The Myth about Recruiting as an Act of Helping

When we tell ourselves that we’re recruiting because we like to help other people, we ought to make sure we don’t fall into the trap of presenting ourselves as doing a favor to the candidate. Helping is something we do without seeking or wanting a payback in return. Recruiting is a service of attracting, screening, and presenting qualified candidates to organizations for a fee. Sometimes, we offer helpful advice within the constraints of recruiting, like when recruiters clean up a person’s resume and give helpful interview tips; this is all for the benefit of the end goal – which is presenting a hire-able and qualified candidate to an organization.

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