This is mainly for candidates, so take notes…
Chasing after a job offer only to go back to your current employer to ask for a raise
At Reach Recruitment, because we are a specialist IT recruitment agency, we spend considerable time nurturing the right candidate(s). We are always striving to get you the right deal from employers, especially since we are aware of the market value of almost all talent we speak with.
And to avoid the above scenario, our specialist consultants will urge you to have a word with your manager first about a raise/promotion if money is your main motivation behind making your next career move. Many a times you will find that employees are hesitant to have an open discussion with their reporting officers, becoming unhappy in their jobs. At least you can make the decision to move on once you find out your company cannot afford to keep you.
Failing to mention if other recruiters have already submitted your CV for the same job
Trust me, this makes you look bad. Being submitted two or three times does not increase your chances of getting an interview with the employer. It only creates confusion for everyone involved, and pretty much ends your relationship with the recruiter. And if you have been working with a recruitment consultant who only specialises in your field, then you will have burned your bridges right there, hurting your chances of being contacted in the future.
Tell your recruiter if you have previously contacted the company a few years ago, for instance, and determine together what the right way to re-approach them would be. A good recruiter will be able to remove that roadblock for you.
Asking for more money at the offer stage
Once you get to the offer stage after agreeing on your salary expectations and start to become wishy washy, or change your mind, it will set off alarm bells in a recruiter’s mind.
If you agreed on a lower sum, and think you are worth more at the offer stage, the recruiter will tell the employer the truth, resulting in them withdrawing the offer in fear of you being a difficult employee. Be honest from the start; the smart move is telling the recruiter how much you actually want so that they can work with you to make that a reality.