5 Mistakes Candidates Make with Recruiters


Are you looking to make a change in the new year with your job? Or have you been contacted by a recruiter and are not sure if you should move forward in conversations? If so, we have a few helpful insights to help partner with a recruiter in your search.
Here are some tips on what not to do when working with a Recruiter.

Assuming Recruiters are all the same:
All recruiters are not out to make a paycheck and leave you in the dust! We care about your success and our clients/company needs. We take extensive amounts of time in our process and evaluation on both ends and want to see every one of our placements in a fulfilling position creating value for our clients & companies. Now, there are bad apples no matter where you go. But I can certainly say out of the huge network of recruiters I know, we are on the same page and are in this for the right reasons.

Saying “NO” before you have any details:
It is our job to hunt the best. If your profile says you are open to new opportunities, you can bet that I will be reaching out to you if you have the background we are seeking. But to full out not respond or decline further discussions based on me being a recruiter? You are missing out on building your network and potential future opportunities altogether. Hey, the role I messaged you about may not be a fit! No big deal, but what if next week the PERFECT role comes in and we never had the chance to at least talk? Now for those that apply and decline to move forward based on an online review or the size of a company (examples)? Let’s talk it out before jumping to a conclusion. We have insight into our clients and companies and can answer questions to ease your mind.

Missing or being Late to the initial interview
We are literally handing you an opportunity on a platter and investing in your career search. Please be respectful of our time and dedication. If you have an interview, don’t “no call- no show”. Send an email or text! We are reasonable and understand things happen. We can reschedule.

Self-Awareness/Lack of Preparation
We are advocating for you and have invested the time, and then you are ready to take the next step and the interview is a disaster. This is your career, take the time to invest in yourself! Prepare for the meeting or the next phase. Take the time to research the information we have handed to you and own it. If we give you honest feedback, it is only for your benefit and future growth. Being self-aware and taking constructive criticism is an art. Become the masterpiece!






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