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GUEST COMMENT: I feel that ill-mannered 20 year old recruiters are looking down their noses at me as an older candidate

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s having a tough time with agencies while looking for a job, I was made redundant from a bank last October and have followed all the rules of registering with good agencies and with individual companies as well.

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but it seems to me that agencies used to care about people and would actively try to get them a job. Now, it seems they care only about themselves and trying to get their fee.

Who, for example, decided that only your last job is applicable? I have a wealth of experience which will be lost to the finance industry if I take a change of career or leave the country to work abroad – which is fast becoming my only option. I loved working in the finance industry and would like to stay within it but feel like I have been pushed aside.

Maybe my age has something to do with it? I am 51. I feel like countless consultants are looking down their noses at me – as if I shouldn’t even be thinking of looking for a job in finance at my age. I’m fed up of being told I don’t know what I’m talking about by people who weren’t even born when I started in this business.

I’ve applied for a lot of jobs – jobs for which I know that I’m suited and for which I have appropriate experience. However, I’ve heard little or nothing. “No thank you,” would be nice. But it seems manners no longer apply in financial services recruitment.

Comments (7)

  1. I’ve had similair experiences in the past and your right. Although job-seekers have always known they are ultimately simply commodities and fee-earners, it does seem that with the crisis the quality of recruiters (some, not all I would add) has dropped. Keep your chin-up & battle through as every no takes you closer to a yes..

  2. I have been experiencing exactly the same, and have been quite offended by it. However today a professional, mature agent called – huge difference in attitude and approach. Anyone who reads a CV and thinks 30 years of experience is forgotten or lost with every new job, misses out on commission. It is their loss. Something will come up.

    Just this week I was told ‘you haven’t done anything since 2010’ – but I haven’t had a frontal lobotomy either.

  3. I agree so much! The other thing that I find really annoying is, last time I was looking for work approx 10 years ago, almost every agency called you in for an interview. This time around, hardly any call you in for an interview. How can they possibly build up a relationship with their client, i.e. you? This type of behaviour only reinforces the “commodity” feeling. Last year I did a short temp contract through a well known London recruitment agency and had an interview towards the end of last year for an ongoing role. Although I didn’t get the role, the feedback to the agency was 100% positive, and they did phone me and tell me that. The only reason that I didn’t get the job is because the company decided to go with a younger model (their loss). A few weeks ago the same agency sent me for an interview with another company, which I didn’t get. The agency emailed me to tell me that I hadn’t got the job. How rude and unprofessional is that one!
    Come on recruiters, treat the job seekers with a bit more respect and professionalism!

  4. The first point I will comment on is that recruiters get paid by their clients, not their candidates. So if we have a certain number of jobs to fill and a limited number of hours and resources to fill them why become a charity and spent time on less productive activities? It is not our duty, nor economically feasible to dilligently attempt to place every candidate we meet and and/or CV we receive. We have a job to do to the best of our abilities just like you do. In 2008 would you have given credit lines of credit after Lehmans went bust because you wanted to keep people in a job? Sorry but we all have to work in the most efficient manner possible.

    The second point is that I fully agree that it is highly unprofessional that once you are engaged by a recruiter in an interview process there should be full and open lines of communication and the candidate should be fully informed, over the telephone, at all stages in the process, the thoughts of the hiring manager of the role being interviewed for. Letting a candidate know he was unsuccessful at interview over email is very unprofessional.

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  5. IMO the market these days is full of desperate candidates trying hard to impress. As a result, these guys with more recent experience might get the interview invitation – however this would not be a job interview if you know what I mean.

  6. Only been looking for a couple of weeks or so since losing my job last month, but agree with Sarah’s comments so far.Like Sarah, I have 30 years of banking/finance experience which I thought would count for something, but not sure it does anymore. Agency’s can say they are not age prejudiced if they like.I’m sceptical of that to say the least..obviously I hope I’m wrong. Come on guys, if someone has been in this industry for that length of time (and worked for well known, respected firms) they are not going to be a senile old moron and should be snapped up, probably on the cheap !

  7. Sigh. If you want a job and you are 50+, forget the City. Go where experience and competence is valued. Where your age doesn’t count against you. So forget Wall Street too. To the recruiter, I’d say you’re missin’ the bus, hon, but you’re sure playin’ the game of ageism in your post. No, it wouldn’t be a charity to take an experienced candidate and put him/her forward. You’d be doing a hidebound, pigeon-holing twit of a client a favour, mate. By all means sent a wet-behind-the-ears, cheap-as-chips newbie. You get your fee. What do you care?

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