Recruitment agents, politicians and estate agents are the least trustworthy types of people - at least that's what respondents to a survey conducted by job-hunters seems to suggest.
Know-who.com aims to be the next social-network destination of choice, particularly among those who were initially attracted to Facebook and other popular sites precisely because of their networking possibilities.
During last year’s Facebook love-in, for example, the press was awash with articles on the benefits of social networking, one of which was securing yourself a new job or promotion. You couldn’t open a magazine or newspaper without being bombarded by ‘real-life’ tales of those ‘discovered’ online or getting a new job through a friend-of-friend. Know-who hopes to inspire the same sort of tales.
Although ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’ isn’t new, it was a new spin that suited the digital age. Of course it wouldn’t be long before some bright spark decided to combine social networking with a job search website.
According to the website it "offers an innovative new style of online recruitment [that] will allow job-hunters, employers and even networkers the opportunity to not only monetise their social and business contacts but also use these same contacts to actively help them find jobs and staff as well".
So in other words register with the site and recommend a friend for a job posted online. It's not the only business network site doing this: LinkedIn has recently started an 'Endorse Me' feature. However, at Know-How, they know that cold hard cash is what gets results (and, of course, secures the recruitment site its placement fees).
The site offers a cash bonus if your recommendation is successfully placed in the position, so just sit back and watch the money pile up. It could be a useful alternative to the usual incentive scheme whereby employers offer cash rewards if you recommend one of your friends to come and work for them. (This can get uncomfortable if your friend turns out to be lazy, rude or incompetent.)
The £200 bonus will be long gone but the withering looks from your boss that say "you’re reason we’ve got this buffoon working for us" will stay for years to come. At least with Know-who.com you won’t be working with your recommendation and when it goes pear-shaped you won’t have anyone breathing down your neck.
Effectively, the website has the capability to turn us all into recruitment agents – and that’s a good thing right? Well not exactly.
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To publicise the site, Know-who.com commissioned a survey of the professions we consider the least-trustworthy. While time-honoured estate agents and politicians claimed the top two spots, recruitment agents came third.
Having been on the other end of the process, I am not that surprised to learn that the poll found that almost half of those surveyed perceived recruitment agents as "being more interested in placing people in jobs and earning commission than making sure they were a suitable fit".
We know you’ve got to make a living but sending us left, right and centre to interviews for jobs for which we have no experience, no qualification and just no plain interest in will not get you the commission you so desperately desire.
Don’t get me wrong, recruitment agents aren’t bad people (politicians and estate agents I’m not so sure about) but you lack the basic fundamental interpersonal skill of listening. Why send me to a job interview for a trainee investment banker when I’ve told you I hate maths, working long hours and high-pressure environments?
You’ve wasted my time as I won’t take the job; the employers time because they can tell immediately I’m no good for the role and you still won’t get your money. You’re as bad as the estate agent that dragged me round three pokey studio flats when I said I wanted a two-bedroom house with a garden! Instead if you took time to listen to what I wanted you’d get me placed in a position I want and get your cash bonus.
Although, one particular recruitment agency will never hear from me again after a recent incident. Having been off this agency's books for three months, I recently received a phone call from with a prospective job. When I explained that was employed and I had found the position myself, I had to endure the indignity of her coo-ing "Well done. Good for you." She stopped short of adding "Aren’t you a good girl."
Lady, I’m a 26-year-old adult, not a dog, and I am quite capable of finding a finding a job without your help. On second thoughts, recruitment agents can join used car politicians, estate agents and used car sales man in my room 101.