Now I really like Tim Tolan’s blog posts, but I had to laugh as I read his “Dear Placed Candidate – Remember Me?” article on Fistful of Talent last week. In a nutshell, he was on a mini-rant because candidates, whom he placed, don’t or won’t respond to his follow-up inquiries once they’ve accepted the position. And I don’t blame him for being upset … that conduct is completely unprofessional.
I laughed because you should hear what my CFO clients tell me about the lack of professionalism on the part of executive recruiters. Follow up? They can’t even get them to follow through with a “thanks but no thanks” phone call or email.
Listen, I know (and I coach my clients) that recruiters don’t work for the candidate. They don’t find people jobs; they fill open positions. But it is a two-way street, especially at the senior level. And I’ve had many more than one Chief Financial Officer tell me this …
“I won’t be taking any of his calls once I’ve landed in my new position.”
Executive recruiters who snub CFOs or contact them and then don’t follow-up or follow-through, will reap what they’ve sown. The payback for those recruiters will be painful if my clients are any indication of the C-Suite feelings generally.