8 ways not to engage with a recruiter…

recruitment AgencyRecruiters have always received a fair amount of abuse and criticism from job hunters, particularly when they do not get selected for a job where they think they are an ideal fit.

As an example, just type “recruiters are” into Google and see the first search options that are presented… ‘scum, useless, liars and parasites’ are currently the first 4 options. Wow! – I think that’s even worse than Real Estate Agents, Car Salesmen and Lawyers… (well maybe not as bad as Car Salesmen :))

There are certainly some disreputable and unethical recruiters out there who deserve this criticism, but most times a recruiter is just a conduit to a great new career path – they act on the behalf of their client who sets the candidate selection criteria.

When I was a job hunter I always made a point of keeping on good terms with my specialist industry recruiters and now I am on the other side I realise all the more how important this can be…

So rather than discuss how to engender a good relationship with a recruiter, which should be pretty obvious, let’s explore the easy ways to ensure the opposite…

♥ Calling, emailing and messaging the recruiter 50 times after you have been told that you do not match the candidate profile for the job (provided by the employer/client).
– Honestly, if you didn’t match the 1st time, you still won’t match on the 43rd time…

♥ Tell the recruiter that he needs to work harder to promote your candidacy…
– Yes, amazingly this happens – don’t you think that if the recruiter thought you were suitable he would champion your cause? After all, he is the one who makes a living from matching candidates to client specifications.

♥ Telling the recruiter he is racist, sexist, ageist, or anything else ‘ist’ for not shortlisting you.
– Please remember, 3rd party and specialist recruiters do not set the criteria and requirements for the candidates, these are set by the client. Their job is to best match candidates to the (often very specific) criteria provided.

♥ Send the recruiter a ranting email message when you are not shortlisted.
– Hmm… I’m sure you feel much better getting all that frustration out, but do you think that the recruiter or any of his colleagues will ever consider you again? Recruiters have long memories…

♥ Lying on your Resume (or perhaps, stretching the truth, if you justify it that way).
– This is really not going to help you get a job. As soon as you are found out the recruiter will never go near you again, even if the error (lie) was a minor one…and you will be found out!

♥ Similar to the above, sending a Resume then at some future time sending another that is materially different.
– Why would anyone do this – recruiters these days have databases so these discrepancies are easier than ever to pick up, and also don’t forget, recruiters have loooong memories…

♥ Posting “I’m interested” on the social media job feed/listing from the recruiter.
– Really? I would have thought if you were interested you would take the opportunity to update your CV and apply for the job with a compelling cover letter and addressing the selection criteria highlighting the reasons you are a perfect fit, but maybe that’s just me…

♥ Ignoring contact from a recruiter when they call or write to you about your job application.
– Please have the courtesy to reply. Failure to do this will negatively reflect on you, personally and professionally. Recruiters keep track and although you may have already found something else or have been on holiday, remember your next application might be for your ideal job but you probably won’t be contacted if you have history… recruiters have very looong memories…

Recruiters are people just like you and can be far from perfect, but in so many ways get a bad rap. The recruiters’ objective is to find the best possible candidate for the employer and have no particular agenda – after all, that is who pays their fees!

Be selective with the recruiter you work with and only consider those professionals who respect your privacy, confidentiality and act in an ethical manner. Avoid the pitfalls listed and maybe you will be in the frame for that fabulous new job – if not this time, maybe in 5 years’ time…

Elite Search is a leading hospitality recruitment firm. For more information about Elite Search visit http://www.elitesearch.com.au and The Elite Hotelier http://www.elitehotelier.net

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