Fast Track Recruitment

The Recruitment Bullshit Blog

Posted by Mitch on 17th August 2011

This blog is a work in progress.

In it I plan to highlight phrases taken from recruiter profiles on LinkedIn and/or agency websites and offer them up for critical scrutiny. I will, where possible, also offer a more realistic translation of that phrase. Feel free to add some of your own.

OK, let’s get started.

“I devise various candidate/client attraction strategies by employing state of the art recruitment methods”

Translation: I post jobs on the Internet.

And my translation has used 9 less words.

Mitch Sullivan 1, Bullshit 0

UPDATE: 23.08.2012

“Due to continuous growth, we’re now hiring…. “

Translation: Due to continuous staff turnover, we’re now hiring….

UPDATE: 28.08.2012

“Our passion is what differentiates us from our competition”

Translation: We didn’t really know what to say about our difference and so figured that “passion” would be suitably difficult to measure.


By Peter Burke on Wednesday, 17 August 2011

‘We source, Headhunt and assess top professionals through social media that are a match for the positon you are looking to fill - saving you time and effort in your search’

We have a Linkedin Account!

By Dan on Wednesday, 17 August 2011

LOL! Brilliant

By Mitch Sullivan on Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Nice one, Peter.

And steady with those exclamation marks, eh?

By Peter Burke on Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Oooops, forgot about your campaign Mitch - it will never happen again.

By Darren Ledger on Friday, 19 August 2011


In the interest of fairness I think you could easily apply this to every industry across the board. Let’s face it whether it’s advertising, branding, presentation material or terms and conditions the whole business world rely, actively encourage and in some cases seek to deceive by the use of uneccessary jargon, terminology and bullsh*t.

HOWEVER! I wholeheartedly agree that it may be totally uneccessary. I would actually welcome any critique on my own profile on linkedin in regards to this subject matter. I have always been an advocate of clearly defined language and demystifying the recruitment, executive search, talent acquisition service sector.

By Mitch Sullivan on Friday, 19 August 2011

Hi Darren

I can only concern myself with an industry that I know.  I think it’s unreasonable for me to be expected to save the entire business world.

By Darren Ledger on Friday, 19 August 2011


Now come on, don’t be so coy! I’ve met you and like me you are one of those recruitment professionals who knows intimately their client and related business sectors. That is the beauty of being a professional recruiter, I can hold a conversation on the market, the sector, the development and competition within it on just about any business I’ve recruited for. You want to hear me wax lyrical about retail analytics and the emerging market in Europe, or Gas Turbines and Power Generation / transmission and the challenges the National grid face…..

For Executive Search Consultant read ‘Know it all’

By Lisa on Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Thats it, Im never commenting on your posts again as much as I am drawn to them.

By pearl on Friday, 06 July 2012

recruitment is not a bullshit.. and that too if it has been done by an outside recruitment agency. Mullins Cuddihy & associates have years of experience in providing <a > online recruiters</a>

By Steve Ward | CloudNine Social Media & Digital Tale on Friday, 24 August 2012

Haha - like this Mitch. It could roll on… I saw one yesterday.

Agency recruiter:

“I’m looking for a recruitment partner to help us source amazing roles for our top notch clients”


I can’t do my job very well, and will get fired on my next monthly review. Can you help me?

By Mark on Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I’ve come across a few -
“high performance culture” = “hire and fire business”
“We are seeking an entrepreneur” = “we are seeking someone we can target and drive business our way, and will sack you if you don’t fall in line…”
“Developing business with new clients over the phone” = “Cold calling the data base in conjunction with KPIs”

“Maintaining working relationships with existing clients and spotting opportunities for further business” = “if you have time, because you will be busy doing new business…”

” Sourcing candidates to match your clients recruitment needs” = “Spam CVs”

“Advertising vacancies in a professional and attractive manner in order to attract the best candidates” = “Copy & Paste client job specs”

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