149. Who to call first when you need a new job: Recruiter or Career Coach?

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The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 149

Who to call first when you need a new job: Recruiter or Career Coach? What is the difference between recruiters and career coaches?

These are some of the questions we addressed in this interesting interview with two recruiters, which was recorded live on LinkedIn, YouTube, and Facebook a few weeks ago.

Career coaches differ from recruiters, but I am not sure that professionals understand the difference and the roles we each play in supporting their career progression. So listen to this episode to better understand those differences and find out what you need to know before job hunting.

About our guests:

Jacinta Whelan is a partner with Watermark Executive Search, author, thought leader, and popular speaker on the concept of interim executives, portfolio careers, and future ways of working. She leads the Melbourne office of Watermark and has over 25 years of experience starting and leading Interim businesses in Hong Kong, New York, and Australia.

Adam Neyenhuys is a partner in the Global search firm True Seach, based in Sydney. He leads the FinTech & Financial Services practice across ANZ and the Finance practice across the Asia Pacific.


8:30 What is the role of a recruiter? 

16:00 How do recruiters deal with the differentiation of somebody who has been a client and now needs a job?

22:49 Feeling that the recruiter has ghosted you.

32:57 Why is my job application not converting to a job interview?

39:49 That lack of transparency in recruitment and selection.

41:24 The challenge of returning to your home country and looking for work.

45:54 Things executive job candidates can do before they approach a recruiter for a chat. Or should they even come to see you for a chat?

47:59 Can recruiters tell the difference between a job candidate that has done career coaching and one that hasn't? 

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Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

So there is no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

Enjoy the episode, and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

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