Headhunters Reveal 11 Ways to Ruin Your Chances of Getting a Job

From the Business Insider War Room newsletter, here’s an article with some great insights for any current or future job seekers on how best to engage with recruiters. The entire article can be found at: http://read.bi/jL7zpX. Here’s a summary of the key points:

  1. Holding back information can make you look sneaky
  2. Providing a vague description of your accomplishments makes it harder for a headhunter to place you
  3. Don’t assume that a headhunter will do all the work for you
  4. Not tailoring your resume to a specific job tells a recruiter that you are either lazy or the wrong candidate for the position
  5. Don’t waste time by applying for jobs that you are not qualified for
  6. A poor online reputation will torpedo your chances of getting a phone call from a headhunter
  7. The best time to contact a headhunter is when you are employed
  8. It is not a headhunter’s responsibility to tell you what you’re good at
  9. Not revealing your compensation requirements or being inflexible is a huge turn-off
  10. Not personalizing your cover letter practically guarantees your letter will be recycled
  11. Follow-up and keep the recruiters in the loop

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