For one reason or another, candidates feel that by stating on their resume that they were “Recruited away to increase sales …” or, “Recruited by my former manager to sell new technology…” makes them more appealing to a potential employer. While these phrases may sound good on the surface, it could also lead to some major problems in securing interviews.
Let’s say that you are a Regional Manager looking to fill a sales position. If you came across a candidate who stated that he / she was recruited away from the previous company, what would you think? I’ll tell you what most managers tell me. “Pete, I am not interested in this candidate because the first time he / she gets a call from a recruiter with a better opportunity, this person will be gone.” Medical managers want someone who is going to stay with them long term- not be lured away with a better offer.
The second phrase can potentially be even more damaging. It gives the impression that a candidate is afraid to come out of the comfort zone and wants to run back to Mother Hen. Now that may not be necessarily true, but I’ve heard enough pushback over the years to recommend that you do not put this on the resume. It doesn’t make you more appealing, it gives the impression that you will be a flight risk.
I have never been a fan of explaining job changes on a resume. In my opinion, it is best to create a resume that will entice a manager to see you. You can explain your moves in a face to face interview. You certainly do not want to give a manager a reason not to interview you, and giving them the impression that you may be a flight risk will certainly accomplish that.
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