6 Tips on Making Recruiters Part of Your Career Strategy (5/6) - What Not to Do When Working with Recruiters

What Not to Do When Working with Recruiters

When you are dealing with recruiter, there are few classic mistakes you will want to avoid.
For instance, many job seekers confuse recruiters for their personal career counsellors. They bother recruiters by calling them to check in. But recruiters are very focused on filling positions and do not need reminder calls. If you do fit the requirements for a job, then a recruiter will contact you.

The second biggest mistake people make when working with recruiters is relying too heavily on them. Keep in mind that less than 10% of open positions are filled by agency recruiters.

Make sure your resume is clear, complete, and accurate. Never use humour on your resume or cover letters. Employers view hiring as serious business. Humour usually backfires 90% of the time. Never lie or be misleading on your resume. Consider your audience: Don’t just list your current and previous employers’ names, but include enough information about them to give reader a good idea of what kind of companies you worked for. Avoid terminology or jargon that is only used by your company or your own country if you are applying for overseas positions.

Precision is also important when composing your resume. Don’t write a one-size-fits-all resume but target your resume for each job you’re applying to. Do list tangible and specific accomplishments. Do describe ways you solved a past employer’s problems or how you will solve a future employer’s.

Don’t be late to interviews, or worse, be a no-show. If you don’t show up for an interview a recruiter has gotten for you, you will never hear from him again, now or in the future. Dress appropriately and be prepared.

Don’t negotiate offers without consulting your recruiter. If you are fortunate enough to get to the offer stage, let the recruiter speak on your behalf. I have seen many candidates have offers withdrawn due to poor negotiating skills. For example, they have asked for higher base salaries than they originally requested or tell prospective employers they have other job offers and want to see who will give them the better deal. Mistakes like those can create bad chemistry between you and your potential new employer.

Also, keep in mind that companies will take note of whatever salary figure you give them – even if it is something you just blurted out during a conversation. Don’t think you can ask for more money than you originally requested, even if you did so informally. Unfortunately, I have seen many job offers withdrawn due to candidates’ revising salary expectations at the last minute.

Remember, if you let the recruiter do the bidding, you don’t have to be directly involved in the negotiation process. If you are waiting on another offer or receiver a better offer, your recruiter can communicate that information to your potential employer on your behalf strategically.

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