Lisa Swan’s article “5 Reasons Recruiters Aren’t Giving You the Time of Day” makes excellent points on two fronts. First, she talks about how to work with recruiters effectively. But the second point one could draw from these suggestions may be more pertinent to the majority of job seekers: You can use the same tips when it’s just between you and an employer – no recruiter as middle man.

Swan lists five reasons a recruiter – or employer – might pass you over for a different candidate.

  • Not following instructions
  • Doing a subpar job at a previous company
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Not being straightforward
  • Not treating the recruiter – employer – with respect

Click on the article title in the first paragraph to review Swan’s suggestions.