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EP 1018 Well, it depends . . .

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The question is, "is it okay to email several recruiters about the same job?" As usual, the answer is, "It depends."

It depends on whether you know for sure that they are all represented the same job. If the language is identical, DUH! It's the same job. The question then becomes,, "Why would you do that?"

Let's say you email the corporate recruiter and then you start emailing agencies. The corporate recruiters reclaim ownership of your candidacy. They are not going to accept the referral. There's no point in doing it UNLESS you. Let a few days go by so. It is not fresh in. their mind that they might've received the resume. You may not be in their applicant tracking system yet. Contacting a third party recruiter at that point makes sense. So, give you 3 days. If you haven't heard from you corporate recruiter, contact an agency recruiter.

Next. Multiple agency recruiters. "Applying" is 1 of those ambiguous terms doesn't mean that you send your resume to someone? Yes, it is okay to do that. The next question becomes that is soon as you start talking to 1 of the recruiters determine if they are going to submit you. If they are, there is no need for the others. If they aren't, ask why and, if another recruiter contacts you, very simply, you haven't been submitted yet, go ahead! Talk to a 2nd recruiter about it or a third. It doesn't mean you are going to get the interview.

What it does mean is that the 1st person said, "No," the 2nd person may have also said, "No," you may not fit. What are you hitting your head against the wall for?

If you legitimately fit, it begs the question, what did they not see your background or and how you presented yourself that cause them to think you did not fit? You have to learn from them from interview 1 to interview 2 and if you still haven't gotten the message yet, you certainly have to do it by interview 3.

Recognize that if you are not selling yourself properly to the 1st person, yes, you should be speaking to a 2nd. If you're not selling yourself well by interview 2, you better do it by interview 3 because what are you doing??? This is what my site, does. It really helps to prepare you for interviewing. It helps with resumes. It helps launch your search. It helps you with interviewing. It helps you with tough interview questions to prepare for. It helps with talking to recruiters. On and on and on those great content available to you at the site. So, I would encourage you that if you are struggling trying to figure out what you are doing wrong, number 1, joint. Number 2 is asked me once you have joined.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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