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Why Are Most Recruiters Unhelpful? (VIDEO)

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.


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.’ 90% of the time. It’s only when they want to know something from you like your availability for interviews when you will hear from them. Otherwise, they will just ignore your question or email.”

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 people who will fit a job requirement and are qualified to do what employer needs to have done. Everything else is window dressing.

So you have questions. 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 the 2 of you are working together to find you a job. When that couldn’t be furthest from the truth.

Those clinic phrases like, “Don’t hesitate to reach out,” are part of the seduction that recruiters used to help build relationship. The relationship is designed to engender trust by you (which obviously isn’t occurring here. That is the theory behind it), engender a relationship that fosters trust so that by the time a job offer is extended by the employer, you are less resistant to their “closing techniques” that will cause them to earn a fee.

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

Before you start replying and saying, “Without me, they don’t receive their fee,.” that is absolutely true. However, there are a lot more of you than there are of employers willing to pay the fee to them. 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. As a result, recruiters are not particularly responsive if the client is not asking to meet with you or if you’re gonna take that advice or information to get a different job the one they are representing. What would they help you? Their job is to deliver you to their client, not help you get a job,

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



Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. changes that with 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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