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Recruiters are from Mars, Job Seekers are from Venus (Infographic)

Have you ever told a job seeker one thing and they assumed you meant quite the other? Or has a job seeker told you something and you presumed they meant something else? Confused?! So are we!

Job seekers and recruiters can be as bad as each other. Miscommunication between the two parties can often cause both sets of people to feel like the other is on a completely different planet! So to help clear the air and help get everyone back on the same page… or em, planet in this case, we’re bringing you this rather clever infographic from

P.S. As always, our top takeaways for both recruiters and job seekers can be found at the bottom of the infographic.

job seekers and recruiters

Top Takeaways for Job Seekers:

  • Don’t sit back and leave everything in the hands of the recruiter. Be proactive in your job search. If you’ve sent a CV to a recruiter remember they may have received up to 250 CVs for the same position. If you’re working with a recruiter to find a job, do your bit by attending networking events, making new contacts and always following up with your recruiter at various intervals to see how the search is going from their side. Remember that recruiting can be a lengthy process, so be prepared to wait a while before hearing from recruiters. Everything you can do to speed up the process is favourable.
  • Don’t waste your time and your recruiter’s time by applying for jobs you’re not qualified for. And no, just because you have experience in one area does not mean that experience easily translates to another function. Instead stick with applications that you have the suitable experience for.
  • Don’t lie on your CV. It won’t do you any favours in the long run. 94% of recruiters are using social media to screen applicants and 96% of HR professionals will check references before hiring, meaning the chances of your lies being found out are rather high!

Top Takeaways for Recruiters:

  • Keep job seekers in the loop when it comes to their job hunt. There’s nothing quite as isolating as being kept out of the loop, so if you don’t want panicked phone calls from your anxious client every other day, keep them informed as to what is going on.
  • Always be on the look out for fakers. Your reputation, and not just the client’s, is on the line. 46% of CVs contain some form of false information so be vigilant and always check a candidate’s references. If you’re unsure what to look for, take a look at our guide for how to spot a faker.
  • The time a takes to fill a job depends on the industry you’re searching for the job within. While the average time to fill a job is 24.5 working days, for the tech sector it can take up to 38.9 working days and for manufacturing jobs it can take an average of 29.6 working days. In fact, the length of time it takes to fill a job in general is increasing. In August 2014, it took an average of 26.5 working days (Mon-Sat) to fill a job.
  • Don’t forget our one-stop sourcing tool, SourceHub, now has functionality which means you can now search for jobs for your clients within Indeed using just the job title, a few skills, the location and the click of a button. It couldn’t be easier if it tried! To try it out for yourself today and do so for FREE, click here.


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