Let me start right off by addressing the elephant in the room. Yes there are bad recruiters… they are almost exclusively then ones trained by bad recruitment business owners.
I have heard fabled tales of fake recruitment ads… candidate bullying and outright dodgy behaviour. The facts are most recruiters are not like this, and this behaviour is not tolerated by the market… they will get found out and excised… like a week old pimple against the bathroom mirror…. What? Too graphic?
A word of advice to recruiters who work for these dodgy, bloodsucking leeches of bosses – get out! The vast majority of the industry is professional and respectful. It’s easy to recognise the bad ones… they generally sport a 10 gallon hat… are wearing a hip holster with a massive Smith & Wesson to compensate for their tiny… well… you know… and spit tobacco for sh*ts & giggles…. If you do work for one of them, call me… please.
Do you want to know the real reason why everyone hates a recruiter? Really? Do you?
Well lean closer my friends, because here it comes… drumroll please…
The reason everyone hates a recruiter is because we are in the business of rejection. It’s as simple as that.
There is not one country in the world that is in full employment, so there is always a massive pool of active job seekers… over 92% of all vacancies are advertised on an online job board… over 95% of all roles worked on by recruitment companies are contingent (meaning you are competing on average against 3-5 other recruitment companies). So let’s break down the numbers.
For the purpose of this experiment I’m going to ask you to draw on your own experience… think about a current role you are working on… where you posted a job on an online job board…. How many responses/applications did you get? 10?… 50?… 100? Let’s just use a conservative figure of 20. If you were competing against two other agencies who advertised (and had the same rate of response) that means we are looking at 60 applicants… ok… ok… some will be double ups – so let’s say 40 unique applicants. Guess what? Only one of those applicants has a chance to get the role. That means you are rejecting at least 97% of the possible candidates who reach out to you.
Like I said. We are in the business of rejection and people don’t like that.
It doesn’t matter that many of those applying for roles are not qualified… live in the wrong location… don’t have the required educational background… it doesn’t matter. YOU REJECTED THEM.
I bet I’m not the only one who has been in this situation.
So… recruiters… one of the most important lessons you will learn is that people hate you, because you reject them. It is personal. it is blame-shaming. And it’s not pleasant. It is your role to give candidates the best possible experience during the process, but it is not your role to be a victim of hate.
Do your job well. Hold your head high. And delver a quality service…
Cue comments from disgruntled candidates reminding me of the time they applied for a role that they didn’t get… because of me… and … go.