More tips for working with job recruiters

August 22, 2011 — If you’re actively looking for employment, there’s a good chance you’ll cross paths with a recruiter along the way.

Recruiters can be a good networking resource because they have access to a broad range of companies and business contacts. Still, some people find working with them to be a chore.

To ensure a positive experience when working with a recruiter, it helps to learn how they function and what they expect.

  1. Understand that a recruiter does not work for you (the job seeker), but rather for the hiring company (their client), so their loyalty lies with them. If you possess the skills their client is looking for, they will contact you to see if you are interested.
  2. Ask questions about the recruiter’s background, their area of expertise, and the clients they work for. This will give you an idea of their specialty so you won’t waste your time or the recruiter’s time if they are not the right fit for you.
  3. Make the recruiter’s job easy. If you are interested in working with them, be upfront about your specific skills, what you have to offer and exactly what you are looking for. However, if the relationship isn’t working or you no longer want them to call you, end it professionally.
  4. Don’t take it personally if a lot of time lapses between phone calls. It doesn’t mean they don’t want to work with you. Most likely, they are busy or don’t have a job that is a good match for you at the moment. Keep in mind that jobs come in daily, so that can change quickly.
  5. Be patient when working with recruiters. Although it’s wise to follow-up with them once or twice a week to re-establish your interest in working with them, don’t become a pest or appear desperate.
  6. It’s perfectly fine to work with more than one recruiter at a time while searching for a job, but it’s best to be upfront about it if they ask so they don’t recommend you to the same client.
  7. Never work around the recruiter by contacting their client directly. It will get you blacklisted with recruiters, and may make you look untrustworthy to the hiring company.
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