Job Search Is Rigged Against You | No BS Job Search Advice

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EP 1035 Let me explain how recruiters set you up.

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If you are in the United States and you decide to buy a house, they make you sign a document that says you understand that there is a sellers agent and the buyers agent and that you understand that at times the realtor is going to operate in both capacities.

Why do they do that? Because the realtor has a financial interest in the transaction and that depending upon who they represent it by different frame from yours. If you are a sellers agent for a combined agent, your interest is with the seller because they are the ones paying you.

If they are the buyer's agent, they are representing you and have your interests at heart

In the recruiting there is nothing comparable explain to you or offer to you. They are always the agent of the employer; they are never your agent.

Why do I say that? Who's paying? Where do they earn their money from? As a result of that quote unexplained relationship" that exist between a recruiter and the employer, you always need to look at this person, this recruiter as, "can I trust this person to speak for me." How are they trying to manipulate me? How are they trying to change my mind, my beliefs, in order to accommodate an employer? How am I being "finessed" or manipulated into doing what the employer wants me to do at the lowest possible price?

I believe it's important for you to get unbiased representation. You can't always go to the immediate sources or resources (recruiters or employers) because they are looking out for their interests.

If you go to friends, family, wife, husband, partner, former managers, you may be getting advice from someone who knows as little as you do about job hunting. After all, my experience with former managers is that they think they know more about job hunting than they actually do. They deceive themselves because they think that because they hired someone in the past (or many people in the past) that makes them qualified to get advice about job hunting. Seeing them is job hunters as often as I do, I know how wrong they are. Most know less than nothing about job search.

Many of the people that you might seek out for advice are as uninformed as you are. You need to find someone who if you quality advice throughout your job search, who can guide you all the way through the process and represent you and your interests, who is not beholden to an employer.

I do that kind of work and I'm sure others do it as well. I to it with great content and I do with coaching where you hire me to answer your questions and concerns. I'm not be hired by an employer to place you in a job; I'm there to help you find your next position.


Jeff 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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