the coffee maker to get reacquainted
with the land of the caffeinated. Just when the life preserving
liquid was about to touch his parched lips David's boss enters
stage right and asks to speak to him.
"This can't be good." Now for all the Unicorn supporters out
there who are no doubt saying "But if he said the day was great and
then it was bad, then if he says it's bad it must be good." Let me
just.. You know what? Just no. The universe doesn't work that way.
The universe practices sadism.
So David enters the office with an accompaniment of
unadulterated fear, sits down and hears a phrase that nearly knocks
him out cold. "David, I see you're looking for work."
Unbeknownst to David his CV has been sent to not only the one
job that he applied for, but 24 different companies. And girls and
boys do you know what the best part is? Those 24 includes the
company that he is working for now.
So David finds himself out of favour and soon finds himself out
of work. When he starts to apply for a new job, nobody will take
him seriously because they have pasted a giant tyre kicker label
over his name.
All because one recruiter was unethical. Because somebody
decided that they knew better than David what the right thing was
for him. Because somebody, cared more about making a fee than doing
what was right.
So David went to grief counselling to deal with his urge to
punch random pedestrians. He is doing much better now and Stealth
Recruitment were able to find him a new job. (For the happy ending
Here's our conundrum - We refuse to be unethical. We will not
send your CV to any company until we have discussed the opportunity
with you. We will not tell you that we have magical connections to
a company that we do not.
Although thousands would.
We will give you as much information as we can. We will expect
you to do your due diligence and research yourself as well.
Although thousands would not.
We will not change the way
we operate to beat others at a game we do not wish to
We may however add grief counselling to our services for those
who were unlucky enough to encounter one of the thousands before
they encounter one of us.
If you are on the Hunt for Work, here is our advice to
- Don't accept "I'll Try" or "I think so" when it comes to the
- Be specific about what you are looking for, what you want and
what you don't want
- Don't do business with somebody you don't trust. Never is this
more important than when it comes to your career.
- Ask other people to make a commitment to you. If they're not
even willing to swear over their uneaten lunch, chances are you
should steer clear.
To our clients
- Don't reward bad behaviour with your business.
- Unsolicited resumes damage your brand. A lack of response from
your HR team may leave a sour taste when the resume was not
submitted to you correctly in the first place.
- Ask candidates questions about the agencies you work with. It's
good to have an outsiders perspective