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I am hoping for a little advice. I had my first experience with a health care recruiter recently, and in first interview I found out she totally misrepresented me. She listed me as a manager for a unit I am a nurse on, and completely reformatted and changed my resume. The employer as you can guess figured it out quickly and we had an awkward exchange as she tried to end the interview as soon as possible. I asked her to send me the resume she received and she said the must have been some misunderstanding. I apologized for wasting their time and wished her well on her search. The question is how should I handle the recruiter. I obviously will not be doing business with her, but should I call her out on a clear deception here. I drafted a softball email, saying there must have been some misunderstanding, but I am also tempted to just let her have it. Any thoughts? What would be the suggestion for handling both the recruiter and the company.
Thanks for the input
And recruiters wonder why they get such a bad rep ...
One of two things happened here:
a) The recruiter vandalised your resume and sent it across in order to meet an agreed quota of qualified referrals
b) The recruiter was cut-and-pasting details from resumes and got mixed up with what should be pasted where
If it's (a) then the company hiring the recruiter now knows about it and won't be very happy. The recruiter has sacrificed a long term relationship for a short-term gain. They're unlikely to be used next time there's an opening.
If it's (b) then the recruiter has egg on their face and may have lost their company an important client. At the very least they have some explaining to do.
In either case, the relationship between the recruiter and the person who pays the recruiters bills is jeopardised. Unfortunately, you're pretty much just canon fodder to a recruiter.
I can see two basic options for action:
a) Kick up a big fuss, rant, never use that recruiter again, tell their boss, phone the newspaper.
b) Send a nice letter to the recruiter with a new copy of your resume stating that you believe something must have happened to the original version (at least try not to sound sarcastic!).
Now, take a look at the situation and option pairs (a-a, a-b, b-a and b-b) and work out what you will personally gain and what you could personally lose by taking each action for each situation. Personally, the only thing I think you could possibly gain from action (a) is a short-term release of built up steam -- and you could lose a recruiter that may have made a genuine mistake, who could land you in your dream job next week.
P.S. Internet Explorer v4? Are you kidding me? Or is that the result of typing your question elsewhere and then just pasting it into the MT forum?
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