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While the following is true of recruiters, it is also true of in-house HR departments doing their own searches as well.
Thanks Lynx,5 Reasons why you will be rejected by recruiters
As Singapore’s labour market becomes tighter, getting a good job might mean you have to work closely with a recruitment agency. That’s because today many of us are suffering from information overload from all directions.
With higher internet penetration rate around the globe, HRs is getting way too many applicants. Imagine googling for a book and it return with 100 results. No one is going to click through every single result.
Man companies have dispensed with traditional human resources departments in favour of outside recruiters. It saves to save precious time — but it also means that you have a new set of barriers to deal with.
We can be extremely picky (kind of like kids that turn up their noses at broccoli) because our reputations are on the line with each and every candidate search.
For those who might not know, recruiters scour databases and place advertisements looking for potential hires. We also do much of the screening processes that HR employees used to do. And lately recruiters also check online profiles like LinkedIn—which means you could be rejected before you even knew you were being considered.
Recruiters look for different qualities in candidates, but while each recruiter has his own preferences, there are often certain similarities in what they don’t like. By avoiding these gaffes, you can easily make yourself a much more attractive candidate.
Here are five reasons a recruiter might give you a miss for a different candidate:
Not Following Instructions
This means that if the job listing asks for a photo and you don’t include one, or if you don’t bother following other the instructions in the advertisement, you will look like someone who can’t follow directions. Pay attention to detail, and recruiters will pay attention to you.
If you are contacted about a position and you sound about as thrilled as you would be if you learned about another MRT breakdown update, you will hurt your chances of getting the job. Being too laid-back can be confused for being uninterested.
So if you are interested in the job, act like it. Show some enthusiasm. You don’t have to react like a winner in the latest Toto draw but at least show that you have a heartbeat. Recruiters want to hire people who are excited about their work so that their client company will be excited about the candidate.
Beating around the Bush
Conversely, if you are not excited about the job because you’re not interested, tell us what you are thinking (after hearing what we have to say). Don’t fake enthusiasm only to turn down the position when you are given it. If you waste the recruiter’s time, he will not want to waste his on you when the next opportunity comes along.
Given the increasing number of temp and contract assignments these days, many recruiters do multiple placements for candidates. This means your entire career could be placed by a single recruiter.
So if you make a bad impression at a company where the recruiter previously placed you—calling in sick on Mondays and dropping early on Fridays—you can forget about ever getting another opportunity from that recruiter.
Disrespecting the Recruiter
Some job seekers don’t treat recruiters with the same respect they would give a potential employer. They show up for interviews looking like they just fell off their bed and don’t take things seriously. Obviously, that’s a big mistake. If you don’t treat the recruiter with the same consideration and respect you would a hiring manager, you might get passed over for the position.
Remember: if you work with a good recruiter who likes you and is on your side, you have a better chance of getting the job you seek.
Following is the original article before it was plagiarized.....
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