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Job Search Mistakes– Only Relying on Recruiters (VIDEOS)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another mistake job hunters make too often – – only working with recruiters.


If you don't know me personally, you don't know that I'm a recruiter for a living. That's why make most of my income.

However, I want to say something to you very bluntly, in your job search, don't rely on recruiters. There are the statistics:

20 to 22% of all positions are filled by recruiters. Thus, 78% are filled by other means. Why are you spending all your time working with search firms or recruiting firms or agents or headhunters?

Being blunt, when I'm doing a search to fill the position, you are not paying me anything. The client is paying me to find someone. If you don't fit that job, you go into "inventory." Then, you get frustrated because you are counting on me and I never made that commitment to you, either explicit or implicit , and you think I'm supposed be working to find YOU a job? Respectfully, how much skinned you have in the game?

Zero. All you have is a lot of wishing and hoping and thinking that you are qualified and you are not. You're not from my clients anyway at a given time.

So the fact of the matter is, that is true when you are working with other recruiters. The recruiter that's giving you lots of time, the one who is rewriting your resume, or telling you what they think about your LinkedIn profile is a green kid who doesn't know squat.

Just recognize how the business works. Whether it is a retained firm or contingency firm, recruiters are paid to fill openings. We are hired by a firm that has made a promise to pay us, either partially a retained basis or entirely on a contingency basis when we identify someone who they decide to hire, So why do you think we work for you? We don't!

You are responsible for your own career. Don't sacrifice your search to a third party who says, "I'm going to find you a job," because they are not. They are going to fill a job with YOU. That's different.

Maybe they can and you know, the statistics for yourself. They are probably not.

Because you are spamming your resume all over the place hoping recruiters pick up on it. We work for companies don't rely upon address exclusively. You have a lot of other tools to use in order to find work. If you don't believe me, I have more than 800 other videos (in fact, more than 2000 other videos) that can teach you how to find work more quickly.

Start learning what you need to. Get to work on finding work.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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