8 Ways for Effectively Working with a Recruiter

April 23rd, 2014 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »


A recruiter in your corner can transform barricades into open doors. You can avoid career search stress if you know how to effectively work with a recruiter.

1.) Be prepared – Recruiters move at Olympic sprinter speeds from the start. If you’re ready for a change, they want to get you into a perfect job fast. An updated resume and a list of current references give them something to quickly digest as they get an idea of who you are as a professional.

2.) Keep in communication – Job opportunities can disappear quickly. That’s why regular communication is a must when working with a recruiter. Share the best ways to reach you by phone or email and be quick to return any messages.

3.) Be yourself – The more a recruiter knows about your work history, career goals, and ideal work culture the better they can match you with an exceptional employer. Be candid with your answers to every question right from the start. That way, no time is wasted on job opportunities you don’t want.

4.) Outline your dream jobs – When working with a recruiter, you’re not just limited to the job opportunities already on the recruiter’s radar. If there is a company you’ve been dying to work at, mention it. Your recruiter may already have a person on the inside and if not, he or she can help you make first contact.

5.) Be open to recommendations – If you’re candid with every question, your recruiter will have a good sense of what you want. That said, if you’re presented job opportunities you’ve never considered pursuing, don’t shut it down outright. Ask why the job is a good fit and try an interview if the reasons are valid.

6.) Define your expectations – Recruiters can get feedback from employers about your resume and interview. All you have to do is be upfront and ask your recruiter to provide you with honest critiques.

7.) Be honest about your compensation history – Being honest while working with a recruiter can be a good bargaining chip. Often, companies are unaware of market value and have a tendency to inadvertently undershoot on offers. A recruiter’s knowledge of your previous work history can give him or her the leverage to get you to the salary you desire.

8.) Identify any other pending job offers – If you have any job offers from other companies that have interviewed you, let us know. If you let your recruiter know that you have another offer waiting, he or she can compel hiring managers to move fast on you so you can make a more informed decision.

by James Walsh

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