They require work and effort and various other forms of personal communication conducive to a mutually beneficial partnership. And for job seekers, the relationship cultivated with their recruiter is no different. It's a two-way street, as the employment onus is also on candidates when their experience is being courted.
And recruiters aren't heart hustlers; they're not interested in teasing with attractive opportunities to only go ghost when you express interest or another resume pops up. Instead, they're looking to form the types of strong connections that turn into full time employment or exciting contracts.
Relationships are about choosing your battles, and there are some skirmishes job seekers need to squash if they want to avoid a recruiting break up.
Avoid these job search mistakes.... because here's how to lose a recruiter in 10 ways:
1. Refusing to revise your resume
Admittedly, resume changes can be tedious, but they’re necessary to tailor your experience and work history to each position. Recruiters want to show what a great fit you are to their client and a refusal to revise your resume will also show you’re reluctant to take instruction. A candidate who won’t work on their own profile may be seen as one who won’t work well with others or take direction within their role.
2. Following up again… and again and again
After you've applied, follow up with the recruiter responsible for posting the role within the hour, and make sure to include the job description within your email, phone call or LinkedIn message. If you're a fit, your recruiter will inform you of the next steps. If not, he or she may know of another opportunity or will keep your resume on file for future ones. If that's the case, follow up again after at least five to seven business days.
If you choose to not show up for interviews, ignore offers or just not show up to work once an offer has been accepted, you can guarantee your recruiter will sever ties. Ghosting in the workplace will not only damage your own reputation, it will also make your recruiter look bad to their client, and burning bridges via vanishing will ensure you're flagged in that staffing agency's database. Forever.
4. Accepting/Rejecting offers
Rejecting multiple offers without valid explanations or accepting one and backing out at the last minute are two certified ways to find yourself on the blacklist. Commitment issues will communicate that you can't be trusted by your recruiter or their client.
5. Lying about credentials or sending multiple resumes with varying work histories
Lies are credibility killers, and they're easily verified on LinkedIn. Over exaggerating your skills or experience level will also lead to your recruiter unintentionally overselling you to their client (if they haven't already become wise to your ways), and valuable time --and reputations-- is wasted for all parties involved.
Yes, it’s a recruiter’s job to find the perfect fit for both their contractors and clients, but it isn’t their expressed duty to find you a job. (Of course they want to though!) It's often frustrating to be patient in your professional endeavours, but when your recruiter finds an opening that they believe is a fit with your experience, skills and cultural fit, you can expect a call.
7. Trying to negotiate after accepting a rate/offer7Sure, money matters. But when a recruiter tells you the maximum rate and you agree, it’s bad form to try to re-negotiate when it comes time to sign on the dotted line. Be transparent in your compensation expectations from the beginning, so money doesn't become an issue later on.
8. Being too hard to contact
Playing telephone tag or not responding to emails wastes valuable time. And you can end up losing out in the long run. Candidates should be prepared to answer their phone or get back to a recruiter within the hour. This is a situation when being "too available" is a good thing.
9. Applying to the same position multiple times
There could be many reasons you're not hearing back about your application, and spamming a recruiter's inbox can result in that recruiter questioning your judgement and professionalism.
10. Not being prepared
After you've met with a hiring manager, your recruiter will receive interview feedback. If you weren’t prepared or didn’t take the interview seriously, there is a very slim chance you'll be presented to future clients.
Recruiter and candidate relationships are a special connection, and a great one will connect you to the contract you want.
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