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Old 05-02-2019, 10:29 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Hi all - I have posted on here before and have typically gotten good advice.

I am a recruiter for a government contracting company (we aren't a recruiting firm, I am an internal recruiter). I typically recruit for cleared and uncleared positions. Doing cleared positions is typically more difficult as people with high clearances are usually super picky with who they respond to (as they should be).

Recently I have been focusing on more internal, uncleared positions. I have not been on the phone much recently as there have not been any candidates to talk to on the phone (but I have some calls coming up). But I have been pretty busy reaching out to candidates, job postings, going through our ATS, etc.

My boss just told me that, since our company is all about 'perception', since I have not been on the phone much, it looks like I haven't been very busy to some people. He (my boss) knows that I am busy, but just because I am not on the phone, there is the perception that I am 'doing nothing' all day.

I don't even know what I am supposed to do anymore. Am I supposed to just call up random people and talk/bull**** with them, so it just appears that I am busy??

Can someone who has been in this position help me out please cause I'm just lost here
This is on your manager. If someone came to me and told me that my staff doesn't "look to be busy". I'd tell them to mind their own effing business. If my team isn't delivering or my staff isn't responding - that's one thing. But if you are going to criticize me or my team - let's talk real-world examples - not subjective ideas.

In the end, your performance is the responsibility of your manager. So either he needs to defend himself/his team, or this is a passive aggressive way for him to say that you aren't doing enough.

I can be the first one in and the last one to leave, and still, be the least productive person in the organization. How busy I look has little to do with how I'm delivering or producing.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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In the work place, never make yourself look free in front of other employees. the gossip begins from there
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:47 AM
 
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In the work place, never make yourself look free in front of other employees. the gossip begins from there
I'm always on the computer doing work/writing emails, I am never just sitting on my phone. You can always hear me doing something.
Their problem is that I am not on the phone enough
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Old 05-02-2019, 04:07 PM
 
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You've had so many issues at this job


Am I being unreasonable for thinking it's unfair, and should I start looking for a new job?
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:22 PM
 
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Ugh, that's such BS and I hate that our society prioritizes appearances and "perception" above all else now, instead of results.

It's like those fake job interviews where they are only interviewing you to fit their race/gender/whatever quotas. Let's waste everyone's time! Yay!
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:12 AM
 
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Perception is a weird thing, and while not a good benchmark, many uninformed people use their perception as a valid measure.

The standard response is to look busy, and let it rolls know how busy you are. If you are an exempt employee, send the occasional email at a weird time, like Saturday morning. Drop minor data points that make you look favorable. Things like- open positions are up 12% over last month; I moved x number of people forward in the queue; clears applicants have dropped by 20%, which increases my workload because of the extra work I need to do for the uncleared applicants.

I am not a recruiter, so I donít know what people really look at for benchmarks, but make sure that your boss knows, and other people know too. Educate them on what you do, donít assume they know.
You donít even need to actively send emails on a Saturday. You can schedule them for later delivery. Send the occasional one at 11pm or 2am.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:25 AM
 
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You donít even need to actively send emails on a Saturday. You can schedule them for later delivery. Send the occasional one at 11pm or 2am.
Woah okay how do you do that?? lol
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:17 AM
 
Location: In a city within a state where politicians come to get their PHDs in Corruption
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Ugh, that's such BS and I hate that our society prioritizes appearances and "perception" above all else now, instead of results.

It's like those fake job interviews where they are only interviewing you to fit their race/gender/whatever quotas. Let's waste everyone's time! Yay!
Society, as in, you, I, or anyone else for that matter prioritizes self. That is, you care about yourself more than the society, so does everyone else.

At work, every single person thinks they're the most important. Because, to themselves, they are. So, everyone has to justify their job, otherwise they wouldn't have one.

One of my businesses is in aerospace and defense. It took one of the biggest defense contractors in the world more than a week to agree on a $600 change order. You know why? Because 11 (yes 11) different engineers/buyers/quality control people all had to "weigh in". We just laughed.....
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Old 05-03-2019, 07:50 PM
 
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and I live in a high CoL city, so I can't afford a paycut
That's your solution. Move out of the high COL city and move to a lower COL city so you can afford to take a pay cut and still survive.
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Old 05-03-2019, 11:36 PM
 
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Hi all - I have posted on here before and have typically gotten good advice.

Couldn't been here then...
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