Remember that you are the source of the recruiter’s income, even if it’s indirectly. You are entitled to courtesy and respect, as well as honest and prompt answers to your questions. However, remember that you’re not the recruiter’s only candidate. You must be persistent.
“Another common misconception about recruiting, especially with third-party search firms, is that they’re constantly working with your resume to find a position. That’s not the case,” Myers says, “When you call a recruiter, they don’t care about you unless they happen to have an open job order that fits your qualifications exactly, that happens to be sitting on their desk right in front of them. If you get lucky and call or email at exactly the right time and all the stars align, they’ll be really happy to hear from you because you’ve given them a great opportunity to get a commission. If not, don’t take it personally. I recommend my clients call their recruiters and search firms every two weeks to maintain contact.”
Another notable myth is that, when recruiters get new job orders, they first look through the resumes they already have in their system in an attempt to fill that role — not true, according to Myers. “That’s the way it should work, in a perfect world. In actuality, what often happens is recruiters and search firms will look at new orders and start doing research on their client’s largest competitors to see who they can poach. They want to feel like a hero and look good to their corporate client by luring someone away from a competitor,” he says.