Dear Lifehacker, I’m unhappy in my current line of employment and have come to the conclusion that money isn’t everything. How does being prepared to take a salary cut in order to change industry or profession look to recruiters? Thanks, Not Cut And Dried
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A recruiter’s fee is tied to the candidate’s first annual salary (typically 15-20 per cent of the total). It’s therefore in their best interests to push for the highest paid position that you’re qualified for. Usually the applicant wants to maximise their pay too, so the arrangement works out for everybody.
With that said, a recruitment agency won’t ignore you simply because you’re willing to take a pay cut. The main thing that will initially interest them is your current position and the company that you work for. (Indeed, a recent study revealed that recruiters spend an average of just six seconds reading a candidate’s resume.)
If your qualifications stack up, they will be keen to represent you regardless. In fact, this can actually work in their favour as it’s much easier to place a highly-qualified applicant, thus guaranteeing a fast return on their investment.
Alternatively, you may want to forgo recruitment agencies altogether. Prospective employers are sometimes more willing to interview a candidate if they don’t have to pay a recruiter’s fee. You can find plenty of advice on tailoring your resume here.
We’re also keen to hear what our readers think. Have you ever changed industries or campaigned for a lower paying job? Share your experiences in the comments section below.
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