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