Jessica Miller-Merrell | , ,| By
Job Search Strategies that Get You on a Recruiter’s Job Blacklist
Working as a recruiter is tough, and passive job seekers are estimated to now be 47% of your workforce a year. This means that nearly half of your workforce each year is casually job searching , laying low, and keeping their options open. There really is no such thing as a passive candidate because everyone is looking. For recruiters, this presents a number of different challenges including a large influx of job applications of people who are never really happy at work ever. Recruiters and hiring managers also face sifting through the perpetual job hopper who because of the economy or other personal factors is always on the search for more. This means more money, better hours, or lower employee benefit costs. A large percentage of the workforce works and job search in fight or flight mode. They are running to protect their family and standard of living. And I don’t blame them. It’s one of the reason I work for me. I’m the only boss I’ve ever been happy with in my entire professional career.
Lying on your Resume and Tips for Job Seekers
What job seekers don’t do is take the time to understand the life and job of someone working in HR or recruiting, and that is a big mistake. Marketers spend time understanding, learning, and evaluating their target product demographic. Personally, job seekers should do. I recommend they build relationships with recruiters or an HR professional. Sit down with them, ask questions, and use the knowledge to develop their own job search marketing strategy. Except most don’t, and they do things like the infographic from Bullhorn Reach lists below. Designed in a spooky Halloween theme, here are the highlights along with a few tips:
- Twenty-one percent of job seekers exaggerate their qualifications on their resume. As I mentioned job seekers are programmed to fight and unfortunately, many believe that means presenting themselves dishonestly in order to obtain the job. Sites like this one offer help to job seekers to lie their way to their next job and take your money without conscience.
- Fifty-seven percent of recruiters factor in a candidate’s personality fit with the company. It’s not just about being the perfect job seeker on paper. You have to fit in with the culture, the people, and the expectations of the organization.
- As someone who is an independent contractor and self-employed myself, there is a negative perception out there. It’s easy to slap “business owner” or “consultant” on your resume. 47% of recruiters associate the word “self-employed” with “unemployed” even if you actually are running a successful independent business.
- Over eager and aggressive job seekers are a pain. 11% of recruiters have these type of job seekers follow up multiple times each week, and 43% of recruiters have black listed a candidate over this behavior. I agree. It’s annoying to get 43 calls in one day from an eager and annoying job seeker. While I didn’t receive 43 voicemail messages, there is a little piece of technology called Caller ID.