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As an intelligent, experienced professional, you probably know how to find a job yourself, but you chose to take on a staffing partner to help you find the very best position for your needs. After putting your trust in the hands of a recruiter, it can be incredibly disheartening to feel like they’re trying to place you in a job — any job — as soon as possible just to make a commission.

The best recruiters truly want to help both you and the company. They’re able to remain neutral and do everything in their power to find a match that makes everyone happy.

5 Signs of a Dishonest Recruiter

Not quite sure if you can trust your recruiter? Run quickly in the other direction if any of these five situations sound familiar:

  1. Not Taking the Time to Get to Know You: Anyone truly interested in placing you in the right position will take the time to get to know you and to discuss your career goals. If the recruiter isn’t interested in learning more about you, run the other way!
  2. Keeping You Out of the Loop: Good recruiters will never leave you hanging. They understand that it’s nerve-wracking to sit around waiting to hear if you’ve made it to the next round of interviews with a company, so they’ll check in often. When they have new information, they’ll call you right away, so you can know where you stand.
  3. Introducing Jobs that Make No Sense: If a recruiter keeps trying to get you to agree to jobs that clearly don’t fit your skills, experience and interests, you can be sure they have the wrong intentions. The best recruiters remain objective, as it in their best interest if both you and the company are ultimately happy.
  4. Failing to Properly Present You to Clients: Have you gone on at least one job interview and been a bit confused because many details the recruiter told you didn’t match what the hiring manager had to say? Sometimes mistakes happen, but if this becomes a common occurrence or if the mistakes are glaring, it’s time to find a staffing partner who actually wants the best for you.
  5. Submitting You to Jobs Without Asking: Consider it a major red flag if you seem to be magically getting interviews for jobs you never applied to. It’s completely unethical for a recruiter to submit your resume for any position without asking you. It’s not that hard to pick up the phone and talk to you about a job, so there’s clearly a reason they’re going behind your back — and it’s a shady one.

Searching for a recruiter you can trust? Contact Longview Search Alliance. We firmly believe that using a search firm shouldn’t be about skepticism and uncertainty. Our company is founded on the principles of transparency and candor in the recruiting process, so you can count on us to always have your best interests at heart.

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