I listened to the podcast on dealing with recruiters and I had a question.
Over the years, I've been called by recruiters. Since I was not looking, I told them as such, and asked that they friend me on Linkedin. This way I could keep in touch. I keep in touch with about 3 of them, E-mailing them every once in a while, as well as two recruiters I knew in grad school. Since starting my job (5 years), I have not shared my resume with anyone of them.
When recruiters ask me for names of colleagues, I have always been afraid of giving names, for fear of ratting them out. I did once give the name of a colleague who I could tell was thinking of jumping, but told them it was under utter confidence. I would hate if he found out that I referred him (MT says find the source).
Well, in the last month, three of my colleagues, including this person, have submitted resignations (all started within 6 months of me). A few took packages last year. We work in pharmaceutical, all of us are PhDs, and all of us work in a very specialized field. The number of us left is in the low single digit; all of us are in our early/mid thirties and two are pregnant. Promotions have been frozen for several years, performance ratings have been cramped, and company is still experiencing bad news.
I like my job. I like the people I work with. I like my short commute. I like where my projects are going. I like my stable health insurance due to a not so healthy family. But I do feel a little frustrated at the lack of recognition and the way management is rush-rush-rush; and never getting credit for the background planning that allows their rush-rush-rush attitude to succeed and not fail.
If I call recruiters who I've known, what should I say? Should I give them my resume if they ask for it? The ones I've talked to in the last year have said they know a lot of people like myself who are frustrated, and have encouraged me to consider moving to get more responsibility. I revise my resume every 6 months as MT says, and did so this past weekend.