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Why Are Most Recruiters Unhelpful? (VIDEO)


Why is her most recruiters unhelpful and tend to constantly ignore emails from applicants in the interview process? From my experience, recruiters always say something along the lines of, “Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions,” but 90% of the time if it is not something they want to know from you such as your availability for interviews, it will just ignore your question or email.

Summary

The question for today is, "Why are most recruiters unhelpful and tend to ignore emails from applicants during the interview process? From my experience, recruiters always say something along the lines of, 'Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.' But 90% of the time. It's only when they want something from you, like your availability for an interview, that you will hear from them."

You have to understand the job of a recruiter. I always start off at this basic point – – how much are you paying them? Probably nothing. How much is an employer paying them? Employers are paying their fee. Thus, they are being paid to find the person who fits a job requirement and are qualified to do what employer needs to have done. Period. Everything else is window dressing.

So that you have questions, well, they are not paid to answer questions. Coaches are. As a result, you have this mistaken notion that they are working for you or that you are working together to find you a job. That could be furthest from the case.

Those kind of phrases like, "Don't hesitate to reach out," our part of the seduction that recruiters used to help build relationship. The idea of the relationship is designed to engender trust by you (which obviously isn't occurring here) so that at the time with the employer extends a job offer you are less resistant to their "closing techniques" that will allow them to earn a fee.

They are not there to answer your questions. They are not social workers. They are not counselors. They are there to recruit talent and fill positions and coincidentally make you happy.

Before you start replying and telling me that without you they don't earn their fee, that is absolutely right. However, there are a lot more review than there are employers willing to pay them a fee. Recruiters always believe that they can get a replacement person because they have proven it time and time again.

You, on the other hand, want that one job and, as a result, recruiters are not particularly responsive unless the client asked to meet with you, if there is the possibility that you might use that information to take a different job than the one that they are representing. After all, why should they help you? Their job is to deliver you to their client an unnecessarily help YOU get a job.

So, the confusion, the question comes from the mistaken notion that they should be responsive to you. That's not their job. In recruiters there to fill positions with companies and coincidentally coaching into getting that job with their client. Period. In doing so, they earn a fee from that employer.

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.

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10 thoughts on “Why Are Most Recruiters Unhelpful? (VIDEO)

  1. I guess that would explain why during my search, I had NO help from any
    recruiter I talked to(and I talked to a lot of them), but had more success
    in applying to the posted jobs myself. hmm…makes me wonder why they are
    in business???

  2. I guess that would explain why during my search, I had NO help from any recruiter I talked to(and I talked to a lot of them), but had more success in applying to the posted jobs myself. hmm…makes me wonder why they are in business???

  3. Once you’ve been in the game for a while, you’ll learn to use and if
    necessary abuse recruiters. If one calls me to see how I’m doing I will
    always give them an availability date that is months out. When they ask for
    an updated resume, I’m assuming they are wanting leads and I cut them off
    at the knees unless there is an open req that moment. Unless I’m currently
    unemployed I follow up only by email, never by phone. Any open req is cross
    referenced against the major job boards to see if they are the primary or
    just a feeder. As soon as rates come up I deflect every single time. If
    they want reference up front, I put them on my block list for life. Do this
    consistently and you end up with a few or zero recruiters. If the number is
    zero, assume you can find a job on your own better, if you end up with a
    few treat them well

  4. Once you’ve been in the game for a while, you’ll learn to use and if necessary abuse recruiters. If one calls me to see how I’m doing I will always give them an availability date that is months out. When they ask for an updated resume, I’m assuming they are wanting leads and I cut them off at the knees unless there is an open req that moment. Unless I’m currently unemployed I follow up only by email, never by phone. Any open req is cross referenced against the major job boards to see if they are the primary or just a feeder. As soon as rates come up I deflect every single time. If they want reference up front, I put them on my block list for life. Do this consistently and you end up with a few or zero recruiters. If the number is zero, assume you can find a job on your own better, if you end up with a few treat them well

  5. +Maurice Levie You can obviously run your personal business any way you like AND your complete opposition to recruiters has been presented with smug superiority. One thing I have seen in 40+ years is that there comes a tie when people need help and your rudeness may come back to hurt you. Like not saving for retirement, one day you wake up and BOOM. AND, again, you can run your business as you wish.

  6. Jeff Altman ha ha ha. Folks, witnesses the clutch your pearls routine. As you’ll discover with recruiters, they have a wide array of conditioned responses, and pointed insults. I’m more bemused at this point, really. If you’re for real, admit to your viewers that the recruiting profession lays somewhere between second hand car salesman and cab driver. In fact, you started out so well in this video I decided to offload some of my tricks.

  7. Maurice, every profession has that issue. You think there are developers that are little more than arsonists for their employers? My own background, if you do some research, includes an article called, “Why People Hate Third Party Recruiters,” where I lay waste on my former profession. But again, remember that arrogance has a way of coming back to bite people in the but. As I said before, you may run your business any way you like. Rudeness has a way of coming back to bite people in the rear at the least opportune times. Have a great day.

  8. Jeff Altman indeed. About 2 months ago the VP of the group of
    Companies I’m associated with held a meeting with the entire area associates and flat out revealed that their MO was to make money off their associates any which way they could, using the financial crisis as a ruse.
    Now, it is rather bizarre to think any three player game can be played for long with one of them consenting to be clueless. Thanks to realrates I wised up quickly, and now play the game as hard if not harder than the recruiters I run into. The company I keep are the 3rd party agencies that are picky with clients, stand firm on their fee structure and know to keep in touch over the years. Heck, I even use a fellow traveler’s database of recruiters and recruiting agencies to determine whom I’m dealing with. Love listening to your vids keep em coming but looking at the lack of comments that shake your world view you’re in a bubble.

  9. Most people would rather criticize than praise. What I find is I get messages through LinkedIn thanking me for the videos and very little criticism. I take the absence of criticism as an endorsement

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