In my last post I mentioned that both my husband and I had started searching for new positions. During this last few weeks we’ve been diligently managing the many aspects of the job search process. One of the areas I’d like to discuss today is recruiters. Working with recruiters can be a great benefit to your job search. However, there are several steps to consider when connecting with a recruiter to better serve your needs.
Connecting With A Recruiter
First, connecting with a recruiter can be your choice or they could contact you directly. If word has gotten out that you’re looking for work or that your company is going through a restructuring process many recruiters will reach out to you. Most of the time they will find you through your Linkedin profile or because someone referred you.
It’s important to have an introduction meeting with the recruiter regarding your employment history and your career goals. This meeting is not only important for the recruiter but also for you because you need to feel comfortable working with this person. It’s important for you to interview and figure out if this recruiter will be a good match for you and your job search. One of the key questions to ask is to have him explain how he would match a job opening with a potential candidate. What you want to hear is that the recruiter is truly interested in benefiting your career and not just filling a position. It’s important that the recruiter will have a strategy to help you market your skills to potential employers.
Managing Your Exposure
It’s possible that you will be contacted and working with several recruiters. Therefore, it is important to have an introduction meeting with each one and keep track of where your resume is being submitted. The recruiter should speak with you regarding each position to confirm that this would be an opportunity that you would be interested in and to verify that your resume has not already been submitted to this company.
You must inform each recruiter that you’re working with that they should not send your resume to any company without informing you first. The last thing that you would want is to saturate the market with your resume. Saturating the market can create conflict with competing recruiting agencies and can lead to hiring managers believing that you are unorganized in your job search. The hiring manager may also not want to get involved in a battle between competing recruiters, they may remove you from consideration for the position.
Developing Trust With Your Recruiter
As you work with each recruiter you will find that you may have a better relationship with one more than another. It’s important to remember that working with a recruiter should always involve trust and understanding of your career needs. The recruiter should have your best interests in mind regarding your career goals. As with any relationship, trust will build over time.
Recruiters are a great resource who are there to help you market your skills, provide career guidance, insights into company culture and access to certain opportunities that may not be advertised. You should keep your relationship going with your recruiter even after you have been placed. You never know when a great opportunity will surface.
Have you ever worked with a recruiter during a job search? Did you find it helpful?
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