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Can You Trust A Headhunter? Yes — Unless They Do This

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan 

Dear Liz,

Last summer I got my first-ever inquiry from a headhunter and I was pretty excited. His name was Jack. We had two telephone conversations back in July and August of 2015. Jack didn’t have any job openings that were a good fit for me but I felt as though I had moved up to a higher level when Jack contacted me, because I had never talked to a headhunter before.

Since then, I’ve talked to three other third-party recruiters. One of them is a nice woman name Melanie. She and I have kept in touch. The other two recruiters who called me were bullies. They bullied me as soon as we got on the telephone. How do I know whether I can trust a headhunter who contacts me? The two nasty fellows I talked to both badgered me for my salary information which I know I don’t have to share.

 

They both said “Trust me!”

Who trusts a person they’re talking to for the very first time? Both of these guys (we’ll call them Mike and Ike) got very huffy with me when I said that I can’t give up my salary information to a complete stranger. They don’t seem to understand that job-seekers have choices when they are working with a recruiter, the same way the recruiter has a choice about which job-seekers to represent.

What is your advice for “screening” headhunters before I put my trust in them or send them my resume?

Thanks Liz! You are a godsend –

Since then, I’ve talked to three other third-party recruiters. One of them is a nice woman name Melanie. She and I have kept in touch. The other two recruiters who called me were bullies. They bullied me as soon as we got on the telephone. How do I know whether I can trust a headhunter who contacts me? The two nasty fellows I talked to both badgered me for my salary information which I know I don’t have to share.

 

They both said “Trust me!”

Who trusts a person they’re talking to for the very first time? Both of these guys (we’ll call them Mike and Ike) got very huffy with me when I said that I can’t give up my salary information to a complete stranger. They don’t seem to understand that job-seekers have choices when they are working with a recruiter, the same way the recruiter has a choice about which job-seekers to represent.

What is your advice for “screening” headhunters before I put my trust in them or send them my resume?

Thanks Liz! You are a godsend –

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