Duh! Dumb Things Recruiters Do

Continuing on with our “Dumb Things People Do” in job searching theme, here are a few things that recruiters have been known to slip up on from time to time. If you are a contractor who uses a recruiter or in a career field where you should be using a recruiter, timely and clear communication on your part should prevent you from having to deal with these problems. Recruiters usually have a check list for working with candidates and contractors. Ask about it. “Is there anything else on your check list that you need from me?” is a gentle reminder for the recruiter to check the list.

Large Number of Recruiting Calls: If you have been successfully placed by a recruiter and are in high demand in your career field, you may find yourself fielding a large number of calls from your recruiter and other recruiters as well. These telephone calls may come at inopportune moments such as dinnertime (when they know they can reach you) or when you are conducting a training session in a surgery theater.

Why  They Do This: Your resume on file is like cash in a bank to a recruiter. Recruiters make money by placing you in higher paid positions on a regular basis. A really good recruiter can help you with your career development and give you interview and job advice, but the bottom line will always come before your career development. This is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you work with a knowledgeable recruiter, because with money as a motivator, you may get some really expert advice and wind up on a stellar career path. Recruiters will also rely on your career networking skills and call you for candidate referrals.

What To Do: Try to negotiate with your recruiter when they can call you and where. You can limit the telephone numbers you give to the recruiter such as your cell phone or direct work line, but fair warning: Recruiters are quite good at finding these numbers, and you could miss out on being submitted for a really great job if they cannot reach you.

Your Resume is Submitted Without Permission: Recruiting is a very fast-paced business, and many recruiters will submit you for a job without your permission so that you do not miss out on a great opportunity and they do not miss out on collecting a placement fee.

Why  They Do This: There are very few rules when it comes to submitting a candidate for a job. Sometimes, the turnaround time between being submitted and the first interview is less than a day. It is key for a recruiter to quickly submit the best candidate that she can for a position. A recruiter will also submit you without your permission to prevent another recruiter from beating her to it.

What To Do: Develop a strong relationship with a few recruiters in your career field. Find out the companies with which they hold recruiting contracts. Try not to use recruiters who recruit for the same company to prevent a competition over who submits you first. If you really want to know before you are submitted as a candidate, negotiate that the recruiter will call you first. That means providing telephone numbers where you can be reached. Let your recruiters know if you do not want to be submitted to past employers or certain companies with ethical violations, or other companies for other reasons. A good recruiter will negotiate this with you because he wants to keep you as a client and as a source for candidate referrals. Keep your resume out of large resume banks if you do not want to be submitted without your permission. Recruiters troll these resume banks, collect resumes and submit them for positions without asking you first.

Administrative Problems: The remainder of the problems I want to discuss are administrative in nature and are usually related to the recruiter’s check list. Why do these problems happen? An item on the check list can get overlooked, especially when time is of the essence in placing a candidate. You can prevent many of these problems by checking in with your recruiters on a regular basis.

Not Being Submitted or Being Submitted For the Wrong Job: You are going to have to be on your toes when it comes to getting your next contract or job. If you hear of an opening, do not wait for your recruiter to submit you. Call him right away, verify that you are both talking about the same job and get your resume submitted. Verify the job at each step. Usually, the recruiter will set up the initial interview. If you are contacted directly by the company for an interview, make sure that it is for the same job.

You Do Not Receive Interview Information: If your recruiter tells you he will email the interview information immediately, and you do not receive it, first check your spam folder. If it is not there within an hour, call your recruiter. Sometimes these people are juggling several candidates at once and get sidetracked. They shouldn’t, but it happens.

You Do Not Receive a Background Check or Drug Testing Information: If your recruiter tells you her agency will be doing a background check and you will need to do a drug test, she should send you the information immediately. Remember, the agency cannot start you in a position until all of this paperwork has been completed.

Your Direct Deposit Did Not Go Through: Sometimes it can take up to 6 weeks to establish direct deposit of your paycheck, depending on your bank. You should receive your paycheck through the mail during that time, so it is important to check that the recruiter has your correct mailing address. If you are a contractor, remember: you are paid by the recruiting agency, not the company.

So with all of these things that can go wrong, why should you use a recruiter? In many instances, recruiters will be one step closer to hiring companies than a career consultant, will know what the companies are looking for and have the jobs that are not advertised. They may not be as warm and fuzzy as a career counselor, but good recruiters know their career industries and can give you accurate and current job advice while placing you in a job that you could not have gotten on your own.

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