Job Seeker Rights

Do You Know Your Job Seeker Rights?

In a recent blog post, 8 Interview Tips from a Young Job Seeker,  Andrea said that it was important to “set limits to the interviewer’s questioning if, for example, the questions get too personal.” She wanted to be treated with respect and courtesy.

Face-to-face with an interviewer, she had a sense of her job seeker rights.  At the moment, she’s not working with a recruitment agency.  However, if you decide to work with one, you should be aware that you have many job seeker rights.

I want to thank Matt Zajechowski ( for sharing the following content with me.

According to Wunderland, you have the right to:

1. Respect and courtesy

Be treated respectfully and courteously. If a recruiter doesn’t treat you well, you don’t have to work with them.

2. Get permission first

Only allow recruiters to send out your resume after getting your permission first. Otherwise, it might go to a company you’ve already worked for, or somewhere an employee knows your current boss.

3. Know the recruiter

Refuse an interview from a recruiter you’ve never spoken to before, in case they sent your resume from an online source to clients without your permission.

4. Know where you stand

Know your recruiter’s opinion on how you stack up against candidates with similar backgrounds.

5. Negotiate

Negotiate any contract or agreement you are asked to sign.

6. Work with multiple recruiters

Register with as many recruiters or staffing agencies as you want; however, remember that the first recruiter to call you about an opening gets to present you to that company. Otherwise, you may be submitted multiple times for the same position.

7. Know about the fees

Know that if you’re placed in a full-time job, the recruiter receives a fee for placing you (usually 15-25% of your salary, paid by the hiring company).

8. Understand the mark up

Know that for contract jobs, recruiters mark up your hourly rate anywhere from 50-75%, which helps pay staff, rent, and other business expenses.

9. Know what you will accept

Turn down an hourly rate below your minimum and negotiate for more (however, the hiring company may have a hard cap on the rate, so you may lose the opportunity for work).

10. Reject an offer

Turn down a contract job without feeling guilty- it’s your decision and your decision only.

11. Revise your decision

Change your mind and quit after accepting a contract job, as long as you give two weeks’ notice, as you would with any employer.

Job Seeker Rights
Job Seeker Rights

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