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Your Job Search Benefits from Honesty

I’m a recruiter. Unfortunately, I’m not a mind reader. Sometimes, I wish I could read minds because it would help candidates avoid the one big mistake they make when partnering with recruiters. Always be completely honest and upfront with your recruiter.

How Holding Back Information Can Hurt Your Job Search.

Let me give you two examples of how holding back can hurt your job search. First, job seekers sometimes fail to tell their recruiter when their company, position, or compensation preferences change. Second, job seekers hurt themselves by not telling recruiters about personal obligations and other things that might interfere with their job searches. Let’s talk about these issues so you don’t cost yourself a job by making the same mistakes.

Changed Preferences Mean a Changed Job Search.

Recruiters try to match the right candidates with the right job. I’m not going to waste your time by talking to you about positions that don’t fit your personality, skills, and compensation preferences. When you tell me that making a certain salary is important to you, I’m not going to send you jobs below that compensation level.

For example, I spoke with one of my job candidates the other day about his job search. We reviewed his preferences, and he informed me that he decided about a month ago that he could take a lot less in compensation. The result? A month's worth of job opportunities had passed him by.

When things change, tell your recruiter first. Why? If you don’t tell me first, you might miss out on opportunities that fit your new preferences. The same lesson is true about your personal obligations.

Don’t Let Personal Issues Become Professional Issues.

Job candidates want to put their best foot forward. Sometimes, the quest to be a great candidate means that candidates leave small, but important, details out of their story. Do you have a vacation planned? Are you getting married? Do you have to resolve a family or health issue? Do you have other interviews lined up? Trust me: be honest with your recruiter.

I deal with these situations every day. Be up front with me, and I can help you. Bring these things up at the last minute, and they can be a deal-breaker. Why? Changing the game at the last second with a hiring company makes you look sneaky or complicated for no reason at all. Also, don’t be afraid to tell me that you have another job interview, even if you got it through another recruiter. I know how the industry works, and I’m glad that you’re a marketable candidate.

Honesty is the Best Policy

Good recruiters are here to help you, but we’re not mind readers. Be up-front and honest about your job preferences and situation, particularly if something changes during the job search. Recruiters know that work and life are complicated, and we’re here to work with you so you can find the right job opportunities and simplify the overall deal. Eliminating surprises helps us help you.