First thing this morning, I came across this great article on Forbes about what not to reveal when you’re looking for a new job.
A few of the suggestions:
1. Never suggest or indicate that you are desperate to find a new job.
2. Never disclose the fact that you have conflict with your boss or fear you might get fired.
3. Never tell a recruiter or prospective employer that you’re not having luck with your job search or that you’ve pursued opportunities that didn’t pan out.
4. Never tell them which other companies you’re interviewing with, or where you are in the recruiting pipeline with those organizations.
The list goes on, and it’s got some great food for thought. I encourage you to read the rest here.
Now, here’s another thought… One of the ways people get lured into revealing too much about their current situation (and potential vulnerabilities) is in the initial contact with a recruiter. In the midst of a lot of standard-issue questions about your work situation, additional queries can get slipped in to uncover hidden gotchas that may work against you. It may seem like you’re talking about your availability, locations, desired position, etc., but you’re giving the person on the other end of the line additional information, which may or may not work in your favor.
But what if you had a way to get all your basic information out there, into the “hands” of the people you’ll be talking to about potential positions?
What if your first interaction got the most critical details out of the way, so when you actually talk to a recruiter, you can have a thoughtful, intentional conversation that centers on the bigger picture questions?
What if you were able to craft your initial interaction in a way that you want it to be crafted, positioning yourself professionally right from the very start?
Tomorrow, you’ll have the opportunity to do just that, when Recruit Ready becomes publicly available. September 25, we go live, and a whole new way of interacting with recruiters will open up.