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Pompeo Group is happy to answer any questions you may have about hiring and interviewing within the lighting, electrical, controls and loT space.

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    Posted 3/20/2020

    Our company is currently looking for a Western Regional Manager and I recently received a couple of a resumes from a recruiter that I've never heard of. He claims his company specializes only in lighting and electrical, but I hadn't asked him to send me any resumes and I don't think I've ever even spoken with him

    -National Sales Manager, residential lighting manufacturer

    Paul: I can't speak from a legal perspective, but I can say that most executive recruiters will never send you and unsolicited resume. There are some firms that I call 'resume houses' that will regularly (or occasionally) send unsolicited resumes to employers, but we'd recommend you e-mail the rescruiter and just request they no longer send a resume to you without your prior authorization. True search firms will never send an unsolicited resume to you.

    Posted 3/19/2020

    The news keeps saying the recovery is slow and there are plenty of people available. Why is it we can’t find qualified candidates on so many of our searches?

    -President, (street & area lighting) fixture manufacturer

    Paul: There are two ways I’ll answer that question. While there may be plenty of people available in some industries, they are often are referred to as ‘unskilled’ labor. The labor in greatest demand in our industry is what I would characterize as ‘Skilled’ labor, whether we define “skilled” as having a formal education or as possessing specific experience with our industry. Additionally, the news headlines about plenty of people available are usually not referring to our industry, where we experience a very low unemployment rate. Mary Lindenmuth (our Recruiting Director for Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing and Finance) says that, in essence, unlike many other industries, “lighting is at 100% employment.” Don’t give up, but realize you’re in today’s ‘gold rush’ for top candidates.

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