@blakeyrat said in Is it possible to get a job interview without going through a recruiter?:
So I've been looking for work for a couple months. (Unemployment is fun!) Since I've had bad experiences with recruiters in the past, and I believe the way they're paid doesn't benefit either the candidate or the company, I decided to try to do a job search without using any recruiters.
This is apparently impossible.
I put in contacts with like 130+ companies over the last couple months, and they're all black-holed. All of them. And probably 20 of those involved me contacting people in my network and talking to them directly about the position. The only company out of all of those that actually got back to me was Alaskan Airlines, and it was just to say the position had been filled. Sigh.
So last week I gave up and started talking to recruiters. As a result, I had an excellent phone interview on Thursday and now I have an in-person interview scheduled. In less than a week of working with a recruiter, I have an interview. (I'm probably not going to take the job unless they REALLY blow me away in-person, but. Still.)
What's the deal here? I still don't want to do business with recruiters, but is that even possible in 2017 Seattle area?
3 jobs since I got my A.A. in 2010:
- .Net Developer/Report Writer job I got through school contacts ~ 4.5 years
- Network Admin job I got through a cold contact via recruiter on linked in ~1.5 years
- .Net Developer position after Active job searching and most of my good contacts through CyberCoders.com. ~1 year
2 jobs through recruiters. Lots of bad/spammy recruiters out there and out of every 100 "hits", I got an interview or two. But... wading through the mire, it did work and I am gainfully employed.