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Please Find the Exit: Tom, 24, What not to text your recruiter


I am in finance and accounting recruitment: I try to find people employment in exchange for a tidy commission.

Ah, the thrill of the hunt. Will I ever tire of it? The endless parade of job hopefuls, each more “ambitious” than the last, marching by one after the other hoping that I’ll put them forward for a six figure salary.

This series is a short collection of things that make me sad in my job.

Name: Tom

Job he is applying for:Relationship Executive at a Commercial Broker

Qualification: Bachelor of Commerce, finance major with three years experience in relationship management at an investment firm.

I can tell he loves: Samsung Technology

I can tell he dislikes: When we only skimmed over his extra curricular in ‘rowing’.

Sometimes you go on a date and you realise that the two of you are just not that compatible. The same can happen in recruitment. I might meet you and think ‘nah, there is nothing that I can put you forward for RIGHT NOW’. So in an email format I’ll explain that while they are certainly someone I’d love to keep in mind for any upcoming jobs, there are none relevant right now.

You have to act like this person is your best friend’s cousin. Which means: In math terms, I’d say that I’m 0% interested in being your friend, but there are mutual interests at stake, so let’s keep it cute and cordial.

What not to do, after you receive a ‘sorry’ email is to text me this:

“I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know you, but I think we should keep things on a friend level. Cool?”

Sadly, Tyler didn’t get a call back.

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