Do This Before Submitting Your Resume
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter demands that you do this before you send out any resume.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I’m a coach who helps people with job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading, you know, being more effective with workplace issues, in general.
Someone asked a great question which is “Why do recruiters ask if I’m applying at other companies?” Now, they’re posing this during an interview which is . . . it could be a phone interview where they’re doing an initial screening. It could be in a face-to-face interview but you know they’re being asked during some version of screening interview.
The answer really depends on whether you’re a corporate or an agency recruiter on the standpoint of a corporate recruiter and, to some degree, an agency recruiter. What they’re trying to find out is how far along are you in your process. Are you close to another offer. Do you have a sense of what the money is going to be like in that other offer or that other situation? What’s going on for you? Are other firms finding you valuable?
So, the idea is that you never make it seem like you’re exceedingly active because active job hunters tend to be devalued in the marketplace but you can say, “You know, I’ve been talking with a couple of firms that seem interested. They’re talking about some decent money.”
“What kind of money are they talking about?”
“Well we haven’t gotten to the final number yet but they’re talking about a range of . . . ” and you’re talking about the numbers that this firm, these firms are ostensibly talking about.
“How far along are you?”
“I’m like one or two interviews ahead. Seems like we’re gonna be talking on a couple of more occasions before an offer would be made or they make a decision.”
And the idea is to say it very casually because you don’t want to stress the agency or corporate recruiter at all. You don’t want to make the corporate recruiter, in particular, back off with submitting you further because they were afraid that they won’t be able to get to the finish line with you as soon as these other things. So speak casually. Do not make it seem as though you’re very close to an offer and expect to have one later in the week. That won’t work.
Now, here’s the other reason that involves agency recruiters. Every company you tell them about, every firm that you identify . . . that’s a lead for them and they’re going to go try and get that lead, get the job to work on and try and fill it, in effect creating competition for you.
I remember there used to be one guy in my old office who . . .
I’m gonna use an old company name that doesn’t exist anymore . . . Bear Stearns
“Ah, did you meet with Jerry (whatever the last name would be)?”
“No, I talked to so-and-so.”
I don’t know him. And the next call would be to whoever it was that they had mentioned in an effort to get the job lead. So, recognize everything that you’re asked has a purpose to it and when you reveal information it doesn’t necessarily help you. It helps the recruiter decide something about you
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