Tips Recruiters Don’t Tell You – But You Need To Know

While none of these items on the list will preclude you from getting a position, you can greatly increase your odds by making a few changes to your job application strategy!

  1. Use a professional email address. If you are in the throes of applying for jobs, you’ll likely enter your email address anywhere from 20 to 1,000 times by the end of it. For this reason, consider using a professional email address that includes only your name or initials (e.g.,, It’s not that or isn’t charming, but a simple email address is easier to remember, less likely to include typographical errors, and more demonstrative of the professionalism you will surely demonstrate once hired!
  2. Let your references know that you are using them as references. Imagine someone distributing your email address, workplace, personal cell phone, and work number to anywhere from 20 to 1,000 employers who are hiring. From a recruiter’s perspective, a reference who doesn’t know that they have been used as a reference can range from surprise and eagerness to shock and offense. Let’s just skip the jarring “How did you get my number?!” and give them a heads up.
  3. Always have a former supervisor (or two) listed as your references. Although I’m sure that your cubicle mate Brandy that worked next to you for six weeks is pretty impressed by your work ethic, it’s always nice to hear that from someone who has served in a supervisory role to you. Be prepared and bring their contact information and title to any interview you go to.
  4. Have a professional ringback tone. Recruiters are on the phone most of the day. Think of a headset as a sort of magical extension that sprouts from our ears and only comes off when we wash our hair. Only kidding – but truthfully, tiny orchestra music tickles my ear drums at least three times a day. It can be a nice break in the monotony of ringing lines until I’m bombarded with expletives from the newest hip hop track. Again, not a deal-breaker but do use some discretion.
  5. Treat your recruiter like you would treat a potential employer. We understand that the job search can be very frustrating. There’s a lot of “hurry up and wait”, various hoops to jump through, tests to take, etc. However, keep in mind that your recruiter is the person who is advocating on your behalf, keeping you abreast of new positions, and making the decisions on where to present your resume. If you are unprofessional and rude to your recruiter, it is not a far stretch to imagine that you may behave this way once under duress in a position they’ve placed you in. We have to make judgment calls on your professionalism and ability to communicate effectively and politely; give us evidence that you can.
  6. Do what we ask of you. Within reason, of course. If we ask you to take some online tests, provide us with essential paperwork, etc., then do it as quickly as you can. Recruiting and staffing is an industry that can move at lightning speed and if you have neglected to give us the information we’ve requested, the position may already be filled by the time you get around to it. Additionally, being prompt and conscientious demonstrates to your recruiter that you’re serious about getting a job and a dependable candidate.

Written by Hannah G. Barfield


Hannah Barfield is Godshall’s newest Healthcare Recruiter. In her role, Hannah works to fulfill the open positions with Godshall’s healthcare clients. Hannah has extensive experience in the healthcare industry. She began her career as a therapist in a community mental health center. Hannah has been published in The Journal of Career Counseling, The Family Journal, and Counseling Theory: Guided and Reflexive Practice. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Georgia and graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. She is currently a member of the Junior League of Greenville.


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