How to lose a recruiter in 10 ways

By Courtney Jones

The relationship you have with your recruiter can often correlate to those you keep in your personal life.  There’s that tethered thread that keeps you connected; yet that mutually-beneficial bond can unravel faster than Kate Hudson’s post rom com career when certain behaviours rear their ugly heads. Avoid these (often enacted, yet seldom realized) job hunting acts that will lose even the most determined recruiter.

  1. Refusing to revise your resume

Resume changes can be tedious, but they’re necessary to showcase your talent. Recruiters want to show what a great fit you are to their client. Refusal to revise your resume also shows 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 at their job.

  1. Following up again… & again & again

Recruiters want you to get hired! If you’ve built a strong relationship, they’ll be happy to hear from you, yet the average time span from the release of a job order to when you may start is 21 days. Keep your follow ups to a maximum of twice per phase and at least 24-48 hours apart.

  1. Going MIA

Did you get another job offer? Great! Did you not inform your recruiter whose been working to find you work? NOT great. It doesn’t only make you look bad, it makes your recruiter look bad to his or her client as well. This is definitely a bridge burning scenario. If the job you accepted didn’t work out, you’re vanishing act will stay on your file.

  1. Accepting/Rejecting

Rejecting an offer a recruiter went above and beyond to get you or accepting a job offer and backing out at the last minute are two certified ways to find yourself on the blacklist.

  1. Lying about credentials

Credibility killer! Over exaggerating your skill or experience level will lead to your recruiter unintentionally overselling you to their client. Big mistake. Also, credentials like proof of education are often required to be submitted, so be honest!

  1. Self-entitlement

Yes, it’s a recruiter’s job to find the perfect fit for both a Contractor and Client, but it isn’t their expressed duty to find you a job. (Of course they want to though!) Be patient and when they find an opening that they believe is a perfect experience, skill and cultural fit, then expect a call.

  1. No shows

Didn’t show up to an interview? You’ll probably never show up on a recruiter’s radar again. Remember: files. Files stay forever.

  1. Too much finance finagling

Sure, 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, leaving the recruiter with a bad impression.

  1. Being too hard to contact

When it comes to the job search game, playing telephone tag wastes valuable time, and you can end up losing out in the long run. You should be prepared to answer your phone or get back to a recruiter within the hour.

  1. Not being prepared

Recruiters work hard to get you in front of the hiring manager and they receive interview feedback. If you weren’t prepared and didn’t take the interview seriously, chances are you’ll be working with someone else on your job search.

Backing and guidance from a strong recruiter with a great client list creates the perfect chemistry for a successful relationship. But be careful. When it comes to your job search, all isn’t fair in love and war.




by Courtney Jones

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