- On March 26, 2023
5 things never to do to your recruiter. And yes I have had all these things happen to me, by normal-seeming lawyers.
- If your recruiter tells you about a job, don’t go around the recruiter and apply on your own. This behavior shows lack of judgment and lack of ethics, and the hiring manager will notice. (Yes, I have had painful conversations with clients/hiring managers when candidates go around me, and the clients are not pleased.)
- Don’t tell your recruiter you want to sue the prospective employer for bogus reasons if you get dinged. Yes, that scenario has actually happened, and again, the client is not pleased.
- Don’t tell your recruiter that you have never applied to that company when you actually have. It could happen by mistake, e.g., if you don’t track where you are submitting yourself. So start a spreadsheet! Note that many employers consider any application for any job there at any time in the past to count as having applied there. Sometimes I can get an exception, sometimes not, but I definitely need to know what the situation is to get you the best reception.
- Don’t tell different people to submit you to the same job. Multiple submissions guarantee chaos. Who is prepping you throughout the process? Who advocates for you internally? If you get hired, who will get paid? Everyone looks bad, including you.
- Don’t treat your recruiter as your therapist. I’m obligated to tell my clients, the employer, anything material that they should know.
Moral of the story: you want me to remember you for your poise, professionalism, and skills, not for crazy things you have done.