The best people in our inglorious industry will not work with bad recruiters – so why should you settle?
The barriers to enter the world of recruitment are low, just as in sales; there is no formal training or regulated license required. Any chancer with a telephone and a computer can call themselves a recruiter nowadays. This allows for a great deal of competition which is mighty most of the time but on occasion it can cause problems for all the stakeholders in the recruitment process.
As the story goes "It all started with a bang" or in this case it all starts when the recruitment parasites cut corners and make concession on how ethically they behave. This article is about knowing when you are dealing with an unscrupulous recruiter, allowing you to filter these out in favour of the top-class recruiters you should deal with.
The objective of working with a recruiter to actively share information and let them represent you to job opportunities. A recruiter with little experience or lack of scruples in fact jurt your chancs of finding your dream job, as they can misrepresent you to their clients, your potential employers. In this game you only get one chance so we have to make it count.
The big flashing yellow warning signs of a Recruitment Cowboy:
This should wend alarm bells ringing when the"recruiter" cannot give you the right information about the vacancy (such as remuneration, duties, organisational structures etc.), the company and sometimes can't even inform you about the industry. There could obviously be legitimate reasons but generally speaking this will be a very bad indicator. Keep in mind that a good recruiter would not be willing to fill a vacancy without this information being supplied by his clients.
No foal, no fee assignments only:
This usually means they have not actually been given the formal instruction to work on behalf of any specific company. They are instead sending candidates out to a job on a wing and a prayer that the client will want to interview. Unless the client is on board (and they are not likely to be), both you and the so called recruiter are doing sweet F more than wasting time.
Only ever speaks with you when they have a role that fits:
When you don't show jaw-dropping interest, they will quickly move on down on their list. Although this is the nature of the unforgiving animal that is recruitment, a good recruiter will touch base with you on a regular basis. This would typically be a call every 6 months or so for some casual information sharing and general catch up. This is an essential part of really understanding a candidate and knowing exactly what you are looking for.
Not specialized in your field:
this one comes with a caveat, the jobs market is changing and so too is the way recruitment works, non-specialized recruiters may be common place in some jurisdictions. Having said that there are many generalist recruitment agencies of significant size that will try to break into niche job markets. And even though the recruitment agency you are dealing with may be well known, the specific recruiter looking after your market might be working on their own cognition and be tasked ‘building their own market’ which is a mammoth task and will certainly not help you find the job you are looking for.
All about the money:
This is when a recruiter concentrates exclusively or almost exclusively on your cash remuneration as opposed to what should really matter to candidates, e.g. growth, up-skilling and career opportunities. Again, an informed and expert recruiter should take a more holistic approach and see what will really make you happy when you land a new position.
They will forcibly talk you into taking a job, often not giving you enough time to really consider the job and make a decision. This will inevitably lead to you making the incorrect decision for you and changing you changing your mind shortly after accepting the job.
Asking you, yes you, for a "bitta dosh"
Candidates should never have to a recruiter for doing their job. This is because the client (employer) pays their fees. If you are asked for money by a recruiter, ask exactly what it is for and then tell them this and you can quote me:
"In Ireland it is not illegal to ask for a job seeker to pay a recruiter to finds them a job. However, the maximum fee that a recruiter can charge is one euro and twenty seven cents (it used to be one punt before the euro change-over, thus the reason for the strangely specific figure) and that if they are that stuck for cash, they can sing for it."
If you come across a "recruiter" who exhibits any of these tell tale signs, politely tell them that you are either you are conducting your own job search or working exclusively with another recruitment agency and ask to be removed from their books. By law they have to remove you and even send you a letter confirming the removal, so make sure you gte that or you know, and email, it is 2014 after-all.
Do note that the large majority of recruiters out there are highly professional and work hard to ensure your best interests are at the centre of their drive. Trust me they are just as weary of the cowboys as you my friend. It's amazing how a few bad apples can often spoil the whole bunch. That's why I have written this article, in order to save you having a negative experience and ensure you only work with the best :)
Happy Job Hunting (Sounds so much cooler than job hunting don't you think?)
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