Disturbingly, I learned from a colleague who posted online, that there are recruiters who send their candidates the response “only candidates that paid for our services will be submitted”; or the candidates are being redirected to expensive coaching or CV services under the guise “your CV is not good enough, please pay for a revamp”.
This is unethical behaviour on the recruiter’s part, and unfortunately gives the quality recruiters (and CV writers) a bad name.
Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to your relationship with your recruiter.
It’s important to remember that job-hunting is a full-time job itself. Now more than ever, clients can pick and choose their talent, given the current economic situation (not just in South Africa but abroad too, thanks to Covid).
Not all CV writers are trying to swindle you for cash. If you find a CV writer who is a graphic designer or wordsmith, it’s likely they have not worked in HR or recruitment. The CV writer should have a solid foundation in matching your skill set to a JD (job description). You are wholly competent to create your own CV, and we have made tons of free resources available to you to do just that. But if you do require a professional’s assistance, check out our offering here.
Best of luck with your job-hunt!
Marzenna Almendro (Registered Psychometrist, Professional CV Writer, Licensed Coach, Author & Thought Leader)
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