Lunch with recruiter: market is grim

posted by Jeff | Friday, July 17, 2009, 1:46 PM | comments: 0

I had lunch with one of the recruiters that I've been talking to with the last few months. They've actually nearly hooked me up twice, once last year (client budget axed) and once this year (client got a rock star cheap), so I definitely don't mind working with them. Free lunch doesn't hurt either.

He told me what I already knew, that the job market here in Cleveland is really grim. No shocker there. A year ago I could pick and choose and ignore calls, now I'm lucky to even see something posted. He did say that some companies are "fishing," where they ask for candidates in certain skill sets without any actual intention of hiring anyone. Annoying for them, but he thinks it's a sign of a turning point on the way.

Cleveland is worse than a lot of places though. I peek at listings in other cities, and there's a little more out there. Perhaps we need to move.


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