Are you Placeable? What Most Recruiters Might Not Tell You

As recruiters, our goal is to do right by our candidates in helping them find the next opportunity to build their career.  That said, we are often put in the hard position of making judgments on which candidates to invest time in and put in front of our clients.

As much as we would like to, we cannot immediately place every candidate we speak with.  Despite that reality, we strive to treat candidates with respect and always build a relationship, as today’s candidate may become tomorrow’s candidate or client.

Why are we not able to place every candidate? In many cases, timing and client need are the issue. Our clients are looking for a profile of candidate whose personality, track record, and skills are highly specific, and this filter eliminates a large majority of candidates.

Putting that aside, the other part of the equation is you, the candidate. Candidates come in all shapes and sizes, and from a recruiter’s perspective, candidates are not created equal. Certain candidates are inherently more attractive than others.

What makes you attractive to a recruiter? Here are the key areas by which we judge candidates:

Granted, the list above is a long one, and you can’t fault us for being picky. But we hope this window into our minds is helpful to you when you connect with us to talk about your next step.

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Beyond the factors listed above, there are some “dos and don’ts” for candidates when it comes to managing their career and pursuing new opportunities: