This month we are continuing the discussion about headhunters, and what they mean to you as a job seeker.
In previous blogs, I made the following points about headhunters:
1) Headhunters really aren’t the best place to focus most of your efforts as a job seeker
2) The best strategy is to manage your online presence so they can find you.
3) If you manage your expectations of them and cooperate, they can be of value.
To wrap up the series, this month we will discuss how and why recruiters will blackball, reject, and ignore you and your resume.
Here are the behaviors that will get you on the naughty list, and preclude you from consideration, no matter how talented or experienced you are:
BLOWING UP THEIR PHONES OR EMAIL
If the recruiter tells you they don’t know anything about your status yet, don’t harass them. If they don’t have an answer for you at 9AM, they probably won’t have one for you at 1PM, or 5PM that same day.. these things can move at a glaciers pace, following up once a week is fine. If you are under serious consideration, I promise they will call you. And you did your job right on the interview, you’ll know what the next step is anyway. If you constantly harass the recruiter and / or question their effectiveness and professionalism, you’ll get bounced from this and future searches for being a troublemaker.
LYING TO THEM ABOUT ANYTHING
If the recruiter asks you if you are aware of a position in XYZ company, and you are already a submitted candidate or otherwise talking to them, say so. If you took another position midway through the interview process, say so. Don’t string anyone along, and don’t just disappear.. you will develop a reputation as a shady person.
NOT SHOWING UP FOR THE INTERVIEW
Sad I have to tell adults this, but when you miss appointments without calling, you’ll get a bad reputation.. I have had people contact me for help after doing this to my hiring authority, and to me, and get indignant when I won’t help them.
NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT
Another way to get blackballed.. being wishy washy at the time of being offered a position you said you wanted.. all those times the recruiter ( if they are good) asked you if you were committed to making a move, and you said yes, only to put the brakes on at the last minute.. if you do that more than once, word will get around.
ACTING LIKE YOU WALK ON WATER, OR THAT YOU ARE DOING THE RECRUITER A FAVOR
Don’t fail the attitude test. Be nice. Acting like you are the savior of the position is not attractive, even if you are the best at what you do.
Being known as the “talented yet nasty” candidate is not something you want.
The bottom line is, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.. think about what you are doing, preferably before you do it.. You are asking someone for help, and should be grateful that someone introduced you and is representing you to an opportunity you didn’t create.
Until next time, I wish you all the best