Stupid Job Search Mistakes: Depending On Recruiters |

EP 1651 I received a message from someone who should know better

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I received a message from someone who Should know better about working with recruiters. Let me simply say that this is the global head of HR for particular organization. They are not a beginner to say the least. I got a message from them saying, "hi! Do you have anything for me?" Were not talking by the $70,000 year person. Were talking with someone who's earning something far more substantial. Let me give you perspective.

All recruiters in the United States... Let me back up for a second. Job boards fill approximately 3% of all positions. That percentage is been pretty constant for a long time. The number that is filled by recruiters… Take a guess... 20% to 22%. That has been pretty consistent over the years. He may be a big shot here and say that some jobs are filled by recruiters who get a response to an in that is on a job board. . There are going to be overlap so I'm simply going to say 30% of all jobs are filled by recruiters and job boards. I figure that's an easier way to
do it.In other words, more than two thirds are filled through other means. More than two thirds are filled by other means, generally as a result of networking.

Are you investing will your time and what recruiters are doing for you? busy that you have to outsource your job search to someone who is there, not to help you, but to help themselves and their client? Seriously. How much of your time. Are you using depending on recruiters and have little are you spending, investing time on your own search? Are you doing things to build new relationships, connect with people that you haven't spoken with in a long time, , network with those who you are close to, putting yourself out there?

I'm obviously not talking about a job search that is going to happen overnight. But how is that would recruiter job search going for you, too?Is that what happened it overnight? I know it isn't.

What I will say to you is that you are going to make mistakes in a networking approach because you are not an expert at networking.You may be doing pretty well as part of your job like if you are in business development, It is the same formula about creating leads. However, for those of you are not salespeople or work in business development, you are going to make mistakes… That's the reality of it, Just like you are going to contact recruiters who will be absolutely useless to you. I know that because resumes have been spent the me all day long for years so I know that most of you contact recruiters who I know can't help you.

So, start making your mistakes. Start reaching out to people who might be able to help you.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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