5 Ways You're Turning Off Recruiters

5 Ways You're Turning Off Recruiters
From Recruiter - January 23, 2017

Engaging with recruiters can be a great way to optimize your job search. However, you may be inadvertently turningrecruiters off with your behavior.

Here are fivecandidate behaviors recruiters hate:

1. Not Reading the Job Advertisement

Granted, agency job ads range from gloriously descriptive to plain and generic, but all will include basic details like whetherthe job is temporary or permanent, salary range, location, and the name of the role itself. Despite this, recruiters receive a high volume of applications from candidates who havent read the ad. The following example conversation is not uncommon:

Recruiter: Hello, I hope youre well. Im calling to discuss your application for the XXX role. Its the full-time, temporary position based in Location X paying $15 per hour, with an immediate start.

Candidate: Oh, actually, Im only looking for part-time work/wont do temporary work/cant get to Location X/wouldnt work for less than $20 per hour/am on four weeks noticeso that wouldnt be suitable for me.

Recruiter: But you applied for it?

Candidate: Sorry, I must have missed that on the ad.

Recruiter: Okay, thanks for that. Bye.

This is awaste of your time and the recruiters, plus it gives the impression you arent undertaking your job search very diligently.

To ensure your applications are more effective, consider the practicalities before applying so thatyoure happy with the conditions on offer. This may mean applying for fewer roles, but the ones you do go for will have realistic prospects if they come to fruition, and you wont be tarnishing your reputation with recruiters.

2. Calling, Constantly

Its great to keep in touch with your recruiter and build rapport. However, consultants are often working to targets and deadlines. Instead of calling every other day to say youre still looking for work (and staying on for a chat thereafter), ask your consultant how they like to be kept in touch with. Some will do regularphone calls to check availability, while others prefer email. Basic, non-urgent queries should be emailed where possible, asrecruiters spend a lot of time away from their desks and can end up perpetually missing calls.


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