In the age of bots (short for “internet robots”), and a ton of them, it’s getting harder and harder to tell a person from a program. These systems are designed to simulate human activity, and they work – up to a point.
Lately, some enterprising “legal recruiters” have started using bots to trick applicants into submitting them to potential employers. As the line between an exchange with a real person and a bot becomes more blurred, one thing is clear: candidates who allow themselves to be represented by bots are NOT doing themselves a favor.
We’ve been in the industry long enough to know that a good recruiter can’t be lazy and that the most important added value we bring is often the personal feel for the match. Some things should be left to the experts. Whether it’s sound advice and industry insight or finding the right company for you, working with a reputable and respected recruiter (living, breathing) is irreplaceable.
Not only that, but working with an agency using bots to replace their recruiters could hinder your chances of getting placed instead of helping them. Although you may be one of several thousand mid-level corporate associates, you are a unique candidate with unique skills and experiences. Why should you let a bot recruiter treat your search like anyone else?
Here’s how you can protect yourself from recruiters and agencies that use automated systems and make sure you’re working with a legitimate, real recruiter:
1. Do your research
Our recruiters are our not-so-secret weapon. That’s why we share their publications, publish their profiles and highlight them on our site. When you reach out Staffing and Recruiting, someone will see your email or take your call. We cannot formally work with every person who seeks us out, but we aim to help EVERYONE in any way we can. When looking for a legal recruitment agency, be sure to do your research before signing up, submitting your resume, or endorsing companies. Explore their website and watch their team. If you can’t find your “recruiter” on LinkedIn or check online, it’s probably not a person. [Aside: In addition to bots, there are also recruiters who are real people, but their reputations are so tarnished that they operate under pseudonyms – you won’t find much about them either.]
2. Talk to your recruiter on the phone
Sure, automated systems can be handy and bots can answer general questions about a job, but do you know what they can’t? They can’t share a funny anecdote or form real relationships. We suggest that before approving any business submissions, you speak to your recruiter over the phone. This will confirm that you are indeed interacting with a person and open the door to creating a rewarding connection.
3. Trust your instincts
Jessica Chin Somers, Managing Director of Kinney Recruiting, recently received an email from a candidate saying, “This may sound strange, but is this a real email and are you a real person? I’ve signed up with a few other recruiting firms and I’m getting a lot of automated emails. It can be a bit confusing. Jessica reassured the candidate that yes, she is a real person with a real law degree (two!), a real phone number and a real email address. On top of that, Jessica also eats real food and has real feelings. All of our recruiters do. There’s nothing wrong with asking a recruiter you’ve only corresponded with via email if they’re real, especially if you’re unsure about something or considering approving jobs. online businesses. Our advice? Always trust your instincts. If you feel they aren’t genuine or just want to make sure you’re not getting into a system you might have trouble getting out of, don’t hesitate to ask. Better yet, call them and chat. If it’s impossible or even difficult, run!
Every candidate’s worst nightmare is (or should be) that their CV lands in spam companies and they become unemployable. We take steps to ensure that you never land in this position. Our recruiters personally write applications, help you prepare for interviews and personally negotiate your offer. Finding the right candidate for a job or the right company for a candidate can be hard work and not always easy.
However, in an industry built on trust, let real recruiters help you take your next step and advance your career.