Have you ever talked to a recruiter and had the hair on the back of your neck stand up? …the feeling that you are being lied to? …the nagging doubt about his sincerity? …the dread that you are making a big mistake?
You were right! Listen to your feelings.
Why recruiters lie
Not because their lips are moving.
Recruiters want to be liked. They wish they could help everyone. They can’t. They lie.
What you should do
Whenever you talk to a recruiter you should ask tough questions about what he will do for you. If he won’t commit to submitting you for a specific job, he won’t. He may get lucky and a job will come in the next day, but you should not bet on it. Find another recruiter, and another.
If a recruiter asks you to allow her to market your resume without your looking for a job, ask for weekly progress reports. Don’t let a recruiter stop your job search unless she is getting you interviews. If she is not making progress, tell her you are going to take back the job search and do it yourself, but she is welcome to continue co-marketing you..
You are in charge of your job search. You have to know your resume is being submitted or do it yourself. A recruiter asking for time to exclusively market you should report back and get results. Take charge.
Something To Do Today
List all the recruiters you are working with. Rate them. Who do you trust? Who is getting you interviews.
Tomorrow: 3 types of recruiters