This week we’re talking with senior technical recruiter Nick Pogue who is starting a new position as the manager of our direct placement division here at FootBridge. Having worked as a recruiter on the contract side with great success, he’s excited to work with clients and candidates on a whole new level. We invite you to check out the following conversation to see what he says.

Question: What’s the difference between contract and permanent placements in the recruiting industry?

Answer: Contract placement means we hire employees under specific terms and conditions for a set period. The contractor is also an employee of the staffing firm and, therefore, receives a paycheck and benefits through our team. Direct hire positions differ in that we source the candidates on behalf of the client. However, instead of being a FootBridge employee, we receive a fee for sourcing the candidate, and they are then hired direct by the client.  

Question: Why is FootBridge starting a direct placement division?

Answer: While most clients contract with us to support projects contractually, many prefer hiring candidates directly. In addition, many of our candidates prefer direct-hire positions with long-term stability and benefits. We feel that a dedicated group for direct-hire placements allows us to provide higher support for our client’s hiring needs.

Question: What competitive advantage does FootBridge bring to the recruiting bargaining table?  

Answer: Everyone we work with benefits from constant communication. More than anything, we want candidates and clients to stay informed about every detail. As a recruiter, I try to do what’s best for the candidate because when they’re happy, they stay, and everyone wins.

Question: Speaking of communication, what can candidates count on from FootBridge recruiters?

Answer: My most powerful answer is, “I don’t know.” I will never glaze over an issue. Instead, I’m very realistic about opportunities and whether other interviews are going on. It’s also not one conversation and then waiting six weeks. As soon as I know something, I update the candidate. Even if it’s not great news, they appreciate the feedback.

 Many people express verbal thanks when they hear back from us and appreciate there’s no veil of corporate speak.

Question: What’s a typical day of recruiting like for you?

Answer: On average, I speak to 12-15 people daily, leave about 30 messages, and send even more emails and text messages, as there’s always a new requisition, and I read up to a hundred resumes daily.

Question: What do you like most about being a recruiter?

Answer: I like helping people find work and enjoy the freedom to choose what I work on. I also like the competitive aspect in that you connect with people quickly and potentially change their life with the right employment opportunity.

Question: Any advice for job seekers?

Answer:  Yes, when it comes to resumes, keep it simple and to the point so employers learn about previous work history with as little information as possible – doing so makes a candidate stand out in the resume pile.

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At FootBridge, our experienced recruiters strive to match top talent to great jobs. From quality engineers to project managers and technical expertise for staff augmentation, our recruiters and account executives have a knack for maintaining great client and contractor relationships resulting in flawless execution. Contact us today to learn more