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Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

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Find Recruiters and Then Remember Things To Avoid When Dealing With Recruiters

For some jobs recruiters will be your first contact with a potential employer and they decide whether your resume will land on the hiring manager's desk.

It's important to know the what recruiters do, and what they DON'T do since after all, you don't want an inappropriate request to ruin your chances for an interview with the employer.

There are things you shouldn't say to or ask of a recruiter.

Don't Be Overly Friendly:
Because a recruiter is not the employer it is easy to treat them differently but recruiters are professionals acting on behalf of the employer, and it's crucial that you never forget it. Be friendly, but not overly casual or familiar. It's wise to keep personal conversations, jokes and physical contact to a minimum.

After an interview with a hiring manager, you may speak again to the recruiter. Don't be tempted to let your guard down though; you're still "on," even if the interview has ended.

A useful rule of thumb: Don't say or do anything in front of a recruiter that you wouldn't say or do in front of the employer.

Don't Expect Career Coaching:
The recruiter's goal is not to help you get a job but to find some one for an open position with one specific company. So recruiters aren't career coaches and it's not appropriate to ask them to help you craft your cover letter, edit your resume or give a lot of career advice. The recruiter may know of people to refer you to however but that's about it.

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