6 years ago
February 22, 2018

6 Ways to Make a Sales Headhunter HATE You

Sales headhunters can be a significant asset in your quest to find the perfect sales job. They have the connections, knowledge, and access to the companies you want to work…

Rhys Metler

Sales headhunters can be a significant asset in your quest to find the perfect sales job. They have the connections, knowledge, and access to the companies you want to work for and the type of jobs you want to have on your resume.

However, many sales professionals have rocky relationships with headhunters. Why? They do things that make headhunters hate them.

Most of the time, it’s unintentional. Regardless, if you meant it or not, if you don’t have a good relationship with sales headhunters, you could be making your job search more difficult.

6 Sure-fire Ways to Make a Sales Headhunter HATE You

Here are common ways to get on the bad side of sales headhunters:

1. You lie to them:

No one likes to be lied to. When you meet a headhunter, it’s imperative to be upfront and honest with them. Don’t lie about experience, skills, or your employment history. Headhunters need you to be truthful so they can help you find a job that matches your career aspiration. Lying inhibits this process.

2. You go against their advice:

Sales recruiters are professionals. You came to them to seek out professional advice and assistance. So when they provide you with advice, take it.

3. You don’t put in the effort:

Being lazy or giving off the impression you don’t care will drive your recruiter crazy. You can’t expect them to go to bat for you if you are not willing to put in the effort yourself.

4. You get too personal:

There are boundaries. Keep in mind that your relationship with your recruiter is strictly professional. Even though you may work closely together, avoid getting too personal.

5. You smother them:

Keeping in touch with your recruiter is important. But calling or emailing them every day is not the right approach to take. If it’s been a few days or even a week since you have last heard from them, it usually means they haven’t found anything for you yet. They haven’t forgotten about you. Finding you the right opportunity can take time.

6. You are late or blow off interviews:

Headhunters work hard to get you interviews and to connect with hiring companies. Showing up late or blowing off interviews is perhaps the easiest way to drive a recruiter crazy.

More Tips to Deal with a Sales Headhunter

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5 Things Recruiters Hate About Your Resume

7 Unprofessional Habits That Kill Your Chances of Getting the Sales Job


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Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.