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How to Take your Name off Employer’s Hiring Blacklist

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Did you embellish your experience on your résumé?

Did you tell a slight white lie regarding your qualifications?

Did you change your date of birth to make you seem younger?

Did you not study a company as well as you wanted to, and messed up during the interview?

Potential job hunters can be blacklisted by recruiters for a number of reasons, from trivial to major wrongdoings. Perchance you told a little white lie or had a fall out with your former manager, who is now a bad reference. Getting sacked from a job you got through a recruitment agency can also be a reason why recruiters may blacklist you. These are authentic situations I’ve come across as a recruiter. The conditions for getting blacklisted usually fall into one of two groups:

  • You make a recruiter look bad or make them fear that you will make them look bad with a client.
  • You waste a recruiter’s time.

Here are a few reasons why job seekers are blacklisted.

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Lying and/or exaggerating

According to the stats, about 21% of job seekers fib or embellish their qualifications on their résumé. Lying about your qualifications, or the experience you have for a job can be harmful to all eventually.

If you land a job based on skills you lied about, it would swiftly become apparent that you are not a good fit for the job. You will end up losing your job and be left with a black mark on your résumé for lying.

You have cost the employer in time wasted and finances as they have to expend time, energy, and money to refill the position. In addition, the recruiter’s repute will suffer as the employer will deem them unreliable.

When recruiters market a candidate, they are using the information you provide them with. If it turns out that you lied, then you are perceived to be dishonest, and that information will be passed on to other recruiters. Lying will always come back to haunt you. Be truthful about your experience and qualifications when applying for a job.

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 Using different recruiters to apply for the same job

Recruiters receive fees for the successful hiring of candidates. But, only one recruiter can receive a fee for one candidate. In other words, if you use two recruiters to get the same job, only one recruiter will be able to receive the fee. If a recruiter works to market a you to an employer, only to find out that another did it first, they lose their pay. Neither employers nor recruiters want to fight over fees. If somebody at work caused you to miss out a potential amount of money, would you ever want to work with them again?

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 Too many résumé submissions

A job seeker who applies to too many vacancies at one employer may find themselves blacklisted. It may seem as if you’re increasing your chances of getting a job, but the reverse truly happens.

You are viewed as desperate and seem more interested in just having a job, rather than having a career and being a good fit for the employer. Too many résumé submissions will also make you look unclear in the recruiter’s opinion. Anxious employees can be difficult to inspire, are disinterested in the job, and are more likely quickly move on when the opportunity comes along.

Recruiters do not want have extra work by trying to find an appropriate position within the company for the candidate. Their job is only to fill vacancies, not to determine which job a potential employee would be a good match for.

The best approach is to concentrate your submissions down to three positions, max. These positions should be a close match with your qualifications because you need to seem interested and focused.

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Being unprepared for an interview

Your recruiter has hustled and finally gotten you an interview, and when it comes to it, you’re totally unprepared for the interview.

Asking no questions, bringing only one copy of a résumé, showing up late, being exceedingly nervous, and not knowing anything about the company are some of the scenarios that indicate a bad interview. A bad interview is a waste of time for everyone involved.

You do not get the job, the employer has wasted his or her time, and the recruiter will potentially add you to a blacklist.

An interview is your opportunity to market your credentials and people skills. Meticulously studying a company, interview practice runs, and projecting self-confidence are great ways to have a solid and positive interview, and this will definitely leave a lasting impression on a hiring manager.

Self-confidence sounds like something you just create, but it is indeed the byproduct of preparation. This comprises not only comprehending the company’s needs but how to express how your qualifications and skills fit their needs.

Good impressions mean you that you will be able to get a great referral from a recruiter or a hiring manager, and you may be even considered for another job opening in the future.

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Rejecting a job offer

You have sailed through the interview, and you have been offered the job. You have gone through the specifics of your salary, a contract, and a start date confirmed.

At the very last moment, you pull out and reject the job offer. You have now put the company that hired in a bind. They expected you to work for them, now have to quickly find a new candidate for the job. The recruiter who stood in for you has now lost a commission fee.

Such moves make a candidate seem untrustworthy and is generally considered a major nuisance for all parties involved. If you can’t commit to obligations or are uncertain at the very end of the hiring process, then you are not the type of person a recruiter would want to work with in the future.

Recruiters are rational, practical and realistic people, and reaching out to make things right really help you get off the blacklist. Refer highly skilled people in your network to recruiters as a favor to them. Treat them to lunch, get personal, and make an apology for the offense.

The vital part is to get off of a blacklist if you can. If you cannot, you will have to concentrate landing a job without using recruiters, which people do all the time. Ideally, the best approach to evade the blacklist is to be your best behavior at all times and recognize the influential impact your own actions and words can have.


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