John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker LLC
It could have been a phone call or an email that got your attention. In any case, you ended up on the phone with a recruiter who asked for your resume. You sent it. So, where is your resume, now? You might be surprised.
If you’re an experienced business valuation professional and haven’t noticed the demand for that experience, you’ve been asleep. As a career path, BV has a unique DNA that magnifies your value.
Once you cross a certain level in the experience hierarchy, the universe of your competitors shrinks. When a practice is hiring for a position at that level and above, for example, only someone already inside the industry will do.
This demand has brought a swarm of recruiters in the last few years. One of them may have connected you to the position you have now. Unfortunately, not all of them operate with the candor you deserve.
They take shortcuts. Unbeknownst to you, they’ll drop your resume on an employer’s desk. Their hope is that they get to call you, breathless, to say that Employer X wants to schedule an interview. They haven’t done anything to give you at least a flavor of the opportunity, much less asked if you thought you’d be interested. You say ‘why not?’, and the sleight of hand goes unnoticed.
What’s the harm in the end? The risk to you when your resume goes somewhere that you don’t know about far outweighs any possible advantage.
Odds are the only way you’ll learn that your resume went to that employer’s desk is because the recruiter who DID get your permission to put it there was told that. And you can probably guess there are lots of reasons why that is not a good position to be in.
Guard the presentation of your resume by insisting that a recruiter get your express permission before sending it to any employer. If you have shared your resume with a recruiter, and not received this commitment, call now and get it.
Your profession values ethical behavior. You should look for that in the recruiter you turn to for career questions.
We were recruiting in BV before BV was cool. For clear, strong ethics, and informed perspective, make us your first contact.