Ten Things Every Good Recruiter Does Right


Ten Things Every Good Recruiter Does Right

Horrible Recruiters

Imagine this, youA�finally got myA�Human-Voiced ResumeA�updated for your job search and started your stealth job search last week byA�letting recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities.

The good news is that six different recruiters contacted you on LinkedIn right away.

The not-so-great news is that three of them were horrible to me on the phone.

One of them was twenty-five minutes late calling you, didn’t apologize, and as soon as you picked up the phone said “Let’s get started — I don’t have much time.”

You are a a Marketing Manager. But the recruiterA�started quizzing you about your Power Point proficiency. Why should you waste your time in someone who wasn’t interested in what you can offer?
How do you set a boundary with recruiters who contact you, to let them know that while you know they have information they want to collect from me, YOU have standards too?
Ten Things Every Good Recruiter Does Right

Here are ten things every good recruiter — like the three professional recruiters you met recently — does right vis-a-vis candidates.

  1. When they set up a telephone, Skype or face-to-face meeting with you, they keep the appointment the way any business person would. If they’re going to be late, they let you know.
  2. When they ask for your resume, they tell you exactly why they want it — for instance, to send it to their client at Angry Chocolates so the client can consider you for an open position with the company.
  3. When you do something they’ve asked you to do — sending them your updated resume, going to an interview or referring a friend for another job opening they’re trying to fill — they acknowledge your action and thank you for it. They don’t take you for granted. Without talented candidates like you, a recruiter cannot earn a dime!
  4. A�After an interview, they get feedback from the employer within two or three business days. A recruiter who says A�”I haven’t heard anything from that company — I guess they’re not interested in you” is not someone who is qualified to carry your flame!
  5. They are honest and compassionate with you. If they don’t think you are a great fit for a position you are interested in, they’ll tell you so — and tell you why. They don’t play games with you.
  6. They don’t tell you they need your salary history in order to work with you. That’s not true!
  7. If they don’t have a suitable job opening for you right now, they’ll say “That’s okay — let’s keep in touch” and then they really will keep in touch. You need to keep up your end of the connection, too, and let the recruiter know if your job situation changes.
  8. Their biggest concern as your representative is to put you into a new job that will expand your horizons and grow your professional portfolio — not just any job that they happen to have available.
  9. Above all, they listen to you instead of telling you how to think or feel.
  10. Job candidates have more power in the candidate-recruiter relationship than they know.

Don’t permit just anybody to carry your flag!

When you find yourself on the phone or in an email correspondence with a recruiter who is rude to you, takes you for granted or treats you like a piece of lumber, walk away. Send them an email message that says

Dear Samantha,

Thanks for your message letting me know that you can’t send me a job description in advance of my interview with Acme Explosives. We are not a good match, so please cancel my interview at Acme and remove me from your database.

Best of luck with the Acme opportunity and your other projects. Thanks and have an outstanding weekend.



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