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6 Ways Recruiters Know You’re A Lazy Job Seeker

Posted by | May 7, 2015 | Advice, Career, Job Search

Via LinkedIn : To say that the job market is “competitive” is the understatement of the year – maybe of the decade. So having a solid plan to impress recruiters and stand out from the cascade of resumes they receive every day is an important step to landing an interview.

One thing that I’ve noticed is that some job seekers blatantly cut corners when it comes to submissions, and you should know that recruiters can easily spot it. So here is a list of just some of the ways that it’s very noticeable:

1. HIGH-VOLUME SUBMISSIONS: You shouldn’t just browse the job boards and scrape the email addresses and do a single bulk submission. Even if you put all of the recruiter’s email addresses in the “BCC” line, we’re going to know that you did that.

Worse yet, some job seekers who are guilty of the bulk-submission technique don’t even know what the “BCC” line is for, so they list everyone’s emails in the “TO” line.

2. HAVING A “FWD” IN THE SUBJECT LINE: Even if you haven’t been guilty of the aforementioned bulk submission faux pas, then you should be aware that you can still easily be labeled as a “lazy job seeker” by not deleting the evidence that you’ve been forwarding the same email again and again.

HINT: That “FWD” that’s in the Subject Line stands for the word “forward” and signifies that you’re recycling your submissions.

3. NOT READING THE ENTIRE JOB DESCRIPTION: The job description is there for a reason, so candidates should thoroughly understand what it is the employer wants. Some job seekers only read the first paragraph of the JD and then just hit the submit button.

For example, it’s a little frustrating for recruiters to find out in a phone interview that you aren’t local when the job ad clearly states that the company is only going to hire someone in the immediate area. Or, perhaps, that the position needs to be filled immediately and you can’t start for two months because you’re in the middle of a big project at your current job.

4. NOT CUSTOMIZING YOUR RESUME: With so many job seekers flooding the market, candidates need to go the extra mile when it comes to their submissions; and that means you should make changes to your resume for each and every job opportunity.

While some job seekers scoff at the idea of putting so much work into finding a job, it can dramatically increase your chances of getting an interview. Why? Because many recruiters use software to sort hopefuls by their qualifications, many of which are determined by the language put into the job description.

You may be “perfect” for the job, but if the language on your resume gets you sorted-out of the pile that human eyes will gaze upon, then you’ve let an opportunity slip through your fingers.

5. NOT FOLLOWING THE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: I can’t speak for all recruiters, but I deliberately make the candidates jump through a few hoops to see if they have attention to detail; and that starts with a specific set of guidelines for submitting for the opening.

I have come to learn by actual test-trials that the job seekers who can pass those simple tests perform much better in the interview process and, subsequently, stay at their jobs much longer than candidates who don’t.

6. BAD COVER LETTER: There’s a great deal of misinformation on the web about cover letters. While I can’t speak for everyone in my industry, I definitely read them. Nowadays, employers want people who have, at the very least, a basic ability to write professionally.

In one way or another, all employees represent their boss and/or company, so if one can’t even draft a simple letter without violating some basic grammar rules, then it gives me pause to move forward with an interview.

In short, a cover letter with errors tells me that the candidate wouldn’t even take the time to proofread, and those bad habits will certainly be carried over to the new job.


If you’re unemployed, then your new job is to find a job; so that means you should put in eight hours a day to finding a position that matches your qualifications. It would be better to submit yourself to 20 jobs that you’re perfect for (following the guidelines above), than to just indiscriminately blast recruiters with 200 generic resumes.


Brian Daniel is the founder of the elite recruiting firm The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network, which has been featured in many high-profile media outlets like Forbes.com, Entrepreneur, Yahoo, and Executive PA Magazine – just to name a few. He is the world’s only headhunter who has worked with Hollywood A-list celebrities, billionaires and royal families.

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