Help Me Help You

Jun 27, 2011

WATCH THIS: Jerry McGuire – Help Me Help You Clip

We’ve all seen the movie Jerry McGuire. It’s a classic.. Right up there with E.T. (Extra Terrestrial, not ExactTarget), in my opinion. This one-minute segment of the movie couldn’t be more significant of what the day in the life of a recruiter looks like. As a recruiter, or as we call ourselves at Profyle Tracker, Profyler, I want to help you. I know how hard it is to find the perfect job, or hell, even just a job. You’ve, no doubt, uploaded various versions of your resume to CareerBuilder, Monster, Dice, HotJobs, industry specific job boards, and multiple employer websites. If you were successful in rapid firing your resume to every platform that exists, you would probably not be reading this blog post right now.

My assumption is that you are reading this blog post because you are either considering a career move, are another recruiting agency hearing about the moves our company is making, or may be just a friend of mine interested in what I have to say. Either way, please take this advice to heart, and even if you are not looking for a job, you surely know someone that is, and this piece of my mind will help you in the process.

Each week, I regroup and refocus on the priority of job orders that we have to fill. This focus is determined by a few different factors, and each week it changes. That said, you, as a candidate, may be my priority on any given day, and I need your cooperation. I know that your life can not revolve around me or the companies that I represent, but if you are serious about landing the job that I contact you about, you will adjust for the 1-2 week timeframe in which it takes to get the interview process completed. This may mean that I need you to be available within 24 hours or less to meet me or my client. We operate on a fast track, and while this could be inconvenient, it is also very conducive to getting you in front of the company you are interested in and is interested in you. Please bear with the process. It is for your benefit.

I understand that things come up… I understand that you have a job, a family, car problems, that you are moving and have stuff packed up, etc.. But I am also helping you bypass those black holes called resume submissions to random job postings. I am contacting you about a real live job, not a possibility. I’m not contacting you to date you, I’m not contacting you to cause any inconvenience in your daily schedule, I am contacting you about a new job. If you want this job, you have to help me help you.

If you tell me that you can interview at __:00 a.m/p.m., please don’t email at 11:30 p.m. (which just happened to be the golden time for candidates to email me to cancel during my first month) to let me know that you just don’t feel ready, or you can’t make it for whatever reason… If I give you times that I am available for a phone call, please respect that and call me during those hours and not a time smack dab in between. I am here to help you. Help me help you. It is that simple.

I love my job. I have always loved helping people. I have been a resource for multiple sources of information for many years, and I want to help you. It makes me happy to help someone make a career move. Give me the best possible opportunity to do so.

Nicki’s “perfect” candidate:

  • Answer my calls and emails, or if you cannot, please call or email me back within a few hours.
  • Proofread your resume before sending it-this includes spelling, grammar, dates of employment, and education.
  • Keep your appointments.
  • Show up on time and dressed professionally to interviews.
  • Openly communicate with me what you want and need in a career. Know your ideal position. Know the top three things, outside of salary, that will make your day phenomenal when you go to work. Know what salary you NEED, WANT, AND WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT CONSIDER.
  • If you have something on your record that you think may have an effect on a hiring decision, please tell me during the time of our one on one interview-not right before the employer sends me an offer letter.
  • If you have concerns about a job, company, commute, or anything else that I should know, be up front with me. I am an open minded person, and respect that not every situation is 100%, and I want to address these things right away.
  • Most of all, respect the fact that I am your career agent. I am here for you; I am essentially “selling” you. Give me every ounce of confidence that I need to “sell” you to the companies that have put their trust in Profyle Tracker to find qualified and trustworthy talent to join their team. These companies are growing, and they have high hopes for the people that they bring on board. I know that this is you, and I just need you to show me that!

If you Tweet, I’m here: @nickilaycoax. Let me know your thoughts!

Be Relentless,


About the author

Doug Rowe wrote 23 articles on this blog.

My experience is in matching top talent with the opportunities that meet their career goals while simultaneously exceeding the requirements of my clients. I believe that the cultural and environmental fit is as important if not more so than the technical. This personality and culture matching is where I excel.