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The Top Five Things That Recruiters Want You to Know

AUTHOR: Michelle K.
POSTED: December 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Ever wonder what the recruiters are thinking? Well being a recruiter with many years of experience, I can tell you some of the top things we want job seekers to know and at times would love to tell many of the applicants.

Voice Messages need to stay professional

As a recruiter the number one pet peeve is to call a candidate and get a voice message that gives me the sense that someone actually just answered the phone, but to find out it was really their voice message tricking me…not funny.  I personally love to listen to all kinds of music, but the voice message isn’t the place to show what your taste in music is-this can rub the recruiter the wrong way. At the end of the day, just keep it professional.

Don’t apply to everything you see

Often times I see candidates apply to every position with the company. I understand they really want to work there, but honestly it’s a waste of ours and your time if you apply to positions you’re not qualified for and this reflects negatively on the candidate.

Follow up phone calls

I do appreciate someone being proactive and I think that this shows initiative; especially for sales roles-however we don’t like to be stalked and please don’t apply to an open role and call me to tell me you just applied. If you are qualified, we will call you to discuss your qualifications.

What will you do for us, not what we will do for you

Do away with the objective statement on your resume-instead write a summary. An objective is more of what you want the company to do for you, but we want to know what you will do for us and a summary will outline your skills and what value you can bring to the team.

Do your research

Research the company before you apply. So many times I have called candidates and asked them what they know about us and I get the token response of “I haven’t had time to research your company yet”. Does that sound like someone who really wants the job? So if the next question I were to ask is, “why do you want to work here?” and they haven’t done their research, how do they know this is a great place?  If you don’t know the company you will get tossed to the side.




Michelle K.

Michelle is the Recruitment, Editor and Content Manager for ResumeEdge. She recruits and hires the ResumeEdge resume writers, provides training and ongoing support, and maintains resume quality through a strenuous QA process.

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