Confessions of a Serial Headhunter


Myth 12: Recruiters Hide the Negatives When Presenting Candidates

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Some recruiters definitely try to make a candidate appear more appealing by embellishing the truth. They’ll try to convince you to hire a less-than-ideal candidate just to get the job filled. While it’s unfortunate that these people do exist in our industry, you should know that you’ll never get less than the whole truth from… Read more »

Myth 11: Recruiters Won’t Understand My Industry

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If you work with a generalist this one is actually true. One staffing firm cannot truly serve as an expert in every industry. Sure, the agency may have placed candidates in a wide-variety of areas, but that alone certainly does not certify them as a hiring authority in the field. Steer clear of firms claiming… Read more »

Myth 10: Recruiters Will Come Off As Annoying To Candidates, Which Leads To Them Not Applying

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Simply stated, some recruiters are downright maddening. They think they’re being helpful, but in reality, the only thing they’re doing is causing headaches. It’s important to choose a seasoned staffing partner who knows how to interact with candidates without crossing the line. 4 Ways Inexperienced Recruiters Annoy Candidates Working with a recruiter can be a… Read more »

Myth 9: My Company Looks Desperate When Using a Recruiter

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Many companies believe using a recruiter makes them look desperate. They’re under the false assumption that outsourcing their staffing needs is careless, as they should be doing it themselves. However, this theory couldn’t be more off-base. Partnering with a recruiting firm actually makes a company come off well, because the candidate marketplace perceives this as… Read more »

Myth 6: All I Need to Do is Go on LinkedIn and Find Someone.

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LinkedIn is an amazing tool. In fact, as of August 2014, more than 313 million members have profile on the site, making it the world’s largest database of professionals. It’s a great way for companies to find information on candidates you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. However, LinkedIn shouldn’t be the only tool… Read more »

Myth 5: Job Seekers Don’t Like Working with Recruiters

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If you think job seekers don’t like working with recruiters ─ think again. Sure, there are definitely some people who prefer to embark on a solo job search, but these candidates are few and far between, as the best candidates already know the advantages of utilizing a recruiter. Recruiters serve as an intermediary between companies… Read more »

Myth 4: Recruiters are Just too Expensive

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Using an outside recruiter is certainly not cheap. However, keeping hiring internal can be just as expensive and ultimately even more costly. When properly executed, the candidate selection process takes time ─ and your time is valuable. If you factor in your time spent recruiting and the opportunity costs of that time, using an outside… Read more »

Myth 3: Recruiters Are in it For a Quick Fee

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It’s true ─ some recruiters are only focused on earning a quick profit. This mindset is certainly not shared by the majority of staffing professionals, but sadly, the few who operate this way tarnish the industry for everyone. There are definitely recruiters out there who scrape resumes and send them over to clients. Some source… Read more »