Often right – though it is illegal to do so in some countries. Yet many agencies put ads on the net that are completely made up and neither the job nor the company exist (at least recruiters who work on success fees and who have to build a “candidate pool”).
I read and hear again and again that candidates complain that when they met their recruiter, the job “was gone”, had “just been filled” or more bluntly “does not exist” and had the aim “to attract candidates”.
None of these explanations and especially not the last one proves superior intelligence or tact of the recruiter. But the fact as such is OK:
In my job, for instance, 80% of my business goes around 5 jobs: senior accountant, controller, manager accounting, manager controlling, CFO. And that’s it. This means that if I meet a top CFO who is currently looking for a new job and I don’t have one today, I will always invite him/ her (with the right explanation of course but – alas – not everyone is like this…). I know that if I don’t have the right job today, the team and I will do everything we can to have this job tomorrow as it is clearly in our core business.
Yes, some recruiters will put sexy job ads on their homepage to get YOUR resume for a job does not exist or has almost been filled in 2004 by a colleague who has left the company in the meantime. But then, if they are ready to spend one hour with you, they do so because they firmly believe they can “place” you. So don’t have too high expectations on the job you applied for, be sharp but go there nevertheless.
PS: My commitment to you is to be honest and to debunk the secrets of my profession: If my dead body will be found, cut in pieces, on the parking lot of a cheap motel on a freeway in South France, it was one of my competitors…