No matter how buddy-buddy you become with a recruiter, whether he/she works for an agency, an employer or themselves, it’s important to keep the relationship professional. Though it is a recruiter’s job to get to know job seekers and determine if they’d be a good fit for the available position, job seekers should have a positive attitude while being open and honest about their previous employment.
ITAC Mobile’s recruiter Annie McRee recommends that you avoid saying these four things to a recruiter:
- Why haven’t you found me a job yet?
“Many job seekers will start the conversation by blaming recruiters for why they have not found a job,” McRee said. “Attitude and phone etiquette are extremely important, so it’s a good idea to start the conversation on a positive note. When I speak with a job seeker who is energetic and eager to work, it excites and motivates me.” We understand that sense of urgency many of our job seekers have in gaining employment or getting out of a bad situation and ask for your patience while we work to line up the right opportunities for you.
- I can do anything.
“We need to know specifics!” McRee said. “Thoroughly explain your skillset and what it is you’re looking for in a new position. With those details, we’ll be more equipped to help you find a fitting position.” It’s also just as important to tell us what duties you’ve had in the past but just don’t want in your next job. Like anything else in life, shoot too broadly and you’re bound to hit the wrong thing.
- It’s listed on my resume.
“I can read the job descriptions listed on your resume, but these are usually pretty vague,” McRee said. “I want to hear the specific tasks you do on a day-to-day basis. For instance, ‘Accounts Receivable’ can include many duties. Did you process invoices? How many invoices per day? Did you handle collections? Work off an aging report?”
- Well, at my last job… [insert frustrated vent session here].
“I want job seekers to be honest with me; however, I’d rather them highlight the positive things about their past employment than the negative,” McRee said. While it’s important to let a recruiter know what you disliked about your previous job or employer, avoid completely venting about the entire experience. Instead, think of it as a learning experience and respectfully explain to your recruiter why you disliked the things that you did. McRee pointed out: “Keep a positive attitude and the specifics of negative experiences to yourself. The person you are interviewing with could know the person you’re speaking of.” Having this honest conversation will help your recruiter understand what you’re looking for and not looking for in a new position.
Recruiters can be great allies in your job search if the relationship is managed professionally. At ITAC, we strive to build relationships with job seekers to understand the skills, credentials and experience they bring to the table in order to find a quality fit between individuals and employers. We’re going to ask you dozens of questions, so help us help you by keeping a positive attitude and sharing the right details with us.
ITAC Solutions is a recruiting firm headquartered in Birmingham with additional offices in Atlanta, Huntsville, Mobile and Nashville. ITAC specializes in the temporary, contract, and direct placement of accounting, information technology, corporate and administrative professionals.