The Truth About Recruiters

Most people reading this will have a thing or two to say about recruiters, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Well, join the queue. Even I do, and I was once one. 

You apply for a role, and you're absolutely convinced you can do the job. Somehow or other, your CV doesn't end up in front of the client, and you don't score an interview. Frustrating. 

I've been on both sides of the recruitment fence — as a candidate and as a recruitment consultant. Here's what I've learned that will help relieve you of some pain.

Here's the thing: even though there are some lackluster recruiters out there, some actually do care about candidates. Yet ultimately, it's their client who pays them.

A good recruiter could've spent more than a year convincing their client that they know the market, the industry, and how to find them the right person. The raw truth is that the recruiter simply has too much invested in this to take a risk on blowing it.

Recruiters and hiring managers are bombarded...

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Hey, Jobseeker: Are You Making These Mistakes?

Frustrated with sending out your CV and hearing nothing back? Losing patience with recruiters who take a lot of your time, but give very little away? 

The last year has been exceptionally tough for so many of us. Jobs lost, hours cut, careers put on hold without warning. For a lot of us, there’s no time to lose in finding a new source of stable income. 

Tiptoeing around the issues isn’t going to land you a new job. So I’m going to be honest and direct. 

Your hard work is what’s going to land you that role. Sorry to burst the bubble, but in this game, there are no magic quick-fix money-makers. 

Ready to get serious about getting employed? Learning to avoid these all-too-common mistakes is a solid step 1.

Mistake 1: Thinking it’s a recruiter’s job to find you work 

I’m a recruiter turned career coach, so I’ve seen both sides of the fence. 

I can tell you, hand on heart, what so many people don’t...

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I recently left my life as I knew it, to start afresh and follow my heart. I left my friends, my job, my apartment, sold all my furniture, my car, left the city I’d called home for six years and the country I’d called home for 12. Yes, it was bloody scary at times but also super exciting! Fast forward a few months and I’m now settling into my new life in Italy and working with people from all over the world via Skype. The miracles of 21st-century technology!

You see the time had come to practice what I preach, and take a leap into the unknown. Having hit the big FOUR ZERO not so long ago, I couldn’t get past the thought that I’ll be working for another 20 or 30 years. Could I really stay in my role and profession for that long? What did I want to be doing, where, with whom, and how?

In my role as a recruiter, I was lucky enough to coach a number of people who were at a crossroads in their life and career. They felt stuck and were looking for more...

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I know, I know, you’ve heard all this talk about ‘the hidden job market’ but what exactly is it, and where is the wretched thing hiding?

In truth, there’s nothing particularly mysterious about the hidden job market. It’s nothing more or less than those unadvertised jobs that don’t appear on job boards. But did you know that recent studies show about 80% of jobs aren’t advertised! Now that’s a LOT of missed opportunities if you don’t know where to look.

There are a few different ways to tap into all that unexplored career gold, cut your competition and bypass the recruiters. The good news is it’s pretty easy to do. All it takes is a bit of time and effort.

Start by putting together a hit list of 10-20 companies you want to work for. Then:

  • Work out why you want to work for them. You’ll need this straight in your head when you introduce yourself. Tip: a bit of flattery will get you everywhere.
  • Follow them on...
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