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Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You

Larry Buhl, Monster Contributing Writer

If you want a job, you wouldnt intentionally try to make recruiters hate you. But
youd be surprised at how often an eager job seeker will make an enemy out of
the very people they need to impress. Some blunders are merely irritating, while
others can make recruiters do a slow burn when they hear your name.
OK, hate is too strong a word in most cases. More Resources from Monster:
But if you want to totally blow your chances
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with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the
companies they work for -- here are six
perfect ways to do so.
1. Get Creepily Personal

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Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You



Recruiting consultant Abby Kohut recalls a

phone interview (that had gone pretty well
up to that point) in which the job seeker
ended the call by asking her to marry him.


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When I told him that was an inappropriate

thing to say to a hiring manager for the
company, he said, Oh, I thought you were a just a headhunter. As if that would have made it all right.
2. Use Cutesy Language, Texting Slang and Dumb Resume Tricks
The gimmicky resume is a pet peeve of Barbara Safani, president of Career Solvers, a career-management firm based in New York
City. Please do not send a resume inside a shoe, saying youre looking for a foot in the door, she says. Beyond annoying the
recruiter (FYI -- that glitter you put in your envelope will get you noticed, but will take time to clean up), these tactics make recruiters
think you dont take them -- or your job search -- seriously.
3. Be Rude and Aggressive
Job hunters who use heavy-handed tactics with recruiters, like sending an angry email in all caps after being passed over for a job,
wont impress the recruiter either, says John OConnor, president and CEO of Career Pro, a career-coaching company in Raleigh, North
Some candidates see the recruiter as an antagonist who must be pushed and prodded and bullied to work on their behalf, OConnor
tells In other cases, theyre frustrated by the job search process and feel the need to take it out on the recruiter.
4. Lie
Making up something impressive might get you in the door. But if youve grossly inflated your abilities and work history and the
employer finds out, you will have burned two bridges, not just one.




Lying on the resume ( drives recruiters mad, OConnor says. I know people think desperate times call for desperate measures, but the
best recruiters are going to do their due diligence and if youve misrepresented the dates, times, duties and technical responsibilities,
that recruiter will never trust you, and probably wont call you.
5. Stalk the Recruiter
A suggestion to stay in touch doesnt mean daily or twice-daily follow-ups. If its been a few weeks and you havent heard, it doesnt
mean youve been forgotten, Safani says.
Kohut agrees, adding that a recruiter who thinks youre a good fit for a position will let you know right away. Calling them constantly
and demanding to be submitted to a company will just make them think youre desperate and unhinged and a little scary, she says.
6. Act Like You Dont Care
Sending stock cover letters ( addressed to sir or madam, forgetting to change the name of the last recruiter you queried on your cover letter,
saying youll take any old job and not proofing your correspondence might not make a recruiter hate you. But such sloppiness wont
impress them, either. And they might just take affront at your dismissive attitude.
Always Be Professional
Employment professionals say that, while one screwup wont engender hatred, it might cause the recruiter to relegate you to the NDC
list -- the list of nondesirable candidates they will not correspond with.
Some of the worst behaviors -- pushiness, stalking, haughtiness -- come from job hunters who dont really understand how a recruiter
works, OConnor says. If candidates would understand that the recruiters real clients are the companies with the job openings, not




the job seekers, they would approach recruiters with more professionalism.
Even if the recruiter isnt acting in the most professional or diligent manner, you still need to be professional, he adds.

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